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Yoga for Beginners: 5 Tips
If you’re just starting off in the world of chakras and asanas you’re introducing yourself to a sport and a lifestyle where the physical and spiritual work in balance. When practising yoga you’re working more than just your body, but also focusing on your inner peace. Yoga is so beneficial both physically and mentally and also helps you to improve in any sport you may specialise in. To be sure to have the most fulfilling as well as safe experience it’s important to keep a few things in mind.
Rome wasn’t built in one day, same as you will not master all poses in one session. Like other sports it takes time, practice and dedication to master the poses and see the changes to your health, body and mind. It’s important to keep patient even if the physical results aren’t immediate and remember not overlook the changes to your spirit and mindset.
Like most sports Yoga emphasises the importance of mindset, but unlike most sports you don’t need ambition or aggression, but serenity and peace to be most successful. So when starting your next session look for a quiet space. Gurus advise to do yoga early in the morning or evening as this is when the environment is most free of sound. The tranquility will let you concentrate on your breath and focus on your body’s needs.
With the internet there are countless sites to find new poses but whether you’re a beginner or a full fledged yogi it’s always important to have some guidance when trying out a new asana. That’s why it’s best to find a guru to guide and assist you in the new pose in the correct and safe way.
For our bodies to function their best it’s important to give them the right fuel. For yoga leafy greens and slow releasing carbs such as couscous and quinoa are key. They’ll give you the nutrients and energy you’ll need to master your asanas. Timing is also crucial, you won’t do your best on a full stomach so if you’re not exercising in the morning give yourself two hours after breakfast, or four hours after lunch before practicing yoga. Don’t forget to drink lots of water to keep you hydrated through your sessions and your day! Eating right combined with yoga will also make you sleep better!
Yoga is about serenity as well as movement so always make sure you’re comfortable. Loose fitting clothing will give you the space the carry out your poses and comfort to let you focus on your breath. Opt for cotton tees and trousers to absorb sweat and keep you cool throughout your session. Yoga fashion has recently taken off but remember it’s not the way you look but the way you feel.
With these few tips in mind you’ll find a more effective and safe yoga. Remember yoga is what you make of it, the more you put in the more you get out so take the time to focus on yourself and your own achievements! When starting off its also important to not make some very common mistakes. So grab a mat and begin your yoga journey.