Are You a Yoga Novice or Even a Non Starter? Top 10 Tips to Get You Going
Those top 10 tips
1. His top tip about starting yoga is to have no ambition at all!
2. Wear comfortable clothes that let you relax and stretch.
3. Just do a little yoga at the beginning.
4. Don't ever be embarrassed when you find you cannot do anything or a particular move.
5. Learn to just let it happen as it does – go with the flow.
6. Remember that yoga is not always about contorting your body and pushing your limits.
7. In time you will learn to start a yoga habit. More strenuous poses will come later.
8. Breathing in the form of exercises help to get you centered and ready for your yoga practice.
9. One exercise is to sit cross-legged on the floor with a straight spine and your hands, palms up, on your knees while closing your eyes and taking a deep breath in. Hold your breath in for a slow count of 4 before exhaling to a slow count of eight. Wait for for eight seconds before repeating several times until you feel the calmness taking over.
10. Don't give up at the first hurdle - persevere and it will become easier in time.
Other likely exercises in a beginner yoga class
- Alternative nostril breathing.
- The cat/cow position.
- The downward facing dog pose.
- The standing forward bend.
- Warrior II.
- The lunge.
- The bridge pose.
- The reclined twist and...
Yoga for health reasonsYoga is not just about slowing down the aging process. It is also associated with a wide range of physical and psychological benefits that can be especially helpful for anyone living with a chronic illness such as arthritis and there are many reasons for this:
- Beginner yoga classes provide simple, gentle movements that gradually build strength, balance and flexibility – all elements that may be especially beneficial for people with arthritis.
- As you progress, yoga goes on to increase muscle strength, improve flexibility, enhance respiratory endurance and promote balance.
- Yoga has also been shown to boost energy, build positive feelings and ease anxiety. Yoga is mind boosting and energy increasing, leading to fewer body aches and pains.
- Yoga really helps with the increased stress that goes hand-in-hand with living with a chronic disease.
- Yoga leads to lots of increased mental energy as well as positive feelings (you become more alert and enthusiastic), fewer negative feelings (less aggression and anxiety) and somatic complaints.