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Health & Wellness: Yoga for Beginners

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a great form of mental and physical exercise. It helps improve mental focus and concentration. You will focus better on the day by clearing your mind. It also increases energy levels, reduces stress and your body gets toned. When you control your breathing, the brain gets loads of fresh oxygen. This will increase mental clarity and ensure you are prepared to give your full attention to anything you want to do. If you have a medical condition or a recent injury, it can be challenging or dangerous to do certain types of yoga, specific poses, or breathing techniques. Error on the side of caution and approach yoga slowly and carefully. If you are recovering from an injury or in poor health, consult a physician or other qualified health care professional before beginning yoga.

How to Practice 

Yoga is accessible for just about everyone. Beginners should start slow and if you are out of shape or extremely inflexible, begin with a short, straightforward session. And then once you have built up the strength and flexibility with a few basic beginner yoga postures, move to more challenging poses. It is essential to learn and follow the key components of yoga: breathing, meditation, intention, asanas, and relaxation. However, If you are relatively fit and flexible, it should not be a problem to jump right in and try a regular hatha yoga class.

How to Improve After You Start

Don’t get discouraged. It takes Patience, Commitment, Repetition, and Consistency. These are the keys to develop and progress in the practice of yoga. Once you have found a style, teacher, and yoga studio/online class make a schedule that works for you, and follow these few suggestions:

  • Commit to a regular schedule of yoga classes at home in a studio or online.
  • Increase the length and number of days you practice.
  • Attend workshops that focus on specific aspects of yoga in more detail.

The best way to know if yoga is for you is to give it a try!