Summary: Learn how yoga can be started properly by following a set of effective principles ensuring dedication, safety, and positive impact.
Finally conjured up the courage to start yoga despite the intimidating lovely posters of model-like bodies twisted in pretzel postures spelling out loud that yoga is not for everyone? Well, kudos to you! Since starting is half the work done, let’s get your morale boosted a degree further by looking at yoga with a critical vision.
Is the discipline in essence about getting into shape or being conscious? Is the goal of yoga merely physical proficiency or the feeling of goodness and joy? These are the questions to ask yourself when engaging with this age-old science of life, healing, and wellness. Get started on the path with the right orientation and the benefits will be all yours to cherish—
Enter the Discipline Stress-free
Like every time one starts something new, there will be incapacities and lack of finesse. The initiation is the most important part and as long as you are concentrating on getting started in full force, you need not beat yourself up too much for the slight failings.
Don’t let your spirits fall and remember that the only person watching is yourself. So don’t be too occupied with your image and enter the practice stress-free, never minding some gymnastic bodied girl executing the postures better than you on the next mat. The idea is also applicable in reverse. Let no conceit enter your mind if your abilities top others’. Be completely invested in the discipline and enjoy the results when it comes, nothing else should matter.
Find Some Guidance
The logic of getting initiated by an experienced yoga instructor is as straight as for why it is effective for children to start literacy at a school under tutelage of those who know the alphabets. If you are determined to turn in the course of yoga, find a reputed instructor who can show you through. Better still, if you join a class. Many wonders can be found in learning in a collectively spirited environment.
For many, learning yoga is about making a style statement, which is just about okay as long as the motivation does not interfere with your ease and comfort. Make sure your yoga attire lets you breathe and move the way you want to. How you look in the yoga getup comes next only to the level of comfort that the costume can guarantee.
Stay in Yoga Off the Mat
Make yoga a constant state of being. On and off the mat, practice concentration at the moment. Be present, be completely aware, and maintain an action without attachment. Consciously, ward off impulses that can make your yoga efforts counterproductive like bad food habit, occupation with negative emotions, and negligence in duty and action.
Warm Up Before the Motions
The book of Yoga Sutras mentions the importance of Sukshma Vyayam or warm up before exercise for loosening up the body and prepare for undisturbed asana performances.
Massaging of head, brow, neck, and shoulders, rotating the neck and waist, and pumping the shoulders are just some ways to get ready for the motions of asana.
Test Your Limits
Be open to the experience of challenge. Be ready to push boundaries with asanas that exact your stretching and opening capacities. Don’t give up just yet when a strain starts to effect with a certain posture. Hold on, breathe, and maintain your stability. There is, however, a fine line between experiencing a challenge with some strain and pushing excessively which may cause damage. Ask your instructor about limits and decide for yourself.
Recharge with Restorative Yoga
Don’t make your practice all about hard-line positions. Remember to cut yourself some slack every once in awhile with a session of slow and relaxed restorative yoga.
Get started and own your peace guys!