Do you currently lead a life that doesn’t get you as active as you’d like to be? Are you sitting during the day a lot? Do you also sit on the way to work either in your car or on transport?
We all know that being active is important and lack of movement is not good for your body. But it’s not always possible to get in extra activity around our day to day life.
Also, many of us don’t want to be pounding away for hours in the gym, on the treadmill or around the streets. If this is the case, then yoga could be for you.
If you would like to get more active and flexible, without taking hours or over exerting yourself, it is a great option.
Yoga can be practiced by most people because it can be done at your level of experience. There are poses for the beginner, as well as the advanced. The best thing about yoga is that it can help your body and your mind.
Depending on the style of yoga you decide to practice it can strengthen your core. It can also help your mind through meditation.
But before you begin you’ll need some yoga tips for beginners and techniques to get you started. These tips will make sure that you are safe and getting the most out of your poses.
1. Know Your Fitness Level
When you’re first starting out you’ll need to know where your level of fitness is at. It is important to be honest and not lie to yourself about this. It could result in injury otherwise.
Yoga can be practiced by most people, but it will take time to become an expert. Work within your level of fitness and don’t expect too much when you’re a beginner.
Take your time, learn the poses and concentrate on performing the poses right.
2. Start Slow
Do the yoga poses that you are able to do – don’t try to rush what you’re body isn’t yet able to do. When you first start you’re not going to be as flexible and might not be able to do all of the poses.
Work on those that are comfortable, but challenging enough to make you work during the poses.
3. The Right Clothing
This really depends on the style you’re going to practice, but it is a good rule of thumb to dress comfortable. This could be yoga pants and a sports bra. It also could mean loose fitting clothes that aren’t constricting. This is a personal choice.
Wear what makes you feel comfortable. Keep in mind that some of the poses might have your upper torso bend over, so if you’re wearing a loose fitting shirt it will follow gravity.
4. Stay Hydrated
Make sure that you bring plenty of water. This is true with any exercise, but people often forget to bring water to yoga. While there is not the outpouring of sweat like some exercise, you still need to stay hydrated.
Water also helps to keep your joints lubricated to perform the yoga poses.
5. Know Your Limits
Concentrate on what you’re able to do and get those poses down and then move on to more advanced ones.
Don’t compare yourself to someone that might have more experience than you do. Often, they’ve been doing it longer and their body has gradually got to that level.
By keeping up the exercise you’ll get their too.
The movement and focus on breathing in yoga is important. It is an exercise that combines poses and breathing.
This might be hard for you to do when you’re first starting. It is common to focus getting the moves down and not thinking about how you’re breathing.
Here is a great article on The Golden Rules of Breathing in Yoga. It will help you figure out the best way to breathe when you’re practicing yoga.
7. Find A Teacher
You can buy DVD’s to start a yoga routine in your home, but in some situations going to a class and participating in a group activity might be the best. Teachers have years of experience and will be able to help you with the right poses. This is particularly helpful in the beginning. It can make the experience far more enjoyable and confirm you are doing things right.
Plus if you’re doing one of the poses incorrectly the teacher will see how you are doing it and be able to help correct it. This might mean the difference between a pose that stretches your body or one that you get injured on.
8. Ask Questions
Yoga is a lot of different moves and poses, so if you’re not sure make sure to ask how to do them properly. That is what the yoga teacher is there for – make use of their knowledge.
You don’t want to get hurt and someone else might be having difficulty with the same pose or have the same question.
There are also other ways to ask for help if you’re not in a class. Go where other yogi’s are online. This could mean a forum, a Facebook group or page, other social media platforms or other websites.
Get to know other Yogi’s. No matter where you are, there is probably people meeting to perform yoga and it’s not always in a classroom. Research your area and see if there is a local meetup happening. Go along and get acquainted with other’s who practice. While you’re there ask your questions.
9. Listen To Your Body
Some of these poses might be difficult, especially for a beginner. Don’t force yourself to perform every single pose. Listen to what you’re body is telling you.
Are you stretching the pose too far? Does it feel comfortable? Is it challenging, but the feel is fine? Or are you in pain with the pose?
Pain isn’t supposed to be part of the yoga experience. If you’re feeling it then you’re probably not doing the pose right.
Ask your teacher (if you go to a class) to help you with any poses this is happening with. Or research online and see if you can find the proper way to hold your body for the poses. This could be articles or videos.
Make sure you get the answer you need before trying to force your body to continue to do the pose that causes you pain.
10. Get Knee Pain Relief With Props
If sore knees is already an issue, some of the poses that you’ll be asked to do might cause knee pain. One way to avoid this is to use props to help you with the poses.
Don’t worry about how it looks. You might not need them in the future, but it is always better to be safe and look after your body.
11. Non Slip Mat
13. Empty Stomach
Perform yoga on an empty stomach, the suggested time is two to three hours before eating. You’ll find that the morning is probably going to be the best time to get your yoga exercise in.
Yoga will help you develop an inner peace that other types of exercise might not. This helps when you’re extremely stressed out, have anxiety or are dealing with pressure. Yoga teaches you how to breathe in a mindful manner and helps calm the mind.
But that’s not all yoga can do for you. The yoga movements concentrate on building your core and strengthening your body by using your body weight and muscles. This creates a stronger you and makes you more flexible.
Yoga is a positive experience that you’ll enjoy if you follow the yoga tips for beginners above. Follow these and you’ll stay safe while getting the most from your new exercise routine.