A little research will be required on your part. Many yoga classes are out there, and you may be turned off if you pick one that does not suit your personality and state of physical fitness. If going to a yoga studio for the first time gives you knots in your stomach, don’t worry, you can easily familiarize yourself with yoga at home before trying out a class. Starting a yoga practice doesn't have to be an anxiety producing experience for yoga beginners. Quite the opposite! By doing a little research and preparation, you can start Yoga at home quite comfortably.
In order to do yoga at home safely and avoid injury, it is essential to prepare properly. Practicing yoga at home is a time to gain a gradual understanding of how your body moves and become familiar with yoga postures. As a yoga beginner it is important to approach your practice systematically. Whether you are an athlete or new to physical activity, yoga will move your body in unfamiliar ways so it is imperative to start your yoga practice at home gradually. If you want to learn more about the anatomy of the body in relation to yoga. I got Simply Yoga DVD, you can search on line and have a look.
2. Find a Class
Online resources will help you find a yoga classin your area. You can also check local alternative newspapers or wellness magazines for listings or search online for "yoga" and the name of your town. You can do Yoga at home as well. Next, it is very helpful to have the appropriate tools to begin yoga at home. Yoga beginners can feel mystified when looking at all the props used to support a yoga practice. How can you possibly know what you need? Making a few simple investments up front will help you stay safe while doing yoga at home and allow you to enjoy your practice more. While it is ideal to practice on a hard floor, don’t let carpet stop you. A kitchen floor or outside area can work beautifully too. Just be sure you have enough space around you to stretch out fully.
3. Find Out What to Were
On the first day, you will not need to bring much except yourself and some comfortable, breathable clothing. Most studios have yoga mats that can be rented. Wearing comfortable clothing that allows for a full range of motion is very important. A yoga mat will keep you from slipping and is a great investment for yoga beginners. Having two yoga blocks allows you to extend your reach in postures where your hands don’t quite touch the floor. This lets you experience a posture fully without compromising your alignment and risking injury. A meditation cushion is not only for meditation! When sitting cross-legged on the floor, the knees should be at or below the level of the hips. Most yoga beginners knees are higher than the hips which creates a strain on the joints. Having a cushion will bring more ease into your seat allowing you to sit longer and they are fun home furnishings as well! Yoga blanketare great tools to allow the body to relax into certain postures by taking strain off of tight muscles. These blankets are a firm weave and give sturdy support unlike bedding blankets. They are excellent for staying warm during final relaxation too.
4. Learn What to Expect
In a typical yoga class, the students place their mats facing the front of the room (often identifiable by a small altar or by the teacher's mat) in a loose grid. It's best not to line up your mat exactly with the one next to it because you and your neighbor will need some space in certain poses. Now that you have some basic supplies for your home yoga practice, it’s time to get started. Many yoga practitioners, including beginners, forget about the most important tool of all, water! Being well hydrated before you start yoga is vital. Having a water bottlelets you drink all you need and saves money over the disposable plastic bottles in the store. Ideally you won’t drink water during your yoga practice but only before and after. Yoga will build a purifying heat inside the body which is a good thing. As a yoga beginner, it is essential to know that this heat is a crucial part of the practice and drinking water during your yoga at home will only dampen this fire. Let it be!
There are many wonderful books to support you in your home yoga journey. Simply Yoga key to building a solid foundation from which to grow.Simply Yoga by Yolanda Pettinato is a wonderful read about yoga and how to apply the principles to a modern life. Mark Ansari’s book, Yoga beginners is a unique spiral bound book that you can set up like tent while practicing yoga at home. This makes it easy to see the pictures as you try the postures. A perfect companion for yoga beginners. Astanga Yoga & Meditation by Jean Hall And Doriel Hall Is very good for learn Yoga.
6. Dos and Don'ts
Have a big meal right before class. Try Eating lightly a few hours before class starts.
Drink Water during class, but have some before and after.
Wear shoes or socks during class.
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Tell the teacher it's your first class (you probably won't be the only one).