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STARTING A YOGA PRACTICE

Yoga is all the rage right now, but all the difficult and complicated yoga poses you often see on social media might be really daunting for beginner or aspiring yogis, who often feel overwhelmed at the sheer amount of flexibility and agility required to do and hold a single pose. However, do not let that stop you, as even professional and trained yoga instructors all start somewhere. With enough time and practice, you too can be adept at yoga if you dedicate yourself enough to it. To begin with, however, there are several steps commonly recommended by yoga professionals for beginner yogis who want to start this healthy new hobby.

The Importance of Starting Small

Any professional yoga trainers and instructors would agree that the most important thing you need in yoga is not flexibility or agility, but rather controlling your breathing. The correct breathing technique–breathing in and out through your nose and into your belly–is extremely important when you are holding your posture, and learning basic breathing patterns will help you a lot, even more so than any inherent agility you possess.

The next thing you need to do is to start with, and focus on, a meditation or an intention. There is no need to start worrying about holding any poses yet, as all you have to do is to sit in a position that is comfortable for you, close your eyes, and try to focus inwards. Meditation helps you calm your fraying nerves and clear your mind, and helps your muscles to relax. You can also set an intention to bring deeper focus. There is no need to have a long and complicated intention, as the best and most effective intention should be short, positive, as well as to the point.

Next comes learning and using beginner level postures. Of course, it is always important to warm yourself up sufficiently before attempting to do any yoga poses, even a simple one intended for beginners. After you have warmed up, try doing basic poses such as the seated twist pose, or the forward bend. If you need step by step instructions, there are quite a lot of infographic and detailed chart you could download and put on your phone as a guidance.

The last but not the least important thing to note when it comes to yoga is to always end every one of your yoga practice with relaxation pose, which is also called as Shavasana. Doing a relaxation pose is as simple as resting on your back and consciously trying to relax your body for a few minutes, to cool your body down. If you want to go the extra mile, yoga instructors also recommend having another short meditation session after you have completed your Shavasana, in order to ease you out of your yoga practice and bring you back to the real world. Although these steps might be complicated and awkward to do at first, do not be afraid as the feeling will pass the more you practice.

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