When you are very new to yoga, there are some postures that are important for you to learn to make yourself feel comfortable in a class or while practising on your own at home.
Maybe it is not that easy to narrow down everything, as we have over 300 postures in the physical yoga (asana) practice. With the popularity of yoga nowadays, we can see every other neighbour or our friends practising yoga and let’s not fool ourselves by thinking yoga is very easy, it’s definitely quite challenging when it comes to beginners.
And the encouraging news is that I have jotted down 14 practical tips for the yoga beginner’s which is going to make it pleasant, easier and a worthwhile experience.
1. Make up your mind, why you want to start off with yoga:
We could have decided to start off with yoga for many different reasons. You may want to get into it to broaden your religious practice like spiritual growth, or just to maintain good health because every particular reason suggests different practices and knowledge, so it is relevant to know specifically what your reasons are.
2. Take Guidance From An Experienced Yoga Teacher:
Some of us don’t just feel like going to any yoga classes, we just start off practising yoga at home by watching videos or reading books, we think it’s good enough, this option could be easy, but gaining proper advice at the beginning will give you a good awareness of how and where to start. A teachers advice can help you to practice on the right poses, how to do and how often, depending on your present health and body structure.
3. Use Comfortable Clothes:
You should make sure that your clothes are comfortable and allow you to free movement, use stretchy pants or leggings and a top. This is one of the most basic and essential kits you will need.
4. Use a Sticky Yoga Mat:
A sticky mat is a necessity used for some poses. Beginners often tend to have some balance problems; a sticky mat will ease this and will help you in keeping away from problems such as muscle sprains and cramps.
5. Have Nutritional Foods:
Make some nutritional adjustments to your food, keep them lighter consume food that contains slow carbs and fibre like grains, oatmeal, fruit and vegetables. Eat something light a couple of hours before your yoga practice; do not practice yoga after being hungry for hours.
6.Keep Yourself Hydrated:
Water consumption is very important for any physical activity before you start, so make sure to drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day. Carry a bottle of water to your yoga class every day.
7. Put It In Writing:
It’s a good habit to put down in writing whatever you have learned each time, which will help you to track your progress. In order to remember and not get lost in the names of different poses, practices and other important terms that are often mentioned in Sanskrit and this will also help you to memorize the terms.
8. Yoga A Spiritual Part:
Yoga is spiritual awareness and mindfulness more than just a physical exercise, so get to know more about it and work on the spiritual part.
9. Meditation and Pranayama:
Meditation and Pranayama the yogic breathing are the two important practices that accomplish yoga. This will improve your physical and mental health; it makes yoga a meaningful experience for you.
10. Bring in Breathing Practices:
Breathing will help in reducing stress and it oxygenates your body. It will help you improve faster in your yoga practice and benefit more health benefits.
11. Learn More By Reading Books on Yoga:
Balance what you hear from your yoga instructor with books and videos this will increase your knowledge. Yoga is a complex practice and it needs an all-around approach.
12. Save Your Spirits Higher:
Always try again later if something was not working out, just move back to things you liked and that made you feel like you are making an improvement. Deal with your motivation wisely, and always listen to yourself and not anybody.
13. Smile To Walk Through The Miles:
Carrying a soft smile will help relax the body and mind. It helps you enjoy the yoga asanas a lot more. Having a calm mind will motivate you to push your body’s limits further and stretch more than expected.
14. Yoga Nidra:
Yoga Nidra is helpful in providing complete relaxation to the mind and body after the yoga workout. Once you complete your yoga asana practice, don’t rush up in a great hurry to get up and start moving to complete your daily tasks that are lined up. It is a good choice to lie down in Yoga Nidra for a few minutes; it will help in cooling down your body and reinforce the energy produced through yoga asana practice.