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Yoga for Beginners

Yoga is widely considered to be highly therapeutic and healthy. It is a form of exercise that can be practiced at many difficulty levels; this makes it ideally suited to the elderly, the young and people with existent health concerns or mobility issues. Yoga allows the practiser to gain awareness of the body’s posture, and to develop modes of movement that exercise certain joints and muscles groups, whilst allowing other areas to relax completely. People who have particularly hectic lifestyles often find that yoga is a great way to unwind and get fit at the same time!

Yoga is great for beginners because there are a range of much more simple movements that the beginner can learn and then build upon as they gain greater confidence, fitness and flexibility. Further, it is not the case in yoga that more complex or difficult exercises have greater health benefits – all yoga exercises are very good for the body.

There are a few guidelines to practicing yoga in the safest and most comfortable manner. These are as follows:

– Children under the age of 12 should not hold postures for a long time
– To get the maximum benefits from yoga, try to find around 30 minutes a day to practice
– One of the best times to practice yoga is first thing in the morning. You will not have eaten, but won’t be feeling hungry yet, and will be calm and well rested – an ideal time for yoga. However, yoga can be practiced at any time of day.
– The best location for practicing yoga will be bright and spacious, with plenty of air and minimal disturbances. Outdoor locations such as parks can be fantastic, provided it is possible to locate a relatively private spot.
– Do not eat a large meal directly before practicing yoga. It is best to allow at least three hours after a meal.
– Wear comfortable, breathable and loose fitting clothing.
– Never practice yoga on a bare floor as this can lead to back injuries. Always use a yoga mat. These can be purchased inexpensively in almost all sports shops.
So, now the principals and very basics of yoga have been understood, it is also important to firstly know the precautions and rules for practicing yoga movements (even basis ones). There are three basis rules to remember when carrying out any yoga movement:
– Movements should be carried out smoothly: don’t move suddenly, as this would risk jarring joints and muscles.
2 – Movements should be carried out slowly in a controlled manner. This point is key to yoga which is about focusing the mind as well as training the body
3 – Movements should relate to breathing and be timed accordingly.

The principals of breathing in yoga are very straight-forward and easy to remember. They are:

1 – When moving downwards, exhale.

2 – When moving upwards, inhale.
3 – When remaining still, or resting, breathe normally.

So, now you know the basic guidelines and concepts behind yoga, you can start learning some beginner’s movements!

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