Yoga Tips

Beginner Yoga Poses

When performing beginner yoga poses, it’s important to concentrate on each movement. Remember that you are connecting the body with the mind and the breath. If you experience pain, release the hold slightly or exit the pose. Technique and form is more important than attaining the pose. It is better to perform a posture correctly one time rather than repeating it incorrectly. Keep to the order of the poses as given by the instructor – they are taught in the order that will best benefit your practice.

How to Gain Without Pain

While holding any yoga position, it is imperative that you not over exert yourself. Many postures involve advanced levels of flexibility. This does not mean that you cannot approximate these poses if you are not at that advanced level. However, you should perform each pose as accurately as you can, without forcing your body into a painful place. Yoga is meant to be connective and flowing. If your body is in pain during the exercises, you will be off-center and the full benefits of the exercise will be lost.

Order Of Poses Matters

There is a reason that the yoga poses in yoga classes and yoga videos or DVDs follow a certain order. Some yoga poses are invigorating and some are calming. The invigorating moves, including standing poses such as the warrior series, and balancing poses such as the standing big toe pose and half moon pose, are usually done earlier in the class, while seated poses and twists are done towards the end of a class to calm the body in preparation for final relaxation poses.

Some poses are done in preparation for others because their basic movements are the foundation of the more complicated postures. For example, dolphin, which is essentially downward-facing dog using your forearms instead of your palms, is often done earlier in a yoga class as a preparation for inverted forearm balancing poses later in the class.

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