Yoga Tips For Beginners

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You want your very first experience of yoga to be a good one and of course to be very beneficial to both your body and importantly your mind as well.

It has grown hugely over many hundreds if not thousands of years into so many different types that it is very difficult, if not almost impossible for a beginner to determine which type is best for you. Below I will try and give you a brief explanation of each style of yoga to hopefully than allow you to choose the style that should be most suitable to you.

During my many years as a instructor, as well as more recently as a yoga teacher training UK, I have picked up and noticed that stretching, strengthening and balancing exercises and more importantly paired with relaxation techniques, reduces soreness and improve both movement and one’s gripping ability.

Firstly and importantly, “Invest in Yourself”. Buy or even initially borrow a good mat. You can very often borrow a mat from your yoga teacher or the studio, although it really is a very good idea to buy your own mat both for hygiene reasons and indeed for convenience to.

Before starting, you should try and identify which yoga style you think you might be interested in. Your yoga teacher course includes different postures that will work with every joint in your body.

The normal choices include the following :

Hatha yoga : This tends to concentrate on breathing and alignment and for the majority of the time this is a great way to start on your journey for all types of beginners.

Iyengar Yoga : This style focuses more on precision in postures, which is always a good thing. They also use many props which again, can be very helpful for beginners. Your teacher will often have a stock of the props that you can borrow initially in the class and buy later on.

Vinyasa yoga : A flowing class that harmonises breathing and movement through several sets of postures and poses.

Ashtanga Yoga : This type focuses on a faster flow from pose to pose and is again built up as a series of postures.

Hot Yoga : This style uses a heated room to cause sweating and uses less difficult muscle movements.

Gentle Yoga : Is a style which follows its name and is ideal for beginners.

Kundalini yoga : This style heavily concentrates on energy and breathing with fast postures.

In the majority of cases it really does make sense to talk to someone you know who is already practising it to get the feel of their particular yoga class. You can then assess the different kinds of classes available in your local area. Some students prefer a teacher of the same sex for example, but do be prepared to be adjusted by your teacher in your postures as most teachers will instruct and give a demonstration of the posture and then go and help anyone in the class who may need help.

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