Yoga has become one of the most popular way to destress, rejuvenate and reconnect with our bodies. It has been around for centuries and is flourishing among cities all over the world. There are many paths to awaken, not only our bodies, but our minds and spiritual side through this ancient celebrated tradition. It gives us a better understanding to ourselves and the world around us, as it can be very personal to each individual practicing it.
Now YOU want to be apart of this tranquil and full of life practice.
Perhaps you either feel awkward, confused or a bit uncomfortable joining a class so soon when you aren’t yet familiar with the basics, or maybe you work from home and need to find an activity that you can incorporate into your work at home schedule and daily routine.
The good news is:
You don’t even have to step out of your home to learn about yoga and practice it. It can easily fit into your schedule.
So now you’re wondering; “How can I get started on this age old highly beneficial practice?”
1. Start By Learning The Basics Of Yoga
That’s right. The first step for you is to get started. You can’t begin any new activity, without at least learning the basics. The internet has loads of information on Yoga. Just type into Google; “Basics of Yoga” and you will receive all the info you need right at your fingertips. Choose a site that reflects what you feel would help you and get started.
If searching the world wide web is too overwhelming, another option is to check out Amazon and find a good book like; Yoga Basics For Beginners: A Simple Guide To Yoga For Beginners For Health, Fitness And Happiness. This is another great way to do your research as a new practising Yogi.
2. Create A Sacred Space In Your Home To Practice Yoga
You need your own space. Even if it’s a small corner in your home to just relax your body, calm your mind and just be yourself. Your very own sanctuary. Yoga is the perfect opportunity to create that. This is even more important when you’re learning a new activity. So choose a space in your home that gives you a state of comfort, joy and relaxation. Light some candles or your favourite incense, hang some plants or put out a large vase of beautiful smelling flowers. Really make it your own. Now would be the perfect time to also purchase a yoga mat to complete your yoga haven.
3. Pick Five Yoga Poses That You Know You Can Do Then Add One Per Week
Now that you know a few basics to Yoga, you will be introduced to many yoga poses. Pick five that you feel comfortable doing and stick with them. Don’t strive for perfection, focus on consistency. Every week, add another pose. This is how you can create your very own personal yoga routine. If you can’t complete your routine or miss a day, don’t get discouraged, just get back on track and continue where you are at in mind, body and spirit. Some simple poses to start off with are; Seated Twist, Downward Dog, Cobra, Child’s Pose, Mountain Pose and Bridge Pose. Yoga blocks are useful for a beginner yogi to help with flexibility.
4. Learn To Slow Deep Breath Through Each Pose
Breathing and yoga are as valuable to each other as water is to a growing flower. Better breathing awareness can increase blood flow to your brain and muscles, which has many health benefits during each yoga pose. Deep and slow breathing creates more long term resilience to stress. A simple way to start an awareness to your breathing, it to breath in through your nose for a count of four, hold for a count of four and exhale out your mouth for a count of 4. Do this 10 times and you will feel the positive results right away.
5. Don’t Give Up, Habits Form In Approximately 2 Months
It takes approximately 2 months to form a new habit,don’t give up. By staying focused on your routine, increasing your yoga poses each week, becoming more aware of your breathing and being gentle with yourself, by the end of two months, yoga will no longer be a foreign phrase to you.
Enjoy your Yoga journey!