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How to Get Started Practising Yoga

It seems like everybody these days are into yoga. From Hollywood stars to professional athletes, everybody seems to have been bitten by the yoga bug. What is it about yoga that has gotten these people hook, line and sinker? If you really want to find out, then maybe you should try yoga yourself. One of the things that you need to know about yoga is that it is more than just a form of physical exercise. It is actually a practice that affects the mind and the spirit as well. The real meaning of the word yoga is union. It is therefore the goal of yoga to unite body, mind and spirit.

[box type=”note”]How does someone begin with a yoga practice? This article is for people who want to try yoga but do not know how to start. You probably know by now that the cornerstones of yoga practice are the poses or what is termed in Sanskrit as asanas. Here, you will learn the asanas that are perfect for beginners like you.[/box]

How to Get Started Practicing Yoga

The Sun Salutations:

This is the most basic of yoga poses and this is the reason why it is also used as a warm-up for yoga classes or personal yoga sessions. It is actually a combination of 12 different poses consisting of asanas, breathing exercise, sun bathing and prayer. The movements involved in sun salutations are done in a synchronized manner and emphasis is put on the breath that should be rhythmic. Doing sun salutations are good for the arms and legs. If you want to lose weight and to tone your muscles, then you should also do this pose regularly. The sun salutation is perfect for beginners because it is easy enough to do but at the same time offers plenty of benefits.

The Shoulder Stand:

You’ve probably done this pose already when you were a kid while playing with your playmates. You can still see kids doing this pose today, challenging their friends on who can hold it for the longest time. This is a very important pose to learn for beginners because of its significance to the practice of yoga itself. The Sanskrit name for the shoulder pose is Savangasana which literally means “all limbs.” What it means really is that the pose affects all parts of the body. As a beginner, you should be aware though that poses such as the shoulder stand have counter poses. In this case, they are the bridge and the fish pose. Talk to your instructor about counter poses.

The Corpse:

The corpse pose is the favorite of many people who are just starting in yoga simply because it is very relaxing. In fact, the other name for the corpse pose is the relaxation pose. It is usually performed at the end of a yoga session to relax the muscles. It is usually done for about 15 minutes. Some people tend to fall asleep though after while doing this pose. You will definitely feel relaxed and refreshed after doing the corpse pose.

Article by David.  Learn more about Yoga at Yoga Mats.

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2 Comments

  1. Emily @ Yoga DVDs

    August 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    If you’re just getting started with Yoga, you’re probably better off attending a class so that you can get an instructor to safely lead you through some poses, rather than trying to figure it all out on your own. If you’re too shy for that there are also some great yoga DVDs targeted at beginners (see eg http://yogadvds.net/yoga-beginner-dvd/) that include detailed instruction and a slow enough pace to give you time to figure everything out. Be safe and enjoy!

  2. Marisa Finetti

    August 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for sharing this post! I’m a beginner in yoga and have been doing the sun salutation each day now for one year. It really energizes me and gets me ready for the day!

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