Yoga is an ancient and complex set of beliefs surrounding paths towards a better way of life, but in the west is widely known as the postures that are one of eight ‘limbs’ of yoga, and are uses as a method of strengthening, relaxing, energizing and stretching our bodies and minds. There are two options for practicing yoga – on your own or by joining a yoga class.
1. Start slow and build up
Start with simple, easy poses. This will give you a chance to warm up your body, and get the energy flowing before attempting the more strenuous poses. If you ever feel pain while doing a pose, adjust your position, or come out of the pose partially or all the way and try something else.
2. Work on your technique
There are a huge variety of yoga poses in use today, some of which are very strenuous, and some of which are very easy. Make sure to pick poses that you can do without feeling pain. Some good positions for beginners can be found here. While you can mix and match poses any way that works for you, consider looking up poses based on an established yoga style.
3. Eat well
The first principle of yoga is Ahimsa, which means non-violence. Non-violence would be the priority in the dietary choices of a yogi. This is a diet which delivers optimal amounts of nutrients to the body. A yoga diet creates health and vitality, supplying your system with ample energy, physical strength, strong digestion, effortless elimination, crystal-clear mental focus, and sharp memory, along with other physiological, emotional, and mental benefits.
4. Take time to recover
It’s perhaps more obvious to rest when you do vigourous-intensity aerobic activity, such as running, but it also important to occasionally take a break from your yoga routine. The body repairs and strengthens itself between workouts, and over-training can weaken even the strongest athletes.
5. Wear the right yoga kit
Consider where you will be doing yoga, who else will be there and the temperature of the room. The most important aspect of yoga clothing is that it allow you a full range of motion.