Things Beginners Should Know About Yoga
|July 25, 2011||Posted by admin under Yoga Beginner|
Nowadays, more people over the world have been practicing yoga. You might be wondering what it is, the benefits, what should be prepared, etc.
Now, let me discuss the term of yoga concisely and clearly by compiling some frequently asked questions.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient holistic system originating from India that has been done for over 5000 years ago. The word of yoga comes from Sanskrit name, Yuj which means union. Yoga practice combines asanas (yoga poses), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation and relaxation, and also dhyanas (positive thoughts).
Who Is Yoga for?
s designed for everyone who is looking for a better health, harmony and peace in their life. No matter what gender, age, religion, culture, social status, or even political views you are. If you often hear that yoga is a typical sport for women or sissies, don’t listen it. It is nonsense. Try it once and decide by yourself it is true or not.
Is Practicing Yoga Related to a Particular Religious Practice?
Yoga is not a religious practice. Many yogis (yoga practitioners) vary from many religions such as Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant, Islam, or even Judaism. Although, if you find yoga philosophies are similar to Hinduism or Buddhism philosophies, it is true since they are teach the good values of life but there is no one will force you to join one of the religion.
Why Should I Practice Yoga?
Yoga offers a lot of benefits if you practice it regularly. Here they are:
- Smoothing the bloodstream
- Stretching the body
- Increasing the strength
- Reducing weight
- Reducing the stress
- Gaining more confidence
- Improving concentration and memory
- A lot more
What Should I Prepare For My First Yoga Practice?
Find an experienced certified yoga instructor is a must because you can consult your health and the reason why you do yoga. A good yoga instructor will also motivate you and give good yoga philosophies in every time of your practice. Another option is you can join a yoga club or have a yoga private practice in your home. Next thing is to buy a yoga mat for your daily practice.
How Many Times Should I Practice Yoga?
For beginner, it is suggested to practice yoga two or three times a week for 1 hour of each. If you have made yoga into your routine, you may practice it everyday for 1 hour. But the progress should be increase gradually for example the first month you do yoga 2-3 times a week, the second month increase it into 3-4 times a week, the third month increase it into 4-5 times a week, etc.
When is the Best Time of Doing Yoga Practice?
Actually, there is no particular time to do Yoga. Some yoga expert will suggest you to practice yoga in the morning when the sunrise because the air is still fresh, so it is good to start your day or you may also do it in the evening when the sunset because you must been tired through all your hectic day, so you need to calm and relax your mind body through yoga practice. However, for some of you who has busy schedule over the day, it is impossible to set the time perfectly everyday. The idea is whenever you feel relax and calm, that’s the best time to do yoga. Bear in mind not to do yoga after having meals at least after 2-3 hours and also do not practice yoga several hours just before you are going to sleep.
I heard there are various yoga types. Which is the best for me?
Yes you are right. There are various yoga types indeed such as Hatha Yoga, Hot Yoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, etc. Each type has different characteristics. For example, hot yoga is done in a hot room so you will sweat a lot. Vinyasa Yoga is done in a smooth and quick sequence of some poses. Power Yoga is intended for those who want to advance their level of yoga practice.
If you are new, I suggest you to try Hatha Yoga class since the practice are done with the gentle and slow movement.
Now you have known the detailed information you need about yoga. So, why don’t you go ahead to plan your yoga practice and prepared everything needed.
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