As yoga beginner students, showing up to a yoga class for the first time can be a little intimidating. Sometimes it seems everyone
there knows exactly how to perform each posture, and they were simply born flexible, balanced, and strong. With perseverance and some extra know-how offered in this article, you can start practicing like a true yogi, no matter how inflexible, wobbly, and stressed out you are when you begin.
Here are six tips for beginner yoga students to help make the task of becoming a yogi a little more do-able.
Realize Yoga is not a Magic Pill
Many people have been practicing for years in order to compete all the postures they are able to do. Yoga looks really easy from the outside looking in, but this is simply not so. The postures, breathing, and concentration required of a yoga practitioner take relentless, but calm effort, so realize that you won’t really feel ‘right’ doing a posture for your first five, ten or even one hundred classes. Even advanced yoga students, too, are often still learning the nuances of a pose years after they have first learned its basics. Give yourself the opportunity to get to know yourself through yoga for the long haul. It will change your body, repair old injuries, and even reduce scar tissue. It will help relieve pent up stresses you didn’t even realize you were carrying, but it doesn’t work over night. Give it the complete opportunity to heal and restore you before giving up on it.
Genetics Does Take part
Genetics does take part in how flexible a person starts out in this life, but not necessarily how flexible they end up. Some people simply come into the world with flexible joints, muscles and tendons. Just like the traits for blue eyes or dark hair come with your DNA, so does your base-line level of flexibility and muscle-strength. This does not mean; however, that if you are stiff and uncomfortable you have to stay this way forever. Practicing yoga consistently has made even the most rigid bodies more supple, and the weakest bodies stronger and less disease-prone. If you started out flexible, thank Mom and Dad for the great head start, but don’t give up if you can barely touch your toes when you get out of bed ever morning. You will be shocked at how much progress you can make it you stick to yoga and practice at least three times a week.
The True Goal of Yoga
The true goal is to calm the mind, so don’t take the physical stuff to seriously. The asana portion of yoga is just one aspect of this ancient practice. It was meant to make the body string enough to endure sitting in meditation for many hours at a time, without the aches and pains that would normally accompany this kind of practice. If you can work on calming your mind and stilling g your thoughts alongside the physical parts of yoga, your progress will be much faster, and you will reach yoga’s true goal with the tools you are given to attain bliss.
There Are Many Types of Yoga
You can practice many types of yoga aside from just asana. If you are injured, ill, or unable to practice physical postures, you can still practice yoga. Dharana, Dhyana, Pranayama, Bhakti, Jnana, Saucha, and Raja yoga, can also be practiced. There are breathing exercises you can complete, meditation practices, mantra-repetition, cleansing practices, and more. Yoga has a very wide arch outside of just asana, so be sure to read up about the other types or yoga, and the branches, which deal with more than just the physical practice.
Take It Slow and Easy
Take it slow and easy to stay motivated and injury-free. Don’t get discouraged by trying to progress too quickly in your practice. It took a whole lifetime for your body to arrive at its current state, and it can take a little time to undue all the environmental and internal damage we do to our physical vessels. People who push too hard, too fast often find that they injure themselves in yoga, and this is the exact opposite of what you are trying to achieve. A calm, steady posture, for example, as described by Patanjali, does not involve a pulled hamstring, or a tweaked out shoulder from trying to do arm balances or excessive power yoga before your body is ready. Go slow, and you’ll progress more quickly, without hurting yourself or becoming apathetic.
Yoga Success Translates to Life Success
One of the greatest benefits of yoga is observing that what happens on the mat translates to the rest of the world. As you get more flexible in yoga postures, you may start to approach life from a more flexible position too. A calmer mind translates into more focus at work, and not taking on other people’s problems, because you can clearly see which responsibilities are your own, and which are meant for someone else. A deeper breath allows you that extra little bit of awareness before you make a decision in life, and this means you are wiser at every turn, not matter what challenges lay before you.
When you take each of these tips into consideration, you will learn faster, prevent injury, and start to tap into your natural state of peaceful bliss, the true goal of any yoga practice.
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