Here are the top 10 yoga tips for beginners:
1.Be sure to wear the proper clothes. Clothes should allow for freedom of movement yet not be baggy. If you are new to yoga and taking a class, your clothes should be form fitting enough allow your instructor to evaluate your posture during the poses.
2.Have a yoga blanket handy to keep warm when meditating during the corpse pose.
3.Have the appropriate space for your yoga practice. The ideal setting should be well ventilated, have natural light and be free from distractions and interruptions. Let the answering machine take your calls during this time. Practice on a carpet or a mat long enough for you to stretch out on.
4.Have a focal point, such as a painting you especially enjoy or an attractive plant, for balancing exercises that require a fixed gaze.
5.It is generally suggested that yoga be performed on an empty stomach -- prior to a full meal or at least an hour or two after eating. Personally I don't know that I ever go two hours without eating, so I just do the best I can and try not to practice right after a large meal.
6.Avoid stimulating poses during the evening. These include the sun salutation, the standing poses and backward bending poses.
7.Pay attention to feelings of pain. Yoga is not about competitiveness. Move through the asanas at your own pace. Never force or pull your body into any position that feels uncomfortable. Pushing yourself into a painful position is risking injury. To avoid pain, and in fact use yoga to reduce any pain issues you may already have, see our section on yoga therapy.
8.Pain is a signal that needs to be analyzed and interpreted. It may mean your body needs work in a particular area, but also that you need to proceed with caution. With yoga the benefits develop over time. Remember that muscles that have been restricted in movement or atrophied from underuse over a period of years are not going to be transformed overnight.
9.If you have a permanent injury or condition that you think could be worsened by doing yoga, have a chat with your doctor about which poses might be best avoided.
10.To practice the asanas does not require any special diet, but if you find out you enjoy yoga, you may find it interesting to read up on the traditional yogi diet.
Here are the top yoga benefits for beginners:
1.A brief but comprehensive lifestyle education program based on yoga reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus.
2. Yoga involves everything in your body. Having a physical therapist try to fix your neck without working on your legs is the equivalent of telling a structural engineer that he has to fix a sagging upper story without working on the foundation of the building.
3. Yoga balances your muscles by stretching out tight muscles and strengthening up loose muscles.
4. Improves your posture so that once your muscles were balanced and aligned they stay that way.
In this modern maelstrom, yoga's tendency to stasis and silence seems at first insane, then inspired. The notion of bodies at rest becoming souls at peace is reactionary, radical and liberating. If it cures nagging backache, swell. But isn't it bliss just to sit this one out, to freeze-frame the frenzy, to say no to all that and om to what may be beyond it, or within ourselves?
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