Here’s what you need to get started with a yoga routine.
Regardless of age, fitness level, and health, yoga is one of the best ways to stay healthy and active every day. It may seem like a daunting task, and if you’re new to yoga it can be hard to know exactly where to start. But the truth is, it’s easy to get started, and we’re here to help you.
What are the benefits?
Yoga is an excellent way to increase muscle strength, maintain a balanced metabolism, and improve mental health. Although it’s not necessarily an easy form of exercise, it can be very relaxing and rejuvenating to your mind and body.
What do you need to get started?
The great thing about yoga is that it can be done anytime, anywhere, and with very few accessories. All you need is comfortable clothes and a non-slip yoga mat. You don’t need anything fancy or expensive to start. The most important part is to start your first yoga session with patience and an open mind.
Where do you start?
There are lots of yoga studios that offer classes, as well as DVDs that can be purchased. However, if you’re comfortable without extra guidance, then YouTube videos and step-by-step photos of various poses are a great way to get started as well. Everyone is different, so you may want to try multiple tactics until you’ve found the one that works best for you.
The key to successful yoga is breath control, or pranayama. Remember to always take deep breaths through your nose, filling your belly. Sit on the floor in a relaxed pose. Empty your mind and concentrate on breathing, balance, and control. Two popular beginner poses that can easily be put in your first routine are the Cat-Cow and Downward Dog.