Tips on getting started with Yoga

Yoga has been practiced for centuries, and with good reason; the practice simultaneously benefits us emotionally, mentally, and physically. Here are some tips for those of you who are interested in beginning yoga for the first time.

Have an intention
Why do you want to start practicing  yoga? Is it to de-stress? To get physically stronger and agile? Acknowledge your  intention for practicing and carry that that intention throughout your yoga session. Doing this will keep you strong and motivated .

Think about where you want to practice
If the thought of being part of a packed yoga class scares you, you might want to consider practicing at home first. It’s understandable to feel “behind” if you attend a class but mastering a few poses beforehand can really boost confidence. However, joining a class for your first yoga session might be fun for you because of the social aspect and getting a chance to “take a break” from usual environments (in this case, your home). In closing,find what works for you and have fun going for it! if you choose to practice at home, check online for a plethora of yoga video and sequences. At-home practices will also help you save money and gasoline!

Get your gear down
When choosing a yoga mat, try to find one that is made with either recycled materials or one that is made without harmful chemicals like PVC and pthalates (both are known to disrupt hormones). You might also find it helpful to choose a mat with a neutral color and/or pattern,one that does not distract you in your practice. As for clothing, it’s not necessary to purchase expensive threads exclusively for yoga. All you need is light clothing that allows you to move freely and without restriction.If you need other yoga gear like blocks, straps, or bolsters, I suggest you get to know your level and yoga style  first before deciding to buy these items. For instance, a less flexible person might find a block or strap helpful to deepen their poses, and bolsters may be helpful for Iyengar yoga which focuses a lot on body arrangement.

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