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Top Tips For Yoga Beginners

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1. START WITH ACCEPTANCE

Yoga is more than just a form of exercise.

It’s a way of existing in the world.

A way of being, so to speak.

The word yoga itself means “union” in Sanskrit.

Union among all aspects of your life.

When you live in a state of union, or yoga, there is no separation between your thoughts and your present state.

That means, no whining and wishful thinking about the way things should or ought to be.

While this mindset can take years to cultivate, you can get started before ever stepping foot on a yoga mat.

Take a moment to appreciate your body, your life, and your circumstances.

Exactly as they are. Right now.

2. Find A Good Yoga Teacher

It is much easier and more enjoyable, to learn yoga, with all its detailed and subtle physical and mental aspects, from an experienced, qualified, teacher. You can find plenty of free videos on YouTube, or apps that will guide you through the beginner poses.

3. Be a Regular Yogi

Although it’s best to practice yoga asanas early in the morning, any time of the day is fine till you are regular with your practice. If mornings don’t suit your schedule, don’t let it be an excuse to give up practicing yoga completely!

 

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4. UNDERSTAND THE CORE OF YOGA

Yoga is not about extreme flexibility or contorting your muscles and spine into fancy shapes.

It’s about breathing, finding inner strength through meditation, and creating freedom in the body with basic yoga poses.

It’s truly that simple.

So don’t worry about losing weight or bending over backward (those will come soon enough). Instead, understand that yoga is a process and a lifestyle. The physical practice is only one of the eight limbs of yoga.

5.Don’t Compare Yourself With Others

Look inwards to your own progress; there will always be people who are more experienced than you. Yoga may be fashionable, but it is not a spectator sport or a competition. Appreciate the subtle progress of your own practice, the best part of it is on the inside, in the healing awareness and unity of your own body, mind, and spirit.

 

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6. Warm-up before Hitting the Yoga Mat

Sukshma Vyayam or gentle warm-up exercises help loosen up the body and prepare it for the yoga asanas coming ahead. Here are a few warm-up exercises:

Massaging the head, brows, nose and cheeks: Whenever we make a mistake, we instinctively place a hand on the head. This is a sign that blood circulation in the brain is less and a massage is needed!
> Rotate your neck, both clockwise and anticlockwise to relieve any stiffness.
> Pump your shoulders and shake those hands to shrug off the lethargy.

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7 Watch this video

This video can help you more, just keep going, and good luck.

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