“Yoga” is the best solution, if you want to live a balanced and healthy Life. Yoga is not just a form of physical exercise, but an all-encompassing religion of disciplined practices for sound and healthy living. If you are a Beginner, then you should keep in mind following essential points, which may help to achieve your Yoga Goal -
1. Yoga is not a religion
Because of where yoga came from and who practices it, some people think that it is a religion. But yoga is a way of life, a type of exercise, not a religion. Yoga is all about moving your body, finding out who you are, not who the world says you should be.
2. Yoga is not a “push until you drop” practice
Child’s pose has an important purpose. Use it. If you cannot keep your Ujjayi breath steady and on point, it is time to drop to Child’s pose and regain your breathing and composure. If you are not breathing correctly, the yoga is not going to do what you need it to. It is okay to drop and meditate and get back on track.
3. Get a good mat
I used to doubt there is much difference in the mats. I was dead wrong. It completely changes your practice to have a mat that is thick and comfortable but most of all grips well. I believe a great mat is worth the extra money.
4. I did not lose weight the first month
I was so frustrated. Thankfully I did not join to just lose weight. I started to get my life back from cancer, as a recovery, so I kept going. The second month I lost barely anything, but the third month I dropped 15 pounds. My theory is that those first two months I was developing so much muscle and muscle weighs more than fat.
5. Always practice on an empty stomach
A light, healthysnack may be good before cardio, but this is not the case in yoga. You are bending and activating the core so much, you want to come to class with an empty stomach and an open mind. There is plenty of time for an amazing post-workout meal. You don’t want your breakfast to end up on your mat. Bring water, that is all you need.
6. No one is watching you
Seriously, I used to be so paranoid about how I looked with my gut hanging out, etc. Once you really get involved in yoga you realize it is just you and your mat. Close your eyes and dive in. It is just you and your mat. Stop worrying about others. The same goes in life.
7. Take pictures
Getting involved in yoga challenges is great because you take pictures of the poses and meet other yogis. Even if you are not a social bee, take the pictures, you will be glad you did. I love laughing at old failures and celebrating new victories.
8. When you wake up “too sore” to go to yoga, go anyway
One of the best things you can do for your soreness is stretch it out. You will learn to crave that soreness. The more you stretch, the faster it goes away.
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