Yoga Beginning

Like anything that’s good for you, yoga should be practiced on a regular basis. Developing a yoga routine is essential because it keeps you on track with your practice-so you’re right in line with receiving all the physical and psychological benefits that yoga can provide. How can you best make yoga into a routine? By enjoying it! Here are some suggestions for getting yourself started on a yoga program that you’ll enjoy for a long, long time.

Choose Wisely

Begin your yoga practice at a pace and in a setting that is most comfortable for you. If you want something gentle, begin with Sivananda or Integral yoga. If you want something more dynamic, try Bikram or Astanga yoga.

Lay Out Your Initial Goals

Give yourself some reasonable objectives to meet at the early stages. For instance, plan on improving your flexibility, movement and breathing techniques. Just remember: Always proceed at your own pace. Yoga is NOT about competition. It IS about receiving the physical and spiritual benefits and comforts that come from learning and appreciating centuries of knowledge and insight.

Class or DVD?

These days, yoga videocassettes, DVDs and books are as common (maybe more so) as yoga classes. While it’s wise to read up on yoga in books, it might be best, at first, to take several classes at a qualified school where the teachers can monitor your activity and suggest better ways to perform your poses.

In class, it’s important to feel comfortable with your instructor. A bond of trust will make the entire experience a lot more rewarding. Needless to say, make sure there are no limitations to your agreement. In other words, if you want to stop the program at any time, you should be free to do so without penalty. Once you have mastered the basics in class you can use a book, video or DVD to supplement and continue at your own pace at home.

It’s So Easy to Start

Beginning yoga is a relatively inexpensive proposition. You need few props or other equipment. Dress comfortably and casually. You don’t have to indulge in the latest fashions. Standard, loose gym wear is fine. The most important tool is a yoga mat. Get one that’s inexpensive, strong and comfortable. You’ll also want a mat that offers relaxation during meditation periods, stays soft enough to counter a hard floor, provides good sweat absorbance and is machine washable.

Make the most of your yoga experience. Start in a friendly class that brings you along at the right pace and teaches you the right fundamentals. Get going and stay motivated. Give yoga a proper chance to set in and show you what it can offer. Stick with it to reap the benefits of yoga over a long, healthy and peaceful lifetime.