Here are key yoga tips to helping you sustain your practice. I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for nearly 10 years. I still consider myself to be a beginner and sometimes I struggle with poses but I keep on practicing with the belief that all is coming. I have used yoga to relieve stress, anxiety to tone my muscles and for greater all around fitness. If you are thinking to try yoga or are still very new to the practice, I’ve outlined seven tips that will start you on the road to a more balanced life.
- If you have any health problems first talk to your doctor and explain what type of yoga you plan to practice. Depending on where you live and your doctor, you might have to show him/her photos of the poses you intend to practice. If you have high blood pressure, glaucoma, a history of retinal detachment, or heart disease your doctor might rule out some poses or types of yoga. Make sure you follow whatever medical advice your healthcare provider gives.
- Find a yoga class that fits your abilities. I’ve struggled through more advanced classes before and it is not fun or inspiring! Talk to prospective teachers and sample a few classes before signing up. Remember, its important to take small steps every day! Try a few beginner classes before you attempt more advanced or vigorous classes. Don’t move too quickly and allow your body to adjust. Your body will thank you for this.
- Listen to your body and be aware. Although yoga is low impact you can still hurt yourself, if you force poses. Make sure the instructor understands your level of experience, any injuries or limitations that you may have. Don’t feel pressured to push ahead too quickly — in fact if your instructor is pushing you too hard this might be a sign that this is not the class for you. Remember, yoga can be relaxing and extremely rewarding if you take your time.
- If you can’t find a class that meets your needs, you can always practice at home. Right now I am using Daily Yoga to take me through a full yoga routine in the mornings. There are various classes led by a real person who talks you through each pose. I also suggest reading reviews in the app store and talking to others recommendations.
- Why not try private lessons? If you can book some one-on-one sessions with an instructor in your area, you can get a yoga class tailored to your needs and abilities. This is a good way to get started and you can always join group lessons or practice at home after you’ve had some private sessions to become more comfortable and learn the basics.
- Find a yoga partner. Sometimes I practice with my husband its nice motivation and is a great way to keep up your enthusiasm and interest.
- This goes with saying, eat lightly before practice. Wait at least two hours after meals before yoga practice. An empty stomach is best, but don’t get too hungry or you won’t be able to focus or enjoy yourself during the relaxation or meditation exercises.
Now it’s time to grab your mat and get thee to the yoga studio!
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