If you live in a metro-area, chances are there are many yoga studios or gyms that offer beginner yoga classes near you. If finances allow you to, many yoga instructors make house calls to teach you the basics of yoga before you go off on your own. Not to say that there isn’t an excellent beginner yoga DVD out there that you could learn a lot from! When you are just starting to practice yoga, it is beneficial to have an expert instructor tell you what you are doing right, and what you are doing wrong. If you are performing the postures shown on your television screen incorrectly, you could do serious damage to your body.
Excellent beginner yoga classes provide expert instruction on proper breathing techniques and how to make sure you are always aligning your spine properly. They should also make sure you have perfected the easiest poses before you move onto more difficult ones. A live yoga instructor can also help you modify positions that make you feel uncomfortable. Although a beginner yoga DVD might provide modifications, it can never be as specific to your needs as when the modifications come from a live instructor.
However, perhaps you live in an area where there isn’t a yoga studio within a 60-mile radius. Perhaps searching for beginner yoga classes is next to impossible! Does this mean you cannot practice yoga? Of course not! You will just need to take your time in choosing an excellent beginner yoga DVD or video and will need to take extra precaution to make sure you do not injure yourself.
Consult a doctor before you begin a program, and then be very aware of how your body reacts to each yoga posture. If you feel at all uncomfortable, dizzy, out of breath, or feel any pain, stop immediately. A good beginner yoga DVD should take things nice and slow, but don’t feel foolish about rewinding and watching and listening to things over and over again before you feel comfortable performing.
As you learn more, you will find that you are not missing out too much by not attending a class. Often, the very best beginner yoga classes are the ones in your own home, where you feel most comfortable, and where you have access to some of the greatest yoga instructors in the world.