There are various aspects of the practice of yoga that all beginning yoga practitioners should know before they even take that first class!
Beginning Yoga: Proper Breathing Techniques
Yoga requires you to take full breaths that fill your chest and rib cage. Practicing proper breathing techniques is essential for beginning yoga for a number of reasons. If a yoga practitioner is conscious of repeatedly taking in and exhaling full, oxygen-filled breaths, they will be more ready to incorporate proper breathing techniques when practicing yoga postures. Sit erect in a chair and slowly fill your lungs with air, and release completely. Short, shallow breaths deprive you of energy and will make even beginners’ yoga a difficult practice.
Beginning Yoga: Proper Posture
Sitting in a slumped position makes our muscles lazy, our stomachs protrude, and closes off the lungs so we do not get sufficient oxygen to the brains. Beginning yoga practitioners will greatly benefit from becoming aware of the way they hold themselves: stand or sit tall, shoulders relaxed, chest open and expanded, spine elongated. Remember, as your mother used to say, not to slouch! For a lot of people, beginning yoga mean learning the process of finding way to align their spine, easing tension and backache. Always sitting or standing with good posture is an easy way to accomplish this
Beginning Yoga: Discipline and Structure
It takes discipline to achieve the many benefits yoga has to offer. Beginner yoga for many requires minds and bodies unused to discipline to become in control. To achieve control, try basic beginners’ yoga meditations. Sit cross-legged on a comfortable surface (a pillow helps) with a straight back, eyes either gazing at one particular spot or closed, and meditate on something positive. Force yourself to stay in the same position and meditate on one subject for a set time-period. This will be difficult at first. Then you will be surprised at how the mind and body can be trained to become disciplined. This will only assist your new routines, as you will be more prepared to begin them with a calm, controlled mind and body.