For beginners who would like to know more about yoga, yoga is a traditional practice that makes both your mind and body relaxed and feel calmer. Likewise, doing yoga has lots of benefits too, not just physically, but also mentally. In endeavoring to kickstart your yoga routine exercise, try to have that sense of discipline, determination, and consistency.
Some people choose to practice yoga in order for them to have a healthy mind because it makes them feel more relaxed. Yoga, therefore, serves as a stress-reliever.
Some people start doing yoga because they believe it can change their perspective spiritually, or they may be able to experience self-actualization or self-realization. Yoga is also a practice of self-compassion and growth, as well as self-awareness.
However, most individuals practice yoga for its health benefits. It can improve one’s balance and flexibility. Certain studies also reveal that yoga can help in weight loss and reduces the risk of other diseases, lowers their cholesterol and blood pressure.
Yoga even helps in addressing health problems such as chronic pain, asthma, obesity, and more. Yet, regardless of the reason why people do yoga, the practice of such offers real benefits to a person and with that, if you are one those people mentioned who likes to have improvement in their lives, then let’s know more on how to start your yoga lifestyle.
How to kickstart your yoga routine exercises
Since yoga has been known to have real benefits for the mind and the body, a person can feel more energetic, active, and focused throughout the day if they start it with some yoga routines. Yoga is also ideal since it does not require much effort and money as you can do it at home without the need of heavy equipment or tools. All it just needs is a person’s determination to change his lifestyle and a person’s discipline to practice yoga consistently.
In order for you to introduce yoga to your lifestyle, you should first have the right mindset that you are going to change your life for the better and for the reason that you aim for an improvement in your whole lifestyle and practices.
You also have to have the thinking that you are not in a race and you can improve yourself at your own pace, and you are one step closer your goal once you’ve started doing yoga. In relation to that, you have to set realistic and attainable goals and expectations.
Don’t expect that the results of yoga to your life would happen overnight. What you need to focus on is setting your weekly goal and planning your daily routine to achieve your goal. Do an assessment after each week to check your progress but don’t feel bad if you don’t see fast results. Understand yourself even more, check your breathing and the extent that your body and mind can do.
Once you understand yourself better, that’s the time that you can learn the basic yoga poses and routines. You might want to check videos and even article which will help you discover more about practicing yoga.
You can also look for yoga classes that suit your needs to find out which yoga workout is right for you. If you feel that you are ready doing yoga, then don’t be afraid in enrolling in that yoga class or just imitating the yoga routine you found in the videos. There’s no harm in starting small.
Kickstarting your yoga exercise
It’s normal for beginners to feel intimidated about doing yoga either at a yoga gym or class, or even at home. It’s also understandable for the beginners to think that yoga is difficult because in truth, nothing good comes just as easily, right? But if you are equipped with the right knowledge, guidelines, recommendations and training from credible yoga enthusiasts and yoga instructors, it will be easier for you to practice yoga on a daily basis.
It is highly suggested for beginners to learn more about the basic yoga postures that fit their needs to make yoga easier for them and of course to make results better. It is important that a beginner starts with a gentle practice to build up his strength and flexibility for more challenging postures.
You can start with doing yoga even just for five minutes since there’s no required duration in doing yoga. You can also start with focusing on just one pose and then if you feel that you’re ready to do more challenging poses at a higher duration of time, then definitely you can increase the complexity of yoga practice as the days go by.
Make sure that you also check your poses and postures as well as your alignment are correct when you do yoga so that your efforts won’t go to waste just because you did the incorrect pose. You can definitely practice in front of a mirror so that you can watch yourself or even take photos or videos so that you can monitor.
Identify the right yoga plan for you so you can stick to it and be consistent. Set your weekly realistic goals so that you have something to look forward to at the end of the week. Monitoring your progress is also important so that you would know if the yoga plan you have is effective and working right for you.
If you already have adequate knowledge about yoga and the proper postures and regularly practicing them, it is still advisable to attend yoga classes which are run by yoga practitioners or trainers so that you are guided.
It is still best to consult them with their expert yoga routines, as well as their experiences so that you can share your own and have a sharing of your effective practices and methods. That way you are also learning about other people’s practices and experiences and not just your own. It might also be a breath of fresh air for you since you get to share your yoga story to other people who share the same interest as you.
These are some of the most basic poses that a beginner should know as you build your own regular yoga practice.
- Child’s Pose – This pose is the default position before you start doing any yoga routine. This helps you to relax your spine, shoulders, and neck and at the same time gently stretches your lower back, hips, thighs, knees and ankles. When doing this pose, make sure to focus on relaxing your muscles as you breathe.
- Downward-facing Dog – This pose strengthens the arms, shoulders, as well as your back. This also helps in relieving back pains. Make sure that you distribute your weight evenly when doing this pose.
- Plank Pose – This common pose helps your core to be stronger, as well as your shoulders, arms and legs.
- Corpse Pose – This pose actually puts you into a relaxing and meditative state. You just have to make sure that you stay still in this pose.
- Triangle Pose – This pose increases a person’s endurance and mobility. This also helps build strength.
There are still different yoga poses out there so feel free to widen your knowledge about yoga postures.
How do I develop a yoga routine
To develop a yoga routine, the most important thing to do is to have your yoga practice space set up properly and in a manner that you find comfortable. Having a comfortable and peaceful yoga practice space in your home energizes your mind and body and helps encourage you into doing yoga consistently.
Make sure that this space is free from any distraction so that you are focused when doing yoga. You also have to wear the right clothes while doing yoga so that you feel comfortable when practicing. Make sure that these clothes enable you to stretch and move freely.
Before starting yoga, begin with calming yourself and bring your sole attention to yoga practice. Doing this makes you focused and not easily distracted. Start with doing stretches as a warm up and make sure that you breathe in deeply in every pose that you do.
After doing warm –ups, you can move slowly to link your movement to your breathing. You can also do poses focused on the lower part of your body. After that, you can now do the poses which requires you to do a balancing sequence. When doing these poses, don’t forget to breathe deeply and start doing the seated poses. Finally, you can lie down with control and let go of your breath.
In developing a yoga routine, stick to your weekly plan and goals and monitor your results and assess yourself if the yoga you’re doing needs modification or just right for you.
How many times a week should you do yoga to see results
Generally, yoga can be done as often as a person would like to but of course, it would depend on how the body will take the routine and if it allows the person to yoga as often as he has the time.
For beginners, they should start with one to three sessions per week and as they progress with yoga, they can just ramp up their practice and increase the time duration of their practice. For more experience yoga practitioners, they can do yoga every day for longer periods of time because their bodies allow it and for some, they also allot a certain for rest or recovery days.
Practicing yoga three or more times per week can already give the practitioner significant results or improvements—flexibility, strength, balance, and overall aspect of their bodies, either physically or mentally. Sessions can be 20-45 minutes long.
How do I restart my yoga practice
Admittedly, some people, throughout their yoga experience, fall out of their yoga routine. There are different factors that contribute to this—it can be work schedules, family and parental duties, personal reasons, or it can just be simple laziness.
But you don’t have to worry because it’s normal and it really happen sometimes. And of course, you can still go back to your yoga in no time if you are determined and if you have the same commitment you had before when you started.
You don’t have to be quick in getting back on track. It’s actually advisable to take it slow. First, you have to schedule your yoga practice sessions and make sure that your schedules are realistic and comfortable to adhere to, depending on the other activities you may have to do on a daily basis.
You can also take group classes so you are more encouraged to attend yoga sessions because classes supervised by practitioners provide accountability, and can easily help you transition back into your normal yoga routine. Don’t rush yourself. Remember that you have to enjoy the process of getting back into the yogic lifestyle.
How can I advance my yoga at home
You don’t have to any fancy or expensive equipment to do yoga even at home. The basic yoga props that you just need are yoga mat, strap, blocks, blanket, or anything you might find useful in achieving the yoga poses that you will practice.
But what is more important in ding yoga at home is the discipline and determination to finish the yoga routine. People find it hard to finish a task especially when no one is monitoring them. So when doing yoga, make sure to have the will to practice your yoga routines based on your plan.
You should set plans that are realistic, as well as goals, and make sure to allot adequate time for practice. Being with the basic yoga sequences and expand the range of your yoga poses as you progress and as your skills in doing yoga improves. Make sure to try different poses so that it will help you identify what poses are most beneficial to you.
How can I progress faster in yoga
Gaining the right and adequate knowledge about yoga has already helped you almost reach your goal, but do you stop there? Of course not. Doing yoga is not just a temporary practice, it should already be incorporated with your lifestyle if you commit to doing it with the purpose of improving your health, mind and body, and life.
To improve and progress faster in yoga, consistency and commitment are the key essential elements in reaching your goal. You have to set a regular schedule of your yoga routines and practices, be it at home or in your yoga classes. As your skills in yoga improve, make sure that you increase the length and duration of your yoga practice, as well as the numbers of day per week that you have yoga sessions. This has been proved to be effective in progressing faster in yoga.
Monitor and document your progress as well as the effects of the yoga practice in your body and mind. You can also find a group or a circle that shares the same interest of yoga as you so that you will have a support system or a community that you can reach out to when you have concerns about your yoga practice. Finally, don’t just treat your yoga practice as sessions that you have to attend every week, instead, adopt a yogic lifestyle.
Adopting a yogic lifestyle offers a wide range of benefits, be it with your mind or your body. It is beneficial to health and wellness indeed. Being skilled and to get faster and more results from yoga, it has been proved that doing yoga regularly for longer periods of time actually do the trick. But of course, if you are a beginner, don’t pressure yourself into doing all the complex yoga poses in longer periods of time.
Make sure that you enjoy the process of understanding more about yoga and ultimately understanding yourself even more. In doing yoga, you have to be determined and committed to reach the goals that you’ve set for yourself. Train and educate yourself more about the different yoga poses and their specific benefits. And lastly, if you find yourself lost in the rhythm of your yogic lifestyle, don’t be afraid to pick yourself up and stretch that yoga mat back again.