Yoga for Beginners
Yoga is an amalgamation of breathing, movement and posture that not only promotes body-mind coordination, but also improves strength and flexibility. For many decades there has been research conducted by scientific minds on the benefits of Yoga which outlined various merits such as improving cardio vascular health, curbing of chronic neck and back pain, averting stress and anxiety, decreasing depression and not to forget losing weight among many others. (*1)
Where to Start?
The first step is being willing to go there. What you unravel or what you will find is unforeseen beauty to be felt. Yoga allows you to see your true colors and teaches you how to be still enough to listen to the sounds that your heart makes. So, if you are a first timer, I would say, try not to let the idea intimidate you, just step on the mat and see where it takes you.
During the first week try to throw your ego out the window and fall as many times as you need to. In any pose or asana you choose, think about kids learning how to ride a bike. They fall but always get back up again. Go where you can maintain and only focus on your BREATHING the body will open up naturally and on its own without forcing anything.Remember, Yoga is not about a “pose” it’s about finding comfort in the discomfort and where just being ok with it is perfect. If sitting down and closing your eyes is considered a pose then do that.
For those of you, who want to begin with a basic asana, try your hand at Trikonasana (Triangle pose). This pose engages all parts of the body, strengthens the core, opens the hips and shoulders and stretches the legs.Pay close attention to your alignment and go slowly as you position your body into triangle pose.
Steps:Mentioned in footnotes (2*)
Personally for me, each time I step on my mat it’s a brand new experience, as if I am beginning again for the first time. If you are thinking about trying yoga but not sure if it’s for you.
Remember this: If you can breathe you can do yoga!
Each day brings us something new. That’s the Ebb and flow of life; we’re always changing and shifting in so many directions. It’s an interesting journey of exploration that can be uncomfortable, frustrating and scary at times (with many twists and turns), but that’s the beauty of the practice. There is no ending there is always more!
*1- April issue of the journal of Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
January issue of Israel’s Medical Association journal, Harefuah,
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Conference 2015
May issue of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice