Yoga is becoming more and more popular with people from all walks of life. Far from being considered the preserve of young hippies, the health and well being benefits that yoga can bring are now being recognized by the young, the old, the free-spirited and the straight laced. There is even a form of yoga that people can practice with their dogs, referred to as “Doga”. So, if you want to get started with this ancient practice, what are some important things to keep in mind?
1) Choose The Style Of Yoga That Is Right For Your Physical Body
Choose the kind of yoga that is right for your body.
There are many different styles and traditions of yoga available for you to learn. Iyengar Yoga focuses on ensuring that your movements and inner awareness are precise and exact. It can be a good option for those with back and neck pain. By contrast, Ashtanga Yoga concentrates on developing flowing movements and may incorporate lunges and push ups to increase strength and stamina. Bikram yoga is performed in a hot room to increase flexibility and Viniyoga links breathing and movement.
2) Consider Yoga For Spiritual Development
Raja, Bhakti and Mantra yoga concentrate on the spiritual and meditative aspects of yoga. Raja develops concentration, Bhakti encourages surrender to the divine, and Mantra is the traditional meditation style, linked with sound repetition.
3) Consider Your Own Learning Style
Many DVDs, books, and even iPhone applications are available to help you get started with yoga. These may be ideal for those who want to learn the basics before paying money for a teacher. One on one or group classes are common almost everywhere and are great for those who would prefer the guidance of an experienced teacher due to health issues or a fear of learning bad habits.
4) Don’t Be Disappointed If You Do Not See Immediate Results
The benefits of yoga are extremely tempting. Who would not want to be more flexible, more at peace and have more strength and stamina in their core? The overwhelming presence of yoga success stories in the media can cause beginners to become frustrated when they do not see themselves improving right away. This frustration can cause you to push yourself too hard and injure yourself, or become disillusioned and quit.
5) Remember That Practice Makes Perfect
Yoga can be a beneficial part of your life even if you only do it once a week at a class or while watching an instructional video. However, the benefits of yoga will be greater and arrive quicker if you make it a part of your daily routine.
This article was written by Sardinia Yoga, who offer yoga retreats in Italy.