The common mistakes for Yoga Newbies

There are a lot of people who are crazy about yoga…inlcudig myself:) I tried Yoga 6 years ago for the first time and from that moment I knew this is definitely for me and it will be part of my life. Since then I manage to have a Hatha Yoga Instructor Certificate, I have tried Aerial Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Meditation is now is my secret weapon against stress and anxiety. A  new favorite of mine, SUP Yoga, also because in the meantime we moved closer to the ocean, so it becomes a “must” to try:)

My main reason why I like yoga so much and also became a part of my daily life is because it makes me feel better and in shape. The different poses and postures make my body strong and healthy. And besides all of this,  is the best way to relax, unwind and just let go …

If you want to keep your body in shape, this might be the best exercise for you.

Did you know that yoga is good also to fight a certain illness that may come? There had been researches which proved that yoga helps you to control anxiety, reduces asthma, arthritis, blood pressure, back pain, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, epilepsy, diabetes, headaches, stress and many more.

Yoga has a lot of benefits and advantages. All in a day’s work, it can reduce tension and stress. Of course, after a heavy day, you will feel that your muscles have been stuck up and you will feel wasted.

 Here are my top 5 reasons for making YOGA a part of your everyday life:

1. If you do yoga, your self-esteem will be higher. It is important to gain more confidence inside and out so that you can face people with no worries.

2. Yoga is good for the body in increasing your muscle tone, strength, stamina, and flexibility.
If you consider yourself to have overweight and conscious about your body figure, yoga can help you lower your fat and keep your body in shape. Yoga exercises can burn excess fat and give you the desired figure that you want.

3. If you need time to relax and forget your responsibilities, yoga will be good to improve your concentration and enhance your creativity. Yoga helps you to think more positively away from all anxieties. If you have a fresh mind, you can think of good things and apply it easily.

4. Your body needs to relax once in a while. Sometimes, work can leave us wasted and exhausted. During the heavy days, we may not find time to unwind because work is still on our tail. Yoga can help you create a sense of calmness and well being.

5. Yoga exercise helps you improve good circulation. Your organs and veins need to be exercised for it to function properly.
Yoga can help stimulate your immune system and keep you away from diseases. If you have a good immune system, you can be sure that you are free from sickness.

Some people do yoga to be enlightened. They believe that yoga will help them bring up their spirit and keep them relieved. Yoga works differently for people be it spiritual, emotional, psychological, mental and physical.

People think that yoga is only for spiritual people. But that belief is wrong. Even if you are not that religious, you can do yoga. You will see and feel the difference at the same time find out how it works for you.

Due to the pressure and demands of life, we become stressed out, and we forget the essence of life. We tend to lose touch with the ones we used to spend time with, even ourselves.

We find ourselves rushing most of the time with the deadlines and hassles we need to keep up with. This leaves us a small time to wander and have that physical awareness.

These are the few things that yoga can provide. Once in a while, find time to dedicate a part of it to yourself to relax and unwind which only yoga can give.

3 Common Mistakes of Yoga Newbies

Whenever we start something new we have a certain feeling of trepidation and uncertainty of the unknown and in most cases, it is completely unfounded, and we get on with things very quickly and easily.

Sometimes it isn’t, and a simple little thing can cause us to have an entirely negative first impression and perhaps even never want to try that activity or pastime again.

Yoga has so many health benefits, on both a physical and spiritual level, that it would be a tragedy for anyone to miss out on them because they made a silly avoidable mistake on their first day. Here are the 3 most common mistakes of new Yogi, and how to make sure they don’t happen to you.

Mistake 1: Not knowing what you want from Yoga.

The reality is that there are numerous different styles and forms of Yoga and each has its different attractions. Ask yourself what it was about Yoga in general that attracted you and then you can investigate a style that caters more specifically to that. You may like to set goals, be they physical, mental or spiritual.

If you do then it’s a good idea to discuss them with the instructor of your class before you begin. Yoga instructors are usually very approachable and happy to talk about their passion. They will be able to talk to you about your goals for the class and let you know if you are realistic, aiming too high or too low. Make sure your goal includes a timeframe, so it becomes something that is measurable.

Mistake 2: Not knowing your level

Having decided that they will give this Yoga thing a try many people take a running leap and jump into a 12-month stage by stage class. These classes are usually an upfront payment arrangement and progress from one level to the next as the weeks progress. They are a fantastic way of learning Yoga and becoming very good at it, but it’s quite possible you will choose a class that is not ideal for you.

The best way around this is to join a Yoga beginner class, also known as a drop in class. You can also take online classes, like for example Beginner’s Journey 14 Class Yoga Program one of my favorite beginners online class to help you familiarize yourself with yoga basics.

If you do these classes for a few weeks, you will notice a high turnover of students as new people join and old people move on. These classes are designed to give you a very broad feel for the different types of Yoga. The level of the students in the class usually varies greatly so you can expect the instructor to keep the classes quite tame.

The other key benefit of doing this is that the classes are pay as you go, so there is no big financial outlay for you while you decide the type and style of yoga that best suits you. You are also not obliged to attend every class. With the longer courses, you can fall behind quickly if you miss a week or two in a row. With the pay as you go, classes, you will find that while each class is different, the level stays quite low to cater for the newer people joining in.

Mistake 3: Choosing the wrong course or yoga teacher

Traditionally a Yogi had to be an apprentice to a skilled Guru for many years before he could teach even the simplest of Yoga technique. Nowadays a 3-day course over a long weekend is considered enough by some people. There is a big difference in what you will achieve depending on the skills and abilities of the person teaching you.

Yoga is starting to make a regular appearance on the sports injury list, and a large reason for this is instructors who have been taught just enough to be dangerous. A qualified teacher won’t necessarily be fantastic, and an unqualified teacher won’t necessarily be terrible – but the odds are certainly cast in that direction, so it’s a good idea to check your instructor’s background and qualifications before you begin studying with them.

If you decide to try YOGA at home, to try to find your style and rhythm, I would recommend YogaDownload.com, because there you’ll find professionally recorded and mastered classes to give you the highest quality experience. Founded by people who love yoga, love music, and experience life as an extension of their practice, Yoga Download is yoga for the way you live. With hundreds of classes in dozens of styles, you will find classes for beginner, Chakra balancing programs– one of my favorites also, and my special morning session with Erin Wimert Class – Wake Up series.

If you’re more in a relaxed mood, you can try Jackie Casal Mahrou Class – Morning Meditation series, also a good meditation practice for beginners.

I love YogaDownload.com because you can choose audio classes (with their super-cool printable PDF guides you can only get at YogaDownload), video classes, slideshows or build your custom class from their favorite poses, then choose to stream it, or download it and keep it.

Due to the pressure and demands of life, we become stressed out, and we forget the essence of life. We tend to lose touch with the ones we used to spend time with, even ourselves.

We find ourselves rushing most of the time with the deadlines and hassles we need to keep up with. This leaves us a small time to wander and have that physical awareness.

Once in a while, find time to dedicate a part of it to yourself to relax and unwind which only yoga can give.

Namaste

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With love and respect,

Tunde