Yoga

GETTING STARTED…

You don’t really need a mammoth investment to get started with yoga sessions. In fact, it is one of the best forms of exercises that won’t strain your pockets in a substantial way. When it comes to the equipment, all you need is a basic pair of sports leggings or shorts, a top that nicely grips and fits your body and a towel for hygiene purposes. Some tend to worry about the king of footwear they are supposed to have, but to put it clearly, you don’t need any headaches associated with footwear as the sessions are done barefooted. Yoga mats come in handy as they allow you maximum comfort and also enable you to switch places at ease. With advancement into the discipline, you may endeavor to buy one of these but in case you are interested in group sessions, most yoga studios tend to have their own.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE?

Like most physical exercise, quality rises above quantity in yoga practice. The most important aspect of getting started is making sure you are trying as much as possible to learn the form or proper technique without too much emphasis on the hours and days. It is established that even an hour/week can have notable results as long as you have proper technique and focus. However, this does not mean that more hours cannot augment the results, of course the harder you try, the more you get. For recommendation purposes, the number of sessions per week are quite identical to most standard exercise programs which is 2 to 3 times per week. In terms of session duration, 20-30 minutes per session are ideal. The key is in not forcing hours of practice every day but in handling the time you can handle while you are laser-focused on the form and technique.

YOGA VS STRETCHING AND OTHER TYPES OF EXERCISES.

The first unique aspect you should realize about yoga is that it goes a long way beyond just enhancing aspects of the physical body such as flexibility, strength and muscular endurance. You may have noticed that our first few moments were spent looking at the eight limbs of yoga which were characterized by different key elements such as asana/postures, meditation, restraints and concentration. These eight limbs illustrate the fact that yoga is multifaceted, and stretching and other physical techniques also known as Asanas are but one aspect of yoga. When we focus on the physical aspect of yoga which is Asana, we discover that it has a number of special elements. Yoga’s physical techniques have a common goal of unifying the body, mind and rhythm of one’s breath. In general terms, Asana involves a process which connects the body’s movement and the minds fluctuations to the pattern of breathing. The strife to unite the body and mind so as to improve both aspects in a holistic and synchronized manner is what sets yoga apart from conventional exercise regimens.