Ahead of international yoga day this week (July 21st) I wanted to share my top tips for beginner yoga. I am not advanced at yoga but I like to incorporate it into my fitness regime for flexibility and a challenge.
Benefits of Yoga
Increased muscle strength and tone.
Cardio and circulatory health.
Improved athletic performance.
Protection from injury.
Promotes happy endorphins.
Free classes- Most yoga studios offer a free week or at least a couple of sessions before you make any commitment. Avail of this offer, go to as many as you can in the week, try out the variations of the classes and see which one you like most. Each teacher will have a unique style of teaching so see who you feel most comfortable with.
Workshops - Most studios will offer a beginners’ yoga class workshop. I recommend taking part in at least one workshop. The workshops are designed to help you find proper alignment in your body and also help you get comfortable with terms and names before you head to class.
Don't compare - this is a big one and even for me when I go to beginner yoga classes I see women extremely flexible (which I am not) doing these amazing poses. We all have unique strengths and weaknesses so try your best not to compare yourself to the others in the class. The reason you are there is to work on a weakness.
Go with a partner - bring a friend along and enjoy the new experience together. It will also make the experience less intimidating.
Enjoy - Try your best not to take it too seriously and have fun learning a new type of fitness.
Trikonasana Or Triangle Pose
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Vrikshasana aka Tree pose