As a beginner, often we equate yoga with some tough, limb-twisting poses. The most common concern is: “I can’t even touch my toes, how can I do yoga?” Yoga is not about touching your toes or stretching 98 degrees to your northeast. It is a simple process of uniting with yourself, using your breath, body, and mind. It is easy and effortless!! So, never mind if you’re not Ms. Flexible or Mr. Stretchable, are venturing into yoga at the age of 40, or you have secret love handles that are stressing you out. Remove all those myths before beginning your yoga practice! The only one watching you is yourself, so just relax!! This journey will bring much joy and relaxation to you!
It is best to start learning yoga under the guidance of a qualified yoga teacher who can lead you through the correct way of doing each technique. This would help you learn yoga asanas (postures) properly and avoid possible injuries. Some of the philosophies or techniques taught in yoga may be new but it is a good idea to keep an open mind.
Do not be alarmed if you experience some soreness in the muscles during the initial days of the practice. But, if the pain persists, inform your instructor immediately. The crux here is to be regular with your yoga practice and have patience. Just like any other discipline, it will take some time for the body to get used to the yoga asanas. You will be able to experience the subtler and deeper benefits of yoga in due time only if you stay regular with your practice. Yoga encompasses yoga asanas, timeless ancient philosophy, pranayamas (breathing techniques) and meditations. All of these things combined will take you beyond the body level, offering a deeper spiritual experience.
The Prana creates an aura around the body. Every problem first generates in the subtle and then surfaces on the physical level. Sickness shows up in your Prana (Pranic Body) much before you get sick physically. Pranayama clears the whole energy around you, expands your aura and heightens the spirit. It brings clarity to the mind and good health to the body. So, give yourself some of your valuable time and be patient for the results that will make you more flexible, healthy, calm, efficient and zealous. Check out the amazing variety of Yoga and BodyFlow classes that we offer at Courts Plus! Happy practicing yogis!