Feeling like you haven’t had a peaceful moment in years? If so, yoga could be the ideal relaxation regime for you. Yoga is an increasingly popular way to relax, and it’s letting millions of people take a few minutes out of their busy days to find peace and harmony.
Another reason why yoga has steadily risen in prominence is the fact it’s so easy to get into. It’s not an expensive pursuit and almost anyone can do it; in many places there’s even yoga for toddlers.
So, let’s begin, here are some of the things you need to get started.
Regardless of the type of yoga and how often you do it, you need the right equipment. Always get a yoga mat. It offers a consistent surface in which you can relax on. This way you can still stick to your schedule even if you have to change your surroundings. It’s also more hygienic and means any open wounds or sores on your body won’t become infected.
Your clothing should just consist of something which is flexible. You want to allow for as much flexibility and comfort as you can. Your gym clothes are one option. But you can even do yoga in your pyjamas.
Any other equipment is entirely optional. Some prefer to use incense and candles to craft an ambience, whereas others like to have special albums and videos to help them get into the right frame of mind.
There’s a form of yoga for everyone. Certain exercises might be far beyond your reach at this point, but you still have a variety of options. It’s important to remain aware of your own needs and limitations before determining which set of exercises you should incorporate.
Seated yoga poses. These poses involve deep muscle stretching and centring yourself. If you’ve just started, these are the ones for you. They include things like learning to develop the lotus position. Start from here to learn how to calm yourself.
Standing yoga poses. It’s all about developing a straight line in your body. With these exercises, you will learn balance, strength, and focus.
Arm balances. Unless you’re already physically fit, stay away from arm balances for now. They offer challenges for even the strongest bodies and help to develop strength, power, and concentration.
Restorative Poses. These cool you down and bring the heart rate to a much slower pace. Ideal for relaxing after a long, hard day, you will incorporate these into all your yoga exercises.
There are many more exercise families, and some of them only apply to specific types of yoga. Conduct more research to delve into the more advanced ones.
At some point after starting yoga, you should look to attend a yoga retreat. These retreats take place in isolated conditions where you can drift away and enjoy the company of friends. Your teachers will instruct you in how to perfect your technique and make the most out of your moves.
It’s quite expensive to attend one of these retreats, but it’s worth it. The lessons and friends you learn here will stay with you for years to come.
The true benefits of yoga only become apparent after more than one session. Reaping the rewards of yoga comes with dedication. Set aside a few minutes each day to centre yourself and become one with your mind and body. Do so and you will feel your performances grow in strength, and the time spent with yoga will make up for itself in the form of a new and better you going forward.
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Geoff McCabe is co-owner of tha Anamaya Body, Mind and Spirit resort in the stunning location of Costa Rica. For more information on their Yoga & Rejuvinate Retreats visit the website http://www.anamayaresort.com/