I am a firm believer that yoga is not merely a form of exercise it is a practice and as such it takes time to master. Yoga is intended to redirect your entire body to make it come together with your mind, your thoughts and your spirit. When all become one, the benefits of yoga are outstanding, but achieving this “oneness” will take work and most importantly you have to open your mind to the possibilities.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of practicing the art of yoga is that it opens our minds and our bodies to our “perfect self”. Along with helping to relieve stress through mindful meditation, yoga strengthens our limbs through its many stretches and poses, and even has a proven side benefit of being able to assist many to lose weight.
When starting to practice yoga take it slow and easy. Don’t force your body into the different postures all at once and when you find your limit stay there for the time being. As you practice more and more you will be amazed at how much farther your body will be able to stretch and in no time you will be able to contort your body into the many different postures and poses. If you do more than your body says it can do, you could hurt yourself, so just like any exercise program, you need to go slow and stick with it. You might not notice a difference right away and it may be frustrating that you aren’t able to fully reach the various movements the instructor is suggesting, but hang in there and it will come in time.
When you are first getting started with yoga, don’t worry about buying the latest fashions in yoga pants, all you need is sweats and a comfortable loose fitting top. Also, most gyms will furnish yoga mats or you can practice using a towel for the floor mat as this will work just as good until you determine if yoga is for you.
Yoga has so many proven health benefits for both body and mind and the nice thing is that anyone can practice yoga; why not make it a family affair!!