Getting Started With Yoga

One of the amazing things about yoga is that despite the great benefits that it produces, it costs nothing to participate. 

There is not specific yoga training equipment that you have to use in order to obtain the desired results and there is no such thing as the perfect environment required for practicing yoga.

All this is a direct consequence of the fact that yoga is, more than a practice, a state of mind and a life style.

That is why your will, as well as your beliefs and attitudes towards this philosophical path, are all that actually matter.

Moreover, a balanced and healthy diet, based on wholesome, natural food, is a key issue for preparing yourself for your first yoga session. What we eat can strongly affect both our mind and our soul, so it is crucial to mind what we eat.

Even though you do not need a specially designed place for performing your yoga class, make sure when selecting the room where you will be holding the class, to choose a place as far away from distractions such as radio, street noise, or television as possible.

The place also needs to be clean and quite and, if possible, well ventilated.

A blanket is the accessory that you absolutely need in order to gain comfort when carrying out the exercises and the meditation of yoga, as they are performed in either sitting or lying positions, however, a towel or a mat could work just as well.

In selecting the clothes to wear for your yoga practice, try to select something very comfortable and loose, such as training suits, sweat pants and a t-shirt, shorts or loose pyjamas.

Some people would rather wear no clothes at all, but nevertheless most practitioners put something on, especially if the yoga session is not private :-)

It is also highly recommended that you have an empty stomach before starting your yoga exercises. As a general rule, one or two hours after a main meal is the ideal time for practicing yoga.

As breathing is a key element in yoga training, do not forget to also clean your nostrils and your throat.

In case you have not decided which is the best time of the day for carrying out your yoga session, remember that both morning and evening practices are very beneficial to your body and mind.

Thus, performing the exercises in the morning can contribute to your wellbeing for the whole day as it improves your vitality level. On the other hand, evening yoga practice helps to induce a restful and peaceful sleep.

Your yoga session should not exhaust you and you should never hesitate to take a break when you feel tired. Actually, short breaks are common between difficult exercises.

Keep in mind that as little as 15 minutes of correct yoga practice can produce marvellous results on your body and mind.

As a final idea, try to remember that the most important thing when practicing yoga is your attitude and your desire to discover the incredible sensations and experiences this ancient philosophy can provide.

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