Yoga has immense benefits on both health and personal growth. Not knowing how to start doing it has the effect of preventing many people from adopting it. This should not be the case as with little guidance it is easy to get started. After you decide to get started, finding the right materials and time to have yoga sessions is all you need.
Finding the right Style
Many yoga styles exist and finding the right one requires a deep understanding of one self. Two main factors should be considered in this self-understanding journey, character and physique. If you have an athletic physique and you are of good health physically demanding yoga is the best for you. This includes; Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, and hot Yoga. On the other hand, if you are not in the best physical shape then Yoga that involves slow movements will be best for you. These include; Hatha which involves slow and calm movements and restorative yoga where you stay in one position supported for a long time.
Some types of yoga are based on principles. Anusura emphasizes on having positive energy and being kind to everyone. If you base your life on being good to all creatures, this will be a good style to start with. On top of that, Kripalu is another form of yoga based on spirituality. It is done together with meditation. Here a lot of emphases is put on body and mind connection.
Once you have settled on a style you are half way there. Make effort not to rush this process as getting it right simplifies everything.
Preparing for Your Sessions
The next step is to assemble the right tools. It is necessary to either purchase a yoga DVD or pay for yoga classes. DVD’s are for doing yoga at home. It is important to ensure the DVD you purchase has step by step instructions and is the type of yoga you want. Yoga classes are offered in gyms and fitness clubs in most states. You can easily find such facilities online and on local magazines. In this case, you will contact the head of the facility to find if they offer your style and the cost of lessons.
The right clothing is everything in yoga. Shorts, loose pants and stretchable t-shirts give you the best results. Shoes are not necessary for yoga as it is done barefooted. However, carrying light rubber shoes is good practice as they are easier to carry around after the session.
A sticky yoga mat is necessary for optimum sessions. It has to be sticky to ensure you do not slip when you start sweating. As a mat defines your space, be sure to find the right size depending on your height. If you are not able to buy one do not give up. Most yoga studios rent out mats at a small fee for the entire session.
Depending on the yoga style different special tools may be required. They include blankets and blocks for support, straps for stretching out to positions you are not able to reach, and props for proper body positioning. You do not have to buy this though unless you want to do yoga at home. They are available at the studios at no cost.
Knowing what to expect in a yoga session leads to faster learning. It will ensure you quickly get comfortable with the unfamiliar setting. In a studio, all the mats are aligned facing the same direction. The teacher’s mat is usually on a raised area. Before the session starts all students are required to sit in a cross-legged position and await instructions. Chanting and breathing exercises start the session. This is then followed by warm up and light exercises. The main part involves physically exerting exercises. Most sessions eventually end with relaxation and massage.
If you have decided to start Yoga, identify the right style and purchase the necessary equipment. Set aside time for your sessions and enjoy every single moment.