Yoga

The popularity of Yoga has been on the rise in recent years, especially among people seeking a workout regime that brings improved flexibility and strength, as well as effective weight loss.  Yoga can be done indoor and outdoor and is beneficial for stress reduction and greater relaxation. The deeper you go into Yoga and what it entails, you discover that it is more than working out and staying fit; it is a passion, philosophy and a way of life for its practitioners.  You may be interested in only the physical benefits, but as time goes on, you will be involuntarily entangled in the philosophy and spirituality that comes with Yoga.

Origin of Yoga

The widely acclaimed origin of Yoga is in India, about 26,000 years ago – a period referred to as the Golden Age.  Yoga is a Sanskrit word, which means “to unite,” “to yoke” or “to control.” Other translations of the word offer such meanings as “union,” “uniting,” and “joining.”  Yoga, a significant part of the Hindu religion, unifies the spiritual body and the state of being. In fact, it is one of the six Hindu schools of philosophy, and on further investigation into its origin, you will discover it is strongly connected to meditation.  Likewise, Yoga is a significant part of Buddhism as it relates to their meditation practices. Even Islam and Christianity are not left out in the various religious links of Yoga.

The popularity Yoga has enjoyed till date is not entirely due to its spiritual benefits, but because of its physical advantages.  Either personally or in a group, yoga classes can be taken in a local gym, a yoga studio or the comfort of your home, with a personal instructor or an instructional video.  The physical and mental influence of Yoga on people is not looking to reduce anytime soon, as the prominence keeps rising by the day.

Benefits of Yoga

While Yoga is not an all-round cure for ailments, it offers several benefits to the human body.  Its flexibility means it can be incorporated into any schedule or lifestyle while increasing the health and body awareness of its participants.  Yoga participants enjoy more flexibility, better body control, and alignments, and can assist in dealing with a wide range of ailments.

Physical benefits Yoga include enhanced strength, flexibility, balance, and stamina, as well as improved body alignment and reduction in joint pains.  In addition to physical benefits, Yoga, as well, offers mental benefits, and these include a reduction in stress, improved body awareness, quality sleep, improved self-confidence, and relaxation.

While there are other physical and mental benefits of Yoga, the ones listed above are the primary ones.  Certain conditions may find Yoga and its practices very beneficial, such as women with pregnancy or expected pregnancy.

Yoga Basics to Get Started

Venue

Obviously, you need a place to practice, and it is the first requirement.  There are some considerations you need to make in deciding on your preferred venue.  First, would you like a private or public session, and second, how much cash do you have at your disposal?  If you can answer these questions, then you would know the best location for you.

Gears and Clothing

Yes, Yoga has its own kit, though getting them still depends on your decided venue of practice.  At first, you may find it a bit weird, but with time, you will prefer some mats to other, likewise clothing and gear for all your other daily activities.

Yoga Mats

This is relatively simple; just consider your height and find a comfortable mat with that height range.  Also, you need to consider the thickness in relation to the need for extra cushioning. For starters, you can use a simple mat, and if you are using a gym, you may be provided with mats.  However, due to sanitary reasons, it is advisable that you have a personal mat.

Towels

Sweat is inevitable in Yoga practices. Thus you will need a good towel to wipe them from your body and your mat as they come.  A wet mat can be slippery, so you need to do the wiping real good, and after each session, wipe your mat or have it cleaned if possible.

Yoga Props

For beginners, Yoga Props is really advisable; it aids flexibility and ensures a proper body alignment.  For certain types of Yoga, props are compulsory for starters, so it is not a crime if you ask for one.

Yoga Basics

Your First Day Expectations

If you are practicing at home on a solo yoga, then you require little or none of these guidelines; they are for Yoga class participants.

Preparation

  • Are equipment provided in the class or you need to come with your towel and mat?
  • Note and follow the schedule diligently.  Learn when to arrive and how long the class would be.  Yoga is not meant to be rushed; hough arrangements could be made for people who are busy.
  • Getting the clothing right is also important.  Ask what you should wear; you can buy if you are capable and if you are on a budget, anything that is comfortable and allows free movement is good.

Yoga Etiquettes

  • Do not walk into the workout area with your shoes on.
  • To avoid disturbances in the course of the class, power off all your electronic devices
  • Always keep to the schedule
  • Try all the poses, the ones you can’t, leave them.  For the ones you can, do and hold them.
  • Don’t leave class before schedule, if you do, you miss your final relaxation and disturb others.