Introduction to YOGA

Anyone can practice Yoga. All you need is a little bit of curiosity and the desire to learn something different.

What do you need for YOGA?

  • You

  • A Yoga mat
  • Comfortable clothes
  • A bottle of water
  • A small amount of time and space
  • A strong desire to live a healthier and more fulfilled life
  • No special equipment needed except YOU!

What is YOGA?

Yoga is a practice which involves the mind and the body. Its historical origins are rooted in ancient Indian philosophy. The word literally means “ to yoke” or to join. So the joining of mind, body and spirit would be a very elementary explanation for it, the subject is vast and varied and the interpretations mind-boggling. Yoga typically combines breathing techniques, meditative movements, relaxation and physical postures called “asana”.

Many people are drawn to yoga  for the physical fitness benefits and add it to their exercise regime.  Others may seek help or relief for specific concerns like back pain and stress relief.

Whatever your reason, it will be available for you. People of all ages and fitness levels can do the most basic yoga poses and stretches.

The yoga postures ( asanas) exercise every part of the body including your internal organs. It stretches and tones the muscles and joints and helps make your spine supple. But Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It’s a total mind-body practice.

Benefits of YOGA

  • You can do Yoga anywhere.
  • Builds muscle strength and flexibility all over.
  • Protects your spine.
  • Increased flexibility.
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
  • Helps maintain a balanced metabolism.
  • Helps manage chronic conditions.
  • Cardio and circulatory health.
  • Stress reduction.
  • Weight reduction and management.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Protection from injury.

5 Fundamentals to Start a YOGA Practice

  1. Breath is one of the most important aspects of Yoga. Even if you don’t know the poses just remember to breathe.
  2. Show up. Wherever you are, try to attend a Yoga class. If finances are a challenge find a place where they have community classes or donation based Yoga classes. The group energy is very encouraging and you will meet some pretty cool people!
  3. Come to class with no expectations of yourself or the teacher. Be open minded and free. Experience the class and your movements with curiosity.
  4. Be present. As you become more and more aware of your body and your breath slowly start to honor the hour of practice and appreciate your time with your breath.
  5. Start a journal. If you have nothing to write about begin with gratitude and immense appreciation. This approach will heighten your state of wonder and excitement in your life.