Health & Wellness
Yoga is everywhere nowadays. If you are one of the few people who have not at least tried it or if you are someone who already has given it a shot, but needs the flexibility of doing it at home, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Yoga is thousands of years old. It is a practice that combines physical postures with a spiritual and mental component.
- Find a space that works. Try not to overthink this. In the beginning, you may need a little more space to do poses and watch a video on your tv, tablet etc. Ideally, a spot with a little peace a quiet where you can roll out a yoga mat is best. Once you have a few of the basic moves down, you can really do it anywhere a yoga mat will fit. On that note…
- Get a yoga mat. They are sold nearly everywhere and most brands are affordable and relatively similar. Seriously. One that rolls up neatly is fine, you don’t need it to be super thick unless you plan on doing yoga on concrete (in which case a little extra cushion might be nice).
- Pick a style that is right for you. Hatha yoga is gentle and good for beginners. It teaches the basic poses through physical postures while you move from pose to pose with your breaths. Vinyasa or Ashtanga yoga is based on the same poses you learn in Hatha, but get more advanced.
- Wear something comfortable. Clothes you already own are fine, but yoga clothing is not hard to find. Essentially, something that will let you move around, not require you to adjust a bunch, and won’t hang in your face while you bend down.
- Give it time and be patient with yourself! It may feel awkward at first. Whether you use a youtube video for beginners, a podcast, or check out a DVD from your local library, whatever you do, try it out a few times so that you can see if it is right for you.