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Yoga 101: The Do’s and Don’ts for Beginners

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In America, yoga is often advertised as a relaxing workout that will give you a model’s abs or a gymnast’s flexibility. But traditionally, yoga has always been about much more than just a workout.

A yogi’s lifestyle includes breath exercises (pranayamas), purification exercises (kriyas), meditation, and so much more.

Benefits Of Yoga

A good yoga routine offers:

  • Peace of mind
  • An ability to relax and center oneself
  • Reduced risk of injury and sprains
  • Greater flexibility
  • Increased strength
  • Improved posture
  • Improved sleep

Check out one of Kimberly’s favorite yoga poses in her article, “Take Control and Dig Your Roots into Life: Yoga Tree Pose.”

Yoga Dos

The following tips will help you get the most from your yoga practice:

  • Do find a class with a respected instructor. While instructional videos and websites can be a great supplement to one’s yoga practice, a good teacher will ensure you build habits that are healthy and safe.
  • Do research the different styles of yoga (ashtanga, hatha, iyengar, kundalini, etc) and pick one that fits your needs and goals.
  • Do wear loose, comfortable clothes.
  • Do pay close attention to your body as you perform yoga poses. Notice your breath, your heartbeat and your muscles. Yoga is a practice of awareness.

Try these “4 Easy Core Strengthening Yoga Workouts” if you want to work on your abs this summer!

Yoga Don’ts

Ensure that your practice is healthy and hazard-free by following these guidelines:

    • Don’t overexert yourself.
    • Don’t eat before practice.
    • Don’t compare yourself with others in the class—your practice belongs to you and you only.

  • Don’t give up if it seems hard at first. Your body probably won’t be used to some of the positions you’re being introduced to. Just be patient and take your time.
  • Don’t practice the poses before you know what you are doing. Improper practice can lead to strain or injury.

One Step Further
Once you’ve found a class you like, stick with it. You’ll soon discover that the rewards of a dedicated yoga practice go far beyond that of the average workout.

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Photography by Matthew Kane

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Christina j
    June 24, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I’m definitely interested in yoga, just for the relaxation and be one with myself. to get to know my body more. awesome article.

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