So you’re ready to learn how to do yoga! Well, you’ve come to the right place. Be proud of yourself for taking the first step to change your life in one of the most positive ways possible. It can be difficult to ignore the anti-yogi opinion; in addition to the continued judgment yoga takes on and make the decision to try it. There’s no doubt, at first, yoga can be intimidating with the misconception that you have to be flexible to do it.
The fact is, anyone can learn how to do yoga, at any age or size, because no one starts out as an expert. Actually, most people who have years of experience practicing yoga are still learning and becoming more flexible and better at it each day. One of the most beautiful aspects of the practice itself is the understanding that everyone is different, learning to never judge, on or off the mat, but rather to try and understand. Throw your ego out the door; it’s just you, your mat and your practice.
What is yoga? Simply put, yoga is the union of the mind, body and spirit that occurs through physical postures, breath and concentration. There are many different types of yoga like Bikram yoga and Vinyasa yoga. But when you’re just starting out learning how to do yoga, ease into slowly, with little pressure on yourself to perform difficult poses, rather focus on the basics. Remember, it’s called a practice for a reason.
The best way to learn how to do yoga is to start with an introductory DVD like 'Intro to Yoga by Element’, check it out here. Intro to Yoga is a highly recommended way to slowly learn the basic yoga poses in the privacy of your own home without the worry of feeling intimidated in a class. Working through yoga moves and poses with quiet concentration is a special way to get started.
Is it better to practice yoga at home or by attending a class? This is a common question and purely a personal choice. If a yoga class is too much to take on at first or if you’d just rather be alone, learning how to do yoga and practicing at home can be just as rewarding as going to a class. After getting acquainted with the basic yoga poses, attend a class and see how you feel. You may end up liking home practice more than attending a class and that’s ok.
There are some fantastic yoga DVD’s available today such as Yogalosophy with Mandy Ingber, Yoga for Strength and Flexibility with Ashley Turner and Skinnygirl yoga with NYC yoga instructor Michael McArdle that will grow with you as you become more confident with your practice. Here are some other best yoga DVD’s for your home practice here.
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