Yoga is defined as: a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
Even if you’ve never done yoga before, known anyone who has practiced yoga or even driven by a yoga studio, we can pretty much conclude that it is beneficial for your health and wellness, right?
The Ultimate Goal of Yoga
The ultimate goal of yoga is to achieve optimum spiritual, mental and physical wellness through consistent practice. This is a sure way to see and feel the benefits.
Sure, it will make you look amazing adding flexibility, while elongating your joints and limbs. Who doesn’t want to look good naked, right?
However, the practice of yoga is bigger than that. We’re talking about overall health and wellness.
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Yoga should be practiced with the full intent of peace and happiness throughout the day, especially when the day becomes challenging.
Which Yoga Is Best For Beginners?
There are many different forms of yoga to practice, but for beginners you want to choose the right one. Some of the more advanced positions can be very challenging and you don’t want to get frustrated or discouraged before you see any progress.
With that being said, Vinyasa and Hatha yoga are regarded as the best types of yoga to start with.
Vinyasa Yoga is known for the fluidity because you’re stringing postures together to make seamless transitions from one to the other.
Breath control is important, of course, and it’s very fulfilling to do. The reason for this is there are no set rules for the positions. You can do any pose at any time and switch to the next pose of your choice.
Another benefit of Vinyasa is the cardiovascular workout you get in practicing. Although you’re practicing at a slow pace, it gets your heart rate going, which is the cornerstone of any good workout.
Hatha Yoga is more slowly paced. It involves movements that have benefits on a more cellular level. Some would say it is a tool of self transformation because it requires full concentration on breathe control, which forces you into a deeper focused meditative state.
Another point to make about Hatha is, in this day in age, the practice of Hatha can involve other styles of yoga in its practice.
Although Hatha can be more mentally challenging, the practice itself consists of slow, gentle movements that are great for beginners to benefit from.
How Often Should A Beginner Do Yoga?
There is no set schedule for when and how often you should practice Yoga. For a beginner, however, abiding by a typical gym schedule would be adequate to get your body used to the new practice.
If you go to a gym 3-5 times a week, start your yoga practice the same. This will give your body the full benefit and allow enough time for recovery.
Yoga might be promoted as soft, gentle and slow….and it is!
But it will kick your butt, especially if you go into it too fast, having never done physical activity before. Just take it slow, relax and enjoy the journey.
To extend on the point above, yoga is practiced in a group, but you’re not in a race with anyone. This is about you, your body, your improvement, your health and ultimately your well being.
Isn’t that a relief?
That’s one of the beautiful things about Yoga. It helps you have a personal relationship with yourself.