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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Getting Started With Yoga...

There are many kinds of yoga exercises, all which seem to have derived from the original eight stages of reaching a state of bliss. Hatha yoga is the most popular type of yoga which encourages good health through the practice of varfious poses and breathing techniques.

Yoga does not require expensive or fancy equipment to perform the exercises. All you need is to bring yourself with a positive attitude. Your clothing needs to be comfortable and relaxing. It best to wear loose fitting and nonrestrictive clothes.

Many people like to practice yoga in a class but there is no reason you cannot simply find a quiet spot in your house to start. Make sure that you have no interuptions, the area is quiet and is environmently comfortable. A soft mat may be handy together with a blanket and a pillow which will help give you some form of support and added comfort for the laying or sitting down positions. Yoga is normally practiced barefoot, so you don’t need any expensive shoes though you may wish to wear some socks or soft shoes.

Try not to eat a heavy meal for at least two or three hours before doing any yoga exercises. Eating too much can leave you feeling too full which is not comfortable as you move through the exercises. You can eat some fruit or an energy bar and drink a glass of juice an hour or so before doing yoga. As you exercise you will want to make some water available though as the exertion will tend to dehydrate you.

Many people like to practice yoga first thing in the morning as it helps to revitalise the mind and body using the postures and breathing techniques. Some people prefer to practice their yoga exercises at night to help relax at the end of a stressful day. It is perfectly fine to do both. You just have to find the time that best suits you for yoga.

Basic yoga poses always start with easy poses, building up to the more difficult poses. Too much strain is not the goal as you should pause if you feel any pain or fatigue. It is beneficial to relax between difficult exercises.

Daily yoga exercises is optimal. You can do as little as 15 minutes of fitness exercise and 15 minutes of breathing and meditation each day and you will start to reap the benefits.