For all those who have wanted to dive into the refreshing world of yoga for a while but just don’t know where to begin, it’s much simpler than you ever imagined. The pictures that flash in our heads of sadhus performing complex manoeuvres might be intimidating to say the least, but it would do us good to remind ourselves that yoga originated right here in India; all of us are arguably genetically predisposed to be comfortable with yoga, at least to a certain level. The rest, however, is left to practise.
Here’s how we begin :
- Take a step back and just breathe. Yoga is as much about breathing and a unification of mind and body as it is about difficult limb-twisting
- Take the help of professionals. For those brimming with confidence, yoga might seem relatively simple enough to pull off on your own but if it isn’t done properly, it might do more harm than good.
- Don’t dress to impress. It’s critical that one wears simple clothing that don’t make the asanas any more difficult than they already sometimes are.
- Diet is key. Take a break of at least a couple of hours after a meal before you practise yoga. You should never practise on a full stomach. It’s equally important to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
- Getting the technique right is key. One should never do it for the sake of it and power through the routine. It’s about complementing technique, speed and posture in all of your routines.
It might take a while to become comfortable with the basic yoga poses for beginners but never let the inertia stop you from practising. Once the technique is mastered, expanding one’s arsenal of poses is easy. Regular consultations from yoga professionals and a healthy and balanced diet and you’re good to go . Good luck !