Yoga Poses For Beginners

Yoga Poses For Beginners

yoga poses for beginners

Yoga poses for beginners doesn’t have to be hard to follow, or difficult to learn. Yoga has been practiced for hundreds of years in many different cultures, and is recognized as a way of uniting mind and body. It can not only make you more flexible, but also strengthen your body. It can be a great way of warming up before a workout.

Yoga is also recognized by doctors as a great way of improving your health and wellbeing. It can lower anxiety, making you feel calm, as well as lower blood pressure. This greatly reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes.

Practicing yoga regularly can help focus your thoughts, and improve memory and concentration.  The breathing exercises and discipline required to hold many yoga poses concentrates the mind.

You are no longer jumping from one thought to another, but solely focused on the present moment. This is very powerful and can help you develop the focus and discipline needed to achieve your goals. Mindfulness yoga, is simply combining the physical disciplines of yoga with being aware of your body and of the present moment

Starting out with yoga poses for beginners

Don’t worry about reaching those perfect poses. It’s easy to feel intimidated by models looking fit and fabulous! It truly doesn’t matter how old you are, or your state of health. Yoga is for everyone and can do so much for you both physically and mentally.

You could join a local yoga class as having an instructor help you will ensure you’re doing all the poses correctly. However it’s not absolutely necessary as you can follow along with a yoga class on a dvd or video. There are hundreds available, with many aimed at total beginners.

I recommend warm up stretches before your yoga session, especially if you’ve never practiced yoga before. You don’t want to damage any joints or ligaments. As you start to practice, your joints will become more flexible and supple.

Starting yoga poses for beginners at home

yoga at home

Starting out at home has its benefits. You don’t have to worry about what you look like or feel embarrassed.  Some of the poses can be hard to get right for beginners. The only downside as I mentioned before is that you won’t have an experienced instructor to guide you.

A good idea is to find a quiet place in your home that’s spacious enough to practice yoga. You could consider investing in a yoga mat or yoga cushion to add comfort. A yoga mat does have many benefits, and a good non-skid mat will allow you to practice yoga safely almost anywhere. This means it doesn’t matter whether you have a carpeted or wooden floor, your mat will ensure you’re safe.

It’s always best to choose a thicker mat if you have any joint issues or arthritis. Also, Be sure to place your mat on a level surface to avoid tripping up or twisting your ankle

Yoga straps are good for aligning your posture, and if you have any injuries that you’re recovering from. They make it easier to reach difficult poses, and great for all levels, from beginner upwards.

Yoga blocks are ideal if you’re starting out, and for those who are less flexible. They were originally made of wood, but are now available in foam, and you can usually find a whole range of bright, trendy colours.

Try and find a time in the day that works best for you and make it a routine. I know that unexpected things crop up, especially if you have a busy, active life, but you can always reschedule.

Hatha yoga for beginners

Hatha yoga is comprised of exercises known as asanas. These are designed to help energy flow freely around the body. It’s gentle and the poses are slow paced, making it ideal for beginners, or those who are not so flexible. It involves nearly all muscles in the body, toning and strengthening them.

Here is a 20 minute Hatha yoga exercise for you to follow along to.

 

 

Siddhasana yoga for beginners

The Siddhasana is also known as the accomplished pose, and used for meditation and yoga. It’s suitable for anyone of any age, but consult your doctor first if you suffer from sciatica.

The video below demonstrates the Siddhasana

 

Yoga for seniors poses

Yoga is particularly good for older people as it helps keep joints supple, and as it’s low impact can be done with those who have poor mobility. Just because you may be in your 70s or 80s doesn’t mean you have to expect poor health, arthritis, and joint stiffness. Many age related health problems can be prevented, and even improved with a good diet and regular exercise. Yoga can not only help with joint movement, but also improve concentration, and wellbeing.

kundalini yoga for beginners

Kundalini yoga is good for beginners and in particular the elderly as it’s practiced in the sitting position. This is great as those with poor mobility can sit in a chair. The benefits for seniors are huge and include joint flexibility, easing depression and increasing inner strength.

5 Kundalini Yoga exercises for beginners

A big benefit of yoga is that it balances energy in the body, improving your wellbeing, mental state and outlook on life. Times are changing, and life expectancy is increasing. You can enjoy a healthy life well into your senior years. Chronic health issues, and poor mobility are not inevitable. However focusing on the negatives may well attract them towards you.

Even if you’ve never practiced yoga before it’s never too late to start, and hopefully this article has helped to inspire you to try yoga poses for beginners.

Wishing you health and happiness
Take care:)
Kathy

 

2 comments

  • james

    This is such a helpful article. I just started yoga in the last month and am a little unsure about various yoga poses. I had never heard of yoga straps and I think using these could really help me with some poses that I am having trouble with.

    • Kathy

      Hi James, thanks for your comment and glad you found the article helpful. Yes, yoga straps should be able to help you get into those more difficult poses. Definitely worth giving them a go:)

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