New To Yoga? Here’s A Mini Breakdown Of What You Need To Know


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In the last few decades, yoga has become one of those regimes that anyone and everyone seem to be joining in. But its actual origins can be traced back some 5,000 years ago to the Northern Indian Indus-Sarasvati civilization. However, it wasn’t until the 1940’s when Indra Devi opened a Yoga studio in Hollywood, that the Western world started to take it on board. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi and a female is called a yogini. The discipline of Yoga is fundamentally a method of meditation and spiritual awareness. Yoga brings inner peace and calm to the body. It also relies on a series of poses and moves that prepare the nervous system for tranquility and well-being. Essentially it gives the body the physical and emotional strength to remain composed at all times. And it is a good form of exercise too.

What You’ll Need For Your First Class

Are you wondering what you’ll need to bring along if you sign up for a first-time yoga class? Well, for starters yoga studios are in plentiful supply so as long as you get a good recommendation from a friend it won’t be hard to find one. Secondly, make sure you know what type of Yoga you have signed up for. As a beginner, you will want to move at a gentler and slower pace. Seasoned visitors will be much more flexible and be able to get into intricate poses with ease. To not put you off, always make sure you choose the most basic class. Most yoga studios provide mats. But seeing as your body will be in direct contact with your mat for nearly all of your session, you will most probably want your own. Start your yoga bliss journey by investing in your own mat and some yoga pants and a bamboo yoga bra to get you started. And yoga classes are taken barefoot, so you don’t need to worry about buying appropriate footwear.


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What To Expect from A Beginners Yoga Class

If it’s your first time joining a yoga lesson, expect to chant at the beginning and end of the class. To start, many yoga classes will chant the sound ‘Om’ which in Sanskrit is believed to be the sound of creation. At the end of the class, your yoga teacher is likely to bow her head and say ‘Namaste.’ In Sanskrit, this means ‘I honor you.’ If you need to rest during your class, you will need to be familiar with Child’s Pose. You can learn how to carry out this pose here. Also expect your last pose of the class to be Savasana. This is the final resting pose of every yoga class. Also expect to need props. These will be available at the beginning of class and include straps, blankets, and blocks. These props can help make it easier to get your body deeper into a pose. You’ll also be taught the importance of breathing in your first-time yoga class. A good introductory class will teach you how to breathe deeper and inhale and exhale for longer. This will help you relax and calm your mind and body.

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Hatha Vs. Vinyasa
Hatha and Vinyasa are two different types of the many yoga regimes on offer. If you are a beginner, it is much better to enroll in a Hatha yoga class. This type of class has difficult yoga poses but also lots of breaks and restorative standing or seated poses on between. A Vinyasa (flow) class concentrates more on transitioning from pose to pose with no breaks and is suited more to intermediates.

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