Monday, April 26, 2010
Yoga - Some Useful Health Tips
If you are planning to take up yoga, here are few tips for yoga beginners that will help you start on the right footing. There are many people who take up yoga without actually knowing where and how to begin. Many of them end up starting with hard poses and injure themselves. When you start practicing yoga the right way you will experience true health benefits.
Yoga- Ancient Science
If you have decided to take up yoga, the first thing to do is to learn about this ancient science of physical and mental fitness.
Yoga is said to have originated around 3000 B.C. Yoga is practiced to bring about the union of body and soul. Some people mistakenly associate it with religion. However, yoga is one of the oldest fitness regimes that exist in the world today.
It combines poses (asanas), breathing exercises (Pranayama) and meditation to achieve overall health fitness.
Which Poses To Start With
The next thing yoga beginners need to know is what types of poses they should start with. If you are just starting out, you will find lots of poses that are just right for beginners. It is best to start with the basic yoga postures, like sun salute, seated twist, cat, dog, cobra, mountain, triangle, forward fold and other such beginners' poses.
Do Not Over Exert
When doing the poses, it is important to remember that you should not over-exert yourself. You should start slowly and understand the alignment of the postures. You do not have to achieve the exact posture that you see in the photo. You should aim towards getting the basic posture.
Once you have gained experience in doing the basic yoga postures, you can increase the intensity of your practice. By this I mean you can practice to hold the postures over a longer period of time. Then later on you can take up more challenging postures.
Right Breathing Technique
Another important point that yoga beginners should learn is how to breathe. In yoga, breathing is the central point. One has to learn when to inhale, exhale and hold the breath while doing asanas. When a yoga posture is done with appropriate breathing techniques, you will derive the maximum benefits.
Right Time To Practice Yoga
When is the right time to practice yoga? This is a question that is often asked by beginners. The best time to practice yoga is early in the morning and that to on an empty stomach. However, since we all live a very busy life we might not always be able to find time in the morning. Yoga can be practiced anytime of the day; however, one should avoid eating 1-3 hours before the practice session.
Stretching Before Practice
Another important point that yoga beginners should remember is that it is best to do some stretching exercises before practicing yoga poses. In fact, the sun salute poses are very good stretching exercises.
Before starting yoga practice, you should consult your physician if you are suffering from any illness like, heart problem, back problem, etc. Moreover, pregnant women and people suffering from high blood pressure, knee, back or neck injuries should avoid certain yoga postures.
Overall yoga for health is a holistic approach towards achieving overall health. Yoga poses help to ease tensed muscles, tone up internal organs, and improve blood circulation, memory, body flexibility and mental concentration. Yoga can be taken up at any age. In fact, there is no age limit for yoga beginners.(source:yoga health tips)