Yoga Basics

  • Choose a Suitable Teacher: Make sure your teacher is well-qualified and experienced. He/she should not push you too much initially, as you are a beginner. He/she should be adept enough to change the pace and techniques to suit your body requirements.
  • Evolve Your Own Style: The beauty of yoga is that it can be effective even if you practice the poses well within your limits. So, do not over-stretch yourself, but exert yourself only as much as your body allows you to. To start, choose gentle yoga styles like Viniyoga, Kripalu yoga or Integral yoga. Avoid more strenuous forms like Power yoga, Ashtanga or Bikram yoga.
  • Warm Up Before You Start: At the beginning of the session, do not immediately go full throttle into the poses. Spend some time in warming up, which will lubricate the joints, promote circulation and enable effortless stretching. Start with simple poses and proceed to the tougher ones. Not warming up adequately can be harmful, so a proper warm-up is essential.
  • Avoid Certain Poses: Beginners should avoid certain complicated poses like Padmasana, Sirshasana, Sarvangasana and Halasana lest they injure themselves. Inexpert performance of these tough poses can strain your discs and joints, and even cause serious lesions.
  • Wear Comfortable Clothes: For yoga practice, wear loose, comfortable, cotton clothes that enable you to breathe. A loose, light cotton shirt or t-shirt is recommended. Shorts or exercise pants are also ideal. Women should avoid super-tight leotards, which may cause slip-ups while doing certain poses.
  • Basic Yoga Routine: Beginners should focus on doing the yoga basics correctly, instead of hurrying to do tough poses in search of quick results. Focus on breathing properly. Inhale through the nose into the abdomen. Yoga benefits are holistic and you can reap a whole lot of mental benefits too. So, start and end your yoga sessions with a brief meditation.