Thinking about your first yoga class? ( Hopefully with Gemstone on 9th September @ 6pm ). Over the next two weeks we will be sharing some hints and tips, for those of you about to embark on your yoga journey, to help get you started.
Yoga is much more than a type of exercise.
It is a way of being, a pathway of how to exist in the world.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means Union. Union of mind and body. Yoga is a way to help you bring union to your thoughts and your present physical state of being. Yoga helps millions of people live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.
APPRECIATE YOUR BODY
The first step on your journey is to appreciate what you have. Take a moment to appreciate your body, exactly as it is right now. Appreciating what you have and finding gratitude is the important first step in yoga before you even reach the mat.
Approach yoga with no expectations. let go of the need to be able to touch your toes by next week, or achieve a balancing arm posture by Christmas. A yogic mindset is an ongoing practice throughout life that will lead you to a place where thoughts of how life should or ought to be no longer exist. This can take years to achieve but, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.
Turn up on your mat with a mindset of gratitude and no expectations, then believe me your yoga practice will evolve naturally and beautifully.
Images of postures showing amazing flexibility, contorting of muscles and people bending themselves into extreme shapes, can leave the beginner feeling a sense of dread and despair.
“I will never be able to do that!!! “
Fear not!! Yoga is NOT about extreme flexibility and bending your spine in ways that look impossible (although with regular practice your flexibility will improve) . Yoga is about BREATHING, MEDITATION, RELAXATION and using basic yoga poses to CREATE FREEDOM in your body.
So, our first tip for those of you starting yoga, is do not worry if you cannot currently sit on the floor with your legs crossed, or bend over backwards. Approach your first class with the understanding that yoga is a process, and by taking that first step onto a yoga mat, you are moving towards a new lifestyle.
After all the physical yoga practice is only one of the EIGHT LIMBS of YOGA, more about that in a future blog.
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