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Yoga is one of the ancient and finest practices that is meant to help to calm your mind and keep your physical health in check. Whether you are focusing on losing weight, have some moments of peace or maintain good health, Yoga is always a good option.

If you are a beginner to yoga, then we are here to make your experience better. First of all, you need to have a better understanding of what is yoga.

What is yoga?

Originated from India, yoga is a balance of mental and physical practices that serves the purpose of helping people to attain their highest potential in order to maintain good health and happiness. It helps to extend your health, creativity, productivity and improve your quality of living. Yoga practice includes different positions that serve multiple purposes. For example, some are good for weight loss, some for digestion, some for height growth and so on. However, you can practice multiple poses to keep yourself fit.

Beginner yoga tips that you must follow :

New to yoga? Well, you are not the only one. As a beginner, you might face a lot of confusions regarding what kind of yoga poses you should try. That’s why we are here to help you out.


1. Set your goals properly


It is very important that your goals are clear in your mind before trying yoga. The whole practice should begin with an achievable goal and right intentions.

Achievable goals: this part is very important as if you set unrealistic goals and are unable to make progress, you will end up giving up on yoga.

Right intentions: this one is to make sure that you genuinely want to achieve your aims through yoga.

Both of the above are important to keep you going.

2. Get yourself a good yoga teacher

In order to start your yoga journey, it is advisable to hire a good yoga teacher to help you maintain a good practice. A good teacher knows how to keep you interested and make your whole experience more enjoyable. An experienced and qualified yoga teacher will help you with all the details including the mental and physical effects. He or she will help your breathing techniques which will also boost your confidence.


3. Choose a good spot

Choosing a good spot will enhance your mood and provide you with a peaceful environment. However, if you have opted for yoga classes, make sure that you choose a place where you can see and hear your yoga teacher properly.

4. Start with Basic Postures

As a beginner, you should start your journey from basic postures that do not need a lot of stamina or strength. You are not supposed to be doing power yoga or intense yoga poses. Always keep in basic in the beginning. As your experience grows, you can start adding more challenging poses to your routine. At that time, basic yoga poses should be like warm up.


5. Take time to relax

After your yoga practice, make sure that you take time to rest your muscles. Even though you have a lot of tasks which are pending, it is better to lie down for a while and cool yourself down. This exercise helps you to relax your mind and increase your productivity.

6. Wear comfortable clothes

Make sure that your body is comfortable when you are out for some yoga practice. Since you are going to do a lot of stretching in different directions, that’s why it is necessary to wear stretchable and loose clothes to be able to do the positions correctly. Avoid wearing belts, jewelry, tight clothes or fabrics that might hurt your skin. Also, make sure that you wear comfortable underwear to avoid excessive exposing.


7. Challenge your limits

Always practice yoga as comfortable as you can. Take as much time as you want o go out of your comfort zone to enhance your abilities. Do not do any difficult pose unless you can handle it. Pushing yourself too much might end into a muscle injury. If your breathing is light, it means that you are doing it right but if you feel your breathing is jagged, stop pushing yourself.


8. Be Consistent

It is very important to be consistent with your daily practice of yoga because once you start skipping, you lose the habit and motivation. It is advisable to practice yoga early in the morning but in order to be consistent, you can do it at any time. Schedule a time table to remind yourself to practice.

Above were some of the tips which will help you through your yoga practice. As a beginner, it takes some time to get used to the routine but once you start experiencing it, you will feel a sense of relaxation.

If you want to change your lifestyle and live a healthier life, exercising is important. Over the last 4 years, I have been working out hard in the gym and opted for a healthy diet. Below are some changes which I have found since I have started to live life on the healthier side.

1. Makes you mentally tough

Apart from keeping you physically healthy and fit, exercise helps you to stay mentally strong. Whether you are struggling to do a yoga pose or running on the treadmill, exercise helps to release all the tension from your head. It pushes you to exceed your limits and do more than you have ever thought. This attitude helps to build your self-confidence. It encourages to keep on trying to beat your own records every day. Being mentally strong is all about the faith and determination that you have. It is the capacity to get up again after failing. Exercise definitely helps you to achieve this attitude.

2. Teaches us discipline

When you start working out, you will start following a schedule. Your life will be back on track as you will eat, sleep and exercise on time. Apart from physical and mental enjoyment, discipline is one of the most important contributions of exercise. Discipline is all about putting your priorities first. If you are lost in your life track, try starting some exercise first, you might find your life goals along the way.

3. Helps you notice all the small improvements

We get so busy in life at times, that we forget to be grateful to all the small changes in life. Working out is a great way to enjoy small things along the way. If your goal is to lose weight, let’s agree that you will not lose them all at once. It starts with 1 pound each day before you reach your goal. You improve day by day and this adds to the beauty of working out.

4. Helps to de-stress

Whether you are studying or working, negative stress always finds you. It is a sign that we are out of balance and energy. Negative stress always finds a way to steal happiness away from us. By working out, we get a chance to re-channel the negative stress and change it to a positive one. It helps us to release all the tension from our body. It explains why you always feel better and lighter after a work out session.
5. Helps you focus

Just like you cannot do bench press and squat at the same time, exercise helps you focus more. If you master the skill of focusing, you will move smoothly in life. We are so keen to have everything at one time that it creates frustration and confusion. By staying focused, we see things clearly. Exercise teaches us that by focusing on one thing, we can easily move on to the next.

6. Teaches us perseverance

Imagine a winter morning, you are all wrapped up in your warm blanket and the alarm goes off, it is time for the gym! What do you do? Even though working out will become a habit after some time, the aim is to persevere every day. It’s about following your schedule and maintaining the discipline. Perseverance is the only thing that keeps you going. It helps you to focus on your goal and achieve it. Without perseverance, you find yourself back to square one everytime. No matter how slow you go, all that matters is that you are moving forward.

7. Boosts your confidence

When you are getting into the shape that you have always been dreaming about, your self-confidence starts to boost up. If you want to gain confidence without faking it, working out is one of the best ways. This confidence is going to follow you everywhere. Say goodbye to the shy side of you!

8. Makes you happier

When you are exercising, your body releases a chemical name “dopamine”. This chemical is considered to be a neurotransmitter which is responsible for all your happiness and pleasures. You have to go through a lot of sore muscle pain when you start working out, it teaches you that you have to go through pain to achieve happiness. It also keeps you busy from overthinking and ruining all your happy moments.

9. Schedules your day

My favorite thing about working out is that I have learned to sort out my day. It helps you to manage your time. I always manage to find some time for my work out session may it be in the morning or afternoon. I personally believe that working out made me more productive. It keeps me fresh all day.

10. Showing up is winning half the battle
Making an effort and waking up early in the morning to go to the gym is already a big accomplishment. It teaches you that no matter which battle or situation you are in, show up!

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