Yoga Class Participants

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS

All you need to get started

Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union, yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress.

A few simple guidelines are: 

  1. Keep your joints stacked. e.g. Shoulders above wrists in plank and front knee above ankle in lunge

  2. Never put pressure on a delicate joint. e.g. Place your foot below or above your knee in tree pose, never on the knee itself

  3.  Always warm up 

  4. Don’t hyperextend. If you’re super flexible, it’s better to pull back and focus on strengthening within a pose rather than pushing your body to it’s full limits

Things I wish I knew earlier:

Yoga is not a religious practice

Props are your best friend

It doesn't matter if you cant do a pose

Yoga is not just for the flexible

Yoga is not just for the slimmer body shape

Don't eat right before practising (allow an hour, or eat something light)

No one is looking at you

Get comfortable with the basics 

It shouldn't hurt

Self study is everything

Your mat will always catch you

If your breathing your doing yoga!

Most importantly the teacher is your guide. It is your practice, have fun with it & smile.

Shine Bright

Namaste x