What is commonly referred to as "yoga" can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses.
Asana is only one of the eight "limbs" or types of yoga, the majority of which are more concerned with mental and spiritual well being than physical activity. Today, however, the words asana and yoga have become almost synonymous.
Would you like to learn yoga? Maybe you’re tired of the same old exercise routine and want to try something different. Or perhaps you haven’t been exercising at all and now you’re ready to begin. Wherever you are, Yoga is great, even for beginners. If you aren’t familiar with Yoga, this article gives you the basics of Yoga.
The practice of Yoga is based on five principles. The first principle, relaxation, is fundamental to nurturing your nervous system and generating a calm, tranquil feeling throughout your mind and body. The second principle, proper exercises focuses on various Yoga positions, to get your body moving. Proper breathing, the third tenet, concentrates on regulatory breathing, conducive to greater concentration and increased levels of energy. The proper diet principle introduces the idea of using food as sustenance for the body, instead of as self-medication. Lastly, meditation helps you to combat negative thoughts and focus on positive thinking instead.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga assists in body-mind connection. It focuses on the connection of your body and mind and promotes a total physical and spiritual well-being.
Yoga encourages and requires total concentration, while inducing a feeling of calm and relaxation. It is also known for enabling great flexibility and muscle relaxation. Yoga has long been attributed for improved health and energy in people with serious health ailments, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Getting Started With Yoga
You don’t need any special equipment or apparel to get started with yoga. Usually the basic requirements include a mat, blanket and pillow. Your clothing should be something that allows for flexibility and easy movement. Wear clothes that will not confine your movement.
It is usually recommended that beginners purchase a Yoga video or book to learn the basic Yoga positions. If you have access to a local gym that offers a Yoga class for beginners, try connecting there for a directed learning class.