Http://Twitter.com/ClaudiaYoga - How to Start Yoga
Starting Yoga can be very simple, so much so, that I created a video so you can roll your mat and get started at once.
Any success in life comes down to one thing: being healthy. If we are unhealthy there is no way that we will have strength or clarity or even purpose in any endeavor.
Yoga is one of the practices that is amenable to many people, and that offers enormous and even unexpected benefits.
To set the odds in favor: here are 3 things to keep in mind as you start practicing
1- Don't sweat it!
It's just yoga. You can do it at home, you now even have a video with the basics (below). You don't need anything expensive (although a basic mat helps), just get ready and go for it.
You will see in the video that I practice in my bedroom, any place that has a little room is good enough.
2- Start with the Sun Salutations, and practice them every day (5 or 6 times a week)
The Sun Salutations are very beneficial, and if practiced as in the video (3 times for the Salutation A, and 3 times for the Salutation B), they will get you moving, breathing, stretching, warming up, focusing, and generally changing your mood for the better.
They are a great way to start the day, as it is always best to practice yoga with an empty stomach.
But they can also be practiced at night, followed by a long session of resting (or corpse pose) to relax, and get ready for sleep.
Here are two quotes from master yogis on the benefits of the Sun Salutations:
"By practicing the Sun Salutations people can become joyous, experience happiness and contentment" Pattabhi Jois (Founder of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system)
"The Sun Salutations are an effective was to loosening up, stretching, massaging and toning all the joints, muscles and internal organs" Swami Satyananda Sawarswati (from the book Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha)
3- Lose the Practice -IF You Have To- But Not The Ritual
It is important to create a ritual, or a routine around yoga, because it is a practice rather than a one-time thing. To reap the benefits (see links on the fourth paragraph), it has to be practiced over a long period of time and consistently.
But I get it, some days we just do not feel like practicing. We are human, we live in a busy world, what then?
I suggest something controversial, do this:
- Put on your yoga outfit (nothing fancy is required), roll the mat out, stand at the edge of it, and then... do nothing!
- Roll the mat back and keep going with your day.
In this way you trick your brain into thinking that you are the type of person that does yoga every day.
And, if you do this, one day you may feel like taking just one breath, maybe even lifting your arms. Another day you may feel like doing a little more, and little by little, you have a practice.