Introduction To Yoga For Beginners:
With the advent of holistic therapies, there’s been an increase in the popularity of yoga. More people than ever before are joining yoga studios and trying to do the sun salutation without breaking their back.
All levity aside, yoga is easy to learn, inexpensive to practice, doesn’t require large spaces or heavy equipment and can be done in the privacy of your own home.
This write-up entails all that I’ve learned about yoga from its history to the positive effects that it can have on your body.
This write-up also serves as a guide for aspiring yogis (or yoga practitioners) and people who wish to know more about yoga, and serve as professional Yoga practitioners in studios.
It covers the basic asanas (yoga pose, posture or position of the body), the do’s and don’ts of practicing yoga and other helpful tips for newbies to avoid injuries and perform advanced level asanas and teach others as well.
Yoga is a mental, physical and spiritual practice which originated in ancient India. It includes the deliberate control of the breath or prana in Sanskrit (life force) for spiritual enlightenment.
It also employs a specific meditation to control the mind and performance of various postures or asanas to strengthen the body and retain health and vigour. Yoga’s boost in popularity among the masses is due to its ability to bestow health and relaxation.
Various perspectives and beliefs in yoga were derived from different religions like Hinduism and Buddhism.
There are 4 essential description about Yoga:
- Yoga also refers to six orthodox schools ofHindu philosophy (darśana);
- Yoga being linked to the words, “hatha-, mantra-, and laya-,” pertains to traditions specializing in certain techniques of yoga;
- Yoga may help in attaining a goal when you practice discipline;
- Yoga has its techniques to control your body and the mind;
Yoga in Sanskrit means “to unite” or “to join” in its most literal sense. Yoga is an ancient meditation technique dating back to the 5th and 6th century. There is a broad variety of schools of thought regarding its practices and goals in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
The four paths of Yoga are Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Raja Yoga. These four paths of Yoga are characterized as a whole. The four paths of Yoga work hand in hand.
- Bhakti Yoga: the yoga of devotion and self surrender. This is said to be the simplest and easiest path because we are not asked to do anything but give up all control.
- Karma Yoga: is the yoga of action, in this practice, we practice non-attachment with every deed, word, and thought.
- Raja Yoga: also called Ashtanga yoga is the synthesis of the above two and focuses on controlling the mind in order to bring it into stillness.
- Jnana Yoga: Jnana Yoga is the path of knowledge, wisdom, introspection and contemplation. It involves deep exploration of a human’s personality by systematically exploring and setting aside false identities.
The essence of spirituality, as taught in the four paths of yoga is to let nature run its course. Aim for living in the moment – and thinking rationally in different situations. When you learn to accept your shortcomings in life and understand that nothing you do will alter its course significantly, you become stronger and more amenable to accepting the life you are living.
You become more drawn towards your life goals, but you also believe that whatever happens has been deemed as the best course of life for you. This results in harmony between your internal and external environment. You’ll develop a contented heart and a mind that’s at peace.
Yoga practitioners these days integrate these four paths of yoga, to create a sense of contentment and a feeling of inner satisfaction. These four paths allow the cleansing of the body and mind, and remove any negative thoughts.
Regular yoga practice improves body balance, flexibility and stamina in our core – a healthy, strong and alert heart.
Asanas are different for different age groups, yet they have one common principle; holding the tension between the muscles. Different muscle groups are focused on different postures, ensuring benefit to all body systems.
- Improved blood flow to the peripheral blood vessels, leading to improved cardiovascular function.
- Exercises of abdominal muscles improve digestion and help to remove body fat.
- Gentle relaxation helps to ease muscle tension, while different postures allow complete joint mobility. This leads to increased strength of joints, and muscle flexibility.
- As yoga is aimed at relaxation of the mind, long term benefits are reduced stress and anxiety, increased stamina and maintenance of composure.
Yoga vs Gym – Which is better?
People aiming to be fit and stay in shape generally consider 2 options – join a gym and lift weights or practice yoga regularly Both have different aspects and different approaches when it comes to building strength.
There’s no denying that the atmosphere in a gym is pumped up and energetic. The special equipment available is excellent for weight loss and building muscle. There are a plethora of weight machines and cardio equipment from treadmills to stair climbers. You’ll lose weight much faster with weight training and cardio than you would with yoga.
However, gym memberships are expensive and you have to set aside specific times to hit the gym. Gyms have specific opening and closing times, which may not necessarily fit in with your schedule.
Yoga is more suitable for people with odd working hours or those who want more flexibility with their daily schedule. Practicing yoga does not require specific timing and you can do yoga at any time of the day.
You don’t require any special equipment nor a large space for practicing Yoga – you do not even need to sign up and pay a high membership fee. You can always join a yoga studio and learn the basics in a week, and can incorporate asanas whenever you like it as you practice yoga in your own home.
You may not lose weight quickly, but you’ll definitely be comfortable with your surroundings, and this is why yoga is favored by the Millennials today.
With odd working hours and living in a metropolis where basic necessities that includes food and residence are expensive, yoga is a cost-effective practice which can keep you fit and promote tranquility and a strong core.