Words Of Wisdom For Beginner Yoga Students

One of the renowned Yoga teacher shared his experience going back in time when he was a beginner learning Yoga. I have collected few bits of advice from his wisdom with an intention to help students beginning their Yoga practices. According to him as much you invest your time and energy in practising yoga postures and learning philosophies of ancient Yoga teaching, it you help you evolve, grow and shape you.
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Be Tough To Yourself For Yoga Practices
As you’re beginning your Yoga practice, you should ignore many small things which come along your way to distract your attention from your work and focus on your practices no matter what comes your way. There should not be anything as important for you as your work out on Yoga practices. Pay your attention to know what your body needs and give your best to push yourself learning and practising Yoga. Remember, your practice will grow with you and do listen to your instructor following the guidelines for improving it as you move on each day.

Choose The Best As Per Your Needs
Yoga has many paths and each path has its own unique style and discipline and you can find Yoga teachers with specialized skills in few popular styles of Yoga. So you need to know your requirements before registering to a school of yoga to choose the style which is best for you.

Be A Childlike And Start To Play Your Yoga
Yoga is so natural that it looks more like child play than something serious for life and this is the quality of Yoga which can be explained in words. As you play more, you grow stronger just like kids.

Do not your adulthood intelligence to come up in your way to Yoga practices and let your child come out to play once again.

Be A Good Friend To Your Body
Your body is your primary tool to learn Yoga for ultimate possibility which a life could desire. No matter where you are or how you are, embrace yourself. Love your body for it is your closest friend to help you learn what you want to be.

No body is similar in any way and so do yours but if you love it, you are going to get more out of Yoga. I insist to work with your body and not against your body.

Take A Break To Have Some Space
Rome is not build in a day and so you too is not going to be a Yogi in a single attempt. Do not compare your practice with others as this will add to more hindrances rather than supporting by wasting your time on looking on others than your own.

Give time to yourself to evolve with perfection with each movement. If you find yourself stuck in comparing yourself with other then it would be good to take some break emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Appreciate Yourself For Even Smallest Achievements

Even stepping on your mat is a big step you made to see what you are going to get when you are done with your Yoga practice. Appreciate yourself with each step you take with your movement then you’ll see how much interesting it will become learning yoga when you do it more joyfully.


How Yoga Helps In Reducing Back Pain

Hatha yoga is most common and widely accepted yoga practice in the world. Hatha yoga is a physical form that incorporates a series of various yoga postures which rely on Pranayama, a well defined breathing technique in yoga. Yoga provides a wide range of mental and physical benefits to the practitioner with some basic and complex postures when accompanied with breathing techniques. Yoga Reduces Back Pain

Physical Benefits of Yoga Practices:

  • Strengthening body parts – Yoga practices strengthen some specific muscles and group of muscles. Yoga requires use of specific muscles of the body along with concentration by holding on a yoga postures. Holding on to a yoga posture for specified time incorporated with various movements and breathing techniques gives strength to the muscles.

    There are many yoga postures which gently support and strengthen the abdominal muscles as well as muscles of the back which are essential components of the spine muscular network that helps the body to maintain upright posture and movement properly. Back pain can be reduced greatly when these muscular network of spine are in good natural condition. Back pain can be completed cured by regular practice of a set of yoga postures specially structured to support the back muscles and spine.

  • Reduce tension with stretching and relaxation – Yoga practice reduces tension in stressed muscles with the help of stretching and relaxation. When yoga practitioner holds the muscle in a posture for 10-60 seconds then certain muscles stretch while other muscles flex which promote flexibility and relaxation in joints and muscles.

    Stretching and relaxation is very important for people suffering from back pain as it expands the motion in the area and helps reducing stress across the back. Additionally, yoga increases blood circulation which allows the flow of nutrients in and toxins out thus nourishing soft tissues and muscles in the back area.

Maintaining the natural curvature of the spine also reduces and avoids back pain which requires good posture and alignment of the spine which can be achieved by practicing yoga.

Time To Have A Hot Sip Of Yoga To Clear Up Misconceptions

1. What Is Yoga?

Yoga came from a sanskrit word “YOG” which means “union”. It is believed that the cause of all troubles in human life is due to disconnection of self from the supreme self or the God. Yoga is a set of discipline followed in life with an aim to re-unite the self with the universal self. It is a traditional art of living followed in Indian from very ancient times. The male aspirants learning and practising Yoga is called Yogi and the female aspirant is called Yogini.
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An Indian age named Patanjali discovered and collated the various steps of yoga in his famous scripture known as Yoga Sutra around 2,000 years ago. Yoga Sutra is a systematic collection of 195 printed statements describing ethics and moral along with several postures associated with psychic methods which serve as the guide book for aspirants as well as yogis who teach and practice yoga today. There are phrases in Yoga Sutra describing the eight limbs of Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga which are yama (restraint), niyama (observance), asana (posture), pranayama (breath control techniques), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyaan (meditation), and samadhi (enlightenment). Exploring Yoga Sutra helps aspirant to know the essence of life by abiding in the reality or truth. It is required to refine oneself from the outer world before entering into the journey of inward dimension to unite with the true self in samadhi or liberation.

Most of the people engaged in third limb which is basically coded to focus on physical exercises for body purification also known as “Bhoota Suddhi” which is essential to enhance the physical strength and stamina needed for hard course of further practices and meditation.

Pranayama is not just about inhalation and exhalation of air through nose but is a practice to control the flow of prana in the body to create a balance of energy. Prana is a vital force carried by the air that we inhale and when it’s flow is controlled, it has been seen to have a positive impact on the life of people practising yoga in a greater way. Once the prana is controlled, it becomes easier to carry on the rest of the yogic journey.

Yoga is now learned and practised all over the world and so, it became important to establish a set internationally recognized of standards or guidelines which should be followed by Yoga Schools around the world. Yoga Alliance USA is an organization established standards to teaching and learning yoga. It is good to have yoga training in schools registered in and affiliated to Yoga Alliance USA for assured yoga courses which provide maximum benefits and make the aspirants eligible to get registered and certified as Yoga Teacher.