Yoga for Beginners

Posted on: 25 July 2017 by 50connect editorial

With a positive impact on both mental and physical health, Yoga is an excellent way to stay healthy.

Yoga on the beach

One of the oldest and most talked about health and fitness regimes, Yoga dates back over 5,000 years ago to the Indus-Sarasvati civilisation. A Hindu movement, involving both spiritual and physical disciplines, involving breath control, meditation, and the adoption of specific postures, is widely practised for both health and relaxation.

Where to Start

Most beginners are hesitant to take the first steps as they’re convinced they won’t be flexible enough, but this is a common misconception. Yoga is perfect for every one of all fitness levels, and can be taught to beginners, intermediate and advanced level practitioners. Try studying simple breathing techniques, light stretches and mindful thought patterns to get yourself on the right track.

Basic Moves

  • Mountain Pose
  • Tree Pose
  • Cobra
  • Childs Pose
  •  Easy pose

What Does It Do?

Yoga positions

The benefits of Yoga seem to be endless, but let’s take a look at a few. The most prominent improvement most people see is a positive change in their posture. Most of us are guilty of slouching, not sitting up straight or shuffling our feet when we walk, but it doesn’t take much to change it. Becoming more conscious of your posture, more in tune with your muscles and strengthening your core will all help adjust the way you stand, sit and compose yourself. As you progress overtime, you’ll notice that you don’t have to focus quite as intently on your balance. This is because it will naturally improve, gradually tightening your core and improving your centre of gravity.

Why Should I Do It?

Although it can seem intense and unachievable, even at its highest level yoga is a low impact exercise, meaning anyone, even those of us with joint or flexibility issues can work your way to the top. As well as improving your physical being, it also helps improve mental health, boosting mood, reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety and most of all, it helps you understand your body better.

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