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Yoga Not For You? Think Again

Jul 16, 2008
To those who have never tried yoga, it may seem a daunting task. Scantily clad men and women with the ability to contort their body in seemingly impossible positions may be enough to put people off before they even attempt to try any of the postures.

Yoga is among the oldest practice for self-development. Its approach is gentle, helping even the stiffest bodies to yield and become flexible in a gentle way. The key to yoga is the non-competitive way of practice. Progress comes with regular practice. It does not come from sudden exercises that force the body into intense positions even if it is not ready yet. More like a work out system, people who do this exercise have made yoga a part of their daily life.

The results of these exercises are visible too. Greater flexibility, increase in muscle strength and an internal peace that is impossible to hide. Even though your family and friends will be unable to point out the changes, they will notice that something is different in you gradually.

The postures are called asanas and the breath is called pranayama, together they help the practitioner to relax the mind and body at will, have increased vitality, flexibility and feeling calm in a crisis. In todays manic society, feeling calm and inwardly confident can help the student to survive lifes stresses and strains.

Yoga brings clarity of mind and confidence to the serious student who practices with focus and intent every day. The best time to practice is in the morning, although for many, the body seems stiff and achy in the early hours, so the yoga session can be adapted so that it suits the individuals body and agenda.

There are no limitations as to who can or can't practice yoga. The main ingredient required is intent and the desire to learn. Movement may be slow due to age or disability, but even with a minimum of movement being able to be achieved, progression is still guaranteed.

It is ideal and beneficial for starters to attend yoga classes. There, they will experience the guidance of experts when it comes to the proper posture alignment. They will also be taught about the benefits of each individual stance. The instructors can also demonstrate each stance from early stages to higher stages.

In some cases and specific circumstances, like pregnancy, some postures are to be avoided. The instructor should be aware of these conditions and more importantly in case of illnesses as to insure the safety of the person involved.

The beauty of yoga is that it can be practice anywhere, at home, in the office, at a class, at the beach or even in the garden although some curious glances may be experienced. Whichever yoga discipline you decide to try and wherever you decide to practice, simply enjoy the sensation of working with your body, increasing flexibility and improving overall health.
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