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How to Start Beginner Yoga Exercises

Aug 17, 2007
Learning yoga has many heath benefits apart from increasing your flexibility. Yoga is a lot of fun and its healthy and very calming of the mind. Just a little practice will bring you freedom and peace of mind. Yoga has been handed down over several thousands of years and has a very long tradition.

Most beginner yoga poses are easy to learn and you can get audio or video tapes that teach yoga along with the breathing instruction and teach yoga relaxation techniques at health food stores, bookstores, online and by mail order. It's probably fine to learn basic yoga poses and the yoga relaxation from a tape or booklet, but don't try the advanced yoga exercises without a skilled teacher. He or she can make corrections to your mistakes and caution you when necessary, and help you to adapt poses, if you are dong them unsafely.

It will be worth it to you to spend a little time finding an instructor who is right for you. Your doctor or other health care professional may be able to recommend a yoga instructor. Get referrals for a yoga instructor as you would for any professional you might wish to consult. Word of mouth is the best advice to find a good yoga teacher.

Yoga instructors aren't required to be certified at this date, but many now are, through many different yoga teaching programs available in the USA now. Ask prospective teachers if they are certified. A certified teacher isn't necessarily better than someone who isn't certified, but it's something to look at.

Take a class with a few different instructors as their are many ways to teach yoga. Hot yoga is a new fad, and this involves you dong yoga poses in a heated room. This allows the body to become more flexible and also the sweating purifies the body.

Although most people can exercise safely and start a yoga program, any exercise can involve some risk. If you are totally out of shape and have had no yoga experience then is is good to take precautions.

It is a really good idea to obtain a medical test before you begin your yoga program if you have any areas of concern. Discuss this with your doctor and this could include an exercise test with ekg monitoring, especially if you have cardiovascular disease, you are over 35, you have high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol levels, you smoke, or you have a family history of heart disease.

Discuss with your doctor any unusual symptoms that you experience during or after yoga or any exercise such as discomfort in your chest, neck, jaw, or arms; nausea, dizziness, fainting, or excessive shortness of breath; or short-term changes in vision.

Always warm up and cool down after a yoga session. It's good to not to exercise outdoors when the weather is too hot and humid, or too cold.

Follow these simple tips and start your yoga practice for the great benefits today.
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Maurice Tate has been doing yoga and meditation for over 25 years. Learn to beginner yoga exercises .
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