Yoga shouldn’t cause pain; none of the poses should hurt. Yoga is about learning your body’s weaknesses and strengths, and training and caring for your bones, joints, and muscles.
Bringing the mind to a calm, still, focus is part of Yoga training, and without this focus, it’s impossible to listen to the body. Some may use it as a religious purpose, most people use meditation to practice relaxation, blocking out “life” and finding a clear space in the mind to relax.
Our typical thought patterns jump around from subject to subject, and most people find it difficult to focus on their breathing during Yoga. Bringing the mind to a calm, still, focus is part of Yoga training, and without this focus, it’s impossible to listen to the body.
A great way for an ambitious Yoga student to start is by purchasing an a beginning Yoga DVD for home use to teach some of the common poses. When you enter a studio, this might make you feel more comfortable and less like you are in a foreign land.
These specific time targeted workouts are touted to be very successful, when done correctly. Most Yoga classes at general fitness centers are not that specific. At exclusive Yoga centers, it is much more likely to find specialized classes for various forms of Yoga.
Some workouts are targeted towards energizing the body and are suggested as a morning routine. Other programs center on giving a light afternoon “boost workout”. Additionally, there are specific programs (mostly completed via in home DVD), that are designed to calm the body in preparation for a full evening’s rest.
Yoga should be gentle and slow, especially in the beginning. Avoid bouncing into a stretch or pose. Keep your body loose and relaxed.
Make having a bottle of water nearby an essential part of your Yoga equipment. It is important to keep hydrated throughout any exercise session, with Yoga it is especially important. Yoga doesn’t require a lot of equipment, just some comfortable Yoga pants a Yoga towel and a mat.
Yoga is also about learning to quiet and focus the mind. Our typical thought patterns jump around from subject to subject, and most people find it difficult to focus on their breathing during Yoga. Just like any other skill, it takes practice to quiet the thoughts and focus on each aspect of the body.
Yoga can be practiced at any time of day, many people find that like any form of exercise, doing it just upon rising ensures that it gets done and can be checked off to “to do” list. Than that may be the best time for you to engage in your Yoga practice if your energy level is better in the evening.
When you make it to your first in studio lesson that there is no need to worry about what other people are thinking, keep in mind. More so than most exercise programs, Yoga is highly focused on self-awareness, thus the other members of the class are barely aware of your existence in the room, much less how well you are mastering a pose.
Maybe that is your preferred time if you have a block of time in mid-afternoon. There are many Yoga routines that are specifically designed for certain times of day. The most important thing is to just get started!