Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

March 31, 2013 · Print This Article

Yoga is a great exercise for people who want to increase flexibility, reduce stress, get fit, and lead a more healthy life. Almost anyone can do yoga because it is very gentle which makes it well suited as an exercise program all throughout life. Many people consider taking yoga but also have questions on how to get started.

Many people are concerned that they are not flexible enough to do yoga and will never be able to get into the contortionist poses many people associate with yoga. The truth is that yoga is about building flexibility, among other things, and you do not need to be super limber to begin yoga. Yoga is not just about being flexible either; it is also about relaxation and properly holding positions to the best of your ability. It takes time to build flexibility and yoga will help you to become more limber.

Many people think that yoga is just for women, but men can also participate in and benefit from yoga as well. Men benefit form yoga in the same ways that women do with increased flexibility, strength, stress reduction and overall well being. Yoga has become more and more popular with men as they to have discovered the many health benefits of this ancient exercise.

Yoga is well known to have many health benefits, but some people wonder if it will help them loose weight as this is one of their main fitness goals. While yoga is not the fastest way to loose weight, it can help you to loose those extra pounds. Because yoga combines physical exercise with positive lifestyle changes, you will be able to better manage stress and eliminate the negative influences in your life that contribute to weight problems.

Many exercise programs have strict rules as to how often you should perform them. While it is important to give your body time to rest after strenuous activity, the gentle nature of yoga makes it one type of exercise that you can practice as often as you like. You can start with classes a few times a week and gradually add more or you can practice everyday at home. If your schedule allows structured exercise less frequently, you can practice yoga whenever possible and still reap the health benefits.

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