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A Beginners Guide To Yoga

Yoga is an activity that most people have heard of but don’t know much about, including how to do it or even the benefits it can provide for those that do it. This is especially true when it comes to men and yoga. Seeing it is a mostly female popularized activity, the most knowledge of yoga that men tend  to have is that their wife or girlfriend does it. To provide a public service and help educate newcomers, we have created a beginners guide to yoga.

This isn’t a how-to guide on certain poses, as that would be nearly impossible to do without being able to show you a video or be there in person. This is a guide that will help you understand what to expect from yoga and some things to remember when you’re starting out. Just like anything else, you’re not going to master it by taking one class. It takes time and effort, but it’s something that can help anybody feel and perform better.

Hang Back

If you are new to yoga and are intimidated by the poses you have seen before, you may be hesitant to join a class. Don’t let that deter you from giving it a try. Like anything else, everybody has to start somewhere. With that said, when you do start, it’s probably a good idea to go to the back of a class. This will help you feel like everyone isn’t staring at you (trust me, you don’t have to worry about this, as everyone is probably focused only on themselves) and will let you see others do certain movements that you are trying to learn. Most instructors will interact with you if they have never seen you in class before and will try to help you feel welcome.

Don’t Get Discouraged

Yoga is one of those activities that if you have never done it before, it can be quite humbling. Many movements require a combination of balance, strength, and agility. More than likely, you won’t have all these aspects down when you’re just starting out, but don’t get discouraged. Part of yoga is building strength by doing the movements consistently over time. When you can’t do a certain pose  at first, stick with it for a few weeks and you’ll be surprised at how easy it eventually becomes.

Focus On Breathing

This is one that is difficult for many that come from a background of weight lifting and/or playing competitive sports. This is because unlike other activities, yoga is about breathing as much as it is about performing the various movements. During the poses, part of the challenge is to breathe in and out in certain at times. When you’re used to hitting weights hard, it can be a little bit of a change to yoga. You actually want to be calm during yoga, compared to the semi rage fits that many use to lift weights. Just like getting the poses down, learning how to breathe properly is something that takes time and practice to master. But once you are used to concentrating on breathing, you won’t have to think about it as much.

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