• Advice For Beginners

  • As you now know (if you didnít know it when you started reading, that is!), yoga is a very interesting and ancient approach of uniting the body and the mind.  It has proven health benefits, including emotional and physical improvements.  

    The chances therefore are, if youíre on the verge of starting a yoga program (perhaps at a local center or youíve purchased a video or DVD and want to try it at home), youíre excited, optimistic, and anxious to get going!

    Yet itís wise to note that, before going into yoga practice, you should ask yourself some important questions.  These questions donít have a right or wrong answer.  

    They are merely meant to stimulate your own thoughts and give you the mindset that you need in order to succeed as a student of yoga for the long term.   

    Here are the basic questions that you should ask before starting any yoga program:

    *  what are my reasons for starting a yoga program? Are they realistic?
    *  If my yoga program involves some degree of physical strain, such as certain postures in hatha    yoga, have I received medical clearance from a qualified and certified health professional to    ensure that I donít injure myself?

    *  Are my goals for pursuing a yoga program (or programs) clear and positive?  Do I know what I    want to achieve?

    *  Am I prepared to commit the time necessary to really get the most of out of my yoga experience?  

    *  Are there people around me who might negatively try and talk me out (or mock me out) of pursuing    this path of personal development?  Should I either avoid such people, or ask them to respect    what Iím choosing to do?

    Please note that these are just basic questions; and this isnít an exhaustive list.  The point here is really that you should be clear and confident about your choice of experiencing yoga.

    This concludes our 5 part ecourse on "A Beginnerís Guide to Yoga"