BY: NADIA ZAIDI
I can barely stand on one leg without toppling over, let alone master those complex yoga poses – or so I thought. Through my research on yoga, and some of my not-so-graceful attempts at it, I’ve learned a great deal about it. I’m no expert, but I can attest to its simpliciy. To most of us, yoga might seem like one of those practices reserved for the flexibly elite. If there is one thing you should know about yoga it’s that anyone can do it. Yes – even you! Believe me when I tell you that if I can do it, anyone can.
Any pose can be daunting when you’re new at it, so let’s start slow with these yoga poses for beginners:
Downward facing dog:
To get off on the right foot, keep in mind some of these useful tips:
Keep a yoga journal:
You don’t have to be Robert Frost to write your thoughts in a journal. In fact, be as authentic as possible. The idea behind keeping a yoga journal is to heighten your awareness level, which is a key aspect of yoga. Keep a list of poses that you have tried and succeeded (or failed) at. Jot down your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Believe me, writing helps.
Designate a yoga spot in your house:
The mind may be complex, but it is easily influenced. Something as simple as rearranging furniture and adding a few arrangements to a space, allows the mind to associate places with practice. By allocating a place for yoga in your home, you’re more likely to make it habitual.
Practice deep breathing:
Proper inhalation works miracles on the body. It’s also crucial to achieving meditation and relaxing the mind. Incorporating deep breathing techniques into your daily routine will facilitate your journey into yoga practice.
Positivity, positivity, and more positivity:
Yoga is as much a spiritual (not to be confused with religiosity) practice as it is a physical one. Inviting positivity into your mindset will not only transform your life, but also allow you to accept yoga and achieve each pose. Part of mastering yoga asanas is approaching them with openness and positivity.