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New to Yoga: What You Need to Know

Explore the various kinds of yoga

New to Yoga: What You Need to Know

Yoga is one of the most popular wellness practices for achieving balance and inner peace. However, with so many different types of yoga available, you have the option to choose one that best suits your needs! From Hatha to Kundalini, Vinyasa to Yin, each style offers a unique approach to yoga asanas (postures) and meditation techniques. Hatha yoga, for instance, is a great beginner-friendly practice that focuses on the fundamentals of breathing, balance, and flexibility. If you're looking to boost your energy levels and build strength, Vinyasa yoga may be the perfect option for you. On the other hand, if you're seeking inner calmness and relaxation, Yin yoga, which involves holding postures for longer periods of time, can help you slow down and restore your mind and body. By exploring the different styles of yoga, you can broaden your practice and gain a deeper understanding of your mind and your body!


Different ways to practice yoga

Different ways to practice

While attending in-person classes may be the traditional route, the rise of technology has made it easier for people to practice at home. Online classes can offer a wide range of benefits for beginners. For one, they provide a convenient way to fit yoga into a busy schedule. Plus, they allow you to practice at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home, without the pressures of a classroom environment. Additionally, online classes provide access to a variety of experienced teachers and styles, so you can find the perfect fit for your personal goals and preferences. Regardless of how you choose to practice yoga, the key is to remain consistent and dedicated to the practice.



Use props for comfort and stability

As you begin your yoga journey, adjusting to the poses and finding your balance can be challenging. However, incorporating props into your practice can make all the difference. The Yoga Connection says…


“…using yoga props has been shown to provide many benefits, such as providing a deeper sense of stability and alleviating any muscle strain.”

Yoga props

Not only do props allow for greater comfort, but they also provide stability and support in poses that are difficult to hold. Whether it's a block to bring the ground closer to you or a strap to help with flexibility, props can help you achieve proper alignment and deepen your stretches. With the right use of props, you may find that your yoga practice becomes more accessible and enjoyable.


Yoga is an incredibly versatile practice that can have a positive impact both mentally and physically. Taking the time to explore different kinds of yoga available, as well as understanding how to properly practice it can make it an enjoyable experience that brings you closer to mindfulness! As you gain knowledge about yoga, soon you will be able to find the type of yoga that works best for you and possibly discover plenty of additional benefits! So if discovering your inner yogi wasn’t enough motivation, consider these other positive results—increased flexibility, improved posture, muscle building, better sleep, reduced stress and anxiety levels.


With all that in mind, why not see what awaits! Namaste!



 

Last Updated: April 2023


Publisher’s Note:

This article has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call the Mental Health Crisis Hotline at 988.


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