Welcome Yoga Newbies!
This post is for anyone who wants to start yoga. And for those of you who are planning to take their non-yoga friends to yoga.
Since yoga has positively influenced so many areas of my life, I am always happy when people discover their interest in yoga and venture onto the mat for the first time.
So that you do not completely stumble into the next-best yoga studio, maybe you end up rude and then find yoga totally stupid, I have put together a three-part guide for yoga beginners.
What Yoga Beginners Should Know Before Their First Class.
1. Yoga is not a sport
Although yoga practice can be physically challenging, yoga is a spiritual practice. According to the yogaphilosophical writings, the goal of this practice is enlightenment or the realization of the true (divine) self. Behind this is the idea that “God” is in each one of us and that we are actually all connected. The divine core or true self is made up of pure bliss and love and is hidden only by everything that constitutes our “normal” life. As we practice yoga, we make our way through the layers to our core.
Enlightenment? Higher self? All connected? Huh?
If you can not do anything with this, that’s fine. Most people find yoga because they have back problems, want to lose weight or relax. No worries: There are yoga styles that focus exclusively on the asanas, the yoga poses.
Still, if you start practicing regularly, you can expect effects that go beyond a firm butt. For example, better concentration, more satisfaction and serenity. Most of the time, interest in the philosophy behind it eventually comes by itself.
2. Yogis are completely normal people
Even if the world of yoga sometimes seems freaky from the outside, most (well, there are always exceptions) are completely normal people. They eat cake, occasionally drink beer and sometimes go to Aldi instead of shopping in the health food store. Swaths of incense, henna tattoos and ringlets with touch can be found in the yoga studios in this country rather rare. Of course, there are also differences in terms of style here, as a rule, the studio operators are trying to create a friendly feel-good atmosphere.
3. Yoga is not the same as yoga
There are many types of yoga that are very different.
Ashtanga Yoga , Jivamukti Yoga and Vinyasa or Power Yoga are physically demanding. Bikram Yog a is practiced in a 40 degree warm room. In Iyengar Yoga and Anusara Yoga, for example, one works very precisely on the precise alignment of the individual postures, which is especially important for people with physical limitations. Kundalini yoga plays a lot with releasing energy and releasing blockages.
What is right for you, you have to find out for yourself.
Before you think about what you really want to achieve with yoga.
Do you want relaxation or fitness? Is spirituality or your biceps important to you? Do you want meditation in silence or loud music? Already based on the descriptions of the yoga styles on Wikipedia or anywhere else on the net, you will see if the respective direction appeals to you.
From here you already have a clue in which direction your yoga trip should go.