The Warm Up for Yoga and Lifting: What is it?
Yoga is a great way to relax your mind, body and soul. It helps you achieve balance between the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of life. You may have heard many times that yoga practice improves your health. There are many benefits of practicing yoga such as stress reduction, better sleep quality, improved mood, increased energy levels etc.
However, there are other benefits of practicing yoga too. One of them is the ability to improve your flexibility and strength. These two things will make you feel more confident when performing any kind of physical activity or even just doing everyday tasks like driving, working out at home or going through daily activities like shopping.
It’s not surprising then that one of the most common questions asked by people interested in starting their own fitness routine is “How do I get started with yoga?”
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been wondering how to get started with yoga for quite some time now. You might have tried various stretches and exercises but nothing really stuck and you were never able to maintain your level of flexibility or strength.
That’s where this post comes in. I’m going to share with you my personal experience of getting into yoga and what I did after that. If anything here seems familiar, it’s because I went through the same thing myself!
How I started practicing yoga
I’ll be honest with you, I was in two minds about going for a yoga class. The reason for this is because I’m not exactly the most flexible person and I was concerned that my lack of flexibility would cause me to feel intimidated in a class environment where everyone around me would be able to perform the poses perfectly.
I have to admit that I was also a little worried about being the oldest one in the class because most of my friends who do yoga are in their twenties and thirties.
Now if you’re a guy then you’ll probably be fine but for me, being an older woman going to try out a yoga class for the first time was a little bit scary.
Despite my concerns, I eventually caved in and decided to give it a go. I found out that there was a free beginners’ yoga class on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm.
The first week, I decided to observe a class before actually participating in it so I took a seat at the back of the room, pulled out my notebook and started taking notes. The instructor went through the basic rules of conduct for the yoga room and made everyone aware of them.
She then launched into a presentation about various poses. The class consisted of a lot of basic stretches and a few basic yoga poses. I was really surprised by just how non-intimidating the entire class was. It seemed that all my fears were for naught.
I started going to the Friday night beginner’s class and continued to take notes on the various poses that we did each week. As time went by, I also noticed something else. I felt a certain sense of calm and relaxation each week when I went to yoga class. It was really kind of nice to just sit in a quiet room and stretch after a long, hectic work week.
Over time, I became more comfortable with the poses and started to feel slightly more flexible as well. I also started to feel more flexible outside of class since I was familiarizing myself with the various poses and becoming accustomed to them. My instructor seemed pleased with my progress and told me that I should consider taking the next level if I wanted to continue to improve.
Taking her advice, I enrolled in a beginners’ intermediate class where we covered more poses and also learned some new ones. The class was also a lot of fun and I enjoyed it.
What should I work on next?
If you’ve been practicing your yoga at home, then you might already be at an intermediate level but perhaps you’re ready to take your practice to the next level. If that sounds like you, then you might be interested in trying out some of the yoga videos on this site.
Yoga For Flexibility is a great place to start. It contains a series of videos that focus solely on increasing flexibility. Whether you want to improve the flexibility in your hamstrings, chest or any other body part, this video will help you achieve your goals.
Another great video is the Yoga For Beginners video. This video contains a series of 12 videos that take you through a wide range of yoga poses as well as some basic yoga exercises. This video is great for complete beginners to the yoga art and also for people who’ve been doing yoga for a while but never really learned the basics.
If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging, then you might be interested in the Power Yoga video. This series of videos focuses on flow and balance. Each of the videos contains a set sequence of poses that flow into each other. It promotes mental focus, boosts the immune system and increases energy levels.
If you’re interested in Yoga for runners, you should head on over to the Yoga for Athletes section. The videos here promote flexibility and also help relieve muscular soreness that many athletes experience. They’re great for both beginners and advanced students.
You might also be interested in
If you like doing Yoga, you may also enjoy the Aquatic Fitness Collection which contains a wide range of aquatic workouts. Whether you want to improve your swimming for fun or to compete in a triathlon or just swim faster to play and enjoy yourself on vacation or at the beach, this video will help you do that.
The Booty Brazilliant Workout DVD is for the butt enthusiast who wants to add some spice to their routine. This workout uses a variety of techniques that target the buttock muscles. It’s both fun and challenging and will have you performing new moves while learning to love your curves.
If dance is more your style then Dance Sweat Live is the perfect video for you. This cardio dance workout will help you improve your coordination and agility while burning a ton of calories. It’s great for people of all fitness levels and features an online community where you can meet like-minded people, post photos, read blogs, learn new dance routines and much more.
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