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Are you new to yoga? Let me show you the style that fits you most



It’s pretty unthinkable how many myths have gained ground with the spread of the fitness craze. Especially around the Cardio Workout. Some of these myths are downright terrifying.

Yoga has a thousand different faces. But as a beginner, it’s completely understandable that you are only aware of the relaxing type of it. And I’m almost completely sure that you’ve heard the widespread rumour about yoga being boring.

And this could have possibly delayed your first yoga session as well.

So before giving you any advice, about how to familiarise yourself with the sport. First I’d like you to understand that:

  • Yoga isn’t monotonous at all, and its different types offer a customised solution for each and every one of us.

It’s true that yoga isn’t cardio – but this doesn’t automatically mean that it can’t pose you any challenges. On the contrary, it can offer you plenty of challenge. Since it requires strength and well-built muscles for each exercise. But don’t worry, if you lack any of these, a little perseverance can do wonders in the long run.

However, your body isn’t the only thing that’ll change from the get-go. Being aware of your body and concentration skills are also vital in order to complete an exercise properly.

How to choose the yoga types which is fit you most ?

Here are some of the types:

  • Hatha:

    One of the oldest styles of yoga – perfect if you are new to the sport. You don’t have to be extremely flexible, plus you can get moving without massive strain on your body. In addition, you can strengthen your muscles gradually, thus getting them used to the sport.

  • Mantra:

    You’ll love it if you want to switch off a little and you’re also open to a joint prayer. While doing each mediation-based exercise, you’ll hear these prayers that affect your hearing and your mood as well.

  • Ilyengar:

    It develops your body awareness significantly because it requires you to stay in each pose for longer. This obviously demands greater precision and attention. Another advantage is that it can be customised to a great degree (according to your needs and abilities).

  • Bikram:

    It’s known as „hot yoga” in the West because you have to do it in a high-temperature room. In order to make it through the 90-minute class. You do need a certain level of physical fitness, but the extreme conditions will easily result in spectacular results.

Before picking a style right away, stop for a moment and honestly answer the following question:

What is the level of your physical fitness?

This is crucial because if you don’t base your choice on your physical fitness, it’s almost certain you’ll have a negative experience, which can leave a bad taste about yoga for a lifetime.

One more important thing: choose a skilled trainer. Unfortunately, the widespread nature of the fitness craze also affects yoga – the selection of trainers has watered up. Picking a trainer with poor knowledge won’t be able to spot and correct the exercises that you are doing improperly (and that’ll lead to you memorising them the wrong way).

You can avoid this by looking up the trainer’s professional resume and feedback left by students. Feel free to attend 2-3 classes of the trainer so that you can see the difference and make a decision much more comfortable.

3 tips to make the first session memorable

  • Don’t stress out

    I remember my first yoga class clearly. I had some idea about the base concept of the sport, and I even practised a couple of asanas at home. Still, I stressed like a rookie and tried to remain invisible in the back row, and I was particularly annoyed that I can’t hold onto a pose in a way and until my trainer had asked me to.

    I know it’s hard, but try not to stress out – especially because the whole point of yoga is to relax. Don’t be ashamed if you don’t know every pose, because even a few sessions can improve you greatly, plus there is no one in the class who would frown upon your mistakes. Yoga is good because it teaches you patience and to treasure small victories as well.

  • Wear something comfy

    While this sport might not be primarily about clothing, it’s essential to wear something that lets you exercise comfortably. The best choice is to go with a tight, breathable and stretching outfit.

    This is why I suggest that you go for the quality outfit because it can be very annoying to have loose clothing during an exercise, or pants that you constantly have to fix to avoid slipping down.

  • Do it more than once a week

    Just like any other sport, regularity is key when it comes to yoga. I, for instance, have three sessions per week so that I make it sure not to miss out on it in my weekly routine.

    You can try doing yoga during different times of the day to test which date is the most suitable. Some prefer doing it in the morning to have the energy for the rest of the day, while others like to attend sessions in the evening as a form of winding down.

Things not to expect

While yoga indeed has many types, I won’t say that it is for everyone. I can readily accept that some people prefer the dynamism of running or feel like lifting heavy weights is the real challenge.

You’ll love yoga if you want to develop not only physically, but mentally as well, while you are also open towards a more spiritual approach and prefer peace to loud music and utter exhaustion.

What you shouldn’t expect from yoga:

  • Competition – you won’t have to prove that you are better than the others;
  • Running out of breath – your aim isn’t to push your limits to the bitter end;
  • Immediate results – getting more flexible doesn’t happen overnight.

If you learn to respect yoga, you’ll start to feel the positive effects of it: you’ll wake up rested, your muscles will become less tense, and your posture will also improve. Apart from the obvious physical changes, you’ll also accumulate an inner strength that helps you fight the challenges of your daily routine, plus it’ll also help you become more balanced and peaceful.

You’ll form a new philosophy, and you’ll understand that the goal can’t always be the spoils or dominating others and that the only way of leaving in perfect harmony is done by accepting others as well.

One more thing:

Yoga might be relevant even if your primary sport is something entirely different. Stretching your muscles or just simply using them differently helps you do any exercise with greater flexibility and efficiency, which will result in better performance results.

Experience shows that amateur athletes have a tendency to forget about stretching, and if they don’t have enough time, they just do another set of exercises or run 2 more kilometres instead of sparing 10-15 minutes for stretching their muscles

Still, it’s no doubt that a consciously built training plan must have room for stretching. Your muscles will also react well to the extra care, as it also decreases the chance of injury.

This is the place where you can truly be yourself – by discovering your unique style.

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