What is Yoga?

Before asking yourself if you should start yoga, first ask, what is yoga?

If you want to get technical, according to Dictionary.com, “it is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.”

If technicality doesn’t help clarify it, then here is a more personal take on yoga. Yoga is a way of life, more than just a series of movements. It helps give me a clear mind in this hectic world. It is a friend through the hard times, a drug without any side effects. It is somewhere where one can feel that they belong.

Everyone’s take on yoga is different; it may mean more or less to you. There is no wrong answer to this question, just a lot of different perspectives. It may be a way of life to one person or it may be a just a pass time for another.

Is Yoga For me?

Yes. In simple terms, yoga is for everyone,  for all ages and sizes. There isn’t anyone who will stop your pursuit of tranquility but yourself. There are plenty of benefits that come from yoga, such as, increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, increased respiration, energy and vitality, & weight reduction. The list can go on, but the best way to find out is experiencing it first hand.

How Should I Start?

What all you really need is an open mind, a mat, and yourself.

You may feel nervous going to sign up for your first session at a studio, especially going in alone, or fear of the unknown, or the fear of messing up in front of others, or whatever reason your mind may come up with. Yoga is here to relieve stress and heal, not the opposite.

Yoga isn’t your enemy, don’t be afraid to call up your nearest yoga studio and ask for the next yoga session. It helps to do some research before going in. Arrive early and settle down, ask the instructor to answer your question or uneasiness; preferably before the class starts or after. Ask a friend to accompany you if you’re afraid of going alone. Ask someone you know who does it for some insight and their experiences.

Remember to stay safe and have fun and relax. Explore the world of yoga and learn what yoga is to you.

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