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4 Things You Should Know About Yoga

4 Things You Should Know About Yoga

Whether you read about Jennifer Aniston crediting yoga for her ďhotnessĒ (yes, that really happened) or you heard about all the fun yoga and musical festivals that are sprouting up this summer, thereís no denying that yoga is becoming more and more popular across America. So if youíre thinking about walking into your first yoga class, here are a few tips.

1. Get familiar with the poses. Before you walk into your class, Iíd definitely recommend getting familiar with the different poses so you wonít be constantly looking at the person in front of you or next to you as you move through class (which you might be doing anyway). Check out our yoga poses for beginnerís library so you become somewhat familiar with the different poses before you walk into class. Itíll definitely make you feel a bit more comfortable.

2. Shop around. There are many different styles of yoga Ė in some styles youíll move more and in other styles youíll hold poses for a longer period of time. But itís pretty safe to say, that thereís a style (and a teacher), that will be just perfect for you. It might mean taking a number of classes from different teachers at different studios, but sooner or later youíll find the right teacher and the right style, that is the perfect fit for you. But when you find it, youíll know.

3. Gear. One of the great things about yoga is you donít need a lot of gear. You just need some comfortable clothes and a mat. Most studios rent yoga mats but once you start going pretty regularly, youíre probably going to want your own. (And most studios donít wash their mats with any frequency so thatís another reason to buy a mat). Another great thing about yoga mats is that many of them are made from eco-friendly or sustainable materials.

4. Yoga is what you make of it. The great thing about yoga is that itís your own practice Ė everything from what poses you do (or donít do), how fast or slow you go, or what your intention is Ė thereís only one person who makes the decision about all of this Ė you! As†Ed and Deb Shapiro say, ďUltimately, yoga is about self-realization, true freedom, where the individual self merges into the universal self.Ē That sounds pretty good, right?

So if you’re ready to take the next step and head to yoga, then get familiar with the poses, shop around for styles and teachers, pick up a mat, and take your practice wherever you want it to go!

Related:
12 Yoga Tips for Beginners
Choosing a Yoga Style
7 Yoga Moves to Improve Concentration

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1:08AM PDT on May 18, 2013

Thank you :)

3:48AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Thank you.

3:53AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Too late.

12:51AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

TU so much~ There is a Yoga store that opened up and I am so interested in taking a peek see!

1:48AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thank you :)

8:04AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

thanks

11:15PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

thanks for the encouragement

10:15PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Cheers :)

10:11PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

thank you & Namaste :)

1:58AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

thank you

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