Are you interested in yoga for beginners? Maybe you’re looking to start taking yoga lessons and have some burning questions about yoga. Well, if you’re interested in yoga for beginners or if you have questions about yoga, this pro post is for you!
Uma Patil, a Bidvine yoga teacher, recently shared her top questions from clients about yoga for beginners. She also gave us her answers to the questions, which are great! If you want to hire Uma, continue to the end of the post and click through to her profile.
Read on to learn answers to your top questions about yoga for beginners.
Answers to Your Top Questions About Yoga for Beginners
1. What is Yoga?
Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit term Yuj, which means “union” or “integration”. The union of individual consciousness with the universal consciousness.
For me, it means a way of life and the way to make friends with ourselves or a path towards self-exploitation. It is so much more than just a form of exercise, it’s a philosophy, a passion and a way of life.
2. What is Namaste?
“Nama” means bow, “as” means I and “te” means you. So Namaste literally means “bow I you” or “I bow you”.
It means the divine in me bows to the divine in you. It is believed that we all have a divine spark in the heart chakra. Thus the gesture involves placing the hands together at the heart chakra!
3. What is OM?
OM is a mantra or a vibration. Ancient yogis knew what scientists are telling us now that the entire universe is moving. Everything in the universe is connected.
Chanting OM allows us to recognise our experience as a reflection of how the whole universe moves. We can begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.
4. I am not flexible, can I practice yoga?
Yoga is not for the flexible but for the willing. It is like saying you need to play tennis to take tennis lessons. Besides increasing flexibility, it is balanced by strength, coordination, good health and a sense of well-being.
5. Do I need to lose weight before I start yoga?
No, it is not necessary. Carrying extra weight makes a few poses a bit challenging and might put pressure on some joints.
Practising yoga regularly brings a sense of balance in all areas of your life. I have noticed that the days I practice yoga, I make better food choices as I am more calm, more centred and focus on the present moment.
6. How often should I practice yoga?
Yoga is an amazing practice and even if you practice 1 hour week, you can reap the benefits. Obviously the more you practice, the better it is for your overall health.
Try to do it 3 or 4 times a week but do not let time constraints or unrealistic goals to become obstacles. If you can fit even a 20 minutes practice a day it should be fine. You will notice that your longing to practice more regularly will naturally expand.
7. How is yoga different from stretching and other fitness or exercise?
Yoga is not just a physical practice but a part of it. Even the physical practice is unique as we ask the students to connect the physical practice to the rhythm of the breath and observe the fluctuations of the mind.
This helps the individuals to observe the patterns of the mind without labelling or judging. This also helps develop awareness to the experiences we have from moment to moment. This awareness is what distinguishes it from other forms of fitness.
8. What do I need to begin practice yoga?
First, of a willingness to practice, you need to bring yourself with an open mind.
Wear comfortable clothing, which is neither too tight or too loose. Just a pair of yoga leggings and top or t-shirt that is not too loose. For hygiene purposes, it is better to carry your own mat, but most gyms and studios provide a mat and other props.
9. Why should I refrain from eating 2 to 3 hours before the practice?
Yoga practice involves twisting side to side, turning downwards or backwards. If the food is not digested it might show itself in ways that are uncomfortable to you.
Nevertheless, if you have a good digestive system and you think you may get hungry you can have a light snack like a fruit or nuts or juice 30 minutes before the practice.
Uma Patil, Yoga Teacher
Yoga 4 U
Bidvine Professional since 2016
We’d like to thank Uma for sharing her answers to these top questions! If you’re interested in yoga for beginners, we hope she answered some of the questions you have floating around in your head.
Uma is based in Watford and offers her services in the surrounding area. She offers private yoga lessons, group yoga classes, and even stress management coaching. She is a certified yoga teacher and trained at an Indian yoga school that is recognised by the Yoga Alliance.
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