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Ultimate Guide to Yoga for Beginners

By Kunika Agrawal • 01 July 2021
Fitness and Nutrition
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The term 'Yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit word Yog (योग) meaning 'Union.'

 

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices developed to improve one's inherent power in a balanced manner. It can act as a path to self-discovery and self-realization.

 

So let's dive right into it!

 

Why practice yoga? 

 

The answer is simply - improvement. It has innumerable health benefits and it also it helps with emotional well being and stability.  Practicing it simply shows that you're aware and taking charge of your own well being. 

 

"Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” ― B.K.S Iyengar

 

When is the best time to practice yoga asanas? 

 

Yoga asanas

 

The ideal time to practice yoga would be 6.00 - 7.30 in the morning. The best part about doing yoga in the morning is that you feel energized and light. As you start your day further it puts you in a good mood and lifts up your spirit. It also stretches your muscles so you are less likely to injure yourself while performing the day to day tasks or while exercising, playing, gyming, etc. 

 

Yoga For Flexibility:

 

Flexibility through yoga

 

Flexibility is a fitness element that many people tend to neglect. However, in reality, flexibility is the core of the entire fitness journey. Flexibility improves mobility, posture, muscle coordination, and prevents injuries. Flexibility increases one's range of motion and makes it easier for people to perform physical activities. 

 

Yoga helps tremendously with flexibility. Doing at least 3 rounds of Surya Namaskars can work wonders for your body. 

 

Listed below are some of the easiest yoga poses for increasing flexibility:

  1. Cat and Cow pose

  1. Forward bend (Uttanasana)

  1. Triangle pose (Trikonasana) 

  1. Supta vajrasana

Practising yoga at park

 

Physiological benefits of yoga:

 

  • Improves blood circulation 

  • Builds muscle strength 

  • Increased flexibility 

  • Perfects your posture

  • Lowers blood sugar

  • Lowers blood pressure 

  • Provides better bone health

  • Glowing skin

  • Weight loss 

  • Makes you look younger 

  • Balances hormonal secretions 

  • Boosts immunity 

  • Normalizes heart rate 

Psychological benefits of yoga:

 

  • Reduces cortisol secretion

  • Relieves stress 

  • Sharpens concentration 

  • Calms and centers the mind

  • Increases self-esteem 

  • Peace of mind

  • Helps you focus

  • Relaxes the entire system 

  • Makes you happier

  • Keeps depression at bay

  • Helps with anxiety and panic disorders

  • Strengthens inner strength 

  • Develops a sense of awareness 

Hence, these would be all the reasons for you to start practicing yoga and incorporate it into your lifestyle ASAP. 

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