Yoga for Beginners

Part two of two.

Yoga can improve mental clarity, increase body awareness, relax the mind, center attention, sharpen concentration, improve balance and improve physical fitness.

Mental clarity can be achieved through yoga. Studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can enhance mood and overall sense of well-being.

Yoga can help one notice the stressed positions they carry throughout the day.  By increasing body awareness, people will know how to quickly change position and focus on breathing to boost energy levels.up-dog

Controlled breathing is an important aspect of yoga. Controlled breathing can help control the body and quiet the mind. Yogi’s and beginners alike may wish to incorporate meditation or relaxation into their practice. Meditation can help people learn to be more mindful and aware of the present moment without judgment.

A combination of controlled breathing and centering oneself will make the body more comfortable living in the moment. Beginning the practice with breathing exercises could help one become aware of their surroundings but still focus on themselves. Sitting in a quiet room may seem difficult to some but it helps one achieve a centered attention.

Studies show that meditation is associated with better focus. When meditating, one should focus on nothing but their breathing. Taking notice of the flow of their breath is important. When dealing with a pressure situation, one can simply focus on their breathing for a few moments to refocus and sharpen attention.

By bringing together physical and mental elements, yoga can help develop a peaceful balance. Practicing yoga can result in improved balance, range of motion, flexibility, and strength. Each individual has a different body with different abilities. Postures can be modified to suit each individual to help find proper balance.

Yoga can aid in improved fitness. Yoga poses are a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses can take many forms such as lying on the floor completely relaxed to more difficult poses that may stretch one’s physical limits. Studies have shown that certain poses can reduce fatigue. Controlled, deep breathing can provide the blood with more oxygen which will increase energy levels.

Yoga does not require any fancy or expensive equipment. Yoga mat prices start around ten dollars here. Practice can be done on a towel or blanket if a yoga mat is not available. A variety of yoga mats with different styles can be found here.



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