How do I get started in yoga?

1. It is recommended to understand what yoga is before practicing it, it is not fitness not Pilates not posing not acrobatics not dance, for that, go through a few books first. The Yoga Sutras, The Light of Hatha, The Light of Yoga, The Bhagavad Gita, The Heart of Yoga are classics that can tell you that yoga is a level of spiritual consciousness, but it does not exclude the beauty of the body.


2. Know the basic eight branches of yoga, which include abstinence, internal discipline, asana, breath control, sense-making, mastery, meditation, and samadhi. The first of these is non-violence and non-harm, the second is purity, austerity, contentment, introspection and sincere submission to the Divine within. These were the standard guidelines for ancient yogis, and modern people can improve them a little, but not depart from them too much. These were learned by one through reading.

Of course, the most important thing is that there is a threshold for yoga and it is impossible to yoga without any pursuit of the mind only thinking about physical beauty.


3. To know the basic anatomy, you can read a book yourself, or ask your teacher, or pay attention to the teacher's commands when you practice yoga in the yoga studio, which muscles you have, how the joints should be, and over time you actually know a little bit about yourself.


4. To learn the breathing control method. Of course, the simple everyday natural breathing, an exhale and an inhale these are not difficult to learn, listening to the teacher's mantra, or even watching videos and reading books, but if you want to learn to live the breath, the breath cleansing method, you must be under the teacher's guidance, otherwise it is easy to do harm to your body. The breathing techniques described in the book are all really detailed, but they are quite difficult to operate. The breath is a difficult cow to manage and needs to be tamed slowly.


5. Understand the basic cleansing methods, such as snot pinching, a little gaze method, abdominal lock, throat lock, root lock, sacred light toning, clearing meridian breathing, etc. You may not operate these first, but know what is there, go and learn with your teacher if necessary, but practice them yourself regularly after learning through your teacher, and read for reflection and refinement.


6. Basic knowledge of Ayurveda is to be understood. These can still be learned by reading books and buying a book to see that the ancient Indian life sciences had great wisdom, but are still difficult to operate. Nevertheless, there are some simple and effective rules that we can take from it and use in our daily lives.


7. Basic Hatha asanas, about 80, that's the most common ones, but you don't have to learn 80, learn at least 30 basic ones, learn the essence, and the rest will come naturally.


There are countless variations that can be started from the basic Standing Mountain Pose, so start with this pose and most of the standing poses will be self-explanatory. Once you know the basic cobra pose, is there any difficulty with backbends? If you do standing forward bend to an exceptional standard, you must be able to flex your hips surprisingly well, and with your hips open, what softness can't you get down? If you can do a movement that tests your arm strength and core like the Four Pillars Pose, what other support movements would be difficult for you? With all the downward dogs done basically in place, most inversions are no longer a problem, and forearm inversions are not far behind.


So getting started in yoga is not an easy task, it takes years and years of study, time and effort, don't be afraid to learn something and be brave enough to go in and explore.

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