You are a Yoga beginner and you have never taken a yoga class of just a few. Here are some things to consider when starting yoga.
1. Get your own yoga mat! Don't use these foul bacteria filled yoga mats in the yoga studios. Yuk! Do you know how many people walk into a yoga class from work with horrible unwashed feet and jump onto a yoga mat. How many times a year do you think they wash the yoga studio mats. Maybe never! Something to think about before you sink down in the push up called 4 Limb pose and press your nose against the mat. See yoga mat tips and other yoga equipment you may need. Buy one that's cheap because even if you don't go to yoga much they have 1000 other uses. If you like yoga then you can buy a really good yoga mat.
2. If your first experience is not good don't give up! Yoga classes differ so much as do yoga teachers and their personality and technique. If you found your first class boring and slow or too hard and fast experiment. You are guaranteed to find a yoga class you like for many different reasons so look around and don't give up.
3. Do not feel like it is too late to start. You may feel like it is too late to start because you are so stiff. Yes this is the defeatist attitude that consumes many a great mind trapped in a stiff body. You may even be taking a yoga class and glancing around at everybody touching their toes in a forward bent while you seem to be looking at your toes from the moon. The truth is you may take a long time to get flexible but would you rather be getting tighter. Remember you are not getting any stiffer by attending a yoga class so get in there and swallow your pride. It may be 10 years before you touch your toes but along he way you will continue to gain flexibility. If you give up stiffness and old age will sneak up on you faster than you think.
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Beginners yoga poses
Beginners Yoga Pose called Cobra Pose
The first version shows a light raise in the spine. The arms are bend so that the spine does not have too much pressure. This is a good option if you have an injury or if your spine in very stiff.
If your arms fatigue you may want to walk them out a little and straighten them.
This version is very deep for beginners in yoga so only straighten this much is your spine is healthy and flexible.
Benefits Of Cobra pose
Cobra pose obviously increases the flexibility in the spine. This must be done lightly to protect your spine.
If you engage back muscle Cobra pose can strengthen your back to but it can also make breathing hard in the pose as the lungs are already restricted.
When done correctly Cobra pose can also heal disc problems and allow better energy flow along the nerves which is often obstructed by damaged or inflamed discs. See yoga for back pain.
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