In recent years, yoga has become more popular with more and more people deciding to get involved for all sorts of different reasons.
Yoga poses for beginners is a subject that many people want to know about.
The reasons people want to get into yoga vary from those wanting to lose weight to those that have heard yoga can help relieve problems and pain associated with certain health conditions.
Expectant mother get involved in yoga as it can help to relieve some of the uncomfortable symptoms that are associated with being pregnant and the breathing techniques learned also help the women to prepare for their child’s birth.
Athletes and sports men and women are using yoga to maximise their sporting abilities by including some yoga practice in their training schedules.
Those just getting in to yoga can be forgiven for assuming that all they need is some space to do it.
But there are one or two considerations to give when deciding if you need any equipment.
For example, will you practice outside on the grass, on a sandy beach, or will you need a yoga mat? If you do need a mat, have you got one or do you need to buy one?
What about a drink? Do you have a bottle you can take with you to use during your session?
And then of course there are your clothes. It is very important that you feel totally comfortable in whatever you decide to wear.
Although fashion plays a part in yoga clothes like everything else, you do not want to be thinking about your clothes while you are practising your yoga.
Your mind needs to be completely free of distracting thoughts so that you can concentrate fully on the yoga you are doing.
Newbies to yoga can easily get pictures of poses that they can practice at home, which is a good way of getting to know if yoga is something you want to do.
However, those that want to use yoga to improve certain aspects of their lives should consider finding a local yoga class or instructor, or buying a book.
People with any type of health condition should always consult with a doctor first. We know yoga can be beneficial for back pain for example, but it does not follow that all those who suffer from back pain need to take up yoga.
Yoga can be of benefit to the circulatory system but it doesn’t necessarily mean that people with circulation problems should be practising it.
It is better to be safe than sorry and get expert advice.
If you’re a sports person who wants to incorporate some yoga into your current training plan, you should consult with your team doctor and trainers before embarking on any yoga exercises.
A better idea would be to consult with a yoga sports scientist who can tell you which poses would be most beneficial to you.
With yoga, it is a good idea to take things easy at first and allow yourself time to build up to more advanced stuff.
Show yoga some respect and take it seriously and you will soon be a happier and healthier person.
For nearly 20 years, Liz Pennington has been practising yoga. Find out more advice on Yoga Poses For Beginners at her wonderful new website Yoga Body and Mind with great information and photo’s on Yoga For Beginners