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8 Easy Tips for Yoga Beginners

Thinking of practicing Yoga from this month, but don’t know how to start? Here are some valuable tips!

1. Specify a proper time:  This sounds easy, but is the toughest to stick to! Therefore, make it a habit to practice yoga at a fixed time.  The best time to start off is  just  an hour after you wake up or in the evening. Yoga at these times can also be a good way to refresh the mind and release stress collected during the day. Fixing a time will get you in a habit of doing yoga exercises every day without fail.

2. Choose a comfortable place: People recommend practicing yoga at your home. But if you are doing yoga at home, there are chances you might get disturbed by others, constant ringing of doorbells or ringing of telephone, etc. We suggest you to choose a private corner where you will not be disturbed or come in the way of your family. Yoga isn’t same as working out at gyms. Yoga needs ample amount of self-time, concentration and dedication

3. Practice on a relatively empty stomach: The next most important thing to keep in mind is that, yoga postures are always best practiced on a light or empty stomach. You can practice yoga poses and meditate about 2-3 hours after your meal.

4. Start off easy:  As you are a beginner, start with easy-to-do yoga poses and some stretching exercises. Even doing yoga for 20 minutes initially, including pranayam can go a long way in building your core.  Stretching is needed to warm you up before doing intense yoga postures. This is an absolute must, else you may risk straining your muscles.

5. Be gentle: It’s yoga and not some high-intensity bodyweight workouts. Don’t do it increasingly fast and also do not take a number breaks in between.  Do it with a smile!

6. Set the mood: Yoga is all about finding inner peace. So, set the mood at home. This can be done by dimming the lights and putting on soft music in the background that will keep you motivated.

7. Try out different Yoga postures: After  starting off as  a novice try to train the different Yoga techniques to get more benefits. Some of them are as follows:

Standing Sideways Bending One arm (Konasana)

Sideways Bending Using Both arms (Konasana 2)

Standing Spinal Twist (Katichakrasana)

Standing Forward Bend (Hastapadasana)

Standing Backward Bend (Ardha Chakrasana)

Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

Warrior Pose (Veerabhadrasana or Virabhadrasana)

Standing Forward Bend with Feet Apart (Parsarita Padotanasana)

Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)

Reverse Prayer Pose (Paschim Namaskarasana)

Eagle Pose (Garudasana)

Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

One-Legged Forward Bend (Janu Shirasasana)

Two-Legged Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)

Inclined Plane (Poorvottanasana)

Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana)

Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Dolphin Plank Pose (Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Sitting Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Butterfly Pose (Badhakonasana)

Lotus Pose (Padmasana)

One-Legged Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana)

Cat Stretch (Marjariasana)

Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

Child Pose (Shishuasana)

Mill Churning Pose (Chakki Chalanasana)

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana)

Superman Pose (Viparita Shalabhasana)

Locust Pose (Shalabasana)

Boat Pose (Naukasana)

Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)

Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Wind-Relieving Pose (Pavanamuktasana)

Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)

Plow Pose (Halasana)

Lying-down Body Twist (Natrajasana)

Lying-down on sides (Vishnuasana)

Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

8. Be consistent:  Whatever you have read till now is useless if you continue doing it for a few days. It is very important to be regular with your yoga practice. Try to make it a part of your daily schedule as then it would be easier to make it a habit. 

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