Are you considering doing yoga? or maybe you are eye rolling me because you are tired of hearing about yoga. Either way you’re here for some reason haha, you must be curious about the benefits of yoga. You may be thinking some of these are obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people have pre determined thoughts on yoga that stop them from giving it a shot. Which brings me to my first point!
Yoga for Beginners
When it comes to my yoga practice, one of my favorite areas to stretch out are my HIPS. Before starting yoga, I never realized how much stress and tension can build up in your hip area. I love to do a good 20-30 minute workout then also specifically focus on stretching out the hip and hamstring areas. It’s like a breath of fresh air and a much needed release from the stress of the day. Here are 7 of my favorite hip opening yoga poses!
When I first started yoga, one of my favorite and most challenging pose to learn was crow pose. I found it interesting that one teacher could explain how to do it and I’d struggle. But as soon as another teacher taught me their way, I instantly was able to grasp the concept and balance. I find this is the case with many things in yoga so I figured I would share how I learned crow but also include a video or two of how some other yoga instructors may teach it. You never know which one may work for you!
When practicing yoga there are several props you may need to familiarize yourself with. A yoga strap being one of them! Straps are a great in assisting you in poses and increasing flexibility. I was confused on how to use them when I first started, but over time realized what an awesome tool they can be when utilized correctly. Here are 7 ways to use a Yoga Strap!
When headed to a yoga class for the first time, some of the terms can be confusing or foreign. Depending on the teacher they may use Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language, to describe poses. OR they may use other terms for poses. Here are a few that I’ve heard most often in the classes I have attended, it is a mix of part Sanskrit and other more simplified terms. The more you attend classes, the more you will become familiar with them so do not fret if you don’t know them!
When I first started yoga, I practiced a store bought DVD that didn’t really use any yoga props other than a mat. I always wondered what the blocks, straps, and other things were used for. The more I got into yoga at home and in a studio, the more I realized the importance of props and they aren’t just for beginners! Here are some commonly used yoga props and equipment!