Let’s talk yoga – the beginner’s story

No doubt that yoga is very fashionable activity nowadays and many people are really into it searching for their inner peace while toning their bodies at the same time.

For me yoga has never been on the list of my favourite activities. I went for a couple of classes to check it out, didn’t like it at all and decided that it’s not intensive enough for me as I am more into running, jumping and getting my heart pumping fast.

Then around a month or so ago my friend came to visit and showed me a number of yoga poses. I cannot even describe how much my muscles ached the next morning…this fact made me thinking that maybe yoga is not at all just breathing and sitting in funny poses. Another important factor to research more about it is my ambition to learn to do hand stand. The push ups and increase in upper body strength did not help me and body balance still sucked big time.

So I started to do my research. I decided not to bother with the classes as I am not too much into working out next to 20 people around me, all signing loudly and sweating as hell…I stick to the comfort of my home.

I chose to do “classic” yoga with its poses like eagle, triangle, sage, underdog etc. I came up with the routine of around 15 poses that I will share later as I will start to look less ridiculous while practising them. The most important part I came up with more decent strategy of getting into hand stand. Apparently first you need to master shoulder hand, than head stand and only than move to hand stand. Of course other yoga poses also help as they improve general body balance and strengthen the core. My plan at this moment is to learn to do shoulder stand in one month time so we will see how it goes.

One last word of wisdom. I try to do my yoga routine in the morning to stretch my body well and energise it for the day. I hold every position for 10-15 deep breaths. Of course some poses are a bit too tough to breath properly but I am doing my best. I cannot say that I have already grasped all the spiritual beauty of yoga but I am working on it. Though I feel very relaxed and energised after it.

If you are willing to try out yoga for yourself here are some simple poses for beginners you can try. Try to hold each one for at least 5 breaths to start with and don’t forget to warm your body a bit first.

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