In today’s society, many of us suffer with chronic health problems and find ourselves turning to prescription drugs for relief. We are busy people who have become dependent on medication as a temporary fix. The problem with this method is that, over time, the body may be harmed from the side effects of these medicines. As a result, delicate systems cannot function properly, leading to disease and increased pain within our organs or an eventual shutdown of these sensitive systems. You may not realize that you can heal yourself with yoga and this ancient practice has been used as a healing source for a long time.
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Establishing a consistent yoga practice that includes various postures can help you start the body’s natural healing process. In this blog post, I share four tips and some of my favorite yoga postures to help you feel better in both your body and mind.
1. Do Your Research & Find The Right Class For You
If you are new to yoga and have never taken any classes, the first one can be a bit intimidating. Most Hatha yoga classes are the most basic because they are taught as a sequence and a basic level Hatha class is great for beginners. Many people love hot yoga so you may want to give that try. A heated Hatha yoga class will have the room temperature around 98.6 degrees. This heat level is tough to adjust to, so first timers may want to consider taking another yoga class that is not as hot, especially if you have any health issues or are pregnant.
My first yoga class was a light hot yoga class in which the temperature was not quite as hot and the holds in the postures not as long. I continued to keep going back to take this particular class and it set the tone for me to become bold enough to try my first hot yoga class later. For more tips on how to choose your first yoga class see this post.
2. Get Acquainted With Your Yoga Instructors
Getting to know the instructors who teach the classes at the studio on a personal level goes a long way in the beginning. By talking to them about your experience with yoga or lack thereof, they can tell you what classes will be best to take and encourage you to keep coming back as you get stronger. If you have any serious injuries involving your back, neck, knees or hips, be sure to tell them before your first class so that they can give you modifications for tougher postures. Allow them to adjust you during the class and provide feedback afterwards for self-care away from the studio.
3. Go At Your Own Pace
When you are just starting out taking yoga classes, there is a tendency to try every single posture. The mind is curious and the body is being introduced to new movements in the forms of twists, forward and backward bends, along with various stretches. Knee, back and hip pain is most common and some of the reasons people take up yoga. There are many great postures that work well for healing injuries to these areas as well as strengthening the muscles and joints. One of my favorites is a backbend, or Anuvittasana (shown below).