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DietLeaderMD Presents a Few Tips on How to Begin Practicing Yoga

(PRWEB) February 18, 2015

A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

Yoga has become popular with the mainstream crowd in recent years and finding a class is as easy as locating a gym. For a beginner, though, this doesn’t make it any less intimidating. Here are a few basic tips for you to know before unrolling the mat.

Benefits

The benefits are far reaching. Muscles that haven’t been used in years are suddenly engaged in stretches and balancing techniques. Poses transition smoothly into one another, keeping the impact on the joints lower than the average exercise routine.

In regards to physical health, yoga has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate, lowering the risk of heart disease. It has been correlated to lowering triglyceride levels and maintaining healthy cholesterol numbers. It can also assist in healing the body for those who already are struggling with such ailments. It increases flexibility, strength and balance, lowering chances of injury in daily life and physical activities, while also alleviating chronic pain. In addition, these calming movements can result in weight loss, a toned body and better posture.

Choosing a Style

There are many styles so choose the one that best serves your purpose. That being said, Hatha is one of the most common for beginners due to its slow, guided movements. If your body works best in a heat intensive environment, consider giving Bikram a try. This style is performed in temperatures nearing 105 degrees and 40 percent humidity.

Once comfortable with the beginning and popular stages, try out the more energetic and very heart-healthy Vinyasa style, or Kundalini, which focuses on the body’s core. For those wanting to really push their limits, Ashtanga is a power style that is quite physically demanding. Work your way up to that one.

Equipment

The great thing about this activity is that the equipment investment is minimal, especially for beginners. Bring along a mat and wear close fitting clothing. Practicing yoga barefoot is normal, so bring along a comfy pair of flip flops to slip on afterwards.

Take the first step into a yoga class and any anxiety will quickly fade away. Try a few different styles and instructors to find the one that works best.

To learn more about ways to improve in yoga, and many other health related topics, please visit http://www.dietleadermd.com or call 1-888-554-8597.

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