Ready to quit on yoga? Here’s what you should know

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While I agree yoga isn’t everybody’s cup of tea I have seen people give up on it way too early. When you begin it’s going to be tough and worse it’s going to be boring but that’s only until you find the right class and teacher and once that happens trust me you’ll be hooked. So if you’re confident and determined to incorporate yoga permanently into your life here’s what you should know about it.

It comes down to the teacher

While I always wanted yoga to be an integral part of my life but it actually only became after a year and 5 different classes later. Yes finding the right class and trainer is of topmost priority. It can make or break your training.

Every studio and teacher has their own style. Some do it while playing hip-hop music while some prefer it slow. Try 2-4 different styles before you finally make a choice.

It’s not always about sweating

When you think about exercise it usually comes down to how much you sweat isn’t it? While Vinyasa yoga is perfect for that the other slower forms are also equally effective. A good yoga routine is about maintaining a balance between different intensities.

Always begin with the slow stretches before taking it up a notch. This helps the body adjust to the high intensity better thus lowering injury risk and providing an efficient workout.

It isn’t just for women

A common misconception I have witnessed among most men especially the younger generation is that they believe yoga is meant only for women. Believe it or not yoga too requires tons of strength and grit for each of the stretches and poses. So irrespective of what your fitness goals are note that yoga is for everyone.

Adrian Hummell has been doing yoga for the past three years and now teaches Bikram yoga, a particularly strenuous form of the practice. Illustrates YOGA-MEN (category l), by Eric Niiler, special to The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, October 22, 2013. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Marvin Joseph.)

Eating meat isn’t wrong

Is it intimidating that you’re one the very few meat eaters at your studio or that you occasionally consume alcohol? Well guess what, as a yogi you’re not restricted for either. To benefit from yoga you need not turn your lifestyle upside down.

There are tons of yoga teachers that love to grab a glass of wine with some meat on a Friday night. Yoga is all about having fun and doing what suits you best.

Do it for yourself

In the end whether your plan is to hit the gym or a yoga studio your workout is only going to be effective if you do it for yourself. It’s not about impressing your peers or your teacher. Forget the comparisons. It always comes down to only you.

Listen to your body and avoid any move your body seems to reject. Have fun, keep smiling and in time you’ll feel more balanced not only physically but mentally and spiritually as well.

 

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5 Silly excuses people give for avoiding Yoga

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It’s understandable to have doubts and questions related to yoga when you’re just beginning. I had them too. I doubted myself too but only after I hit the mat did I find out the truth. Not only did I become more confident with the poses but also with other situations of life. Yes that’s what regular practice does to you. It removes the insecurities and free up the mind. Below are 5 silly excuses I often here to avoid yoga that you need to overcome.

My body isn’t too flexible

This is the first and foremost excuse me and many others tend to make. You see videos, images etc. of people in weird looking poses and think to yourself, well that’s never happening without realizing that with regular practice and training nothing is impossible.

Initially I struggled to even touch my toes, embarrassing right? All you really need is a strong will and patience to succeed. Your body will adapt and thus become more flexible with time.

I’m always busy

Well that’s an outright joke. Trust me no one’s always busy not even the president and more the hectic your schedule the more useful you’ll find yoga. It acts as a physical and mental charger. Make yoga a priority even if it requires time out your social media gossips or TV.

This will in turn motivate you to put in the extra effort and time needed to grow and develop. You’ll focus and sleep better and thus kick start your morning refreshed and happy.

I have health issues

Believe it or not health issues are the main reason yoga exists and whether it’s your back or ankles or your knee or even something as dangerous as cancer, yoga often is the answer. Though I would recommend you consult your doctor about it.

Once you get the go ahead from your physician find out yoga classes either online or through local magazines that best suit your health conditions and budget.

It’s a religion

Well firstly note that yoga has nothing to do with any religion and nor will it change your opinions or beliefs. It’s about self-assessment through breathing and meditation. Irrespective of your nationality, religion etc. you can practice yoga.

Yes it’s often seen as a spiritual practice but in case you’re having trouble resonating with things get in touch with your guru or if needed switch to a new person. Your relationship with your guru is important to a good yoga routine.

I’m not the Yogi types

This by far is one of the craziest reasons I have come across in recent times. What exactly does a yogi look like? Yoga is practised across the world and thus there’s no specific type or look. Irrespective of your body shape, colour, height or look you can practice yoga.

Excuses are aplenty. If you’re serious about your health and fitness and want to make a change it’s time to get up and get moving.