18 Feb Yoga: Good for the Mind, Body & Soul
Yoga: Good for the Mind, Body & Soul
Have you ever considered hittin’ up a yoga class then feeling really weird and intimidated by it? Because let’s face it, as a beginner, you know absolutely nothing about yoga and then inevitably abandon the idea thinking, “I can’t even touch my toes, yoga is definitely not for me”. Well, Pinnacle Fitness Club is here to tell you that yoga can be for you!
Basic Tips to Get Started
Yoga primarily focuses on breathing, posture and meditation. So to start, practice taking a deep breath in and out. Yoga is not about being Ms./Mr. Flexible, it’s about uniting yourself using your breath, body and the mind which is actually quite easy and effortless.
In order to learn the proper yoga postures and poses, we recommend you practice under the guidance of a qualified instructor, especially if you are a beginner. Afterall, we want the experience to be pleasurable for you, not end up in injury. Some of the things you may learn in yoga class could be new to you, so it’s important to go into class with an open mind, ready to receive new ideas and ways of thinking in order to broaden and enhance your yoga experience.
You should wear comfortable clothing when you practice yoga, both at class and at home. Avoid wearing a lot of jewelry as it could get in the way of your yoga session. We welcome yoga at any time of the day, as reflected in our class schedule, because any yoga is better than no yoga at all! Helpful hint: a lighter stomach yields to better yoga practice. It is advised that you practice on an empty stomach or at least 2-3 hours after your last meal.
Smile, folks! Keeping a gentle smile throughout practice relaxes your body and mind and helps you enjoy the yoga postures much more. Try it, we dare you 🙂 Also, take your time. The old adage slow and steady wins the race is perfectly applicable in the world of yoga. You should only do as much as you’re comfortable with, listen to your body, it will tell you what it can and cannot take.
And lastly, avoid comparing yourself to others in yoga class; wherever you are in the yoga posture is just fine. Each body type is different and unique and different people will likely be at different stages of expertise. Therefore, don’t feel pressured to over-exert yourself to keep up with others.
We offer a variety of different yoga classes for people of all levels of expertise. If you are a beginner or someone that has never done yoga before, we invite you to sit in on a class, we’d love to have you! If you are not yet a member of the ultimate urban fitness community, join this month and pay only a $25 signup fee!