You’ve probably never exercised in your entire life and you’ve reached a point when you realized that exercise is as necessary as eating three full meals in a day.
Now that you want to exercise to keep your body in ship shape, you want to know what steps to take in order to fully prepare yourself for what’s to come. After all, you don’t want to experience all that muscle pain, only to realize later on that you’ve been doing it wrong.
Here are a few steps to keep in mind on your first day of yoga training.
1. Eat right!
Before beginning your training, make sure that you’ve eaten right. Gobble on those protein, feast on some vegetables and have some carbs in order for you to have the strength to last training.
2. Breathe in and breathe out.
Your yoga teacher or any other smart phone application will start and end your yoga training with a breathing exercise. Instead of taking this step for granted, use it to your advantage. Breathing is an essential in yoga training because it helps you feel relaxed especially when you are performing an active stretch. It also gives you that meditative feel, which is another essential in your yoga training.
3. Slowly but surely.
Since you’ve only just begun your training, it’s highly important to perform each yoga pose carefully. Your body is not yet used to the amount of energy exerted and this takes some time to get used to.
4. Pause for a break
Pause for a minute or two when you start feeling the sweat coming out of your body and when you feel that you’ve performed a number of poses. Take a breath. Rehydrate yourself. Regain the energy you’ve lost and pick up where you left of. Continuously doing poses without rest will strain your body even further, thus shortening your yoga training.
5. Only perform poses that your body can take.
Expect that you cannot execute all yoga poses. Since this is likely to happen, do not force your body to perform a pose that it cannot do. During your first yoga training, your body will surely experience muscle pain and exhaustion. You are likely to stumble when you find it difficult to balance yourself. This will be really frustrating but try your best not to feel bad when this happens. You will surely be able to perform the poses when you’ve trained enough over time.
Yoga is not just about gaining physical fitness. It also revolves around the concept of well-being. The different poses and breathing techniques are steps in order for a yoga trainee to achieve physical and mental well-being. So stop thinking about your to do list and focus on performing your yoga poses.
Now that you’re ready to begin you yoga training, get on your working clothes, prepare a few water bottles and some towels, and you’re good to go!