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Yoga – Beginner’s Journey

I have begun practicing the Yoga Asanas (Hatha Yoga). So far, I am loving it. It just gives me this amazing feeling after doing yoga. For now I perform the basic poses. I bought a book Yoga for You by Tara Fraser, and I follow the steps there as i practice. I also watch videos from Youtube sometimes and perform the poses right next to my computer, since I am using a desktop.

The idea is to keep the mind and awareness with the breath while performing the yoga poses. At first, it can be difficult to stay on the poses for a few breaths, especially when you are not flexible.

According to the book, you don’t have to force the body to bend and twist if you aren’t ready for it yet. There are alternative versions of the poses to make it easier for the individual.

Make sure you are breathing in and out slowly. Pay attention to the breath rather than the pose itself. Difficulty bending – according to yoga – is resistance. If you feel anxious or fearful about a certain pose, thinking that it might hurt your muscles, it becomes difficult to bend.

Right before bending or twisting, take a deep breath. Breathe out while you’re reaching for the pose. This will help the body adjust and the muscles to relax so you’ll be able to bend.

The yogis say that the body has no limit. It is the mind that creates a limit to it. We are able to bend and twist the body if we know how to tame the mind.

Right now, I still haven’t tried the headstands and I can’t even reach my toes yet. But I will in time. No rush. I am practicing by myself without a yoga instructor, so I am good with the poses I can reach for now.

Here are some of the poses that I am able to do on my own:

(the following images are taken from yogajournal.com)

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Eagle Pose (Garudasana)

Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)

This one (Extended Side Angle Pose) is a bit difficult for me, but I love doing it. One of my favorites.

Extended Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana)

High Lunge

High Lunge, Variation

Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

Warrior I Pose (Virabhadrasana I)

Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)

Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana)

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Cow Pose (Bitilasana)

Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Upward-Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

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