The joy of being in yoga is no less for beginners than more advanced practitioners. Patanjali- the foundational codifier of the yogic art, had noted that it is the element of faith in a practice that makes it effective. When beginners go into the discipline with faith and resolution, it is bound to pay off in the long run with multitudinous benefits for the body and mind. To make the going more effortless and pleasurable, here goes a few tips you can bank upon—
Keep your Own Yoga Journal
Not all of your yoga moments are going to be epiphanic, but it is still important to keep notes on the progress you are making every day going into the practice. Illustrate the moments of groundbreaking realizations, passage into higher awareness level, and broadening physical capacity. Try to capture even those fleeting shards of ideas that come to you in meditation!
Make that Perfect Space for Yoga
Create your happy place with yoga. It could be a corner of your house where you can feel the vibes of joy most strongly. Drape the little space with colors than enthuse you, or keep something of a token from which you can draw inspiration. Make it fun and lively without disturbing the tone of calm and quiet required to instill yogic meditation.
Invest in a Quality Mat and Ancillaries
The mat you yoga upon is that one object you are going to get attached to through your practice days. It has to be chosen with care, confirming good traction, durability, and comfort to touch. The color and design of the mat too must be to your taste. If you compromise on your investment here and start your practice on throwaway mats, a proper foundation of a lifelong commitment to yoga cannot be realized.
For beginners, it is also important to invest in quality yoga props and ancillaries. You will feel more self-sufficient to be able to perform given postures on your own with just the use of some key props, without having to depend completely on your instructor’s help.
Indulge in Yoga-related Literature
On your next trip to the library, get hold of yoga literature, DVDs on posture, and illustrated handbooks. Subscribe to online magazines featuring yoga and lifestyle. Gather more perspective on the spiritual dimensions on the practice with readings from Bhagavad Gita, sketch out the link between modern science and yoga with tutorial through an anatomy workbook, understand the inlaid philosophy of yoga with readings from the Sutra of Patanjali, and last but not the least, an introduction to Ayurveda.
Bring Balance to Your Posture with Meditation
Give your postures more depth with synchronized meditation. Instead of finding different time slots for meditation and asanas, you should try to make these complementary and concurrent. Remember to tame your mind and look deep within meditatively when going through the motions of physical asana exercises.
Learn Accurate Sanskrit Pronunciation
An important aspect of meditation practice is mantra chanting. The mantras of Sanskrit verse origin have a deep sonorous quality that can create a positive mental impression. To produce the impact effectively, you would need to learn accurate Sanskrit intonations. You can achieve this easily by listening to more chants and exploring their translations.
Start Focusing on Breath
Take your breath beyond habit. Observe the passage of breath in and out of your body and realize positive energy being channeled in and flushing out of toxic elements. When you achieve owning your breath, mastery can be established over the mind. By taking short breathing breaks between activities, you can appease anxiety and restore peace and strength to your mind and body.
Lastly, set a good intent for your practice, build everyday healthy habits, and quiet that voice in your head which tells that you cannot.