Namaste! This is the customary Hindu greeting used when meeting and parting – traditionally done while holding the palms together in front of the bosom. If you’re saying to yourself: ‘hey I already knew this’, you’re already on the right track.
A recent study released by Yoga Journal reports that Americans spend $5.7 billion a year on yoga classes and products. The same study also indicates that 6.9% of U.S. adults or 15.8 million people practice yoga. Pretty impressive stats right? Put it on a global scale and you can add millions more to that figure.
If you’re already a seasoned yogi, then you can testify to the benefits of yoga which include but are certainly not limited to increased flexibility, muscle strengthening, increased relaxation and a powerful sense of calm. If you’ve been considering yoga, then you’re already half way there!
When you think of yoga what comes to mind? Perhaps visions of a slender and limber person contorting their bodies in the most difficult of poses. Conjuring these sorts of images is probably not the best way to begin your yogic journey. Yoga is just as much mental as it is physical. Clear up your mind of all the preconceived notions that yoga is difficult and only for the double-jointed. Yoga should primarily be about the journey. Set your mind to invite positivity and this will be the outcome.
There are just a few things which will come in handy for your first yoga session. A yoga mat (preferably a sticky or slip resistant rubber one) to set down on the normal hardwood floors of most yoga studios. These normally retail for $20 to $60 and can cost more if you want to get really fancy with it. A towel, this is a good idea for your first class because not all studios provide them. Straps help with stretching and holding various poses using the legs. Your studio might provide these, but at a cost of $10 it’s worth getting your own.
Your normal yoga class will run for just over an hour. It’ll start with warm-ups and breathing exercises to prepare you both physically and mentally for what’s ahead. The centre and main part of the session will be the asanas or poses. Your teacher will normally provide simplified variations to help beginners adapt until you are able to move like the pros! You’ll then close with a period of savasana or relaxation.
The BodyHoliday has daily dedicated yoga offerings. You can start your sessions from home and look like a complete pro or you can start with us and return home a pro! If you are deeply interested in yoga, my recommendations for the best times to visit The BodyHoliday are during our yoga themed months: Yoga June and Octoba Yoga.
Get started today! Namaste!