Around the world, yoga is becoming the most popular form of workout during the quarantine period. But how to know if you are doing it right?
Yoga can be relaxing and physical exercise. Whatever you prefer or whatever you need. All you need is a yoga mat and your body ready to move. Like any other exercise, you won’t get much of a yoga class if you are not in good physical form. If you are new to the practice or if you haven’t been doing yoga in while, start with a beginners’ online classes (plenty of these can be found on YouTube).
How do you get yourself motivated to do yoga from home?
There is not much to do while you are stuck at home. Find an hour a day to exercise and you will feel some benefits immediately.
How do you know you are doing it right? You probably have an idea of how a pose looks like, but you have to understand how to get your body to do a yoga pose correctly. In yoga, we call this alignment and it’s not something that’s easy to pick up by yourself. The best way to learn a yoga pose is with the help of a yoga instructor, who will physically adjust your body while you attempt to do the pose. However, what is your next best option to learn about yoga poses and correct alignment? Believe it or not, the correct answer to this question is Instagram. Alignment diagrams can be found of each yoga pose on Instagram, from simple yoga positions to the more complex ones. You can check @howtopracticeyoga and @inflexibleyogis on Instagram where yoga teachers post the correct yoga postures. It might sound goofy, but these diagrams will help and encourage you to stay physically active. Here you will learn that it’s ok to bend your knees and that you don’t have to touch your knees with your forehead.
If you love yoga videos, everyone pretty much recommends Yoga with Adriene on YouTube especially if you are a beginner. Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or you are new to it, yoga videos are a go-to daily exercise routine for many Americans at the moment.
More about Yoga
Why you should do yoga? Yoga is an exercise of the mind, body and soul with many benefits to it. It’s widely accepted that the historical origin of yoga comes from India. Some theories suggest that yoga as a practice comes from the pre-Vedic period which is before 2700 BC. According to Hindu mythology, Shiva is the Adi Guru or the first teacher of yoga.
Once you get into yoga much deeper you will learn more about the importance of chakras or energy centers. It’s believed that chakras in your body can absorb cosmic energy. Seven chakras in the human body are mooladhara (bottom of the spine), svadhisthana (pelvic area), manipura (navel), anahata (behind the heart), vishuddha (throat), ajna (between the eyebrows) and sahasrara (crown of the head).
Although in western culture yoga is mostly about stretching and muscles, yoga is much more than that, it’s a combination of different poses, followed by breathing and meditation. Only a few minutes of yoga every day can relax your mind and body and release tension accumulated in your body. Additionally, it can help you keep your joints healthy and it is also believed that it can bring relief to those suffering from arthritis.
If you turn to yoga videos for your daily exercises during quarantine, keep in mind that poses vary from person to person and depend on your current physical condition. So, don’t push yourself if you feel pain and stay safe.