In this second article on the practice of Yoga for the Runner’s Bag. We will continue with some recommendations that will help us take the first steps in the world of Yoga. In our first article: “Practicing Yoga: A Beginner’s Guide” we talked about the history of yoga, the most common types of yoga practiced today and we began to introduce the keys to understanding this activity: Breathing (Pranayama), Postures ( Asanas) and posture sequences (vinyasa-krama). In this second part, we will see what we need to start practicing yoga, we will comment on some tips and common mistakes that we usually commit when we start practicing and we will complete this post with some indications to practice yoga at home.
One of the advantages of practicing yoga is that we practically do not need material: a good mat with a non-slip surface, a blanket to cover us during the final relaxation, comfortable clothes, and, above all, a good teacher to guide us at the beginning. If it is true that over time we will be able to practice yoga at home without the need for someone to guide us or just follow the class through the numerous online yoga videos on the net, in the first years it becomes almost essential to figure out the teacher who accompanies us in learning Yoga gradually.
To start practicing yoga and becoming aware of our body through postures (asanas). And sequences (vinyasa-krama) it will always be easier if we start with those simpler postures that require less effort on our part and with which it is easier for us to pay more attention to our body and breathing. A good teacher will guide us overtime to advance our knowledge of this practice, correcting our body in each posture and giving fluidity to the transition between postures. Starting with a teacher also has the advantage that he will clarify which postures are counterproductive if we have some type of specific injury.
Practicing yoga at home, although at first glance it seems extremely easy since it does not require equipment. Or practically space, requires taking into account some key aspects to be effective:
With this second post, we complete the initial approach to the practice of Yoga. In future articles, we will present some examples with easy-to-understand sequences of postures and different objectives (strengthening, flexibility, relaxation, etc.). As well as dedicating an entire article to the practice of yoga as a complement to runners. Where we will try to compensate for imbalances effects that running causes in our body.
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