Yoga can seem a bit intimidating and confusing at first. Try to stay relaxed and just follow along with the instructions. The benefits from yoga you will receive are amazing. Once you get into yoga you will continue to learn more and look forward to practicing it every day.
To begin, wear something very comfortable as you will be stretching and doing many poses that need comfortable and loose fitting clothing or yoga outfits.
You will want to invest in a yoga mat as well. Comfort is the key to yoga.
You will also need a very quiet place to perform yoga. You do not want to be interrupted nor do you want to be around loud noises. Find a nice quiet room to perform your yoga poses.
The first pose you may want to learn is a common pose in yoga which is called the Lotus Pose. The Lotus Pose is the pose that you will use for meditation. To sit in the Lotus Pose you will bring both of your feet on top of your legs while you are sitting cross-legged. You can do the full Lotus Pose with both feet on top of your crossed legs or the half Lotus Pose where one foot is on top of your crossed legs.
If you start the Lotus Pose with only one foot on top of your leg, in due time of practicing yoga you will easily be able to bring both feet above your crossed legs.
When starting out yoga you will learn the chair pose. To perform this pose you will stand up. Make sure you are standing up straight. Next make sure your feet are shoulder length apart from each other. Now you want to squat until your legs are at about a 90 degree angle from your knee joint. Next you want to hold onto your ankles. Your elbows will be on the inside of your knees.
With the chair pose you will keep your head up and breath deep and long. When you are a beginner performing the chair pose try to hold this position for fifteen seconds. Soon you will be performing the chair pose for three minutes. Your lower body will get a fantastic work out when you perform this yoga position.
Yoga for beginners should be performed slowly so as not to pull any muscles or injure yourself. You can slowly build up to more complicated yoga poses the longer you do it.