As part of my working relationship with GaiamTV My Yoga I have been writing over the last couple of months about beginning a journey of wellness. You’ll notice I didn’t say fitness. I said wellness. The condition of being in good physical and mental health.
Part of what I’m incorporating is Yoga. It’s totally amazing. In previous posts I’ve talked about finding balance and commitment. Now that I’m a few months in I wanted to give you a sneak peek picture tour inside my GaiamTV My Yoga Online profile so you can see why I’m so amped about them! But first here is my list of things you need to know when becoming a beginner yogi.
1. You don’t need to go out and spend a ton of $$ on gear. You really only need your body. If you can get a mat and a block, do that. Oh! And a subscription to GaiamTV.
2. If you’re a beginner,start there. Don’t think you can jump right to advanced – you’ll bust your ass, a hip or get stuck in a compromising position that your neighbor does NOT want to see you in.
3. You might feel silly at first doing breathing and meditation exercises but they are SO necessary. I mean I don’t Om but that’s just me.
4. Do a little bit of homework and learn some of the terms. Trust me on that one.
5. If you think Yoga is not a workout- talk to me after you do a few sessions.
Asanas- is one of the eight limbs of classical Yoga, which states that poses should be steady and comfortable, firm yet relaxed helping a practitioner to become more aware of their body, mind, and environment. The 12 basic poses or asanas are much more than just stretching.
Vinyasa- means "breath-synchronized movement," and Vinyasa yoga is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling.
Sutra- the Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas(restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption).
Namaste - Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.” The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
Dosha - According to Ayurveda, each of us has a unique mix of three mind and body principles, which creates our specific mental and physical characteristics. These three principles are called doshas. Vata, pitta and kapha.
Chakras- The chakras are the energy centers within us that greatly influence our potential and experience. There are seven.