Tips to Overcome Barriers to Doing Yoga

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Yoga is an aesthetic discipline that includes proper breathing control, simple meditation techniques and adoption of several body poses and postures. This act is particularly done by people to enhance health and promote relaxation. Just like any other meditation techniques, yoga comes in different kinds and forms depending on the choice of the person performing it. Some of the most common styles of yoga and probably most suited for beginners include Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Anusara. Each of them offers several techniques as well as benefits that suit every individual.

Yoga has shown numerous beneficial effects when it comes to health and well-being of a person. This form of exercise is widespread and is practiced by almost all age groups and gender from around the globe. However, some people opt not to try yoga due to some misconceptions. It is highly recommended to first educate oneself with the proper information about this exercise before deciding on saying no. One should learn to overcome the barriers and fears of doing yoga and instead focus on the benefits that it can offer the person. Listed below is some of the helpful information about yoga.

You need money to practice yoga. This is a myth!

Yoga is not only suited for the rich and the famous. Anyone can perform yoga even with minimal money or no money at all. This wouldn't require any form of equipment, apparatus, or machines to be able to perform. One can also execute this exercise at home by using customizable materials such as resistance bands and sticks. Another way is to try community centers and hubs who offer free yoga lessons with a good yoga instructor. Online sites also offer free yoga lessons that can serve as guides for those wanting to practice this form of meditation.

It is wrongly believed that 'Yoga's only for fit and thin people.

Yoga is for everyone. No matter what the weight or the build of a person, yoga can be done. The wide range of yoga poses and techniques will surely offer and give the most suited act for the person. Moreover, this can also aid in enhancing the confidence level of a person through the good postures that each pose can offer.

You don't need to be self-conscious when practicing yoga.

Yoga can be done everywhere but most preferably in less crowded places for others not to see and watch. One should stay focus on the poses and routines instead of minding the people around. Learn how to ignore and disregard them and focus on the goal that has been set. Always remember that it is you who will reap the fruits of the hard work.

You THINK you can't but ACTUALLY, you can!

One must stay optimistic at all times. There are hard yoga poses and routines but this should not hinder one from performing. Instead, take one step at a time. Take it slowly. Relax and take a break in between the lessons. Everything is possible for as long as one puts their heart and soul into it.

You Don't Have to Be Flexible, Yoga will make you Flexible.

Never worry if your body is not flexible enough to do the poses. Just follow the instructions carefully and soon the flexibility of the person will be enhanced. Yoga involves several stretches, bends, and turns that will surely bring out the best in you and in your body.

Yoga is not too hard. The practice gradually makes your poses perfect.

Yoga is not really hard to perform and execute. It is enjoyable, pleasurable, and fun. Think positive and always keep the goal in mind. Practice more often to improve the performance until such time that the act is almost perfect. Repetition of the acts and poses allows better movements which will lead to the best possible results.

Just like any other activities or exercises, one may find difficulty and troubles in the beginning of the act. But the most important thing is to face the challenges and barriers that it offers. Never ever give up and lose hope. Use the problems encountered as motivations to strive harder and to act better. Yoga may not be for you at the moment but with proper training, one may be the best in the field. It is important to set a goal as this will be the best reminder of the purpose of the actions. Always think positive, stay focus, and follow instructions carefully. Ask friends and families to join in the circle and use this as a form of bonding. This attitude will allow one to learn the best yoga poses and techniques while having and maintaining a fit and healthy body. Remember that yoga is fun, beneficial, and it is designed for everyone.

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Meera Watts

Meera Watts  is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes and others. She's also the founder and owner of  Siddhi Yoga International, a  yoga teacher training  school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh,  Goa  and  Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).