Yoga for Beginners: The Basic Principles of Physical Yoga Practice

We're all beginner yogis at some point and the practice welcomes us to be beginners always. The following is from one of my latest (and possibly favorite) pieces on Beginner Yoga, check out the full article on My Yoga on Gaia. 

The word “beginner” in the context of Yoga has a number of different meanings. There is the beginner who is completely new to the practice, unfamiliar with physical movement modalities and somewhat disconnected from their physicality. There is the beginner who has never received instruction from a Yoga teacher, but has an intimate connection to their physical body and breath from participation in athletics or other disciplines. There is the beginner who can muscle their way into arm balances, but does so while holding their breath and the beginner who can readily touch their toes, but feels bored when they get there. The difference between a beginner and an advanced practitioner is awareness and awareness has a tendency to ebb and flow.

 

Yoga Every Day: More Than a Hashtag

MORE THAN A HASHTAG

If you’re a yoga practitioner in 2016, chances are you have had some exposure to the yoga of social media. You may even be familiar with the “yoga every damn day” hashtag that unites a community of yogis in the pursuit of a devoted daily practice. But what does #yogaeverydamnday really mean and is it in the realm of wise practice? While some are quick to condemn this social media movement with cautions of injury, demands for moderation and a strict adherence to tradition, perhaps it warrants closer examination.

Maybe #yogaeverydamnday is meant to celebrate the yogic lifestyle and encourage committed daily practice. Or maybe there exists a deeper level of embedded insight in this seemingly innocuous hashtag than what can be communicated in a well-staged image or video. At the very least, it serves as an entry point for discussing how yoga every day is actually a lifestyle choice.

SAY YES TO YOGA EVERY DAY

From neuroscience to somatics, we are in the midst of a burgeoning curiosity about human experience and consciousness that has inspired the application of modern methods of observation, measurement, and analysis to substantiate the positive effects of daily yoga practice. As research catches up with the sages, this systematic scientific inquiry has, in many cases, confirmed the poetry of ancient wisdom and sacred texts. Common to both the science and the spirit of sadhana, we find the benefits of yoga every day are undeniable.

Excerpts from my latest article on My Yoga on Gaia, you can read the full article here: Yoga Every Day: More Than a Hashtag.