A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga: It’s Benefits and Postures

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A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga: It’s Benefits and Postures

Starting a regular exercise routine can be a struggle. Balancing family, friends, and work can be a hectic routine that pulls us away from health and fitness. Often we are so involved in our daily lives that we often forget how important physical activity is to boost our health and creativity.

Getting Started with Yoga

Yoga is for everyone. Each pose has a beginning, middle, and advanced version, so anyone can do it. All you need to do is gather some patience and determination. For first-timers, it is always advisable to take help from yoga-experts so they can help you learn how to do the physical postures with properly alignment and breath.

For residents in Quincy, and surrounding cities such as Randolph, Boston, Braintree and Brookline, MA our wellness studio offers the best beginner-friendly yoga classes and workshops. If you are a newbie with a plethora of questions, our experts are just a call away, ready to help motivate you and answer any and all questions.

We also provide a monthly, Everything Yoga workshop to help you get started. This workshop is designed for first time yogis, like Yoga 101. Learn the fundamentals of yoga in a group where everyone is new. You can consider it a prerequisite to your first group yoga class (like Yoga Basics or All Levels Vinyasa class). Our instructor will give you a brief history of yoga, its poses, and will teach you how to align your body with your breathing. The workshop costs around $25. All you need to bring is yourself, a yoga mat, towel, and some comfortable clothing to get started.

Yoga & Meditation Health Benefits

Yoga combined with meditation and physical exercise is great in relieving stress, depression, and mood disorders. It is also believed to have fixed tightened muscles, increased flexibility and helped in losing weight.

Research has show that the benefits of yoga include:

  • Improved Ability to Focus
  • Increased Creativity
  • Deeper Level of Relaxation
  • Improved Perception and Memory
  • Decrease in Stress Hormone
  • Lower Blood Pressure

Yoga Positions you should know of

We recommend doing a little bit of research before you begin with your first yoga class. There are many different types of yoga out there, from a more physically demanding class to easier more relaxing, meditative classes. Additionally, each style is a bit different from the others, plus you’ll find variations depending on the teacher. We recommend giving a few styles and teachers a try before settling on your favorite.

At our studio in Quincy, we instruct all types of yoga and fitness classes.

To familiarize yourself with some common positions, read on below:

1. Pelvic Tilts

Known to ease your lower back pains, this pose is all about moving your hips forward in the direction of your face, without lifting your butt. Start it slowly until you get comfortable.

2. Cat-Cow Stretches

Make a cow pose and initiate moving from your tailbone to bring up the spine, and then moving the head back down. Keep a firm control of your breath; inhale when you go up and exhale when coming down. 

3. Low Lunge

Great for a quick thigh and leg stretch, the low lunge is all about stepping up your right foot beside both your hands. Ensure to keep the other leg straight to give a nice long stretch.

4. Standing Forward Bend

Just stand straight and slowly bring your entire body down to the floor by placing both your hands next to the feet. Looks easy, but it requires some time to get there without bending your needs slowly.

Although there may be a long list of yoga positions for stretching each muscle, we recommend trying the basic ones first so your body can get comfortable. 

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