Tips for Beginners - By Mia Polvyiou
Tips for Beginners 1. Expect to be confused. Confusion is not such a big problem in the world though. Confusion is necessary in the learning process. Yoga is an integrated practice so we come to the mat to become aware of our whole being and that means learning about body parts while paying attention to the breath. This takes some getting used to. 2. Which brings me to the next tip. Have patience. You will learn more as you go and you always have the opportunity to repeat po
What do you hear ?
It's amazing what you can actually hear if you’re listening :) While taking a break from the garden and resting in the shade on the deck, eyes closed, relaxed, listening to nature around me. I hear a bird nice and close, I found myself listening to the pattern of its chirping. Two chirps, followed through with a softer chirp to finish the sequence off: then repeat. I guess I found it relaxing being with nature and its beautiful sounds, relaxed and with myself all in one.
What is relaxation?
What is relaxation? Relaxation is the act of relaxing the mind and body, and can also be defined as the state of being relaxed. During a relaxation exercise (such as progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, meditation, or another relaxation technique) muscle tension decreases, blood pressure goes down, the mind becomes calm, and the harmful effects of prolonged stress are counteracted. The "relaxation response" is the opposite of the stress response. The stress response
Find what is holding you back from the mat:
I have heard many times since becoming a Yoga instructor from people that they are either not flexible or too fat to give Yoga a go. None of these are true , anyone can do yoga , I mean I am both of those statements and I'm sure before finding yoga I possibly said the same thing. I have a very tight shoulder girdle but poses like Eagle Pose (Garudasana) , I modify by either using a strap or find a variation, even in my teaching I offer variations as our bodies are made u