Dear friend, welcome to the beginner’s yoga section!
Here we have collected all the necessary information for beginners. First of all, you will get acquainted with the existing directions and schools of yoga in the modern world, you can learn more about the Sri method
Then, having familiarized with the theory, you can directly start practice! The section “Where to start?” Gives step-by-step instructions and descriptions of all types of classes. In “Myths about Yoga” you will find the most common, sometimes even a little satirical fiction about the practice of yoga.
As you progress in your practice, you will find answers to long-standing questions. In addition, there will be new ones. We recommend reading the “Questions and Answers” rubric, which was compiled with the assistance of our leading teachers and in which you will definitely find answers to the most frequently asked and relevant questions for all practitioners.
Tips and tricks for practicing yoga from Elena Ulmasbayeva
We wish you successful, active, regular practice and great mood!
What is yoga?
“Yoga is a light that, if lit once, will never go out. The better the practice, the brighter the flame. ”
Today, yoga has already become so firmly established in our life that it is difficult to find a person who would have no idea, even a vague one, about what it is.
Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice that came to us from India. It consists of eight stages, affecting all aspects of human existence – from the observance of moral principles, work with the body and breathing, to more subtle techniques of mind control, mind and consciousness. In the modern world, yoga is meant mainly – work with the body. In the practice of asanas – body poses – there are elements of other stages. This is the reason for all the positive effects of yoga.
In yoga, as nowhere else, it is important direction, school. In our centers we practice classical hatha yoga according to the Sri method.
What does yoga give?
- Improves health, well-being
- Reduced back and neck pain
- Weight returns to normal
- Mood improves
- You become calmer and less stressed
- The body’s stamina and immunity increase
- You become more confident
- Sleep quality improves
- Energy becomes more
- Concentration and labor productivity increases
- Anxiety and depression go away
- Acceptance of yourself and your place in the world
- Comes the feeling of happiness and peace
Where to begin?
If you have already practiced Iyengar yoga, then most likely you are familiar with our classification of lessons by levels. Come to any class that is convenient for you that corresponds to your level of practice, for example, to the Beginner, Beginner 1-2, Beginner 2.
If you have never practiced yoga or practiced some other style, we invite you to a free Open lesson.
Or you can immediately sign up for the nearest Study Course at a convenient center for you and at a time appropriate for you. The introductory course is a compulsory program for all beginners who want to practice Iyengar yoga, where they will introduce you to the basics of the method, show you how to use the materials correctly, equip you with the necessary knowledge about how not to harm yourself. Please do not try to skip this course, even if you have already had yoga experience at another school! At the end of the course, you will be able to attend classes at the Primary level and some specialized classes for all levels (Healthy back, Women’s, Deep relaxation class).
Sign up by calling the center you have chosen and prepare comfortable clothes for your work – shorts or leggings and a T-shirt. We are barefoot, but it is better to take removable shoes with you in order to move around the center. Rugs and everything you need for classes you will find in the halls of the center.
For those who are just starting to practice yoga in our center, we have provided nice bonuses:
We are waiting for you in the classroom!
If you still have questions, we will be happy to answer them by calling 8 (495) 626 8505.
Myths about yoga
“The teachings of yoga help us maintain the body as a temple, in such a way that it becomes as pure as the soul. The body is lazy, the mind is mobile, and the soul radiates light. The practice of yoga develops the body to the level of mobility of the mind, so that both the body and the mind become mobile, and then directs them to the light of the soul. ”
Opinions of people about yoga in our day can be different, for example: “I can not do yoga. There are only stretching exercises, but I have no flexibility at all ”or“ Yoga is sitting for hours in meditation ”or“ Yoga? Yes, I heard, but really do not know what it is. My wife goes to yoga, she likes it, but only women do there. ”
The modern Internet, speaking of yoga, creates a beautiful picture, including multi-colored mats for yoga and slim people, bending and twisting their perfect bodies in inconceivable positions, as if thus achieving inner peace and harmony.
How can one see the ancient art of life, the science of self-development, the philosophy of a calm attitude to the vicissitudes of fate behind the surface of a glossy picture? Dispel doubts will help us look at the common myths about yoga.
Myth number 1. Yoga is a sect.
Sect (from lat. "follow") – the type of religious organization opposed to the traditionally dominant dogma, opposes itself to the system of generally accepted religious and secular norms and functions as a counterculture.
People practicing yoga are becoming more positive, cheerful, good-natured and purposeful, there is a feeling of inner freedom and a sense of unity with the whole world. Yoga is not an “opposition of generally accepted norms,” it is an addition that helps a person to more effectively be realized in society, family, and “find himself.”
Myth number 2. Yoga is a religion.
Yoga is not a religious, but a spiritual system, or a system of spiritual self-improvement. Yoga is practiced by Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists. Yoga does not impose and does not require any religious ideas or preferences; on the contrary, it leads to clarity of mind, makes a person think, analyze his actions and intentions, question imposed views and study. At its core, yoga is rather close to science, not religion, since yoga was created by the ancient sages (rishis) who, through research, trial, error, and observation, developed and systematized exercises that help a person to improve his body and mind, grow spiritually and become more harmonious and balanced.
Myth number 3. Yoga requires vegetarianism.
Yoga does not impose anything and does not require a practitioner. There are some recommendations (including nutrition) that help speed up progress in practice and increase its effectiveness. It is recommended to exclude opiates, intoxicating and intoxicating substances, as they lower awareness, dull the personality and take away a huge amount of energy, apathy and depression appear instead of activity, which contradicts the essence of yoga. Yoga classes lead to mental clarity and vitality. However, a person engaged in yoga can eat meat, or refuse it, but not by violence against themselves and volitional effort, but simply by listening to the needs of their body.
Myth number 4. Yoga is a stretch.
Yoga is a set of exercises aimed at strengthening and relaxing the body, finding physical harmony. It has been scientifically proven that the easiest and most effective way to relax a tense muscle is to stretch it, so yoga includes stretching complexes for legs and hip joints, but in this case, the purpose of the exercises is not stretching itself, but relaxing muscles and working with breathing and attention.
Myth number 5. Yogis lay their legs behind their heads and sleep on nails, boil blood and stop the heart.
Yoga really allows a person to gain some control over the body – it is better to feel and understand your body, to anticipate violations of the internal balance and be aware of your needs. But to gain complete control over the body, it takes many years of very hard training.
Myth number 6. Yoga involves leaving the society.
Yoga does not encourage withdrawal from society or escape from problems. The correct practice of yoga provides a huge amount of energy that can be invested in any business, and especially in its development and implementation. Most practitioners of yoga are successful, socially realized people, with happy families. Yoga is happiness, enjoyment of life, which often includes active social activities.
Myth number 7. Yoga contributes to weight loss.
A slowdown in metabolism means that yoga, on the contrary, promotes weight gain. In general, it is impossible to lose weight without intensive burning of calories. But when doing yoga, the calorie consumption is so insignificant that it is difficult to take it into account for weight loss. And the legendary thinness of real yogis, such as they paint on the pictures, is the result of a multi-year restricted diet.
Myth number 8. Yoga is absolutely safe. Even babies can do it.
Yoga can be very dangerous. Here’s what, for example, says William Brody, author of the book “Science of Yoga” and the journalist of The Times: “Yoga is only a tool. Any tool, if you use it incorrectly, you can break something. Yoga can produce a whole wave of injuries and negative consequences … In general, both the risks and the merits of yoga in multiple quantities exceeded my expectations. ” The so-called “hot yoga” is especially dangerous when yoga occurs in conditions of high temperature and humidity.
Myth number 9. Yoga is for women only.
The truth is that all people, not only women, are in search of inner harmony and tranquility, want to avoid disease and live, maintaining health, happily ever after. Yoga offers something for anyone interested in physical, mental or spiritual development, and is not a discipline for women only or for men only. Many men (including athletes) do yoga regularly, and they find that it gives them great benefits in all areas of life. In our yoga center, men come to engage in both the Yoga classes for beginners 1 and 2, as well as the more advanced levels – Main class, Intensive class, Classes for yoga teachers. Body stiffness can be overcome by regular yoga practice, and Healthy back classes can be extremely effective for relieving back and neck pain, improving sleep, getting rid of stress.
Myth number 10. Yoga gives fantastic abilities.
These myths include beliefs like: “All people practicing yoga for many years look young”, “All people practicing yoga are long-lived, and they never get sick”, “If you practice yoga, you will definitely achieve spiritual enlightenment”. These myths fade as the practice of yoga becomes more mature. What may be true for one person is not necessarily true for another. Yoga is not a panacea for all diseases, does not increase life expectancy by two or three times for each practitioner, not every yoga practitioner will become an enlightened sage. The practice of yoga gives a new degree of self-awareness, helps calm the mind, stay intense in the present moment, learn to distinguish the important from the unimportant and the good from the pleasant. This is not something supernatural, and at the same time allows you to feel a new quality of life. Strengthening and maintaining health, maintaining good physical shape, good looks, beautiful speech, a calm mind – not all the benefits that competent yoga practice can bring!
It is very good when a child joins yoga from an early age and lays a strong foundation for a healthy body and strong mind for the future. This is really beautiful, and we all need to make efforts in this direction.
However, history is replete with facts when people started to practice either in old age, or as a result of significant injuries and abnormalities in the body and reached the heights of skill. For illustration, I would like to give an example of the Belgian Queen, who undertook to teach the art of yoga
Myth number 12. With our rhythm of life to fully practice yoga will not work.
Of course, most of us do not have time to devote three hours of asana practice, a couple of hours of pranayama and a few more hours of meditation due to family responsibilities and social life, but this is not necessary. Yoga is effectiveness in any action. Yoga should serve our lives, and not vice versa. Many do not understand this moment and make a cult out of yoga, which is made to believe in themselves and to “tighten” those around them. Yoga practice is the impeccable performance of their duties, according to the level of evolutionary development. And here, you see, any form of activity will do. Of course, immersion in the practice of working with the body occupies a significant place. And this can help many yoga systems, adapted to our frantic pace of life, our mentality and our structure of the musculoskeletal system.
Myth number 13. Practitioners of yoga are becoming inadequate.
Yes, a person who regularly practices yoga, really at a certain stage of development becomes “not like everyone else.” But this individual feature does not appear as a result of any negative deviations, but due to the disclosure of its own individual potential of the body, mind and psyche. Such a person is already quite difficult to “convince” from the TV screen that the standard of health is cola and hamburgers, the standard of prestige is expensive things, and the standard of mind is “quality and expensive” education.
Myth number 14. Anyone can teach yoga.
To teach yoga, it is not enough just to be flexible and practice yoga yourself. In order to become a teacher of yoga, you must complete a special course and practice yoga for several years, reinforcing it with spiritual growth and meditation.