How Do I Start My Yoga Practice?

by Isabelle on December 8, 2011

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Often I hear from people I meet that they do not know how to start to practice Yoga. They also ask me what is the process of Yoga and how will it help them in their life. Here are the 4 initial steps one will go through in this beautiful discipline of Yoga. It is simple, easy and so accessible to all at any level of health, fitness and at any age.

How and where do I start a Yoga practice?

Initial Step: It is the embodiment stage. Yoga through the physical embodiment of movement and breath is really giving us this opportunity to return to inhabit our bodies again. It’s a very important step and it’s usually the initial step.

Second Step:Then as we start to become regular in our practice and develop this really deep liking for the flow of Yoga, we become more intimate with our breath. We practice this ujjayi breath- inhale/exhale through the nostrils with that soft sound at the back of the throat like the sound of an ocean wave- throughout the class, the practice or the sadhana in Sanskrit.

Third Step:That’s when we start to find that thread, that oneness, that state of beingness, that state of Yoga as the body and the breath and the mind come together, merge together on this one thread.

Fourth Step: The next step that is a very logical step for a student of Yoga, a disciple of Yoga (and we’re all disciples of Yoga), is to take time in silence to meditate, to be with oneself. It is like returning at home within  to reconnect with yourself. That is another definition of Yoga; fourth definition of Yoga which is to connect our five senses, our mind and to our inner Self, to the source of who we are truly. Returning to the seed, to the spark, (to the spin if we’re talking quantum physics) our being of who we are. You return to the essence, to the source. This is your daily practice whether it is a for a few minutes or an hour, it doesn’t matter.

How do I get started?

You want to start by being in silence. You sit at a particular place and you find that inner contemplation. The capacity to withdraw the senses within from the outside world to your inner world and to develop a higher sensitivity that allows you to become more subtle more aware of your inner currents- of you inner energy levels. You even start to feel and understand your inner body physically. You can start to qualify inner sensations as you move: openness, areas that are closed, tight or loose.

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