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How to Find Your Yoga Attitude

Updated on November 11, 2012
Ardha Chandrasansa, Balancing half Moon in Joshua Tree. Lisa Ware of Yoga 4 Love on family vacation Christmas 2008.
Ardha Chandrasansa, Balancing half Moon in Joshua Tree. Lisa Ware of Yoga 4 Love on family vacation Christmas 2008. | Source

Yoga is about expanding self-awareness. Most people believe that yoga is just a type of exercise. But, there is so much more to yoga, it is not only limited to a wonderful physical activity.

When practicing yoga, it is important to listen to your body. As you move through the asanas, or poses, and work on the breathing techniques, you should also be aware of what your body is telling you. When you practice a pose, you may feel a bit of discomfort. This is probably du to stiff joints, tight, muscles, and tightness of fascia. Your fascia is the fibrous inter-connective tissue that forms a web between your skin and muscles. It also encases your internal organs.

The breathing techniques you will learn when practicing yoga will help with this initial physical distress. Continuous breathing is the best way to get through this beginning stiffness. If you hold your breath or experience a shortness of breath, it may be an indication that you are working to hard. Or, you could be thinking too much about what you are trying to achieve. Let your breath flow through your practice. The breath is connected with the continuum of getting into the posture. It is part of being in the posture and coming out. The connection between conscious movement and conscious breath that makes yoga different from other physical forms of exercise.

Be sure you know the difference between pain and feeling the intensity of an action. Do not force or strain when moving into a yoga pose. Yoga should make you feel better than you did before. Although, at the beginning some soreness is possible. This is healthy pain. Searing and persistent pain is not healthy. This indicates injury. If it is persistent, you may need to seek the opinion of a health professional.

Do not compare yourself to other practitioners of yoga. They are on their own path. It may seem that you share similar paths, for a time, but you should not judge your success by their goals or standards. Everyone is different. We all have different body shapes and needs. What is easy for one person may be difficult for another. Have reverence for your body and compassion for yourself. This will help you feel the true meaning of yoga. You are on a path of self-exploration that will help you trust what you feel and believe.

No matter what path you follow once you start practicing yoga, your attitude is very important. Hopefully, these tips will help you keep your mind on your own personal path and reap the benefits of your yoga practice.


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    Amelia Griggs 6 years ago

    Good yoga tips...thanks!