Make a New Year’s Resolution to Start Yoga in 2014

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The New Year is now upon us. This is a time when people typically reflect on how the previous year went, and what they’d like to change. Many people look towards the New Year as a time to make resolutions to end old bad habits and start new good ones. Why not do your body and mind a favor by making a New Year’s Resolution to start taking Yoga classes this year. Yoga is more popular than ever, and chances are you can easily find a yoga studio near you. 
The benefits of yoga are a calmer mind and healthier body. The numerous health benefits of yoga are almost to many to mention, but they include:

  • lower resting heart rate
  • lower breathing rate
  • improved strength and flexibility
  • lowered blood pressure
  • improved posture
  • improved immune system
  • increased energy and endurance

Don’t be afraid that yoga will be too difficult for you. Nobody is expecting you to master every pose from you first lesson. Just do you best! If you give it a little effort, you’ll see that over time you improve little by little, week by week. 
Here are some tips to get started with yoga:
Take a class—When you sign up to a take yoga lessons you’ve made a commitment to attend, so it’s harder to be lazy.
Go with a friend—Signing up to start yoga classes with a friend or your partner is a great way to share an activity and give encouragement to each other.
Choose a good time—Pick a yoga class that fits well into your schedule so you’ll have plenty of time to get there and won’t skip any lessons.
Wait for your meal—It’s OK to have a light snack an hour before yoga so you aren’t hungry, but don’t eat a large meal beforehand that will make you feel heavy and hamper movement.
Bring water—Yoga is a real workout. You’re going to get sweaty and feel thirsty. It’s nice to have a bottle of water on hand to quench your thirst after your yoga class is finished.
Buy a new outfit—When you buy a new outfit to wear especially for yoga class, it’s another way to make a commitment to yourself to keep up the practice. Eco-friendly organic bamboo yoga clothing is a great choice because it naturally wicks away moisture from your skin, keeping you feeling fresher.
Take it easy—That doesn’t mean be lazy, but don’t push your body too forcefully at first. Know your body’s limits, and those limits will expand over time.

 

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