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New to yoga? This article is a comprehensive guide that seeks to answer all of your questions about yoga, including everything that you need to know before doing your first beginner yoga workout. By the end of this article, you will learn about what yoga is, how to determine whether yoga is for you, what to wear, what equipment you need, how often to do it, and what style to choose for your first class.
We are happy to announce our new, 100% FREE, 30-Day Yoga Challenge! David Procyshyn, our founder, was first inspired by the 30-Day Challenge when he was in his 20's (he's 43 now) and, realizing how much it affected his yoga practice and his life, he was driven to design one for you!
Hatha yoga has become a popular form of exercise throughout many parts of the world. Its easy accessibility and focus on health and well being has allowed it to play an important role in counteracting the many negative effects of a rapidly changing world. This article will help you understand why this style of yoga has become a primary source of positive physical and mental health for so many by taking a brief journey into its origins, then looking at what hatha yoga is and how it can play an important role in your life.
1. Yoga Mats
There is no better gift for a yogi than a really good, high quality yoga mat. It’s like an avid cyclist getting their favorite bike or a runner their favorite shoes. The mat is where a yogi spends so much of their time, so like a bed, it needs to feel good, provide the support they need and serve its function well.
Your yoga mat is a key factor in the enjoyment of your yoga practice. How supportive, grippy, smelly and solid your mat is determines how happy you are when you practice, how easily you can move, how many props you need and how stable you feel in challenging poses.
I have spent many hours on countless mats experimenting. Every individual mat is different and if you take yoga and wellness seriously, you’ll want to buy yourself a mat that is catered to your needs.
Statistics show that Americans are working harder, for longer hours, and are more productive than ever. Yet, few are getting ahead and most are grateful if they can just make ends meet. As stress-related illnesses account for an increasing number of doctor visits, the call to slow down and unplug has gotten louder. But juggling the demands of worldly life can often end up at odds with being attentive to our individual needs. Sometimes, knowing where to best make the trade-off is all we can do.