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Special Report – Yoga for Beginners

Listen up, yoga newbies! Believe it or not, you are at an advantage if you are a yoga beginner. Here's why...

A lot of our troubles could be solved by one simple practice: just be a beginner. That’s right, try and practice seeing your life with a  beginner’s mind — and take that with you to your first yoga class. You can’t fail! A lot of joy can also be found with the same practice.

Think about it: you start by seeing any activity with fresh eyes, as if you don’t know what to expect, as if you haven’t done it before.  living with a beginner’s mindset can sharpen your experiences of life, even daily, mundane occurrences, whether that’s eating breakfast or the commute to work.

In the case of yoga, entering a studio for the first time with an open mind, ready to learn and accept what the teacher has to offer, means you are a receptive student, keen and willing, and with positive intentions. When you eventually get onto your mat,  appreciate every second of your time there as a gift; a temporary, fleeting and precious moment.

Not only will you be able to soak up the whole experience better, it will also mean less anxiety if you’re nervous about commencing a yoga practice or stepping into a studio.

Instead of worrying about what might happen, you can open yourself up to being curious about what will happen, let go of your preconceived ideas about the outcome and instead embrace not knowing, embrace being present and finding gratitude in the moment for what you’re doing.  Trust the process.

Your yoga instructor wants to help you — and they’re waiting to help you right now. You just need to say ‘yes’. Yoga has worked for millions of people around the world for thousands of years. It can work for you too.

Om Magazine

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