A Beginner's Guide to Yoga
To discover the combination of physical and mental exercises that for thousands of years have hooked yoga enthusiasts around the globe, read our Beginner's Guide to Yoga.
Beginner's Guide to Yoga
Your new plan: YOGA!
You’ve had everyone under the sun tell you that you should start practising yoga, because it’s ‘soooo good!’ You might think yoga’s only for flexible, spiritual, oat cappuccino loving vegans.
Well, you’re wrong!
Before it’s time to roll out your yoga mat, I would love to tell you a bit more about what yoga is and where it’s come from...
What does Yoga mean?
The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yup’, which means to merge, join or unite. Yoga is the art of knowing oneself, the functions of the body, the rhythm of the mind and the ability to look at all aspects of life evenly. In practice, yoga is an applied science of the mind and body that enables you to bring about a natural balance in which the state of health can manifest itself.
Where was Yoga created?
Yoga has been practised for over 5000 years, however, it was only around 2000 years ago that the great sage Patanjali began to systemise its practice and produce detailed records that others could follow. The manuals he wrote were called the Yoga Sutras. Panjali’s concept was dominant for some centuries and some yogis focussed exclusively on meditation and neglected their asanas. It was only later that the belief of the body as a temple was rekindled and attention to the importance of the asana was revived.
This is a big contrast to today, as now people usually start yoga for the physical benefits rather than the mental aspect. I’m guilty myself, as I started yoga because I felt that the physical aspect would aid my professional dance career. It was only later that I became intrigued with the mindful aspects of yoga. For me this was life changing.
Being prepared for practice…
Alright. Now that we’ve got a little more insight, let’s get going. If you are new to yoga, I would suggest:
- Create a calm space. Clean up any clutter and maybe light a candle to invite some Zen into your home-studio.
- Use a good mat; it will provide grip and avoid you getting bruised.
- Wear some comfortable, stretchy clothes that allow your body to move freely.
Can I do Yoga?
Whether you’re an Olympic athlete, train spotter, teenager or Grandad, yoga is for everyone. Wellness and fitness is something you should prioritise and, fortunately, you can practise yoga anywhere.
So, give it try!
Daphne Genee is a Third Eye Yoga ambassador from the Netherlands and started her yoga journey years ago alongside her professional dance training. Nowadays, Daphne teaches private and group classes in London where she’s based. Besides yoga and dance, Daphne is interested in psychology which she likes to incorporate in her yoga classes. May you wish to get in contact simply message her on instagram @yoga_with_daphne.