There are many ways to learn yoga; classes, video, and even through fitness programs on TV. There are now many resources on the Internet as well as local stores, where you can pick up information and instructional material on many websites.
Here are a few of the most popular methods:
Classes: You can find classes by browsing online, checking with your local public schools or colleges or in your local yellow pages. Taking a class is usually the best way to begin. You can learn the basics from a professional instructor and then continue on at home at your own pace. A formal yoga class will usually be in a group setting. There are advantages and disadvantages in a group setting. One advantage is the sense of comradeship that you will enjoy, doing the exercises together. Another advantage is being able to personally get help on a one-on –one basis from the instructor. The disadvantage might be that when you first begin, you may have difficulty in keeping up with the group activities.
Video: Once you have learned the basics, videos are a good way to go. You have the advantage of verbal and visual instruction. You can move at your own pace, schedule your exercise at your convenience and it can be a relaxing way to perfect your yoga practice.
TV: This will work like a video except these lessons are usually free. You can usually find a yoga program on specialty ethnic channels, cable and public TV. Check your local listings for times and program.
Books: It is always advisable to get a few good books about anything you are involved with. The more knowledge you have about a subject, the better you can understand your yoga practice and why doing things a certain way is important. With a discipline like Yoga it is good to know as much as you can to understand the purpose of the exercises that you are doing.
There are a number of ways that you can learn more about yoga and be able to better practice the positions. The practice of yoga will affect you not just mentally but physically as well. When you learn and understand yoga you will get far more benefits from it and really improve your health.
Deborah Carraro is an avid nutrition, health & fitness enthusiast with a passion for sharing knowledge and experiences. As VP Operations for a successful online Natural Health business she has worked with the best nutritionists, fitness professionals and health experts.
You can find her online at http://www.YogaForOptimalHealth.com