How and Where To Begin a Yoga Practice

Where do I start? What do I need to know to begin a yoga practice? One day at a time is where you start so not to set yourself up for failure. Start simple and small so a positive tone for each day is encouraged and then re-enforced. Find a reputable yoga teacher that specializes in breast cancer recovery or we recommend our Gentle Restorative Yoga DVD.

Now let’s begin:

Set a specific time each day (preferably mornings) Begin with consistency.
Brush and floss your teeth, empty your bladder, and begin on an empty stomach
Find a quiet and well ventilated space. This space will become your sacred space for healing
Dress comfortably; no belts and tight jeans
Play music that is soothing or maintain silence
Adjust the lighting to be soft or enjoy the natural sunlight
Create a room decor as uplifting as possible
If possible have a mat, blocks and other props for support
Start small, maybe 5 minutes at first and then gradually add onto your time

The benefits of relaxing the body while giving time for the mind to consciously rest often induce deep relaxation. The deeper the tensions of mind and body the greater overall detrimental effect on the mind and body. Yoga props will assist in allowing for this relaxation to occur.

Good thoughts produce good reactions and negative thoughts drain the energy right out due to the excess tension. Be open to experience yoga and the positive flow of life energy that comes through the practice.

By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500
Founder: Breast Cancer Yoga

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