Can you do yoga on your own? How do i start?

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Are there any web sites? Ive subscribed to Yoga Journal, but i have trouble understanding what they are talking about. I need beginner help. I tried doing it myself for a while but i think im doing it wrong. The thing is, there are no yoga studios in my area. :/

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HH

http://yoga.about.com/od/yogaposes/a/beginnersposes.htm
I’m trying this out now lol. Hope it works for you =)

radamidov

what you really should do is buy a yoga video or dvd. they are the best…will show you exactly how to do it!!! they have a bunch for beginners. I would try Hatha or Ashtanga yoga. It’s something that take s a while so be patience. I couldnt touch my toes when I started and now I am doing amazing things

sarah92592

Most cable service will have yoga TV programs. Look it up on the net in your area. Thats what I did..That way you can see what they are doing and there is no guessing.
Enjoy!!

Frogme

Yeah I have had this problem. You can get videos to watch but it is never as good as a proper class. Unless someone comes along to straighten you up every now and then you do get bad habits.
I guess the best thing would be to do it in front of a mirror, take your time with each position and really focus on your form and position before you try and push.
Good luck!

oneillsurfer85

i have some special cable thing with a couple hundred channels and i record yoga shit with my DVR. then i can roll out a yoga mat in front of the TV, watching is so much easier than reading.

Gigi

yeah…i just started it a couple months ago, i record the yoga show that comes on fit tv (even if you can’t record it comes on like three times a day)…i love it, its a great way to start your day! the moves are challenging at first, but they do get easier and after awhile you won’t hardly look at the tv. but i’m certainly no yoga buff 🙂

David S

There are common themes for many of the schools within Hinduism that can be found in the Vedic scriptures, and such works as the Bhagavad Gita. Remember yoga originated out of Hinduism. Most people only know the physical forms of yoga, called hatha, but those techniques area actually preparatory techniques for the higher practices of the spiritual types of yoga such as jnana, karma, and bhakti. You can practice a form of hatha but it helps to be grounded and centered in some sense in the higher forms of yoga or all you are doing is stretching.
If you are interested in the yoga teachings of Lord Krishna, then one thing you may want to focus on to learn and practice in a more nonsectarian manner is the Uddhava Gita. The Uddhava Gita is a summation of the essence of the Bhagavad Gita (and the simplest and most direct practice of yoga), and so it is eminently suitable for nonsectarian, universal teaching which is the essence of Hinduism.
Here is a short summation of the Uddhava Gita which is found in the Srimad Bhagavatam (also known as Bhagavata Purana) 11.7:
EPILOGUE – LORD KRISHNA’S LAST SERMON
At the end of another long sermon comprising of more than one thousand verses, disciple Uddhava said: “O Lord Krishna, I think the pursuit of God as You narrated to Arjuna (in the Bhagavad Gita), and now to me, is very difficult indeed, for most people; because it entails control of unruly senses. Please tell me a short, simple, and easy way to God-realization.” Lord Krishna upon Uddhava’s request gave the essentials of Self-realization as follows:
· Do your duty, to the best of your ability, for Me without worrying about the outcome.
· Remember Me at all times. (Note that this is the point of chanting things like the mahamantra – Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Kare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare which is often chanted in kirtan or a variation of it. The whole point of kirtan and mantra is remembrance.)
· Perceive that God is within every living being. Mentally bow down to all beings and treat all beings equally.
· Perceive through the activities of mind, senses, breathing, and emotions that the power of God is within you at all times, and is constantly doing all the work using you as a mere instrument and a trustee.
I recommend the International Gita Society as they are nonsectarian, offer affordable translations of the Bhagavad Gita with commentary, and can help teach you the basics without having to spend a lot of money or submit to some guru you know nothing about:
http://www.gita-society.com/
http://www.gitainternational.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/international_gita_society
They also have an online Gita study and discussion forum:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gita-talk/
I hope these are helpful!

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