So you want to learn some of the basic yoga techniques? Then you're undertaking a great tradition of self control and stress relief. Before you can truly get into yoga however you need to learn to breathe properly. Follow these instructions, and soon enough you'll be ready to tackle Yoga like a pro!

Sit comfortably. The correct way of doing Yoga is honestly a matter of opinion. There are many different ways to do it of course, but the most important thing is for you to be comfortable while you are practicing. That said, find a position that suits you and use it from now on!

If you want to raise yourself of f the ground, you could locate a yoga mat, or even a folded blanket.

Your head, neck, and spine should all be in decent alignment. Yoga should be as comfortable as possible, and it most certainly shouldn't hurt!

Become aware of your breath. Now is the time to concentrate on your breathing. For the most part we spend all day breathing without putting any kind of conscious thought into it. Now is the time to change all of that.

Forget the world around you! Concentrate only on what is happening in the present. Clearing your mind may be one of the most difficult things, but it needs to be done for a successful session.

Begin yoga breathing. As you breathe, inhale deeply, and then fill your lungs to capacity. Your chest will rise with each breath, and it is important for you to pause as you exhale. Count the seconds required for each full inhale and each exhale.

If you can, make sure that your inhale an exhale take the same amount of time. This is quite important, and if possible, try to spend five seconds on each.

Calm the mind. After you spend a few minutes breathing, your mind and body will begin to relax. You will feel calmer, and overall, you will feel better.

Add movement to yoga breathing. Simple movements added to yoga breathing can relax the body or warm it up for additional yoga postures. While seated, put your chin on your chest and slowly rotate your head from your right shoulder to your back, then to your left shoulder and finally to your chest again. After a minute or two, reverse direction.

The next thing you will need to do is add simple movement to your yoga breathing as this will both relax the body and get it warmed up for more yoga postures.

While you move your head, concentrate on your yoga breathing.

While you are seated, stretch your hands out from the sides of your body. While you inhale, raise your hands slowly overhead and allow your palms to touch. Exhale slowly and bring your hands down to the floor.

Keep on with that movement and make sure that your breathing matches the movement. Repeat it again and again for the desired number of repetitions.

Don't wait for Yoga class to practice your new Yoga techniques! These can be done anytime, anywhere!

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