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Yoga FAQs (cont.)

I have never tried yoga before but want to do it now. Where should I start?

You can start yoga with any of the eight principles. Whatever suits your temperament and whatever instructor you have, begin from that aspect. Most popular forms of yoga start with low physical impact postures (asanas). If the asanas are practiced regularly, the body and the mind will become flexible. With patience and discipline, one will find new energy flowing through the body's systems. Some systems of yoga such as Kundalini yoga start with meditation while others such as Kriya yoga start with breathing techniques.

How often and for how long should I do the asanas?

In the beginning, try to do it three times a week, each session lasting for about 45 minutes. After some practice, increase it to five times a week, for an hour each time.

Can I do the asanas by myself with the help of a yoga book?

Yes, but this is not recommended. Although the DVDs and book illustrations on yoga seem pretty obvious, it is strongly recommended to learn the asanas under the guidance of a teacher. The postures may cause serious damage to the body if performed incorrectly. One must be aware of one's body's signals in attempting the posture. If the posture is difficult, it should not be forced.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2016
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