Perfect yoga tips

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Perfect yoga tips

Perfect yoga tips

The tips, gear and moves you need to master your practice.

Perfect yoga tips |The secret to sculpting a firm, toned and strong body is constantly varying your workouts so your muscles and mind won’t get bored. And now is the ideal time to refresh a tired fitness routine, kick-start a new training program and explore new workouts classes. To help you ease into your new fitness groove, we’ve rounded up everything you need so you don’t feel like the only new kid in class.

Your Fit Kit: Yoga

The Inspiration: 

Yoga instructor Caley Alyssa Yavorsky (see her yoga practice here) was featured in our October 2014 issue as one of the best bodies in the world. Need we say more?

The Tips:

1. The best spot for newbies is toward the back. Most instructors walk around during class, adjusting form which means they aren’t demonstrating every move. By setting up toward the back of the room, you can keep your eyes on more experienced classmates. But don’t mimic their every move especially if they start to add on more advanced variations of a pose — your first few classes are not the time to attempt those crazy inversions that look incredible on Instagram.

2. Set aside your own time to rest. While classes are designed to move from one flow to another, you’re encouraged to take a break at any point (even if it’s not an “official” recovery period) by coming into child’s pose.

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3. Choose your own adventure. There are as many different styles and formats of yoga as there are personalities, and before you settle into a regular routine, test out a few different classes to find the right match for you. Vinyasa (also commonly referred to as “power yoga” classes) is the fluid, dynamic style that combines a series of postures with breathwork. Bikram is a specific sequences of poses performed in a heated room, Jivamukti is more of a meditative-based practice that includes lots of chanting, Iyengar stresses alignment (you can spend a whole class on just a few poses) and uses various props and Hatha is a more gentle, classical practice. And for the adventurous, there’sacroyoga that include working with partners and aerial yoga which uses suspended hammocks.

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