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How to Get the Absolute Most From Your Yoga Practice

By Genevieve Cunningham

Yoga can be an intense and fruitful practice. Though once an almost exclusively eastern practice, it's since made its way into mainstream western society. In fact, in today's world it's seen as a great option for getting fit and bringing other health benefits into your life. And while some people truly take advantage of all that yoga can bring, many aren't getting all of the benefits that this ancient practice has to offer. If you're interested in trying yoga and getting the absolute most from your practice, take a look at these tips. 

Accept Your Body As It Is

One of our biggest problems when it comes to any kind of exercise is that we can't accept our body in its current state. We're working to change it, it's true, but we have to start where we are. In yoga, this might mean embracing modifications. It might mean that you need frequent breaks. It might mean that you don't quite look like the teacher. And all of that is perfectly OK. Accept where you are so that you can make progress and move toward the body of your dreams.

Study Off the Mat

Yoga is more than exercise. It's a discipline, a lifestyle. Those who study yoga both on the mat and off are going to get the most benefit. This might include reading books about yoga. It might mean incorporating breathing exercises or meditation into your daily life. Even if you don't want to be a hardcore yogi, you can really benefit from increasing your knowledge about yoga and mixing it into your life.

Be Patient

Yoga is not a practice to rush. The very essence of yoga is being still and making changes within yourself. If you try to rush the results, you'll only be disappointed. Changes take time. Be patient in every aspect of your practice. Be patient during class when it seems to be moving too slowly. Be patient as your body changes. Be patient as your mind tries to grasp new concepts. The more patience you practice, the better off you'll be in your quest for better health.

Yoga is a great practice to include in your regular life. It's a proven technique to improve both body and mind. But yoga is hard! Use these tips to ease into the practice and get the most benefit from yoga in your life.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Boynton Beach, Fla.

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