In This Chapter
Approaching yoga with a healthy attitude
Finding the right yoga style, class, and teacher for yourself
Preparing for a yoga session
Advice for those who want to practice alone
In yoga, what you do and how you do it are equally important, and both mind and body contribute to your actions. Yoga respects the fact that you’re a thinking, feeling body as well as a physical one. Full mental participation in even the simplest of physical exercise enables you to tap into your deeper potential as a human being.
This chapter is about cultivating the right attitude toward your yoga practice, which is the best preparation for success in yoga. Try to find your own pace without pushing yourself and risking injury, and leave your competitive spirit to other endeavors. Here, the emphasis is function over form; therefore, a modified version of the “ideal form” of a posture may be the right form for you. You can also find information on a few practical topics, like what to look for in a yoga instructor, whether to join a group or practice ...