Three Ways to Learn Yoga Online
If you want to learn yoga online, it’s best to go into it with a little bit of instruction first. There are several sites out there that mislabel poses or that have difficult to follow instructions. Follow these tips to successfully learn yoga online.
Get a Cyber Instructor
One of the best ways to learn anything is to have your own personal teacher. This can best be accomplished by having a personal yoga session. Since most of us cannot afford a private instructor, consider this a viable substitute. With advances in cyber interaction, websites are beginning online classes where you can do a video Skype, watching your instructor and other experienced yogis as they complete their poses. The biggest advantage is that your instructor can watch you too, giving you pointers on how to adjust your breathing or position within the pose. This is the best option for learning yoga online.
This option for learning yoga with the Internet provides less flexibility. You will have to follow according to the teacher’s schedule and will need to be available throughout the duration of the course.
This is the next best thing to being enrolled in an online course. And, you don’t have to be ready at the arranged time, but you can simply do yoga whenever you feel like it. With videos, it’s best to follow a class with one instructor only: early on in your practice having one example to follow is better than following a video with several different participants. Listen to the words of the instructor and closely pay attention to his/her body alignment. Also, be sure that you have set yourself up for success. Set your computer or laptop in a calm space without a lot of distraction. If you are practicing from home, be sure that your mat is set up so that you can obtain your body’s full range of motion.
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This option for learning yoga online is perhaps the most difficult: it requires a bit more studying of each individual move. However there are benefits to this close analysis. After reading about how to complete a pose several times, you may have a better chance of completing it properly.
The biggest downfall of learning yoga online will always remain the same: you can’t reap the benefits of being physically adjusted within the pose. An instructor can’t bend your hips to align better, or press on your back and tell you to resist. But, for those of you who don’t have this option, you can learn yoga online successfully using the above suggestions.