HEALTHY YOU Q's: Yoga 101
I want to start doing yoga. Should I go to a class first or can I start with a DVD? Do you recommend any books?
We talked to Jill Miller, yoga teacher and star of the Yoga Link DVDs. Here’s what she had to say:
“It is perfectly ok to start on your own. My first introduction to yoga at age 11 was through the Raquel Welch yoga video that my mom brought home. I became enthralled and never quit practicing. Classes are probably the best place to really learn proper form, so you'll want to drop in on classes from time to time. Or take an introductory course to make sure that you are doing the poses correctly. It's also really important to find a teacher that you like and can trust. That classroom can become a sacred space where you experience breakthroughs rather quickly.
It is harder to begin practicing by reading a book, as yoga is such a 3 dimensional art, and needs to be seen in that context. Books are a great supplement to practicing with DVD's or with a classroom teacher. I personally like the ultra-basic book Yoga for Dummies, it is very thorough and easy to read! A classic manual of stunning poses is Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar.”
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