Advice for beginners

Initially, practice as many asanas of the sequence as you feel comfortable with. Do not exhaust your strength or stamina. Begin with small expectations. Restructuring muscles, bones, tissues, posture, and internal organs takes time. In yoga, basic movements, such as turning out the right foot or interlocking the fingers, are called "motions." More subtle movements as, for example, lifting the kneecap, tightening the groin, and drawing in the kidneys, are regarded as "actions." Motions get you into a pose, actions refine it. Understand the motions first. Learn how to observe, rather than what you must observe.

Grasping the essence of the asana is more important than getting the movements right. Some instructions may seem absurd—even impossible— to beginners. Gradually, however, you will become aware of the complexity and subtlety of the body's movements in each increasingly simple maneuver, not as an abstraction, but as a necessity. Eventually, understanding the actions of an asana will establish the rhythm and pace of your practice.

The yoga course begins with simple asanas, which prepare the body to perform the more complicated asanas with ease. You will learn to access levels of yourself that you were unaware existed. The asana connects you to the inner world within you.

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