Simple and important health tips for Yoga
“Yoga’s primary goal is peace of mind – a fit body, increased flexibility, and improved health are just fortunate side effects”
Approach yoga: with a sense of joy and fun. Smile at your teacher and fellow students; they could probably use a boost of good energy
Learning: anything new takes time. Can you imagine trying to learn to play the violin in just a few lessons? The same applies to yoga.
Pay attention as you inhale and exhale: Being aware of the breath is a very helpful and an essential part of yoga practice; it is referred to as pranayama. However tempting may be the idea of sleeping in, try not to avoid your daily yoga time. It will help you keep warm and also prevent those regular aches and stiffness in joints. Start your day with some warm-up exercises. When you practice yoga at home; it is your job to make sure that you don’t injury yourself. Keep your space clear of obstacles like furniture and children’s toys, and if possible, do your yoga in a room with hardwood floors. Soft surfaces can injury joints and thick carpet makes balancing difficult for many, good music during yoga is one of the best parts of the practice.
Consider keeping ipod speakers and your ipod in your yoga space. Begin collecting music conducive to a beautiful yoga experience or make a playlist just for your practice. The purpose of yoga was to support meditation. In your home yoga practice, do not forget to take the time after your workout to meditate and relax the mind while you are relaxing your body. Ujjai breaths or long deep breaths help you relax and maintain the posture. You can even use the breath to stretch further. Rest in the asana and feel the stretch. While doing yoga asanas, using specific rhythms of the breath links the breath and the body. Keeping the attention on where the stretch is happening; this links the body and mind. The body, breath, and mind come together in harmony during yoga asana. This yogic attitude helps deepen your yoga practice.
The time most suitable for Yoga is in the morning before breakfast when the mind is calm and fresh and the movements can be done with ease and vitality.
In the beginning, all movements should be practiced lightly and you must cease to go further if fatigue shows. Yoga trainers recommend a balanced diet (sattwik). There should be an interval of 4 hours between meals.
One should avoid overeating, fasting or eating once a day. Stale or non-nutritious food, you know, is harmful. The breathing should be long and deep. The mouth should be closed and inhale and exhale only through the nose. Practicing the same poses every day repeatedly is a powerful way to keep consistent with your practice. This repetition offers you a clear vantage point from which to watch yourself grow and change.
Even if it’s just 15 minutes, make yourself a promise that you will do your 15 minutes.