What You Need For A Good Yoga Practice
Yoga practice poses (also called Asanas) are physical postures that exercise your entire body, stretch and tone the muscles and joints, the spine and entire skeletal system.
They have a beneficial effect not only on the body frame, but also on the internal organs, glands and nerves, keeping all systems healthy.
These exercises help in keeping your body fit, reducing stress, enhancing relaxation and revitalizing your body, mind and spirit.
Here are some guides before holding any yoga practice for your fitness and also some yoga principles you need to follow in order to do it right.
1. When To Practice
Put aside a specific time in your day to enjoy your Yoga practice. Dawn and dusk are considered the best times of the day to practice Yoga, as the rising and setting of the sun charge our body with special energy.
However, if these times are impossible for you, find another time of the day that works best for you and practice consistently.
Practice in the morning if you want to prepare your mind and body for the day, and charge your body with positive energy. Keep in mind that in the morning or in cold weather your muscles will be stiffer, so ease carefully into the postures at first.
Practice in the evening if you want to relax after a stressful day, unwind and center. In the evenings your body will be more flexible, so you'll be able to go deeper into postures.
2. Where To Practice
Find a place where you are least likely to be disturbed. It can be anywhere around your room, garden or beach - indoors or outdoors, wherever there is an even, flat surface.
If you're practicing yoga exercise indoors, always ensure that the room is well ventilated and with good temperature. Air conditioned rooms aren't really the best - once the environment is cold your body becomes stiff, and muscles begin to stretch slowly.
A clean surrounding and fresh air adds extra benefits to the breathing practice. Ensure that you have sufficient space that will let you move round, and stretch the legs and arms freely.
Turn your phone off and hang a note on your door to say that you are having time to yourself. This is YOUR time!
3. Eating and Drinking
Never practice directly after eating. Any Yoga practice should be done on empty stomach. Therefore allow at least 1 hour after a snack and 2 - 3 hours after a heavy meal before you begin your practice.
It is best to drink before or after your Yoga practice session, to avoid becoming dehydrated. Try to avoid drinking water during the practice, to avoid losing your concentration on Yoga postures and breathing.
However if you are practicing in the morning, have at least a glass of warm water before your practice, or a light snack (fruit or yogurt). When you finish your practice eat a proper breakfast.
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4. What to Wear
Wear comfortable, light, loose clothing, preferably made of natural fibers. Your clothes should not restrict your movements. Remove your jewelry, watch and spectacles if possible since you do not need them in this case.
Yoga is practiced with bare feet.
5. What You Need
Get a special Yoga mat for yourself. It provides padding as well as a non-slip surface to practice on, and makes your practice easier and safer. You can find one in any sports shop.
No one else should use your mat. This is not only for hygiene reasons, but also because you will eventually build up energy on your mat that will support you throughout the Yoga practice.
You can also get a cushion to make your meditation more comfortable and a blanket if you wish to cover yourself while relaxing in the Corpse Pose at the end of the session.
If you want, you can play relaxing, soothing music in the background - just make sure itʼs not too loud
6. How To Practice
❖ Perform all the postures slowly and with control. You are not in competition with anyone, not even yourself. You'll progress faster when you take things slowly.
❖ Concentrate on your breathing, feel the air slowly flowing through your body, relaxing and energizing it.
❖ Relax. Let go of any unnecessary tension, stress or negative thoughts.
❖ Start every session with the warm-up. It's essential to avoid injuries.
❖ Modify the postures for your body. Experiment and explore different positions and alignments to make the posture work for your body.
❖ Don't expect instant results. Yoga is a not a quick fix for your weight problems. Patience is a key to unlocking the long-term slimming benefits of Yoga.
❖ Have Fun! The best way to get results with your Yoga practice is to enjoy it. Feeling happy while practicing Yoga puts the mind and body into a positive state.
❖ Most Importantly, listen to and respect your body. Never force any movement. Let your body lead you, it is your greatest teacher!
The five principles of yoga
By following these simple and easy to do principles, you shall definitely better your physical and mental health and fitness and also enhance your connection with the spiritual aspects of life.
1. Proper exercise
Doing proper yoga practice primarily on the spine and central nervous system increases strength and flexibility.
The spine and the nervous system also gains circulation which is stimulated, bringing nutrients and oxygen to all the cells of the body.
For instance the Asanas posture exercise, increase motion in the joints and flexibility in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They massage infernal organs, boosting their function.
2. Proper breathing
Better breathing stimulates the energy reserves of the solar plexus, revitalizing body and mind, Regulating the breath helps to store prana, laying down reserves of strength and vitality, Deep, conscious breathing helps to conquer depression and stress, and controlling Prana - by controlling the breath - can relieve symptoms of illness in a similar way to acupuncture. The Yogic Path to Well-being
3. Proper relaxation
Deep relaxation works on three levels -physical, mental, and spiritual - and is the most natural way to re-energize body and mind.
Regular relaxation acts like a car's cooling system: keeping the engine from over-heating and ensuring the vehicle functions efficiently.
During the deep relaxation at the end of a yoga practice, the body uses only enough prana to maintain vital metabolic activities.The rest of the energy gained during practice is stored.
4. Proper diet
The yogic attitude to food is eat to live, not live to eat. Yoga's choose foods with a positive effect on body and mind, and least
negative effects on the environment and other creatures.
A lacto-vegetarian diet is recommended - grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables,nuts,seeds, and dairy products - including plenty of plants.
Fresh and unrefined foods are thought best, prepared simply, to preserve maximum nutrients.
5. Positive thinking and meditation
These are the yogic keys to peace of mind. Meditation techniques calm the mind and enhance focus.
Regular meditation promotes physical and spiritual,as well as mental, well-being, Before meditation, yoga practitioners clear the mind of negative thoughts and feelings, using concentration and positive-thinking exercises.