Instructions before you practice yoga

  • Consult your doctor before you begin yoga, if you suffer from a medical condition or have any existing health challenges such as diabetes or high blood pressure.  
  • Practice on a mat or “other non-slip surface” and make sure you have enough space around yourself to extend. 
  • Wear comfortable and loose clothes that do not restrict your movement or breathing. Cotton fabric allows the body to breath better than synthetic materials. 
  • Remove jewelry, watch, glasses and contact lenses, if practical, before starting a yoga session. 
  • Take a warm shower before practicing yoga. This can helps you to warm and loose cold, tight muscles, stretch deeper and reducing the chance of an injury. It stimulates and invigorates your glands and prepares your body and mind for yoga. 
  • Avoid taking shower at least 1 hour after yoga practice; a showering immediately drains away essential energy. This energy that you’ve built up through practice cannot be replenished. 
  • Exercising on a full stomach is not advisable. Always practice on an empty stomach and avoid eating for at least 2-3 hours beforehand. Do not drink during your practice if possible. 
  • Choose a peaceful and open space, clear of furniture. The room should be comfortably heated and free from disturbances, dust and smoke. 
  • Try to practice yoga everyday at the same time and same place, if practical. A few minutes every day is better than a whole hour once or twice a week. 
  • Never force your body into a posture or try to go beyond your limit and ease yourself gently into each position. To begin with, you may feel some stiffness for a day or two, but this will soon pass. Do not force your body to do any poses (asanas). Be patient and move into your poses with care and precision. 
  • Inverted Yoga poses should not be done during Menstruation. 
  • Normal breathing should be maintained while performing yoga postures. 
  • Do some warm-up exercises before yoga like simple stretches so you will be physically prepared for the Yoga Poses. 
  • It is always important to take savasana (final resting pose) at the end of practice. Savasana helps all the benefits of the yoga move deeper. Rest in savasana for at least five minutes.

 

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