Not talking about the crazy advanced poses where by some stroke of luck- the teacher drifts on one limb while the rest of her body curves easily into some seemingly impossible shape. No, the yoga I'm advocating is the kind practically anyone can do, provided they know a few basics.
Basics that needs to be understood by the beginners:
As a beginner, often we link yoga with some tough, limb-twisting poses. And aren't you sometimes concerned that: "I can't even touch my toe, how will I perform yoga like a pro?" Yoga is not about taking a full spin, or stretching 98 degrees. It’s a simple process which helps you connect with yourself - using your breath, body and mind.
It is best to start learning yoga under the guidance of a qualified yoga teacher who can take you through the correct way of every asana. This would help you learn yoga asanas (postures) properly and avoid possible injuries. If you have a medical condition, inform your Yog Guru prior to the start of your yoga trainings. Wear comfortable clothes while practicing yoga at class/home. Also, avoid any kind of accessory as it could get in the way of your yoga practice.
Practice yoga until you start believing that you are a Yogi:
Although it’s best to practice yoga asanas early in the morning, any time of the day is fine till you are regular with your practice.
- Don’t let any excuse to give up practicing yoga completely!
- It is advised to practice on an empty stomach or at least 2-3 hours after your last meal.
- Water will help you to flush the toxins that are released out of the body, during your yoga practice ,so drink atleast 3-4 liters of water.
- Gentle warm-up exercises help loosen up the body and prepare it for the yoga asanas coming ahead.
Here are a few warm up exercises:
- Massaging the face.
- Whenever we make a mistake, we instinctively place a hand on the head. This is a sign that blood circulation in the brain is less and a massage is needed!
- Rotate your neck, both clockwise and anticlockwise to relieve any stiffness.
- Pump your shoulders and shake those hands to shrug off the lethargy. And then:
“Relax to recharge”
Smile and challenge your limits:
Smile relaxes the body and mind and helps you enjoy the yoga asanas much more. With a calm and composed mind, you can push your limits further and stretch more than usual. Do only as much as you comfortably can and then just stretch a bit more. Remember your breath is your only focal point - when it is light and long, then the muscles begins to relax; but when the breath is jammed or uneven, it means you have over-exerted.
“Comfort zone – the only zone which ruins it all.” so a little out of comfort zoned asana will keep the yoga practice interesting and will add a spark of challenge as you progress and adopt new yoga asanas.
Every “yoga asana’ is as unique as ‘you"