Its 21st June and Greetings to everyone on International Yoga Day! This is the 4th Yoga Day and this year’s theme is “Yoga for Peace”. The word yoga originates from Yuja, a Sanskrit word which means, “to join or to unite”, symbolising the union of body and consciousness. Yoga is practised in India since the Vedic period (ancient times). Yoga has been proven to relieve stress by using exercises that unify the mind, body, and spirit. If you are new to yoga, these seven Yoga tips will help you obtain the maximum benefit.
- Talk to your doctor and explain which yoga asanas (poses) you intend to practice. Your doctor may advise you to avoid certain yoga asanas if you have high blood pressure, glaucoma, a history of retinal detachment, or heart disease.
- Join a class and talk to the instructors and seek their recommendations before enrolling for any session. Don’t forget to share your medical history and your doctor’s recommendations with them. Try a few beginner classes before you attempt more vigerous classes. Don’t move ahead too quickly. Allow your body to adjust to your exercises.
- Make sure the instructor understands your level of experience and any limitations you may have. You shouldn’t hurt yourself by going too fast. Yoga is meant for relaxation.
- If you don’t want to visit an institute, you can always practice yoga at home. You can refer to books and CDs by famous yoga instructors.
- You can also opt for one-on-one sessions with an instructor. In this way, you can undergo a customised program designed as per your need.
- Find a yoga buddy. Its nice to practice with someone and it will help reduce injuries. Its also a great way to keep up your enthusiasm and interest.
- Eat lightly before practice. Wait at least two hours after meals before yoga class or practice. An empty stomach is best, but dont let yourself get too hungry to think. You won’t be able to focus on the poses or enjoy yourself during the relaxation or meditation exercises.
Hope these tips help you in practising yoga. So, what are you waiting for? just a grab a mat and a track-suit to get started.