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Dos And Donts While Practicing Yoga

Aug 17, 2007
Ask ten different people to define their personal fitness and health goals and you will certainly get ten different replies. For some, fitness would mean being able to walk to the car without passing out. Health would probably mean not catching a cold from a sneezing co-worker. Others might consider themselves weak and spiritually unhealthy if they cant bench press 400 pounds and maintain a yogasana for long. The point is, whether you consider fitness and health four-letter words or primary life goals, there is a Yoga class out there thats right for you.

Yoga as a form of physical fitness is still underrated. The greatest misconception is that Yoga isnt really exercise. That along with sore muscles that you didnt expect to be sore, youll have a clearer head and will sleep better from just that one class. Contrary to all that you will probably discover that your ability to concentrate improves. There are many options for participating in Yoga classes and most of the bigger membership health clubs offer yoga on a regular basis.

Instead of benefiting, faulty practice is more likely to invite trouble. Bad temper, agitation and heaviness indicate incorrect Yoga practice. If these happen, you should stop and seek the guidance of an experienced teacher.

However here are some dos and donts for your benefit:

Dont do asanas with cold muscles. Warm up for 5 to 10 minutes with gentle movements such as easy walking or swinging your arms in a circle.
Start each asana slowly, exhaling as you gently stretch muscles.
Hold each asana for at least 15 to 30 seconds.
Dont bounce; rather ease into asanas and hold them for a while.
Dont strain or push asanas till they hurt. When pain starts, we suggest you ease up.
Dont hold your breath for longer than is comfortable.
Children who are below the age of 16 should not be taught pranayama.
Dont practice asanas soon after pranayama. But pranayama can be practiced after asanas.
Dont practice pranayama in a hurry or when your chest is congested.
Allow at least 2 hours after your meals before practicing.
Best have some water before and after class as it helps cool the body down.
Always keep your teacher informed of your physical condition before class so that you may be advised of relevant instructions.
Dont hold or strain your breath in an asana nor sacrifice a soft, long, deep breath for an advanced asana.

Have fun and all the best.
About the Author
Kevin Pederson writes content for Yoga Wiz a website which offers online training courses that allows users to learn new techniques and practice yoga from the comfort of their home at their own convenience.
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