General instructions for Yoga Practice


Yoga is sacred. Before you bring the practice of yoga in your life; you must aware yourself about a few aspects associated with yoga and its practice. It’s your curiosity towards those aspects that have brought you here. A yoga enthusiast knows that yoga is beyond what it looks and feels. The practice of yoga gives a man the potential to access such consciousness which is unknown. However, there is no measure as to what it takes to acquire such a state of consciousness. Possibly no one has ever been able to go that far. Even if someone has, there is no evidence to prove it. But still, the true faith of a yoga devotee knows deep down that it is possible.

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The way you practice yoga and under whose guidance contribute a lot to what experience you get out of it. Yoga is for everyone but not everyone is for yoga. Some believe that it adds more meaning to their life while a few never seem to relate to it. It is completely natural to feel so. Without faith, one may never get something that in actual is achievable. The only obstacle between a person and his achievements, most of the times is just a tiny wall of distrust. The man itself confines him within the limitation and boundaries unconsciously drawn by disbelief and doubts. The only solution to such barriers is self-surrender without any cynicism pulling you back from the corners of your mind.

To make your practice as fruitful as it possibly can. There are a few general rules that you must abide, which forms the foundation for a successful and effective practice. Qualities such as faith, discipline, determination, patience, persistence, and optimism are the first step towards a bright beginning for not only yoga but anything else in our life. The other aspects are:

Clean body and mind

Yoga practitioners are ought to practice yoga on empty stomach. The bowels must be empty too because several poses create bowel movements. Plus it could be harmful to practice advanced yoga poses without the bowels being completely emptied. During the practice, a person must be completely free from any kind of thought unless instructed otherwise. It is all about feeling the movements and breaths during the practice. 

Bath; Before or after

Most people prefer to take a bath after the yoga practice. But taking a bath before makes the movements more easy as the bathing warms up the body and activates the brain. The sweat during the practice makes the body sticky, so one may take the bath after the practice as well.

Food Consumption

There must be a gap of at least half an hour to consume food after the practice. A light vegetarian diet is recommended for yoga practitioners. If you prefer to practice in the evening, it is necessary to wait for 4-5 hours after taking a heavy meal. Avoid taking anything between the meals. 

Practice Time

As we all know the best time to practice yoga is early in the morning. If that’s not possible, the next best time is after sunset. There is both advantage and disadvantage to these two timings. The body is stiff in the morning due to which you may find it a bit hard to practice poses. Regular practice eliminates the general morning stiffness of the body. On the other hand, in the evening the body is free from stiffness and moves easier than the morning. But! you need to make sure that you have your afternoon meal 4-5 hours before the practice. If you feel too tired by the evening, you must manage to practice only in the morning.

Place of practice

To concentrate well, it is important to practice yoga in open, clean, airy (or well ventilated) and noise-free place. There must be no interruptions and no disturbance. Practicing on grass may not be safe as most often the land is uneven. It is better to practice on the floor with a yoga matt or similar kind of sheet. In some poses, a folded blanket is also recommended under some specific area of the body. 

Closed or open eyes

Keep the eyes open till you master the pose. Keeping the eyes closed is not recommended until you become perfect in a pose. In balancing yoga poses, a fixed gaze is highly beneficial to balance the body. In breathing practices, it is important to keep the eyes closed to be aware of breaths completely. Relaxation poses also requires you to keep the eyes closed. 

Breath Synchronization

To breath, as instructed improves the efficiency of the practice. Right breathing supplies proper oxygen to the body. If you are a beginner it may seem hard to synchronize breath with the movements but it is important. Later you may get habitual to breathe normally and then it will be even harder to follow breathing instructions. It will make the practice less efficient.

Keeping all these things in mind you are now ready to start your yoga journey. 

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