October 23, 2006

Preparation for yoga

Time: Select a period of the day which suits you the best; it should be preferably in the early hours of the morning or evening when the stomach is empty and there is no distraction. Generally 5.00 a.m to 8.00 a.m. is the best time for yoga practice. The duration may be fixed according to your capacity; normally it could be about 45 minutes.
Place: Select a quiet secluded place, where fresh air is easily available like a verandah, terrace, garden etc. It should be free from moisture, dust, insects, bad odor and cold or hot wind.
Seat: Since your face and body will have to be stretched in various postures, yogic practice must be done on a clean mat, rug, carpet or blanket covered with cotton cloth. The seat should be firm and of full size to give you comfort while practicing asanas (Yogic postures). Do not practice on a sofa or a soft bed.
Dress: Dress should be clean, light and loose fitting to allow free movement of limbs, abdomen, waist, and neck in any direction. Light cotton garments should be preferred.
Preparation of mind: Always begin Yoga practice in meditative posture. Try to keep the mind always from all disturbances and tensions. Be calm and concentrate on mental peace and pose. Silence must be observed during Yoga practice.
Regularity and Patience: Speedy or miraculous results should not be expected soon after starting yoga practice. Regular and patient practice for about 6 months will show perceptible benefits. The time duration may be less in the beginning, but can be increased gradually.
Guidance: Yoga practice should be learnt under the guidance of a competent teacher. Ensure not to learn wrong techniques. For persons with history of serious illness a medical checkup and guidance of a qualified doctor is advisable. Persons suffering form heart trouble, high or low blood pressure and any serious organic diseases should avoid such postures which may create trouble. Women should avoid yogasanas during menstruation and pregnancy.
Category: Exercises, Yoga, Pranayam
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  1. Anonymous1:41 PM

    Yoga to me is physical meditation. The breath, the pose and the mind all working together breaking past bounds and limitations.

    It helps me focus and center emotions and thoughts so well. Truly addictive.

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  4. Anonymous3:48 PM

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  5. Devdatta10:13 AM

    For your comfort during yoga exercise, wear clothing that is loose fitting. Practice barefoot. A yoga mat is recommended to keep you grounded and help with your footing. Set aside a bit of space where you can practice regularly

  6. Mayavati2:49 PM

    Yoga is a complete activity: four soul & physical. Do it and you will find peace & relieve.


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