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October 24, 2012

My 99 days Yoga

Here is the easy way to learn yoga..
Their is no age limit for yoga,any one can do it under proper knowledge and guidance.Follow my post daily, gradually you will understand how simple is 'Yoga' with a distinguishable effect on your health.In this section each and every 'Asana' is introduced in a step by step procedure with images and benefits.
Yoga  is the  union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.What is commonly referred to as 'yoga' can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word 'ASANA', which refers to the practice of physical postures or pose.

Ancient Yogis had a belief that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he has to integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit. For these three to be integrated, emotion, action, and intelligence must be in balance. 
        The Yogis formulated a way to achieve and maintain this balance and it is done through Excercise, Breathing, and Meditation - the three main Yoga structures.

                  5 Tips to get started with Yoga

Are you a beginner to yoga, wondering how to get started with the practice? Here are a few quick tips to make your journey simple and enjoyable.
1.Find a suitable place to practice in your home. You will need a quiet, open space to spread your mat. The softer the surface, the more likely you are to injure your joints.

2. As yoga, should be practiced for body and mind harmony, one should perform it in “Bramhi Muhurtha” that is auspicious time around 4 to 6 AM morning is ideal time, however, time is varied depending up on lifestyle modification.
3.If there is any surgeries one should avoid doing yoga poses but can do 'Pranayama' and other breathing techniques which is a part of yoga.Specific contraindications for yoga is like pregnancy , post surgery, fractures, or any severe illnesses, during menstruation, yoga is not preferable.

4.Before undergoing yoga, one should get relieved from natural urges, and preferably in empty stomach.
5.Drink plenty of water to release toxins from body.It is not advisable to eat or drink right before a yoga practice (especially if you are practicing inversions). Eat 1-3 hours before and drink only small amounts of water before practice, and do not drink during your practice.

There are 2 ways to increase the intensity of your practice.

1. Hold postures for longer and longer periods of time.
2. Slowly build your practice up to more advanced and challenging postures

Your daily practice should be between 15 to 90 minutes long and done 3-6 times per week depending on your schedule, goals and ability.

Starting- Ending:
  • It is best to start your practice with a brief meditation. Come into easy pose close your eyes and breathe deeply. You can alternately practice a 'Pranayama' as you meditate.
  •  It is very important to end your practice with 'Savasana'. This allows the body to integrate all of the postures and to balance and absorb the prana / energy that has been created and released during your practice. this is also an important practice for stress reduction .
                                                            QUICK TIP

A proper yoga mat is the one essential you will need. Working on a towel, rug or gym cushion can lead to injury and frustration. Towels are slippery and offer no grip. Soft pilates or gymnastic cushions and rugs are usually too thick and can lead to chronic wrist pain. They are also difficult to balance on.

  •         Thin mats (0.12" – 0.2" thick) are excellent for those with a strong, flowing practice as they allow for better contact with the floor. 

  • Thick mats (0.25" – 0.3" thick) are excellent for more restorative or therapeutic practices. They provide cushion as well as grip. If your practice includes a lot of standing poses or positions that balance on hands or arms, thick mats that are soft can lead to chronic wrist pain. Thick mats that won't "give" are better, though more expensive, than their thinner counterparts.

 For active home practices, avoid using a mat directly on the rug. The soft surface can cause chronic wrist pain. Instead, invest in a piece of masonite 3/8" or 1/4" thick. Have it cut just slightly larger than your mat. This will simulate a hard floor.  

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