Don’t expect instant results.
While you will probably feel very relaxed and peaceful after your first yoga session, it can take many weeks of daily yoga practice before you begin to reap any significant health benefits. Patience is a key you must use for the real benefits of yoga to take place
Take total responsibility
Your health is your responsibility no one else’s. If you let someone else take care of it for you, you are benefiting them more than yourself. Learn that prevention is your greatest medicine. The practice of yoga is no quick fix however, it requires regular practice to reap the benefits and results.
Enjoy your practice
People who enjoy their practice get the best gains. The emotion of enjoyment puts the mind and body into a positive state. If you dread and struggle doing your exercise you might as well not bother as this is negative and the chances of keeping it up and getting gains are very low.
Avoid competition with others.
Some people in your class will be more flexible than you are or they may able to hold their postures longer. Don’t try to outdo anyone. Look to improve on your own level, as long as you are in a state of improvement you will get better. Compete with yourself on a sensible basis.
Practice what you learn.
Practice at least 15 to 20 minutes of yoga on a daily basis to stay improving and increase your level of understandings. Not just the understanding of the poses but greater understanding of yourself.
Find the time.
Some people will say that they never have the time. There is 168 hours in your given week and 4 – 5hr’s of yoga in that week is nothing, that’s 3 yoga routines a week. It is the best investment that you could ever do
Find a yoga class close to your home or work.
Many yoga students take two or three classes a week, so it helps to find a class that is conveniently located. If however you are geography challenged, get a couple of yoga videos and practice them on a regular basis.
Instructions before you practice yoga
Yoga should be done on empty stomach. Therefore eat
at least 2-3 hrs before your practice
Healthy males or females can perform asanas.
Children under the age of 12 years should be
guided by an Instructor
Yoga poses that are inverted (example: headstands)
should not be done during MS (Menstruation)
Normal breathing should be maintained while
performing yoga postures.
Do not force your body to do any poses (asanas). Be patient and move into your poses with care and precision. There’s a
difference between training smart and training stupid!
Look to increase the duration of your poses as you get better.
This is the only way to keep improving. A comfort zone
is a nice place to get to but don’t stay long.
Consult your doctor prior to performing yoga if you have any existing health challenges such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Some of the advanced yoga postures, such as headstands
can be dangerous for individuals with high blood pressure
or eye problems.
Pregnant women should avoid postures that compress
or strain the abdomen or back.