Sometimes you just can’t escape the voice of your mother. Regardless of what you do in your life, she’s right there with some “helpful” advice:
“Don’t swim until after a half hour after eating.”
“Never go to bed angry.”
“Be nice to your sister.”
Yoga, for better or worse, is similar. There are some common sense ideas that you should adhere to, as well as some good advice worth following. To get the most out of your yoga practice, you might consider implementing some items from the list below:
• Get a thorough medical check-up before starting a practice.
• Learn yoga only from a qualified teacher.
• The best time to do yoga is in the early morning. If morning hours aren’t convenient, you can do it in the evening before dinner.
• Practice on a rug, mat, or blanket.
• Wear loose, minimum clothes.
• Don’t wear eyeglasses or loose ornaments when you do yoga. They may get damaged or cause injury.
• Do yoga in a quiet, well-ventilated room that’s free of dust, insects, and moisture.
• Start your practice with an empty stomach.
• Wait at least half an hour after you’ve had coffee or tea.
• Wait four hours after a heavy meal before doing your practice.
• Don’t do yoga when you are ill.
• Keep your mouth closed during the exercise. Exhale and inhale only through your nose.
• Close your eyes while doing the poses.
• Keep your mind calm and undisturbed.
• Avoid strain. In the early stages, practice lightly, always stopping short of actual fatigue.
• Use a yoga prop if you need help getting into a pose or to help with your posture.
• To get the best results, do your practice a minimum of 20 minutes a day.
• Establishing a regular pattern for your practice is the most important factor to get the full benefits of yoga.
• After yoga, it’s a good practice to sit in a comfortable posture and meditate for ten minutes.
• If you have to temporarily discontinue your practice due to unavoidable circumstances, you should have no fear of adverse reaction. Start again whenever you can.
• Avoid yoga for six months after any type of surgery.
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