There are numerous reasons to begin practicing yoga as part of your overall health and wellness plan. Yoga improves cardiovascular health, increases your energy level throughout the day, improves joint health and helps to add or retain muscle mass.
Not only that, but regular practitioners of Yoga swear by the art’s profound ability to eliminate minor aches and ailments; improve posture and help achieve an overall balance between mind body and spirit. Yoga is non-competitive and anyone can achieve immense benefit by practicing within their own limitations and advancing at their own pace. Follow these simple tips to get your practice off to a great start.
- Never force your body beyond its current ability.
- Focus on form and breathing. As you progress, you will be able to move deeper into each posture.
- Always practice on an empty stomach. You should never eat less than 2 or 3 hours prior to yoga practice.
- Drink plenty of water prior to class. You are going to sweat so you want to be properly hydrated before class begins.
- While we’re on the subject. Bring a towel to class and a bottle of water. Sip small amounts of water as needed.
- Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable clothing that won’t restrict your ability to move.
- Purchase a mat. They are inexpensive, last a long time, and are required at most studios for good reason.
- Yoga is always practiced in your bare feet. Your toes and feet need to grip the mat.
- When starting out, let your instructor know about any medical conditions, physical restrictions or injuries.
- Arrive at the studio 10 or 15 minutes before the class starts, sign in and find a space for your mat.
- Cell phones off! The studio is your sanctuary and your practice should be a sacred time for you to focus in the moment.
- Do not wear fragrance to class. Be considerate of your fellow students who may be allergic.
I promise, if you adopt the necessary discipline, remain patient and practice regularly, the results can be truly life changing. Good luck and we hope to see you here at Hot Salutations for an upcoming class.