09 Jan Yoga Asanas Do’s and Don’ts for Beginners
Yoga Asanas Dos and Donts for Beginners
An old friend asked me why yoga is difficult. Can I do yoga since my body is not that flexible? Can you suggest few simple tips and tricks to make yoga asanas easy?
Her idea of Yoga and Yoga asanas was that people twisting and spiralling their bodies like a jalebi, chanting mantras or just sitting like a statue for long hours, Is Yoga!
Well, I explained to my dear friend that Yoga is for everybody and Yoga beginners should be aware of certain myths and facts about Yoga before they start practising yoga asanas. For Yoga beginners, it is essential to know that YOGA is a holistic system- that takes care of the body, the mind and the spirit. Ultimately, peace and bliss can be achieved if the body is healthy. Yoga asanas help to strengthen all the body systems especially the endocrine system. The endocrine system is vital so that we can control our emotions better through advanced yoga techniques such as relaxation and concentration. Yoga helps us to achieve a relaxed, balanced state of mind which has an essential positive psychosomatic effect.
Yogis identified early that start through the physical asana training and gradually advance towards keeping a psychological equilibrium in every kind of environment or situation. Yoga is the ultimate path by which the highest objectives of life can be accomplished. Yoga is one of the gentle ways of developing not just on the physical level, but also psychologically. Yoga asana practice prepares an individual to improve daily activities, inculcate good food habits, thoughts and conduct. You can practice basic Yogendra Pranayamas with are essentially basic breathing exercises for a beginner in Yoga to achieve peace of mind. (Pranayama Yoga It is a process of controlling the breath that helps to calm the mind and senses. All movement should be smooth, rhythmic and non-jerky. This is a beneficial technique to overcome your emotions and calm your mind.)
Yoga Asanas– Yoga asanas are done to improve your physical fitness and to clean the internal organs of the body. Yoga asanas when done correctly gives you the strength and builds your immunity that helps to fight the diseases. To translate the great Yoga science and to harness the yoga benefits, it is essential to understand the basic Yoga Asanas do’s and don’ts. The guidelines given should not be neglected since they are helpful in preventing yoga-related injuries.
Yoga Asanas Dos’ for Beginners in Yoga
- A well-rested body responds to yoga better so ensure you get sound sleep the night before and start early in the morning. Get up early in the morning and then attend to your nature’s call, wash your teeth thoroughly, do tongue cleaning and take a bath and then start your yoga.
- To get the best out of your yoga asanas practice early in the morning, preferably after taking a bath and without taking any meals or eating anything. You can do yoga asana before bath also no hard and fast rule, but after your yoga asana practice, you have to wait for some time and then go in for your daily shower.
- Yoga asana practice should be done in a neat and clean room. If possible keep the windows open to let in fresh air and sunlight while carrying out yoga asanas.
- Ensure that before you start your yoga asana practice spread a yoga mat or blanket on a levelled flooring. It is helpful in to do your yoga asana practice in a fixed place, if possible where early morning tender sunrays fall.
- Yoga asanas are to be done calmly in an unhurried manner without exertions, stress or strains. All movements of the yoga asanas should be slow, rhythmic and non-jerky. Practice yoga asanas every day regularly and preferably at the same time.
- During the practice of Yoga asanas, the impurities and wastes accumulated within the internal organs of the body is generally directed towards the urinary bladder. So many people experience an urge to pass urine after doing Yoga. You should not hold the urine back forcefully for a very long period. Also, try not to repress sneezing, coughing etc. If you feel dehydrated or thirsty, you can sip can little water as well.
- During Yoga asanas practice if you experience sweats it is better if you let it dry automatically in the air. If you experience too much of sweating then gently wipe with a soft cloth.
- Try to include Sattvic foods and food items in your daily meals.
Yoga Asanas Don’ts for Beginners in Yoga
- Don’t do rigorous or strenuous exercises after performing your yoga asanas.
- Please refrain from your regular yoga asana practice especially during your menstrual cycle (PMS) and during pregnancy perform asanas only after consulting your physician and your experienced yoga teacher.
- Don’t have a heavy meal just before or while doing yoga asanas, wait for atleast 2 to 3 hours after eating heavy meals.
- When suffering from fever, weakness or illness or any surgery refrain from Yoga asana practice. Also don’t over-exert your body if you are suffering from fresh sprains, strains or fractures. Rest adequately and only after recovering fully and ensure to consult your physician before you resume your yoga practice.
- Don’t practice yoga in an unclean place and avoid smoky place and areas with uncouth smells.
- Kids below five years of age should not be taught or forced to practice yoga.
- Don’t consume alcohol or use drugs when doing yoga.
Yoga is a holistic way of healthy living that provides health, longevity, vigour, awareness and alertness to the body, mind and spirit. Yoga opens the way of a happy, healthy and stress-free life. These are some of the general points to be kept in mind while doing Yoga. I hope, Yoga novices will follow the basic guidelines and tips and tricks given for yoga practice at home and enjoy doing your Yoga every day.