In Bhagavad Gita – Lord Krishna says “Yoga is a balanced state of the body and mind. Yoga is a balanced state of emotions. Yoga is a balanced state of thoughts and intellect. Yoga is a balanced state of behaviour”.
Simply put Yoga is a practice involving both the mind and the body. Various styles of yoga blend physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. Yoga is a practice that is said to be rooted in India from times immemorial. It is an amalgamation of movement, meditation, and breathing techniques to promote mental and physical well-being.
Various types of research indicate that yoga may:
- Improve overall well-being by relieving stress, supporting good health habits, and improving mental/emotional health, and sleep.
- Reduce low-back pain and neck pain, and possibly pain from tension-type headaches and knee osteoarthritis.
- Help in weight loss for obese and overweight individuals.
- Help people give up smoking.
- Help individuals manage anxiety or depressive symptoms associated with difficult life
- Relieve menopause symptoms.
- Help people with chronic diseases manage their symptoms and quality of life.
“The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body,”
If doing yoga and its asanas is this year’s new goal for you and you are not sure how to begin. You need not be disturbed. We shall share 10 tips for beginners to help them get started and achieve the maximum benefit.
- Time: Yoga can be performed both in the mornings as well as in the evenings. If doing it twice daily is not possible then doing it in the mornings only is the best option. In the morning it can be done post your daily ablutions and, in the evening, a minimum 5 to 6 hours gap is to be maintained after your lunch before doing yoga. The moot point is empty stomach is a must for optimising results.
- Place: A clean, peaceful and secluded place is ideal for doing yoga and its asanas. If you are doing it near a tree or by the side of a pond or a flowing river it is even better. The plentiful oxygen available here will do you better. If you are doing it at home, you can cleanse the environment by lighting a ghee lamp of Guggal dhoop too.
- Dress code: One should wear minimum, light and comfortable clothes for doing yoga. A cotton t-shirt and lower or even a kurta pyjama will do.
- Yoga and Duration: Do not perform yoga on an empty floor. Make sure you get yourself a soft carpet or a cotton yoga mat. You should perform asanas only as per your ability. An hour is sufficient to do your all asanas, however minimum recommended duration is 30 minutes.
- Diet: You can eat post 30 minutes of doing yoga. Food made with Sattvik ingredients is most preferred, however, one should abstain from drinking tea after doing yoga.
- Rules for breathing: It’s a general rule to breathe out while bending forward and breathe in while bending backwards. Try breathing through the nose only and not the mouth.
- Sequence of Asanas: Some asanas need to be done from both sides of the body, for example, if you are exercising your left-hand side limbs for an asana, make sure you exercise your right-hand side limbs too under that asana.
- Rest: If you feel tired post doing some asanas take a break, and do not exert yourself.
- Body temperature: Yoga should be performed only at the right body temperature, if you have a fever avoid doing yoga. In case post doing yoga, you feel a rise in your body temperature, give your body some rest to cool down
- Age: People of all ages can do yoga. The only rule here is that one should do it as much only the body and physical strength permit to.
To end “No matter what your status of practice is, there are three aspects that we need to keep in mind and care for at all times. These are alignment, focus and breathing.
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