You Need to Know to Practice Yoga Postures or Asanas...
Wear non-restrictive clothing, practice in bare feet
Practice in a quiet environment, ideally using a padded non-skid surface
movements are recommended to lubricate the joints and gently get the
NEVER force a
posture. Find your "edge" of
comfortable practice. This is the point where your body
naturally opens, relaxes and becomes stronger and flexible but stops
short of strain.
breathing techniques or pranayama train us to control the flow of
prana (life force) through the breath. As you practice yoga
postures or asanas train yourself to be very aware of your breath.
breathe in through the nose to speed the flow of prana through the
Exhale through the mouth or the nose
fully and evenly allowing the breath to deepen as you practice
Yoga is gentle
and beneficial for most people. It is not for everyone. If you
have had recent surgery, are experiencing pain or are in doubt, consult
Unmedicated high blood pressure? Be gentle, never strain. Avoid
postures where your head is lower than your heart as in half shoulder
stand. Go partway in poses such as standing angle
Stop! If you
experience joint pain or other pain.
Yoga is ideally practiced under the guidance of a certified
instructor. To find a Kripalu teacher in your area, visit the
Kripalu web site at www.kripalu.org.
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