Is yoga helping you? If the answer is 'No', you may be doing it all wrong. Know all about yoga and get your moves right.
If you are a beginner and trying to incorporate yoga in your lifestyle for a better you, keep in mind few things.
Begin with basic steps
Learn the basic steps from a well-known yoga guru. Yoga centres and classes are mushrooming in the wake of its popularity worldwide. The world over is taking to this ancient Indian wellness practice. Only on 18 June, the largest ever yoga event in the Netherlands was held in The Hague to mark the International Day of Yoga. Nearly 1,000 people took part in the event led by Yoga experts Amit Khanna, Shikha Khanna, Madeleine Gaastra, and Farooq Abdul Khader. One needs to be well aware of the experts and their numeorus techniques. Do some research. Know and understand the scientific and spiritual significance of it and how different yogas can benefit you in in different ways. But, always begin with the basics.
Do it at home
You need not venture out far to learn yoga. Everything is on the net. Check out some videos to make sure of the right moves, and do it yourself at home. Once you are familiar with the basics, you can treat yourself to a yoga retreat, camps or event where you can have fun together with other yoga practitioners.
The right place
The right place to practice yoga is any quiet and spacious corner. Yoga is all about meditation that helps you connect with the higher spiritual realm that provides inner peace and calm which in-turn takes away stress and harmful health effects of stress. Practice it in a quiet corner of your home or in the lawn or park outside.
The right time
Early morning is the most favourable time to practice yoga. The freshness and calmness of the dawn helps to meditate and focus better. Early morning meditation also sets you up to begin the day in a positive manner. It can help provide a stress-free day.
What to wear
There is no hard and fast rule on what you should wear, but wear the most comfortable clothing such as easy leggings with body-fitting T-shirts or vests. Whatever you wear should be comfortable and enable free body movement.
Begin with half an hour. When you become more familiar with the moves and are comfortable doing it, fix a time and try to spend at least an hour of yoga a day. However, you can spend two-three hours a day. While the duration can be long, don't put too much pressure on your body. Take it easy. What is important is consistency. Try to maintian regular hours a day.
Now that you are aware of few things, it is also advisable to practice yoga on an empty stomach.
As the world celebrates International Day of Yoga on 21 June, gear up with all the wisdom of this ancient wellness practice and join in the celebration.