Yoga is a beautiful union with self. It is powerful, energetic and life-changing to many people who do yoga practice every day but, to avoid the unwanted effects there are some basic rules and guidelines in a yoga practice that everyone should keep in mind.
Let’s acknowledge rules we should follow in yoga:
Yoga and meals
Do not eat immediately after doing asana or vice versa. Have meals after an hour of doing asanas or perform asanas after at least three hours of having a meal. A gap in between your meal and yoga practice is very important for your body wellness. You can sip a small cup of water before, during and after the asanas. The body should be hydrated enough to practice asana and your lips shall never dry while practicing yoga asana. Yoga Asana should be performed after passing stool on an empty stomach to avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen that can cause a disturbance in your digestive system like- Vomit, gastric issues, acidity, etc.
Time should be appropriate for doing any asana. Honestly, I personally feel that yoga should be done only with the sunrise and sunset with namaskaram to the powerful force of this universe. You will feel relaxed, energized and released after practicing yoga. Mind that it should not be done when your body needs rest, you can do some stretching to release the tension.
Asana should be performed in the open, relaxing, calm and peaceful environment so that you feel comfortable and undisturbed. Choose a place close to nature where you can get the fresh air and feel grounded. It is necessary because of deep inhalations. If doing it inside the roof, make sure it’s clean, dry and open. You can place a small plant inside and light up an incense stick for the mood. Basically, do what makes you feel comfortable and helps you connect to yourself.
Asana should be done with fewer clothes possible. Do it bare body if you can. It should not be done in those expensive tight and breathless leggings. Wear cotton clothes and should be loose enough so that your body is allowed to move. Our body generates a certain kind of energy while doing this dynamic practice. Let all the tension, fear and burden come out from your tiny pores. Breathe freely. Live freely.
Asana should be done on a carpet or mat. Many times you can hurt yourself while pressuring your body towards the mat. Injuries are also very common in practicing yoga without any supported bottom especially in the beginning when you are gaining balance and control over your body parts.
Before doing asanas have a bath. One who sweats too much should bathe after half an hour of doing yoga practice. It is suggested to never bathe while you are sweating. It imbalance the body temperature. First, cool down your body than step inside the water.
Choose asana according to your body type, diseases(if any) and mental state. Example- one should not practice intensive asana with a tired body and instead of that, should practice asana which requires less energy but gives some deep relaxation to your mind and muscles. Easy and Effective Yoga poses for full-time workers| Yoga for Tired Body and Mind
Sequence and focus
Practice asana with both sides of your body with an equal amount of time period. While doing deep backbend and forward bends, must maintain the balance on the spinal cord and should not be in the hurry of reaching the final position. It will come with dedication, patience, and breath.
Savasana. It is very important to do savasana after your yoga practice for at least 5 minutes. Learn to do savasana correctly and you will feel the bliss of yoga. It is one beautiful way of calming the body and normalize your breathing with conscious awareness.
Hare Krishna 🦋