Exercise can be effective but only if it is approached properly. Even workouts like yoga will have less than beneficial results if you do not follow some simple rules. These rules enable you to get the most benefit from a yoga workout, whether participating in a class or exercising within the comfort of your home.
The good news is, the following 14 simple rules are not difficult to incorporate into your routine and allow nearly anyone to join the millions of people in the U.S. who practice yoga today.
1. Watch what you eat
Doing yoga on a full stomach can result in nausea, cramps, or even vomiting. Energy is required to digest food, which can make you lethargic during the workout. Therefore, it is important not to eat for two to three hours prior to a yoga class.
2. Wear the right gear
Your yoga workout clothing should be comfortable but not too loose-fitting to create a hazard.
3. Go easy on the scent
Do not wear perfume or lotion that has a strong scent because this may disturb other students.
4. Be prepared
Take a yoga mat to class and also take a towel if a lot of sweating is anticipated.
5. Arrive nice and early
Arriving about ten minutes early to class provides you time to get settled, centered, and even do some stretching.
6. Stay out of contact
Leave your cell phone at home or turn it off during the class.
7. Be injury aware
Inform the teacher of any injuries or other conditions that could affect performance. The instructor may modify certain poses or skip them entirely to accommodate you.
8. Focus on yourself, not others
You should focus on your own body, not compete with others. It is important to do what is feasible without causing strain or injury. Working from the current, not desired, level of aptitude allows you to improve faster.
9. Remember your goals
Focus is important during a workout and some students dedicate their exercise to a specific intention. This may be to become stronger, more flexible, or more aware. Understanding, love, and compassion are other common intentions.
10. Be friendly, not distracting
Bonding with fellow yoga students is important but should not be done in a distracting manner. When several students are carrying on a conversation, it can inhibit the concentration of others and prevent them from hearing the instructor.
11. Be punctual
A late arrival or early departure can also be distracting. When you knows that you will be arriving late or leaving early during a future class, inform the instructor in advance so an announcement can be made to fellow students.
12. Keep it tidy
Any props that are used should be picked up and properly stored when the class is complete.
13. Take your own time
If the class does not end with a meditation, you can usually stay to do your own and also take time to review the poses that were performed. This period of reflection and winding down makes the workout more meaningful.
14. Remember established wisdom
According to writings about yoga, there are several things that contribute to the success of the workout. These are: perseverance, an interest in seeking truth, courage, enthusiasm, avoiding those who are negative and do not support the practice, and trusting the words of the instructor.
Taking these aspects and the recommended tips into account will most certainly make your yoga workout more beneficial.