Top 10 Tips to make Yoga a success
For results with Yoga, as with
any program, one needs to learn simple rules; dedication and persistence.
You have to be dedicated and follow the practices on a regular basis if you
really want to get results. The major problem with most yoga 'drop outs' is not
getting the techniques right, as most people have aligned their minds to
believe, but the ability to establish the habit of following the practices
through on a regular basis. The following tips may help you to do your yoga with
Determination: Start your yoga with a firm determination to see it
through. Yoga begins and ends with the mind, if you can convince yourself you
really want to do it, then you should be able to keep the spirit. Close your
eyes, search deep within you, "is yoga really important to me?" Give it a fair
try and stick to that determination. There are days when you feel low and
won't want to do your yoga, remember your initial soul deep determination and
you will always find the right spirit to go ahead.
Be organized: Things go smoothly and are more interesting when they are
well organized. Try to make a regular schedule for your yoga practice and
stick to it. The mere fact that you will always look forward to the period of
your daily yoga practice will always keep it in your consciousness. You will
get best results from yoga if you do your practice daily. No matter how busy
you are, keep some time free during the day and reserve this time for your
practice of yoga and meditation.
Free your Mind: When you decide to do your yoga practice, remember
that the next couple of minutes have been reserved for the development of your
mind and personality. It
would not be worthwhile, if your body were doing the practice while your mind
were busy sorting out some other worries. Once you begin your daily yoga
practice all other worries and responsibilities should be tucked somewhere
else until you are through.
Do not Overexert:
Remember, yoga is meant to relieve
stress in your body. If
a posture is becoming too difficult and you have to strain too hard, don't do
it. Try to walk the middle path when you do yoga. Not letting it be too easy,
but even more important is never overdoing it or over straining. Yoga is a
journey, it is be enjoyed and the sights and sounds taken in, it is not a
competition or race. Learn to listen to your body. As you start to better
understand your body and energy, you can start to push your limits further and
increase the challenge you take on.
is an essential part of doing yoga. This tip will help you take your practice
to the next level. Poses
and exercises done with proper breathing are much more effective in bestowing
their benefits that if done without proper emphasis on breathing.
Learn Patience: It took you several years to build up your present
personality and physical structure. You can't change it overnight. Although,
with yoga you don't have to wait for that many years to change yourself
because the regular and systematic practice of yoga postures and basic
meditation can help
you to make great changes within the shortest possible period. It's being
human, sometimes you feel like you are getting results and other times, you
feel like nothing is changing. You shouldn't worry so much about the
short-term effects, what really matters is the ultimate goal you want to
achieve. It takes a little time, but with dedication and persistence, your
most profound yoga dreams will be achieved.
Add Some Color: Try to add some color and fun into your daily yoga
practice by involving your friends who would also benefit from practicing
yoga. The enthusiasm of others would rub off on you any day you feel low and
don't want to continue with your practice. Yoga is not what you keep to
yourself - bring in one or two friends.
Eating Pattern: Don't eat a big
meal at least 2-3 hours
before your yoga practice. The stomach should be empty when you practice yoga.
This also holds true, if you can just going to do yoga breathing exercises.
The body should be finished with digesting the food, so that it's energy can
then be used for doing your practice.
Proper Clothing: You must wear comfortable clothing when doing yoga.
This will help you sit in the cross legged posture which many techniques
require and will also not obstruct your movement during practice.
Best time to practice yoga: The best time to do yoga is usually just after
waking up, before having breakfast. This is when there is maximum "prana" in
the air and the air is freshest. At this time your mind is also empty and
fresh, allowing you to follow the advise, and doing your practice with greater
awareness. However, if morning doesn't suit you, then early evening is also a
good time to practice yoga.
Yoga is a complete science for personal and spiritual development and
learning and practicing it well, will go a long way to helping you reach your
highest potential in this life.