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Personal practice is the most important part of yoga. In Class  you learn new things, but it is personal practice of yoga that is the essence! Therefore, I strongly recommend establishing your own personal practice routine. You can start with half an hour once a week, then increase to twice a week and add further sessions as you go until you practice on a daily basis (6 or 7 times a week), even if its for 20 minutes a day. Do not let the thought that practice takes time deter you, take it lightly and you will see the payoff will arrive soon after big time! Below are some guidelines for your practice:

  • It is essential to maintain a margin of at least four hours between your last meal and the time you begin your practice. You can drink something light up to half an hour before practice. You can drink water before or after practice, but it’s not recommended to drink during practice (it fills your stomach and makes movement difficult).
  • Do not start practicing if you are tired or after a day in the sun. Also, do not practice immediately after strenuous physical activity such as running, gymnastics, cycling or swimming. Leave sufficient time for rest and recovery. In such cases it is possible to practice restorative poses (with support) .
  • Wear appropriate clothes that allow for free movement and will enable you to see the various parts of the body (such as knees and elbows).
  • Practice when there is no fever or acute illness, in such cases you have to rest until the body is stronger.
  • Do not hold your breath during practice, breath normally through the nostrils (inhaling and exhaling). Concentrate on performing the posture properly rather than breathing. Use special breathing only after you becomes familiar with the asana. Once the asana is done properly breathing flows freely.
  • It is recommended to find a quiet practice space and practice every day at the same time . It can be in the morning, evening, or at any other suitable time (on the condition that enough time lapsed from your last meal).
  • During menstruation women should practice quieting poses and avoid postures that generate heat or entail stopping the natural flow of the blood. For detailed instructions on practice during menstruation please consult with a teacher.
  • Do not give up practicing inversions.  These positions is invaluable: they regulate metabolism, balance blood pressure, maintain a proper level of glucose and the chemical balance of the body systems. They bring emotional balance, relaxing and refreshing the brain and the mind. Practice these poses every day (except for women during menstruation). If you do not have a lot of time, practice at least 5-6 minutes Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand ) and 2-3 minutes Halasana (plow), then relax for a few minutes in Savasana.
  • As you practice, try to disconnect from your mobile phone and any other distractions – everything can wait until the end of practice … be focused on the practice and set time for yourself – the benefit will be much greater than your (temporary) unavailability.
  • If you eat before exercise you will become heavier and limited in your movement. Physical activity requires all your energy so your body automatically stops digestion to divert the energy to the muscles . This obviously violates the digestion and is not recommended
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  1. suzanne Tremblay
    suzanne Tremblay says:

    delighted to have discovered this page. Thank you for mentioning it on FB. I am a tad puzzled by the clothing you (?) are wearing in this picture and the placement of the body…not sure if it is intended or ironic: comfortable clothing? dress pants ? head stand in front of full length window? we always tell our students to leave enough space behind in case they should roll over. Admittedly, this is not likely to happen to you, but I think of modelling the right practice. I know Mr Iyengar did a headstand at the edge of a cliff, I saw a picture once. It would not be my choice placement.

    That being said, I really like how you write and what you write about. Clear, concise, to the point. Thank you.

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