My Do's and Dont's to Get the Most From Yoga

Yoga is a great way to develop a relaxed awareness of your body, breathing and your mind. But it's very easy to over do things so I want to provide some useful advice so you get the maximum benefit from yoga every time.

Getting Started

Be gentle but firm with your body. Do not strain or go beyond your capacity.  In yoga there is no competition.

Practise regularly and don’t expect overnight results or push yourself too far too soon.  You will be amazed at the results you get in a surprisingly short time. Through developing the discipline of a regular practice you will get exactly where you are meant to be at exactly the right time.

The Common Sense Approach

Be really careful if you have any existing health complaints or niggles and use common sense. Do not do anything that might cause pain, suffering or mental anxiety. Common medical problems or conditions requiring caution include: high blood pressure, ulcer, hernia, lower back pain, spinal disc problems, pregnancy etc. “No pain, no gain” does not apply in yoga – it is “no pain, no pain”.  Pain is the body’s way of telling us to stop.

Being Prepared

Wait about one half hour after drinking liquids and 2-4 hours after solid foods (depending on how much you have eaten) before practicing yoga postures. Allow your body time to digest food and eliminate liquids.

Wear comfortable clothing that enables you to move freely. Many twisting poses are detoxifying so it is a good idea to drink water during and after the class to help flush out the toxins from your body.

And that's about it. If you follow these easy steps you will enjoy yoga all the more.

From Sarah Rush