for People Just Beginning with Yoga
- Be sure to
wear the proper clothes.
Clothes should allow for freedom of movement yet not be
baggy. If you are new to yoga and taking a class, your clothes
should be form fitting enough allow your instructor to evaluate
your posture during the poses.
- Have a yoga
blanket handy to keep warm when meditating during the
- Have the
appropriate space for your yoga
practice. The ideal setting should be well ventilated,
have natural light and be free from distractions and interruptions.
Let the answering machine take your calls during this time.
Practice on a carpet or a mat long enough for you to stretch
- Have a focal
point, such as a painting you especially enjoy or an attractive
plant, for balancing exercises that require a fixed
- It is generally
suggested that yoga be performed on an empty stomach
-- prior to a full meal or at least an hour or two after
eating. Personally I don't know that I ever go two hours
without eating, so I just do the best I can and try not
to practice right after a large meal.
- Avoid stimulating
poses during the evening.
These include the sun salutation, the standing poses and
backward bending poses.
- Pay attention
to feelings of pain. Yoga is not about competitiveness.
Move through the asanas at your own pace. Never force or
pull your body into any position that feels uncomfortable.
Pushing yourself into a painful position is risking injury.
To avoid pain, and in fact use yoga to reduce any pain issues
you may already have, see our section on yoga
Pain is a signal that needs to be analyzed and interpreted.
It may mean your body needs work in a particular area, but
also that you need to proceed with caution. With yoga the
benefits develop over time. Remember that muscles that have
been restricted in movement or atrophied from underuse over
a period of years are not going to be transformed overnight.
- Practicing the
asanas does not require any special diet, but if you find
out you enjoy yoga, you may find it interesting to read
up on the traditional yogi diet.
There are a number
of yoga books that are out of copyright in the U.S. that have
been put online in their entirety. The books below are available
compliments of Project Gutenberg. Please note the books below
are all ones I believe are out of copyright in the United
States. If you live outside the U.S., check the laws of your
country before downloading them.
Introduction to Yoga
December, 2002 [Etext #4278] [This file was first posted
on November 20, 2001] Edition: 10
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