Congratulations on becoming interested in yoga. It is one of the most effective forms of exercise you can do, and can be practiced safely no matter what your age or fitness level provided you follow a few simple rules of the road.
Check with your doctor to make sure you are well enough for yoga. If you aren, start slowly. Don’t try to be an Olympic athlete on the first day when you haven’t worked out in years.
2-Take the time to warm up.
Light stretches will make muscles warm and therefore less prone to injury.
3-Listen to your body.
Pain is NEVER gain when you are working out. It is a sign that something is wrong. Come out of the pose as safely as you can and rest.
The secret to seeing real results from any form of exercise are to be consistent in your efforts. Set your yoga appointment with yourself each day by putting it on your calendar and treating it as seriously as you would any other important meeting.
5-Don’t feel guilty.
Some people feel they are letting others down by putting themselves first through taking time out to do yoga. The truth is that you can only care for others effectively if you are healthy yourself.
6-Watch your posture.
Proper form can help you avoid injury.
7-Remember yoga is not just about physical poses.
Breath work and meditation are important parts of yoga as well.
8-Rest as needed.
If you are in a class, don’t worry about what others will think if you stop. They are probably way too focused on their own yoga to even notice.
9-Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Even if you don’t sweat a lot during yoga, staying hydrated offers a range of health benefits and flushes toxins out of your body.
10-Turn off your inner critic.
If you have any negative thoughts about yourself, such as you are too old, fat or whatever to do yoga, ignore the mind chatter and get on with your practice. If people in India and elsewhere can practice yoga well into their 90s, chances are you are NOT too old.
11-Don’t try to compete with others.
Yoga is not a competitive sport and all of our bodies are different. Just do the best you can.
12-Never force yourself.
Forcing yourself to try to achieve a ‘perfect pose’ is one of the easiest ways to get injured. Do what you can and don’t shove yourself around. Don’t let any teacher do this either.
Follow these simple 12 simple tips and see what a difference they can make to your yoga practice.