Yoga is not exclusively meant for the benefits of saints, ascites and mystics. It, in fact, serves to benefits all and one alike but for benefits and time taken to attain the desired result will depend on sincerity, regularity, patience and will to learn and perform.
A burning desire to learn is the main driving force behind yoga, besides faith and confidence.
It is a complete, dependable and time-tested discipline and to derive optimum benefits, following points deserve to be borne in mind.
One should not nurture any ill-will, tension or inimical feeling. Apply yourself fully in the yogic sadhana and practice, forgetting worries and cares.
Your mind should be in a happy and peaceful state, while you embark upon performing asanas. Try to overcome what ails you, physically and mentally.
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Time for yogasana
Ideal time to perform yoga asanas is the early morning time, preferably sunset. Attend to the calls of nature and do not take anything before and after the exercise.
If, however, morning time does not suit, yoga poses can be performed in the evening time also but on the premise that nothing should be taken 3-4 hours prior to performing yogic kriyas.
While doing yoga do not exert undue strain on your limbs. Initially, due to lack of practice and rigidity of joints and muscles, it may take a bit longer time but, as the time passes, all such problems would disappear or, at best, show a declining trend for the better.
Have patience; do not be cruel to your body as it will require some time adjust itself to respond and withstand the demands made on it. It is not wise to change timings so be punctual and regular.
Neat, clean, open fresh environs are the prerequisites for yogic practice. Polluted, contaminated and unnatural environs will do more-harm.
If latter is the case, it is better to bid good-bye to such a practice, till such time as you are able to find a suitable site. Open, green and clean gardens or countryside or bank of the river are perhaps the most ideal places which are amiss in modern big cities.
Instead, you can utilize terrace for the purpose or else well-ventilated rooms, where fresh air can enter without any disturbance. Proper place, light open and fresh air, a soft blanket mat should always be handy.
In winter you may use even a mattress or else a quilt may be used.
After completing asana, give rest to your nerves, rather to the whole body, and performing of Shavasana would meet this requirement. Rest is necessary for the tired body and before you switch on to another asana, there should be a reasonable gap.
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Whenever after doing an asana, you ever feel tired, at once suspend the asana and give rest to your body. Whenever, during the course of an asana, you feel your body is getting tired and that you are unable to carry forward or continue any asana anymore, at once start relaxing your body.
Fatigue is a warning signal from nature, warning you that as the optimum exertion had already of any consequence, what matters is how much mileage you have derived in the minimum of time span.
Bathing is not merely a ritual; it is also intended to purify the body. Bathing opens pores of the body also when it is vigorously rubbed with a towel.
If a bath is taken before yoga postures, it would render the body light and also help in facilitating the process of asana. You can take bath with hot water, even after the asana is over, but a gap of 30 minutes is all the more necessary.
Make sure that you towel your body is such a way that there is no moisture left in your body.
The dress used for the asanas should conform to weather conditions but, it must be ensured, that body is not overloaded with too much of clothes, as it will create problems while you are performing the asanas.
Try to wear a minimum of the clothes, but not so spared as to expose your body to ravages of the atmosphere. Always wear loose clothes, as tight ones would restrict the free movement of limbs.
Ladies may use salwar-kameez or slacks and men underwear’s, trousers of half pants for the performance of asanas.
There should ideally be a gap of half-an-hour between asanas and breakfast. Take only light and easily digestible breakfast and should not be so much to fill your belly to the full.
Avoid taking any cold drink or food immediately after an asana is over. If you wish, you may have a glassful of hot milk.
It will always be handy. In winter you may use even a mattress or else a quilt may be used. After completing as asana, give rest to your nerves, rather to the whole body, and performing of Shavasana would meet this requirement.
Rest is necessary for the tired body and, before you switch on another asana, there should be a reasonable gap.
All the asanas are based on and named after parts of the body, material objects, and animal. There are innumerable asanas but, in practice only 84 asanas are said to meet all the disorders which afflict all persons, in one way, or at one time or the other.
Asanas are not medicines or tonics; they tend to correct the wrongs done by us. Yoga poses also awaken our auto-immune mechanism which is adversely affected by various factors.
They correct the defective metabolism, inducing and fortifying the fighting capacity of our body to drive out the invading forces. Yoga asana aim at rooting out the cause of the malady which often emanates from disturbance of the mind.