Yoga is not a magic pill that you take to find all health solutions at once. Nothing will work for you until you make your Yoga practice and your wellbeing a priority.
Here is a list of four key concepts that one should master in order to experience the health benefits of Yoga.
- Be physically aware. The most important thing you can do while performing Yoga is listen to your body. Listen to what feels good, what feels uncomfortable, and what feels painful. Tingling pain or pinching in the nerve should be avoided, while moderate discomfort is usually your body becoming accustomed to a deeper range of motion or stretching.
- Warm up. Start with full-body dynamic stretching routines to warm up the muscles and joints. Prepare your body before getting into static poses that push flexibility boundaries. skipping a warm-up session can increase the risk of serious injury.
- Take your time. Do not try to force flexibility. Over time, your mind and body will get used to the poses, and your level of flexibility and strength may increase. Pushing yourself beyond your physical limits is similar to attempting to drink gallons of water at once. You don’t drink gallons of water at once because you know you will choke, so the same goes for Yoga – take your time and listen to your body.
- Breathing – Last but not least is the breathing technique. In Yoga, you want to focus on coordinating your breath with your moves. Try and concentrate on breathing in and out of the nose as slowly as possible to help you control your breathing rate.