First let me clarify that Yogasana is not a part of any religion. It is an exercise for improving physical and mental fitness, learning how to breath deeply and properly, and thereby living a long and happy life without diseases.
Now before starting please read some important instructions. No pressure, but these should be strictly followed for your own benefit.
- Timing: The best time for doing Asanas is in the early morning or in the evening.
- Never do exercises after taking food. There is one exception to this rule: Vajrasana. This exception allows you to go for a walk and practice one Asana after a meal. This will be further explained in my following posts!
- At least 2.5 hours should elapse after taking food and before starting Asanas. If you drink coffee, tea or water, it is best to wait for a 1/2 hour before beginning.
- Before starting Asanas, please clear your stomach and bladder.
- Select a well ventilated area, because you are not doing sauna (hot) yoga; and spread a full length (6 ft.) soft mat on the floor.
- Wear comfortable dress, but not very tight. Please remove your shoes and socks, as this exercise is also for the feet, soles and toes (and definitely not for shoes and socks 🙂 ).
- If you are a smoker or if you drink alcohol please attempt to slowly halt the practice. Either of these practices will interfere with your breathing, which is an important part of the Asanas. Also, I will caution against excess consumption of coffee, tea,or soft drinks.
- Please do the asanas slowly, steadily and with patience – do not use force and do not rush. If you find a particular asana difficult, do it slowly! I would modify the saying of “practice makes perfect,” to “patience and practice makes one perfect.”
- If you want to benefit, please do the asanas daily, or at least 3-4 times a week.
- If in case you are sick, do only the relaxation (also known as Shavasana) process until you have regained your health. Ladies, please avoid doing Asanas during your monthly cycles excepting relaxation.
If you think that you can abide by each of these rules while practicing yoga, then you are ready to begin with the warmup. Join me, as I begin with with a warm up to loosen any stiff limbs.
~ A. Santhanam