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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March activity..Yoga!!

The physical benefits of yoga  are very different of any types of exercises or workouts. Yoga is helpful in improving flexibility through the movements of the various asanas specific to muscles and joints. Due to daily practice and performance, an individual will be able to gain flexibility in every part of the body and renewed vigor. Some yoga poses require the body to make slow movements through poses which helps to increase endurance and strength of the individual. In addition to strength and flexibility, the muscles are further toned and results are evident in long lean and shapely muscles. Most importantly, yoga is extremely useful and instrumental in warding off various kinds of disorders at a number of aches and pains. Most people who suffer from back pain, pain in the shoulders, crick in the neck, headaches and overall body pain find much relief in the various movements of yoga. Another vital constituent in the practice of yoga is the emphasis of breathing aka Pranayama. Most people have shallow breath patterns, which are the primary cause of most disorders. Pranayama aims to correct, modulate and heighten the practice of breathing in order to achieve maximum results. Through the practice of Pranayama one learns to focus the attention on the breathing pattern and to use the lungs in a more beneficial manner that will prove advantageous for the entire body.

The most appropriate time for practicing Yoga is in the morning, before breakfast. This is because it is the time, when our mind is calm, composed and fresh and the body movements can be performed, with considerable ease and vigor.

  • To get started, you need to have the urge and confidence in yourself.
  • To practice Yoga, the place chose must be calm, quiet, ventilated, dust free, moisture free and also distraction free.
  • Before you start practicing Yoga, it is very important for you to clear your bowels and bladder as well as clean your nostrils and throat of all mucus. You must also drink a glass of warm water.
  • Yoga clothing should be loose and as comfortable as possible. Form-fitting cotton/Lycra pants and shirts are the best.
  • Like all other work outs, you must begin with easy poses, thereafter you can advance to the tough ones. Be methodical and systematic.
  • Yoga must energize and not cause weariness and depression.
  • You must take breaks in between, if a particular step or exercise proves tiring.
  • For a person performing Yoga, the diet should be a balanced and you should eat after an interval of 4 hours.
  • Over eating and fasting should be avoided.
  • While performing Yoga, your breathing should be long and deep. You must remember to keep your mouth close and inhale and exhale, only through the nose.
  • You should always keep a Yoga mat, made of some comfortable materials. For lying postures use a woolen carpet and spread a clean sheet over it.
  • Remember, while doing yoga, you should not get a feeling of pain or discomfort. If you do, you are not doing it in the right manner or you need to adjust your pose to suit you better.

If you are a beginner, do not just impinge on doing the tough tasks. Remember, you need to always begin with the easy

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