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I'm not a professional, or doctor; but I have practiced Yoga for seven years, and have picked up on some of the things that helped me. I learned a lot from Rodney Yee!
Here are my top FIVE Yoga Tips:
1. Breathing is the MOST important aspect of yoga because you're providing your body with extra oxygen (which gives us that "high" feeling after yoga.) Remember to breathe in, deeply, as you return to "center", lift up, or are holding a pose; and slowly exhale as you're moving into a new pose. *Breathe in, deeply, till you cannot expand your stomach any further, hold the breath for about 5 seconds, and breathe out slowly, trying to exhale all of the air in the body so you can move into a stretch easier and tighten your stomach. So, expand the stomach as your breathe in, and suck in your stomach as your breathe out.
2. When practicing yoga, look up at the ceiling or sky for balance. If you're in a tough balancing pose, like tree pose, Eagle pose, or Lord of the Dance, focus on something in front of you (either on the wall or a tree outside. Focusing on an object while holding a pose will help you maintain your balance and form. FORM IS CRUCIAL. In time, you may be able to CLOSE YOUR EYES while doing a pose...which means you have EXCELLENT coordination. Being able to close the eyes in balancing poses represents "seeing outside of one's self".
3. As I just mentioned, form is very important. This means, it's better to maintain balance and master ONE pose rather than practicing several sloppy yoga poses, in one session. Practice one pose over-and-over until you're ready to move onto another pose.
Along with this idea of maintaining form, you must keep your back STRAIGHT. When you're sitting in Lotus pose, are you unsure if you're back is straight?? As you're sitting in Lotus, bring your right or left arm directly in front of your spine (placing your hand flat on the ground and FIRMLY up against your butt). Your arm will align the spine and will allow you to focus on the position your body needs to stay in as you sit up.
4. When you're practicing poses with your back on the floor, be sure you're not putting strain on your neck or head. So, when you want to come up, roll to your right or left side, pushing your hand against the floor to pull yourself up (let your arm muscles do the lifting, not your neck!) We often use our neck to pull us out of bed; but our neck already supports a 10 lb HEAD, so take the strain off your neck, even when you're getting out of bed.
5. Women that are menstruating should avoid yoga poses that require their legs and pelvis over their head, like Plough pose, headstand poses, shoulder-stand, locust postures, and ear-press posture.
These are just a few of my best tips; if you have some yoga tips you would like to share, please comment below!
Dear Cassie K, your Yoga tips came just in time for me. I have just started doing yoga every morning and your post pushed some motivation in my ever-so-doubtful mind. I also checked out your blog and I really like it. Keep going! :D
By the way, are you a yoga teacher, and for how long have you practiced yoga?
I WISH I was a Yoga teacher -- maybe it would pay for all these extra bananas! I have practiced on-and-off for seven years. For the last three years, I have practiced every day.
AND thanks for checking out my blog, sweetheart! ;)
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Totally agree. I just discovered these videos recently. ^^