How to Practice Yoga: General Guide
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These general guidelines for practicing yoga are highly recommended reading if you are new to the practice .
We cover all the do’s and don’ts for a satisfying yoga experience.
When not to practice yoga.
Please read carefully the contraindications for each posture before doing them.
Menstruation, pregnancy, high blood pressure or injuries to the knees, shoulders and neck are all conditions with which certain postures should be avoided and special care must be taken in all postures.
If you have any special medical conditions, you should consult your doctor before starting yoga practice.
Modify postures for your body
The instructions and images of the yoga postures show the “goal”, that is, where you should go, not where you must necessarily arrive.
Experiment and explore different positions and alignments to make the pose work for you.
Moderate the level of intensity
You can make your yoga practices as challenging and vigorous as you like.
We recommend that you start slowly and make sure you understand the alignment of the postures.
There are three ways to increase the intensity in your practice:
- one, holding the poses for longer and longer periods
- two, slowly make your practice more advanced and do more challenging poses
- three, move quickly between each posture.
How to choose postures
Choose to practice postures that you think you can do.
Poses done on the ground will be easier than standing poses as they don’t require a lot of strength or balance. In addition, the postures in which it is recommended to hold long periods of breathing will be easier to do.
Your daily practice should last between 15-90 minutes and be done 1-6 times a week, depending on your schedule, goals, and availability.
Practicing more frequently with short exercises will give better results than practicing less frequently with long exercises.
What clothes to wear
Wear light and comfortable clothing. Tights and leotards work well. It is important to wear clothing that does not restrict your movement.
Food and drink.
It is not recommended to eat or drink just before practicing yoga (especially if you are going to practice inverted postures). Don’t eat for one to three hours before and drink only small amounts of water before practice and if possible, don’t drink during practice.