Here are a couple of pointers to help you get the most out of your yoga session.
“Force is a substitute for intelligence, always.” Moshe Feldenkrais
Practicing yoga should not be painful but it may not be all that comfortable at first. If you’re a beginner, be patient as your body may be too tight to get into some of the poses. When you feel tension or resistance in a stretch, deepen your breath and try to relax into it. You will find modifications and variations for the poses in the POSE LIBRARY.
Try to breathe in and out through your nose. You may sometimes forget to in a challenging pose or sequence but every time you realise you're breathing through your mouth, seal your lips and return to nasal breathing. Eventually it will become subconscious so don’t get too caught up with it in the early days.
“Where focus goes, energy flows.” Tony Robbins
It is crucial that you bring your full attention to the poses. Breathe into every stretch and adjust your body until you find the position that gives you the most relief. This is your opportunity to slow down and find out what's going on in both your body and your mind.
“Screw motivation. Cultivate discipline.” Steve Kamb, Nerd Fitness
Creating a yoga routine will save you valuable time and energy. You'll also bypass willpower and motivation which are both constantly in flux and therefore massively unreliable.
- Choose a time – attach it to an existing habit eg. coming home from work.
- Pick a place – ideally somewhere quiet and without distractions.
- Keep it the same.
“The way physiology works is that it adapts to what you do most frequently, not what you do with the best of intentions.” Katy Bowman, biomechanist
I can’t tell you how long it will take you to reach your goals but you're likely to experience significant results straight away and long-lasting changes after a couple of weeks. The key is to be patient and remain consistent. One full-length class is unlikely to give you the benefits you're looking for. Little and often is the key.