Yoga is a physical activity where belly breathing is strongly encouraged, in order to strengthen the diaphragm and expand your breathing capacity. Because of that, it is best to have a small or light meal about 2-3 hours before your yoga practice. This definitely doesn’t mean to come to your lesson with empty belly, as you will need quite a bit of energy to go through entire session without feeling light-headed or dizzy. If you practice early in the morning, one hard-boiled egg, handful of cashews, almonds or other nuts, or a protein bar will hold you up nicely, so save your big meal for after yoga. In order to keep yourself hydrated, it is recommended to consistently drink water throughout the day - every day, and not just fill up before your practice – remember, you will be using your belly for breathing and too much fluid in it will feel just as bad as too much food. During the practice take small but frequent sips of water whenever you need. After yoga – drink as much water as you like.
This is probably the most common comment coming from people when I suggest to them to try yoga. The good news is – you don’t need to be flexible in order to do yoga; you actually need yoga more than any other exercise when you don’t feel flexible. Regular yoga practice will not only help you build your flexibility and strength of small muscle groups that none of other workouts do, but will also improve your breathing, concentration, patience, focus and lower your blood pressure - just to mention some benefits.
Yoga is both a physical practice and a practice in self-awareness. Once you start your yoga journey you will notice profound changes that will enhance all aspects of your life. The physical practice of yoga helps to strengthen your body, stretch your muscles and expand your breath.
A regular yoga practice helps to calm your mind, increases your ability to concentrate, supports self-confidence, and helps you understand how to fully choose and create your life. So the question shouldn’t be “Why Yoga?” but rather “Why Not?”!
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