13 Yoga Tips for a Better Practice

1. Choose a style of yoga that works for you: There are many styles of yoga, each with its own set of benefits. Some styles emphasize stretching and flexibility, others focus on strength building, and still others are all about relaxation.

2. Create a comfortable spot: An open place with good ventilation and tranquility is an ideal location for your practice; keep the premises so calm that you can hear the music of nature. Revel in the sounds of the wind, rain, bird chirps, and your breath!

3. Select the right time: Early mornings are the best time to do yoga. It is the time when you are light on the stomach, feeling fresh, and not too tired to do the asanas.

4. Wear comfortable clothing: Loose, comfortable clothing or tights unitards work best. It’s important to wear something that will not restrict your movement.

5. Get your yoga accessories: Yoga mat that is anti-slippery, lightweight yet sturdy, a water bottle to keep you hydrated in between the sessions, and fresh towels to wipe up the sweat and you are all set for your class! You could also need yoga blocks, straps, or hip-resistant and body-resistant bands.

6. Work on a light stomach: Avoid practicing yoga after a heavy meal.

7. Breathe deeply: Taking deep breaths throughout your practice keeps you focused and calm while providing your entire body with the oxygen and energy it needs for the practice.

8. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water after your practice. This keeps your body hydrated and helps flush toxins through your system.

9. Practice yoga regularly: Commit to a practice schedule.

10. Be patient: Keep trying until you succeed. The best way to get better at something is to do it over and over again.

11. Believe in yourself: You’re capable of anything that you put your mind to.

12. Stay safe, prevent injury: Always watch your boundaries and especially be mindful of your body’s vulnerable areas (like your knees, hips, spine and neck). If you feel any painful sensations, adjust, soften, come out of the pose if you need to. Don’t force or push. Warm up your body properly before attempting more advanced pose

13. Always relax with Savasana after a yoga practice: The nervous system needs time to assimilate the benefits it has gained during the practice.

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