Guidelines for yoga practice

While practicing yoga, certain basic disciplines that have scientific justifications, needs to be followed. Yoga should be practiced only under an experienced practitioner. But for individuals who wish to practice, simple postures by referring to books, these basic guidelines needs to be kept in mind.

Yoga should not be practiced in an inappropriate manner else, it could lead to negative changes in the body, rather than positive. Individuals, who suffer from physical ailments should only practice yoga through a trained practitioner.

While practicing yoga, it should be remembered not to exert or push the body into exercises, in case the body is not ready for it. This could do more harm than good. Yoga has to be done only in a slow and steady pace, to gain flexibility. Individuals suffering from heart ailments, high blood pressure or other chronic ailments should avoid postures that are risky for such ailments.

Any exercise should be stopped immediately when there is pain in any part of the body. Pain is an indication of harm in some part of the body, and in such case, some other pre-exercises can be done, before returning to that particular posture. In certain cases, mild pain could just be due to the process of the body getting adapted and it will fade by itself.

Yoga should be practiced regularly on an empty stomach or atleast three hours after food. Any strenuous physical exercises should be avoided for a minimum of twenty minutes after practicing yoga postures.

Yoga should always be practiced in a quiet place with plenty of fresh air, as this helps in attaining calmness of mind. Yoga should always be practiced on the ground. Bed and couches should be avoided.

Yoga should be performed only with concentration, and importance should be given to breathing. Also the sequence of practice is important and it should be adhered to, the practice should be completed with deep breathing and deep relaxation techniques.
Yoga practices should not be performed for a minimum of three months after surgery, unless the doctor permits to do so.

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