1. What are the benefits of practicing yoga?

Yoga can make you stronger and more flexible. It's a great way to stay limber and energetic. You'll also feel more focused and alert. And yoga can help you feel great and function better in your daily life. Yoga can also help improve these conditions including poor blood circulation, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis, limited mobility, back pain, trouble breathing, headaches, tension or stress, depression.

2. Is yoga only for women?

Many men do not come to yoga thinking that their bodies are stiff and that flexibility is a pre-requisite. Or that yoga is only for toning/ weight loss, and not for strength building. All these are misconceptions. Men need yoga and benefit from it just as much as women do.

3. Is yoga only for old people?

It is true that older people benefit tremendously from yoga. Often, this is the only form of physical exercise that is accessible to them. Starting a yoga practice early in life gives one the opportunity to explore the body when its abilities are higher. Young people will find that the practice of yoga can be adapted to make it challenging for them. It goes much beyond a physical exercise regimen and it makes them better students/ householders/ career-people, as well as preparing them for their old age.

4. Can children practice yoga?

Children can practice yoga. But it has to be remembered that children and adults are in very different states of physical, emotional and intellectual development. A child’s intellectual development has not reached the level of an adult, but the child has higher intuitive intelligence – observing and learning certain things faster than adults; the child does not like monotony, needs variety, and is capable of fast body movements; children do not need the kind of quiet, restorative poses that are beneficial for adults, and in fact should not be forced to do them.

5. Why you should try yoga?

What is yoga, and why is it so popular? Yoga is a series of stretches and poses that you do with breathing techniques. It offers the powerful benefits of exercise. And since yoga is gentle, almost anyone can do it, regardless of your age or fitness level.

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old discipline from India. It was developed as a practice to unite the mind and body. There are many branches of yoga. All yoga styles can help balance your body, mind, and spirit, but they meet it in various ways.

Some yoga styles are intense and vigorous. Others are relaxing and meditative. No matter which type you choose, yoga is a great way to stretch and strengthen your body, focus your mind, and relax your spirit.

6. What are the key factors in doing yoga?

Two essential factors in doing yoga are posture and breath. Good posture cannot happen if the breath is trapped, restricted, or underused and vice versa.

7. What should I wear to do yoga?

Be ready for a full range of movements - including going upside down. T-shirts and shorts, with the T-shirt tucked into the waistband of the shorts, is the widely accepted dress code. Clothes that are too tight do not allow for the full range of movement. Clothes that are too loose will get in your way and will not hold when going upside down/ lifting the legs up etc. Slippery, synthetic material does not provide adequate grip in many positions.

8. Should I practice yoga on empty stomach?

The stomach should be relatively empty – 3 hours since a full meal or 1.5-2 hours after light snacks. However, if you are prone to low blood pressure/ sugar, drink that cup of tea/coffee/ juice with a couple of biscuits about an hour before practicing yoga.

9. Is it fine to drink water during practicing yoga?

If you are feeling exhausted/ dehydrated/ thirsty, it is ok to sip water. However, because of the unusual positioning of internal organs in asanas (like inversions and twists) yoga should be done on an empty stomach and empty bladder as far as possible. So, do not get into the habit of drinking too much water during your practice.

10. Can I eat immediately after the yoga practice?

Give a short break after yoga practice before you eat a big meal. However, it is fine to drink water or eat something small soon afterwards.

11. Can I take a shower after the yoga practice?

Immediately after a yoga practice, the vital energy of the body has receded deeper inside. Taking a shower/ bath in this condition will shock the consciousness into coming back to the surface of the skin. Savour the effects of the yoga practice and delay that shower for a while.

12. Do I have to practice yoga everyday?

Do not set ambitious goals that you cannot keep to. But do try to set aside a definite time of the day and a place in your home for the practice. Even if you are not practicing everyday, and even if your practice sessions are not long, being regular is important.

13. How can I start practicing by myself?

After a few sessions, or after a few months, at least after a few years, you should start practicing by yourself.

Tapas (zealous effort) and Svadhyaya (self study) are two basic tenets of yoga. To experience real progress on the path of yoga, developing a self practice is a must.

Your practice is for yourself, and some people might feel more comfortable practicing at home. Whatever is your preference, make a sincere beginning - sometimes many beginning are necessary before the practice gets established.

Even if you are disciplined and motivated enough to start a self-practice, to constantly progress, to delve deeper into the subject, and to understand its finer intricacies, a teacher will probably be required for a very long time to come.

14. What are the advantages of practicing yoga at home?

The only option one has without a qualified teacher nearby is to learn yoga alone at home. But it is not only from necessity that you might want to practice this way. As a solo practitioner, you can decide for yourself what to practice, and do it following your own rhythm. You can practice at your level and without having to spend extra time getting to class. On top of it, it will cost you next to nothing in contrast to collective yoga classes

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