A Yogini’s Guide to Increase Yoga Practice Benefits.

You’ve made up your mind to practice yoga, but how can you increase the  benefits from each yoga session? To help guide you along, I’ve created this post for you to increase yoga practice benefits.

Preparation

The best time to practice yoga is in the morning on an empty stomach, and before your evening meal. Practicing on a full stomach could lead to stomach aches, nausea, and flatulence. If you are a beginner, you can have a glass of juice or a piece of fruit an hour before class. You don’t want to spend your class thinking how hungry you are!

Intention

Start your yoga session with an intention. You can think of intentions as a vehicle to help connect your practice on the mat to behaviors outside of the class. Intentions help to raise your positive vibration and increase perspective.  Yoga is not just an exercise, it is also a mindset.

Execution

Audibly breathe in and out of your nose. Your breath is vital to your yoga practice. Focusing on your breath will help connect you to your body. Sure, you think you might sound like Darth Vader, but how we breathe is vital to the benefits of yoga. Breathe into the postures. Listen to your body, and feel the pose. What muscles are you working? Where are you feeling resistance within? Breathe into the pose, each time going a little deeper into the posture, listening to your body to find the point of resistance.

Release competition. Quit comparing yourself to others and what their poses look like. Each yoga session is your time to appreciate your body and thank it for what you can do. Resonate gratitude for your body and you will thrive.

Post Workout

After your session, wait 30 minutes before you eat or drink. Eating and drinking too soon after the class disrupts the prana, (energy) in your body.  Remain in the stillness as long as you can, keeping conversations to a minimum for 30 minutes after class. Relax. Revel in the centered calm in your body, enjoy your yoga bliss!

 

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