Precautions for yoga

Yoga is a gift from India to an entire world. It is no secret that practising Yoga on daily basis can work wonders if you do it the right way. There are certain precautions for yoga though, as many ‘Asanas’ involve complex postures and there are certain rules to be followed before practising Yoga.

Regular practice of various Asanas help to keep the spinal column healthy which enables to prevent and to some extent cure the diseases like Cervical spondylosis, Lumber spondylosis, constipation, etc. But it should be borne in the mind that asanas are to be performed in a relaxed manner.

Following are the necessary precautions which are to be taken while practising Yoga.

1) Cleanliness

Before starting to practice asanas, the urinary bladder should be emptied and bowels evacuated. Never practice asanas without having evacuated the bowels.

2) Bath

Precautions for Yoga - Bathing

Asanas come easier after taking a bath. And it is desirable to bathe some 15 minutes later after doing Asanas, because the body feels sticky due to perspiration.

3) Food

Asanas should be done on an empty stomach. it this is difficult a cup of tea, milk or coffee or cocoa may be taken before half an hour doing asanas. Food may be taken half an hour after Completing the asanas.

4) Time

The best time to practice is either early in the morning or late in the evening. Practice in the morning make one work better and in the evening, it removes the fatigue of the day’s strain and makes one fresh and calm. So, it is advisable that both the times in the morning and evening asanas can be practised.

5) Place

Asanas should be done in a clean airy place, free from insects and noise and dust. Do asanas on a folded blanket laid on a level floor.

6) Breathing

Precautions for Yoga - Breathing

In all asanas the breathing should be done through the nostrils only, and not by the mouth.

7) Savasana

After completing the practice of asanas, always lie down in Savasana for at least 10 to 15 minutes, as this will remove fatigue.

8) Slow and steady

Asanas are to be performed in a slow and steady manner. No haste or jerks are to be given while performing asanas.

9) Duration

Asanas are to be maintained in its ultimate position for some time. One should increase the duration gradually.

10) Relax

Precautions for Yoga - Relaxation

More importance is given to relaxation of muscles and joints and one is advised to concentrate on some points in the body.

11) Steady Breathing

Breathing and pulse rate should remain steady while maintaining the Asana.

Special precautions for women –

1) Menstruation

Precautions for Yoga - Menstruation

Avoid asanas during the period.

2) Pregnancy

Precautions for Yoga - Pregnancy

All the asanas can be practised under the expert medical adviser’s observation.

3) After delivery

No asanas should be done during the first month after delivery. Three months after delivery ail asanas may be practised with comfort.

To sum it up, practise Yoga daily with necessary precautions to maintain great health and inner peace!

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