How to Benefit From Your Yoga Practice

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Yoga is an extremely popular type of exercise. It is also variable. Depending on the type of yoga you choose, you may have an energizing or relaxing, exciting or calming, social or meditative experience. Regardless of the sort of yoga you choose to practice, here are some recommendations to help you get the most out of your class.

  • Attend yoga class on an empty stomach. Yoga includes various bending, twisting, stretching, and strengthening postures. Having a large meal before engaging in that kind of action may cause cramps or nausea, forcing you to quit the class or limit your participation.
  • Talk to your yoga teacher. Tell your teacher about your sprained ankle or bad back before class. They will be able to provide altered variations of poses or let you know when to skip a pose that could aggravate your condition.
  • Leave your cell phone outside. Don’t just put it on silent. Actually, leave it in the car. Your mind should be focused on the class. You should not be thinking about work or things that are happening at home.
  • Be on time for your class and stay until the end. Coming in late interrupts the flow of the class as well as the other student’s concentration. Also, you won’t get the full benefits of the class if you only attend 50 minutes of your hour-long class.
  • Be considerate of the other students in class. This includes speaking quietly to others and keeping discussion to a minimum. If necessary, bring your own yoga mat or towel. Make sure you are clean and free of perfume or other overpowering scents. If you use props during class, make sure to put them away when you’re done, and by all means, leave them available for the following class.