Yoga is an ancient art that has been modified and refined by many great teachers across the ages. It now comes in so many different styles and techniques and different people may find different versions of Yoga more suitable for them. Because Yoga is a very personal exercise routine in order to achieve personal balance and well being with strong emphasis on looking within oneself. There are a number of things that apply to Yoga universally. Irrespective of which version of Yoga you practice, you will learn to understand these things and develop them into your Yoga routine. If you want to get the most from your Yoga session.
You will find that much of your time performing Yoga is spent in a sitting or lying position, however the beginning of a Yoga session is usually a standard standing pose. The most natural position for a human is the standing position, still we spend little time practicing standing correctly. If you begin your Yoga session with a standing pose, you will be more comfortable and this allows you to focus on other fundamentals of the Yoga Discipline. The standing pose is so natural to us which help you to concentrate on regulating your breathing and feeling the full healing benefits of each breath. It feels so natural to us that we don’t need to pay it any added attention and can focus on our breath entering the body and flowing through us. The standing pose is also beneficial to centering ourselves both physically and spiritually and also bringing the body into alignment. Leonardo Da Vinci produced a famous diagram showing the perfect symmetry of the human body when it is in its natural standing pose and this position has always been the most natural for us to find our center and balance.
The majority of time spent in Yoga session is in placing our body in positions or poses that stretch and activate the body. These poses are entered into gently and gradually so there is no risk of injury. Many poses have a number of different levels so we can get more and more benefits from them as our body becomes more used to them. This is perhaps best demonstrated by a simple forward stretch. When a gym teacher tells a pupil to touch their toes the pupil is performing the same exercise whether they can reach forward and touch the floor or whether the stretch only goes as far as their knees. The only difference is the level of incline.
The forward stretch is also a perfect example of how these exercises are used outside of a Yoga class or session – as these natural movements are used in stretching and warming up before sports or other physical activities. Most coaches take the children through a stretching routine before a game of football While they have no idea that many of the poses are borrowed directly from a Yoga session.
The key to benefiting and enjoying from this main phase of the Yoga session is to go with your pace. As with the beginner who can only forward stretch to knee level, you do not need to perform the advance level exercises from the first time you experience it. Find your comfort zone and then move a fraction beyond it. Then each new session tries and maintain that level and push a little further if possible.
The end of a Yoga session is also an important stage. This stage usually consists of a group of restoration and restorative poses and positions that are designed to allow the energy to flow back through your body. A good Yoga session releases pent up energy in your body. This allows energy to flow freely to all parts of the body, gaining the maximum benefits from Yoga.