Here are some tips to help you get more out of your yoga practice.
- Practice on an empty stomach: it’s best to eat nothing for 2-3 hours beforehand, but if that’s not possible just eat a little something, like a cookie or cracker, half an hour before practicing.
- Don’t practise in strong sunlight or in a cold room.
- Wear loose clothing which also lets you see your body clearly, such as a T-shirt & shorts or a leotard & tights (without feet).
We always practice with bare feet!!
- Breathe in a relaxed and free manner!!!
- When you sit cross-legged in Parvatasana or Gomukhasana, you need also change the legs when you change the arms.
- Never do Shoulder Stand without careful preparation in form of Plow Pose
- You should not do Halasana (plow Pose) or Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) if you
- suffer from high blood pressure,
- have a detached retina
- feel any pressure in the head or neck
- have your period
Only jump into the poses if you are completely healthy: i.e., don’t do it if you feel ill or under the weather. With some back and knee problems it’s also good to avoid the sudden movement inherent in jumping.
If you are ill, particularly if you are running a temperature, it is better not to attempt any of the ‘active’ poses without a teacher. ‘Passive’ poses, especially Shavasana, on the other hand can be very beneficial.