Making the Most of Your Yoga
Connect the dots to find your magic and nurture some self-love. Yoga along with simple meditation and breathing sessions all help you to create the optimal balance in both your Yoga practice and your life.
Benefits of Yoga
Begin where you are, yoga is all about you, this is a time purely for you, time to harmonise mind, body and breath. We mostly start the class with a chance to let go of what has already been and release us from what is next focussing on the now. It is a good idea to set your own intention for the class, this may be breathing deeply throughout the class, or to practice not judging yourself or others, this may also include offering gratitude for the opportunity to use yoga to care for your body.
The most important part of class is to listen to your body. As you grow in your practice you kindle a deep connection to your body and an even deeper understanding of what it needs to aid it’s wellbeing and self healing. Remember yoga should never hurt, and you should never ache after a class. If you experience any sharp pain, immediately pull back or return to a resting pose such as child’s pose, mountain or easy seated.
You may notice new sensations, challenges, or openings in your body. Those are perfectly normal and beneficial. If you’re ever in doubt whether what you’re feeling is safe, err on the side of caution and come out of the pose. Additionally, use your breath as an indicator. If your breath becomes ragged, unsteady, or you find yourself holding your breath, it can be a sign that you’ve exceeded your limits. Take a break and a few deep breaths before returning to your practice.
Yoga is not a competition, no one wins or loses, we are looking for progress not perfection. The most important thing is to enjoy the journey and not just look to get to the destination.
Regular practice will reap many rewards. If you are a beginner or even advanced enjoy the lessons that come from learning something new, honour your needs during the process seek support as you require it and know that everything happens in its own time.