Congratulations on joining a yoga class or starting a yoga practice! You are on your way to great health and well-being. Yoga is one of the few disciplines that engage both the mind and body and give you a complete workout.
If you are looking to get the most out of your yoga class, then we have a few tips for you. These tips will give your yoga practice that little-added boost, leaving you more energetic with a calm and clear mind.
Tips to get the most out of yoga
1. Plan your day: Studies have shown that when you write down your schedule for the day the night before, there is a much higher possibility of you accomplishing all your tasks. So, plan your yoga practice for the day. Schedule drinking a glass of water, green tea or any other healthy hydrating fluids an hour before you start your yoga routine. A well-hydrated body is more responsive to the workout. If you are taking a class away from home, schedule enough time to reach your class peacefully so that you don’t feel rushed.
2. Turn off your cell phone: Turn off your cell phone and keep it as far away from you as possible when practicing yoga. Not only will you avoid being distracted but your mind relaxes better when not bombarded with electromagnetic radiation from cell phones. Use your time on your yoga mat to detox mentally and physically.
3. Listen to your body: Yoga is not here to punish you. We are all built differently and what might come naturally to some doesn’t come naturally to others. Try your best with each pose but if you are uncomfortable or in pain, don’t push yourself. Ease your body into the process and try doing a little more each day. Be kind to yourself and listen to your body. If you are really struggling, then talk to your instructor about your technique or consult with a physician if you are in too much pain. Be aware of your body and don’t ignore its warning signs.
4. Set your intention: Many yoga instructors will guide you to set your intention at the beginning of each class. Take this exercise seriously and give it a little thought. Your intention could be as simple as wanting to lose weight or more complex as wanting to completely transform your life. Feel your intention in your body and use it as fuel through the more strenuous poses.
5. Let go of expectations: Go into a yoga session with an open mind. Don’t have any preconceived notions of what you will get out of this session or what you expect at the end of each week. Set your intention and then trust the process to work in its own way. Get into the flow and enjoy the present moment with no expectations of the future.
Incorporate these five simple tips into your yoga practice and you will get the most out of each session.