PRACTICING ASANAS REQUIRE SUPERVISION BY AN EXPERT;
IF YOU PRACTICE ON YOUR OWN, YOU ARE DOING IT AT YOUR OWN RISK.
WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INJURY CAUSED
Most physical exercises develop the muscles or aid in the circulation of blood.
YOGA involves modulating FOUR different elements - ASANA, PRANA, CHAKRA AND MEDITATION.
More precicely, it is meditation in a particular posture (asana) where you modulate, control and synchronize
breathing (prana) and energy (chakra) centers.
Yoga asanas are "inner excercises" in that, in addition to working on the muscles and circulation, they also have a profound effect on endocrine glands and nerves.
The body is young as long as it is flexible.
Yoga exercises focus on the health of the spine, its strength and flexibility.
The spinal column houses the all-important nervous system, the telegraphic system of the body.
By maintaining the spine's flexibility and strength through exercise, circulation is increased and the nerves get their adequate supply of nutrients and oxygen
Yoga asanas were developed over a period of thousands of years.
At first, yogis watched the nature, postures of different animals and then imitated them.
Vrikshasana (Tree Posture), Parvatasana (Mountain Posture), Ushtrasana (Camel Posture), Makarasana (crocodile posture) and Matsyasana (Fish posture) all are elements of nature.
For example, the peacock is a bird with a powerful digestive system; it can digest a poisonous snake.
A monkey hanging head down from the trees (yogis imitated as shirshasana and sarvangasana)
Similarly there is a posture in which the yogi imitates the position of the peacock
HOW AND WHEN TO PRACTICE YOGA
Remember the different elements of Yoga like asana, pranayama, chakra and meditation?
In our day to day activities, unknowingly we ALWAYS modulate these elements.
In yoga knowingly we modulate these different elements to control and synchronize them.
So, there is NO time restriction.
Yoga shoulde be practiced daily (daily asanas for healthy living), NOT twice or thrice in a week.
Do not practice Yoga with a full stomach.
Yoga is not an aerobic, thermogenic, fatburning excercise. Yoga is all about relaxing.
your body, including all the cells in your skin should be able to breath and relax
Tight fitting fancy outfits are not meant for yoga. If you are practicising Yoga in a group setting,
wear appropriate dress with minimal restrictions and friction to your body and movement.
Once blood supply increses to your surface cells, even slight rubbing from the dress will annoy and cause pain
Yoga is a private session where you can meditate with out any distraction, this is the best time for you.
Also, do not take shower immediately, even luke warm water can cause slight burning.
Wait for the body, muscel, blood vessel etc., to relax .
HOW TO PRACTICE
Every person is unique. Our physical bodies are not the same.
The yoga postures of a 60 year old is quite different from those of young man in good health.
Thus yoga postures cannot just be taken out of a book and defined rigidly.
The best way is to practice the postures which are best for your condition.
Remember no forcing, twisting or jerking; go steady, evenly and slowly.
A qualified teacher can help you to learn which postures are the right ones for you.