YOGA - FAQ by AK Naveen
Posted: Sunday, December 05th, 2010 | Posted by: vijay sj | Views: 17962
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1. When is the best time to practice yoga?

Yogasana is best practiced early in the morning, between 5 and 7 a.m. when then sun rises. Avoid doing yoga when the sun is at its peak - the internal heat generated through your practice may be reduced due to external perspiration. You could also practice in the evening.

2. If I work different shifts, when is the best time for me to practice my yoga?

When you feel rested and relaxed, the muscles co-operate better. Make sure you get enough sleep, empty your system, have a shower, then practice your asanas on an empty stomach-you will feel energized for the rest of the day.

3. If I have just eaten, is it safe to practice my asanas?

No, because all the bending and twisting could cause you discomfort when your stomach is full. If you have just eaten a full meal, give it at least 5 hours to settle into your system before you start your practice.

4. If I am constipated is it still safe to do Yoga asana?

Although it is not unsafe, it is generally not advisable to practice yoga on a full bowel or bladder. Have a few glasses of warm water and perform a few stretching and bending exercises. This may help you to relieve constipation unless it is chronic; in which case you should consider other remedies. Continue your practice after you have flushed your system completely.

5. Can we do yoga asana on a bare floor?

It is not advisable to practice yoga on the bare floor. Use a mat that is thick, comfortable, and does not slip. A rubber mat that is 6 x 3 would be ideal.

6. Is it alright to practice yoga after a hot shower?

However cold it may outside, practicing yoga after a cold shower is highly recommended. Hot showers before your practice could lead to neurosis and laziness. If you are feeling extremely cold you could use a slightly warm shower.

7. Do I need to practice all the asanas? I usually do not have so much time.

Even if you do not have enough time to practice all the asanas, try to perform a few cycles of Surya Namashkar. Sarvanga Asana, Silamba Sirsa Asana, and Shav Asana. Also practice Kapalbhati and alternate nostril breathing Pranayam.

8. If I travel a lot, can I still practice my yoga?

Yes, it is very easy to practice yoga anywhere, because all you need is a mat and you can practice Surya Namshkar.

9. Are there any dietary controls to be observed?

If you are suffering from some sort of ailment and wish to see a cure, it is important to observe strict diet controls. But if you are otherwise healthy, and simply wish to continue your practice, there are no real restrictions. Of course, it would certainly help you improve your flexibility if you can cut down on salty, sour, or spicy foods. Vegetarian food is ideal.

10. Are there any age restrictions for practicing yoga asanas?

No. People of all ages can practice yoga, but older beginners should practice for a shorter duration.

11. When is it not advisable to practice yoga?

It is not advisable to practice yoga immediately after a heavy meal, sexual intercourse, during the menstrual cycle, or after the first 2-3 months of pregnancy. If you have fever or a headache, consult your yoga teacher before performing certain asanas.

12. Can meat-eating people practice yoga successfully?

Yes, but the body may be less flexible at first. Meat-eaters should therefore not force themselves into any of the postures, or they might injure themselves. Also, it is worth nothing that such practitioners usually feel some pain after their practice. So it is a good idea to reduce the intake of meat altogether.
A.K. Naveen (Yoga Trainer), TAPOVAN YOGA KENDRA, 5-60 Manipal Cross Road, Alevoor, Guddeangadi, UDUPI 574133. PHONE: 0820 - 3200851
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