Relieve Back Pain with Yoga

Maybe you don’t know that every Yoga teacher training should include a segment on back care, pain management, maintenance, and prevention. Let’s look at a couple of methods, anyone can incorporate into their day, in order to prevent back pain.

  1. Strengthen the core muscles. This is an area of the body we would like to ignore, but when we do, it continues to blossom in size. A big stomach is not useful for supporting the lower spine. Asana, alone, will not make a big belly shrink. We all know that eating moderately will help us control the size of our waistline.

That said – any asana or pranayama technique should be performed with balance in mind. If one performs hundreds of crunches, one must devote an equal amount of time to performing back-bending asanas. Crunches, alone, will tighten the abdominal muscles, but will stretch the back forward and out of balance.

This is why Bidalasana (Cat pose) and Bitilasana (Cow pose) are so beneficial for balancing the abdominal muscles with the back muscles. There are other methods, but these two simple postures, practiced as Cat and Cow, help us contract and stretch core muscles with ease.

  1. Sleep with good posture. Many Yoga teachers know this, but few students are made aware of this concept. Most people find that the morning is filled with stiffness. Many chalk it up to simply “sleeping wrong.” The mattress, pillows, and foam mattress pads, we choose, should be of good quality. Much like the quality we expect from good Yoga props, these “bedtime props” are very important for back pain prevention.

When we sleep, we are, in fact, practicing Yoga asanas for many hours. Your spine will thank you for sleeping on your sides. Sleeping on the stomach is not recommended, and you should avoid sleeping on your back for long periods of time. Pillows, of different sizes, will gently lock you into a side-relaxation asana. If you wake up during the night, re-adjust your pillows and shift to the opposite side.

You should flip, or rotate, your mattress position every month. When a mattress is concave, you need to replace it. You can ignore it, but your back will let you know. Pillows and foam mattress pads should be replaced every 1 – 2 years. This will enable you to have better neck and spinal alignment.

There is also another reason for getting rid of old pillows and foam mattresses – this will help reduce allergies, dust, dust mites, dust mite remains, pet dander, hair, and body oils, that have worked their way into a pillow’s fabric. Some studies indicate that the weight of a pillow can double in three years.

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Yoga Balls – Using for Perfecting Your Postures

How much do you know about yoga? Yoga, which originated from India more than five centuries ago, was essentially a school of thought leading to a spiritual discipline for its followers. Even though different branches of yoga evolved, the core teachings did not have much to do with physical exercise. However, the 20th and 21st centuries saw a big transformation taking place with a lot. And lots of people seeking yoga as their means to better health and stress relief. This in turn resulted in the development of a new range of branches in modern yoga.

With yoga gaining popularity in the Western world, a new set of visions and experiments started emerging in order to help yoga reach more individuals and to find innovation in the practices. The anti-burst PVC yoga ball happens to be one of the products of this innovation. An inflated vinyl ball to support the yoga postures wouldn’t have likely been thought of by the ancient gurus; nevertheless, it was the need of the hour for yoga to be more innovative and accessible.

Until the movement of the renowned yoga guru BKS Iyengar, vinyasa became more important than perfecting posture. But with Iyengar yoga growing out of Hatha Yoga, the emphasis transformed from vinyasa flow to perfect of postures.

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In Iyengar yoga, a lot of props, such as smooth PVC yoga exercise ball, are used in perfecting the postures. The teachers help their disciples attain the perfect postures using different prop models such as yoga balls. Thus it eliminates the need for undue or unbearable strains to improve the postures. These props are of tremendous help to the beginners, as well as for those who have health or strength problems.

Yoga aid like yoga balls can be of help in different levels ranging from helping someone keep one leg elevated for an extended period in a balancing pose or in perfecting the arch of the back. Yoga balls are also great for sitting. And yoga balls help not only for the weak or the less balanced practitioners but also for the experts. Yoga balls help the experts stretch their boundaries to achieve even more difficult postures or to hold to their postures for longer periods.

Iyengar yoga may not have the cardiovascular benefits from the yoga types that follow the vinyasa flow principle. But it offers improved muscle strength and perfect postures. Yoga aid used in Iyengar yoga apart from custom logo fitness yoga ball include straps for bound poses, bricks for support, and rolled blankets for back support and holding sitting poses also.

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Certain Equipment Help You Practice Yoga Better

Though Yoga can be practiced without any equipment, once you join a class or gym, certain equipment would help you better while practicing yoga.

Essential Equipment:

Clothing:

You need to wear comfortable, breathable clothes while doing yoga. A tighter shirt is recommended as few poses require you to bend over causing to your shirt to slide down. Any exercise pants or shorts will do, although it’s best to avoid super slick lycra-type pants since these would cause you to slip in some poses.

Yoga Mats:

If you plan to practice regularly, invest in a high quality mat. I recommend private label double layer TPE yoga mat. Cheaper “sticky” mats tend to fall apart. The mat defines your personal space, along with creating traction for your hands and feet, preventing you from slipping, especially when you get a little sweaty. The mat also provides a bit of cushioning on a hard floor. Most studios allow you to rent the mats, for as low as a dollar or two per class. However these mats are used by a number of people and could be unhygienic. Yoga mats can be purchased for as little as $20 and it would be better to buy your own mat.

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Optional Equipment:

These props are generally required by people following the Iyengar style of yoga. Using these props helps prevent injuries and allows the body to attain maximum alignment. A list of these props is as follows:

Blankets:

The folded blankets are used as props to sit on and lie down during class. For instance, you can sit cross-legged on a blanket to elevate your hips above the knees. Also the blanket keeps you warm during the relaxation session at the end of your class.

Blocks:

Yoga blocks are a great prop for beginners. The camouflage EVA yoga block is great using as a hand or foot rest when you cannot reach the floor during certain pose. They also provide a support to your back or limbs. With a lightweight construction, they are a great prop to attain flexibility and alignment during your exercises.

Yoga straps:

This prop is very beneficial for beginners and people who are not very flexible. They help you when your arms are not long enough to reach the floor or touch your feet. They are available in either nylon or cotton fibers and are very useful. They also allow you to hold your pose longer.

Yoga Bolsters:

They are pillows that support your body and help you relax. They are great for beginners as they allow you to remain for longer duration in any pose without being uncomfortable.

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Yoga Props That Can Increase The Effectiveness of Your Practice

Are you a active practitioner of yoga? Some people enjoy yoga because it seems simple and can be done anywhere without the purchase of expensive equipment. While that is true, there are some props and accessories that you can use to make you more comfortable or safer, allow you to relax more deeply, or allow you to move in a way that you cannot naturally due to flexibility challenges, thereby making your practice more effective. Some accessories are virtually mandatory while others are purely matters of the taste or desire of the yoga practitioner.

Clothing

Clothing should be comfortable and allow you to move freely. You don’t want your clothes to be too tight and inhibit movement and stretch, but neither do you want it too loose so that it rides up at inopportune moments. Plus, closer fitting clothing will allow your instructor, if you are taking a class or personal training session, to more closely observe your poses and offer suggestions for improvement or modification. If you have longer hair, you likely will want to tie it back or use a “scrunchy” so that it doesn’t fly all around or drop into your face and block your vision. You don’t want to stop the perfect pose by having to shake your head around to clear your hair out of the way.

Mats

You can practice yoga on almost any surface like grass, the beach, or carpet. However, if these are uncomfortable to you or if you are practicing on a bare or wood floor or frictionless surface, you will want to use a yoga mat with carry strap. People also called the mats “sticky” because they provide a certain friction to avoid sliding around.

The mat will allow proper placement of hands and feet without slippage out of the poses. In addition, mats can provide protection and cushioning for your knees, hips, and lower back. Yoga mats are made in various sizes, normal or wide width, normal or long length, and even various shapes, rectangle being the most usual but also including round. Different thicknesses are also available, adding more or less cushion but also adding more weight as the mat gets thicker–which can be bothersome if you have to carry your mat to and from class.

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Towels

If you are new to yoga, are taking a vigorous power or ashtanga class, or just sweat a lot, your yoga mat may get slippery from dripping perspiration. The solution may be to use specially made yoga socks and yoga “gloves.” These cover your feet and hands and may cover fingers and toes or may be open to allow fingers and toes to protrude out through holes. They have special non-stick pads so that your hands and feet don’t slip.

Although they are becoming more popular, I find them too hot, especially in very vigorous classes. Another solution to slippage is a skidless microfiber yoga towel. They come in various sizes from a small towel about the size of a face towel to a large towel that covers almost an entire standard yoga mat. The side of the towel that contacts the mat has little plastic or rubber grippers that hold the towel, and therefore hopefully you, in place. Towels have a couple of drawbacks, at least initially.

First, you should wash them a few times until they can still let your hands and feet slip. To avoid this, you may want to spray or sprinkle water onto your towel which will cause your hands and feet to stick due to friction. In a hot class, the perspiration will eventually perform this task! In addition, until you are used to the towel being there, you may “trip” over it a little when moving from pose to pose. Once you get used to the towel, however, it is almost impossible to think of taking anything but a slow, restorative or serenity class without the towel to keep you from slipping and absorb perspiration. A final note on yoga towels, when you wash them don’t use fabric softener; it can make them slick when next you use them.

Blocks

One of the most common accessories or props of yoga is the block. Blocks can be made of foam, cork, wood, or other substance. Most are approximately 9″x5″x3″. You can use EVA yoga block as an extension of your body to gain more benefit from poses. For example, in a wide legged forward bend, your instructor might suggest that you rest your head on the floor. For me, that result is a long ways away. But I can rest my head on top of a block and get the same relaxation response and relief of pressure in my neck.

In doing downward facing dog, you may not at first be able to get your heals down and stretch your seat bones to the sky to get length in the spine while your hands are flat on the floor. Put your hands on top of a block and you may achieve all of this. It might not be possible to do a revolved triangle with your hand on the floor, but put your hand on a block instead and you may get there. Using a block as an aid can allow you to get better alignment, stretch tight areas, and avoid unnecessary strain.

Other props

Other props that can increase the effectiveness of your practice include blankets, straps, bolsters, sandbags, eye pillows, meditation cushions and massage yoga roller. In our capitalist society, manufacturers are constantly coming up with new accessories to try to sell you, like backbending benches, calf stretchers, yoga ropes, and more. Some of these accessories, like one backbending bench I’ve seen, can cost up to $750. But adding a few useful, fairly inexpensive accessories like well-fitting clothing, a good yoga mat, a non-skid towel, and a block or two can enhance your practice without a lot of expense. While using some props if you don’t really need them can dull your practice, using accessories and props appropriately can make your practice more comfortable and effective.

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Props You Will Need for Yoga

Are you a fan of yoga? Yoga is the union of the mind, body and spirit expressed in motion, sound, meditation and community. This ancient practice of asanas (poses), meditation and gentle ritual will enrich your life and deepen your knowledge of your Self, while opening your spirit toward the world around you.

We recommend that you attend several live classes before you begin developing a home practice. Yoga studios will have all the equipment you require so you can try it out before investing in yoga mats, blocks, bolsters and straps. And you can own a yoga product kit if you like.

Live classes offer the opportunity to learn proper breathing technique, which is crucial in the practice of yoga; live classes also give you the opportunity to develop proper posture and alignment, as the instructor will move about the class adjusting yogis/yoginis. Many studios offer a one-week/one month trial at a discounted rate, taking advantage of these is a great way to introduce yourself to yoga. We also recommend attending at least two live classes per month in addition to your home practice . Again, live instruction is ideal for learning proper alignment and also provides an opportunity to meet people in your local yoga community.

Once you decide to develop your home practice you will need the following:

Yoga Mat

TPE yoga mat is best, you can also use a double color NBR yoga mat if you prefer a thicker surface to stand on; some prefer to do yoga on a cotton blanket, it is entirely up to you. The important thing is that your feet do not slip all over your yoga surface.

Yoga Blocks

These foam blocks are used to modify poses, essentially bringing the floor closer to your hands to enable you to maintain proper alignment, which is much more important than how far you stretch. You may also sit on the edge of a high density yoga brick to properly align your pelvis during seated poses. Blocks are recommended for beginners, but intermediate and advanced practitioners also find them useful for very challenging poses and days when you aren’t quite as flexible. We recommend that you start with two blocks. You can also use a stack of books about 3 inches high in lieu of blocks.

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Yoga Strap

The thick cotton strap is similar to a Judo belt and is used to assist the yogi in challenging postures; most often used for hip opening poses and seated forward bends. Straps are also used for bound poses. The strap is held in the hands and usually wrapped around the foot, essentially acting as an arm extension. You can purchase straps at many yoga studios, online; or you can use a belt or a scarf.

Yoga Bolster

Bolsters are cylindrical cushions about two feet long, usually filled with cotton. Bolsters are used for forward bending poses, for many restorative yoga poses, and as modification for certain relaxation poses (e.g., tucked under the knees during savasana). You can purchase yoga bolsters online, many yoga studios will have bolsters available, and may be able to order them for you if there are no yoga supply retailers in your area. If you do not have a bolster, you may also use a stack of blankets.

Meditation Cushion

A zafu or meditation cushion is not necessary but it is a nice item to have, sitting on the edge of the zafu is ideal for proper pelvic alignment and ease of posture when meditating. If you do not have a zafu, a firm cushion or pillow will work as well.

It is always best to purchase good quality yoga props and supplies, but you can improvise with household items while you are developing your home practice.

Unlike other forms of exercise, yoga is an entire system of self-care that addresses the mind, body and spirit. There is no competition in yoga, especially with yourself; it is important to be aware that this is your practice and your time, you need only be present in the moment and the motion, surrender to the passage of time in this sacred space; accept yourself, breathe in love and joy. Be aware of the breath, if you cannot breathe deeply and smoothly, ease your position in the pose – remember that there is no competition in this space, surrender to your body and breath.

When you are preparing to move into a pose, be aware of your body, take the shape of the pose, delight in the forms your body takes, and luxuriate in the feeling of natural movement. Modify the poses as you need to in order to maintain proper alignment and easy breath. Resist the urge to push further than the body wants to go, your body will move you deeper into the practice when it is ready. If you feel tired during your practice, sit back into children pose and rest – do not rush, there is time. There is no pain in yoga. Breathe.

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5 Ways to Use a Yoga Wheel

  1. Massage the spine

The eco-friendly yoga wheel is an amazing tool to help reverse our culture of sitting and rounding the shoulders forward. Find a seat on the ground and bring the wheel directly behind you so that it connects with the low back and sacrum. With the feet planted, bring the arms overhead and  breaths. Once your back has had enough, find child’s pose to counter the deep backside opening.

  1. Open the front side body

This to-do is the same positioning that I performed above. Except this time I want you to focus your breath and intention to the front side body. Do all of the above steps to get into the stretch. Once you’ve found an interesting place (somewhere that’s comfortable yet challenging), stay here and breathe. Let the arms drape down by your sides and allow the shoulders to soften and open. Try taking the legs long and allowing them to be heavy, letting the hip flexors soften and open. Let the belly completely stretch out here-think expansion and extension. Hang out here for as long as it’s comfortable, then find child’s pose.

  1. Assist in deep backbends

Backbends are tough, like scary tough. Often times, if you weren’t a cheerleader, ballerina, or gymnast-backbends can feel inaccessible and unattainable. This is where the fitness yoga wheel really shines as it makes the impossible, possible. For this photo, I demonstrated a deeper version of camel pose that is practiced in the Ashtanga series. Come into a hero seated pose, with the legs folded back behind you. Bring the wheel to the low back/sacrum area and secure the bottom of the wheel with both hands. Take a big inhale breath to find length and on an exhale breath, begin to lower your back onto the wheel. Finding your deepest variation will require a few rounds of inhalations and exhalations (lengthening and opening).

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Once you find your edge, bring the hands overhead and clasp the bottom of the wheel that’s closest to your head. Begin to walk your hands further down the wheel and maybe bring the forearms to rest on the ground too. Stay here for a few rounds of breath, then slowly reverse your movements. Take child’s pose to counter the deep backbend. You can also use the wheel to access deeper variations of backbends in poses like forearm balance. Below is an inspiration pic, I won’t go into the actual posture. This is an advanced posture that should be practiced with caution and experience-please be safe!

  1. Aid in flexibility

Aside from the stretching and heart opening aspects, the wheel can also double as a flexibility tool. Below is a simple way to help stretch the hamstrings and find a deeper variation of paschimottanasana.

On an inhale breath, bring arms overhead and find length in the spine. On an exhale breath, fold forward and clasp hands around the wheel. Use the wheel as a pulley system to help slowly deepen and soften into the pose. Remember-hinge from your hips, keep the quads engaged & knee caps slightly lifted, and feet flexed. Take a few breaths here and then release.

  1. Challenge/Strengthen your balance

Finally, the yoga balance wheel can help challenge and strengthen your balance. I’ve seen yogis do some crazy poses on these wheels and they make it look so easy! I’m here to tell you-it’s freaking hard but also so fun to try! You can browse yoga wheels at buy-yoga.

Plus Size People Can also Practice Yoga

Nowadays, many plus size people are hesitant to begin a yoga practice because they are self-conscious of their size. Some feel that they will not be able to keep up in a class and look awkward compared to the other, smaller, yoga students. That type of thinking has kept many people from enjoying the benefits through yoga. At it’s core, yoga is a non competitive discipline that teaches you to listen to and appreciate your body.

With practicing yoga continuously, you can increase strength and flexibility. Yoga helps with body alignment which helps to reduce strain on the joints. Yoga has also been shown to help lower blood pressure and improve heart rate. And yoga classes are full of people who span the spectrum of physical size. There are many plus size persons who will find that they are more flexible than they thought.

The media has perpetuated the false image of beauty. While these images are only attainable to a few people in our society. The diet and magazine industry are complicit in perpetuating this image. Many of the women represented in fashion do not the represent the average size of women. These images can infiltrate the mind and lead to eating disorders or feelings of shame and self judgment.

Yoga teaches you to push your body to be the best that you can be, not what society says you should be. Therefore, self acceptance is the major goal of yoga.

Recent studies have shown that participation in mind-body exercises like yoga lead to greater satisfaction with one’s body. Gymnastics, figure skating and ballet which are highly competitive and place a higher emphasis on thinness have reported greater incidences of eating disorders.

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How and where you choose to practice yoga is up to you. For those who prefer the privacy of their home, there are excellent DVDs that are specifically for the plus size student. Yoga studios offers classes to many plus size across the country. There are some who feel these separate classes amount to segregation. The criticism is that this goes against the principles of yoga which are non-judgmental, non-competitive acceptance of our bodies and the bodies of others. Instead of separate classes, some students have got benefits from a smaller class where they can get more personalized attention from the instructor.

Wherever you choose to practice, the use of yoga props is very helpful. There is extra thick yoga mat available that will provide extra cushion for you. EVA yoga brick and cotton yoga straps assists with proper alignment and balance along with allowing the body to experience a deeper stretch and a wider range of movement.

Don’t let the opinions of others stop you from enjoying the many benefits of yoga. Also don’t let your own internal messages discourage you from discovering a healthier, less stressful you.

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What Do You Need When Doing Yoga

Perhaps you’ve read about yoga or seen it on TV, or maybe you’ve got some aches and pains and been told that yoga is the way to get rid of them. Whatever the case, you’ve decided that yoga could be for you and you’re itching to get started. But what do you need to begin?

You’ll be pleased to know that one of the many benefits of yoga is that you need very little in the way of props. In fact, you could start off in your living with nothing at all except a book or video to show you the ropes.

As for clothing, you just need to dress in something that’s loose and comfortable. Depending on the weather this could be an old track suit or pair of shorts and t-shirt. Of course if you’re heading out to a studio you may need to invest in something more custom made if looking chic is important to you. If so, you’ll find plenty of trendy yoga clothes to suit.

The next item that will help you in your practice is a yoga mat. In general, eco-friendly TPE yoga mat is the first choice. These come in standard sizes and thicknesses that have been determined to be most suitable for yoga practice. The key quality of a yoga mat is its stickiness. This is important to avoid slipping when in high tension postures especially if you hands or feet are sweaty.

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In buying yoga mats, you have a wide choice ranging from simple inexpensive NBR yoga mat up to swank organic mats made of jute and other natural materials.

Other than clothes and mats, you can choose from many other yoga props including waffle yoga mat towel, bolsters, blankets and straps. All have their uses and straps are especially important for beginners. If you have trouble touching your toes for example, you can use a special strap to hook around your feet and so pull yourself down.

As I said at the beginning, you really don’t need anything to start practicing yoga. But getting and using your own yoga kit can enhance and deepen your practice. Just putting on your yoga clothes and rolling out your mat can put you in the yoga mood instantly and bring joy to your practice.

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How to Use and Choose an Exercise Ball

Why not own a yoga ball to enhance your yoga practice? Yoga Balls, also known as stability balls, are used mainly for stability training and to build up your core muscles. They are versatile in their use, and are not only used for yoga routines, but can also be found in gyms, fitness classes and rehab centers. PVC massage yoga ball are fun to use yoga props that are also used in Pilates, and incorporating them into your regular routines will leave you with firmer abs, buttocks and back.

The main benefit of working with a yoga ball as opposed to exercising on a hard surface (floor) is that your body works a bit harder to remain stable on the ball. While trying to maintain its stability, the body ends up using other muscles that would otherwise stay under-utilized. As a result these muscles get stronger and over a period of time as you learn to maintain balance while exercising on the yoga ball you develop a stronger core and more solid muscles.

What Should You Look For When Buying A Yoga Ball?

It is imperative that while choosing a ball you look for stability and size. The size of the ball should fit both your body size as well as the kind of yoga routines that you normally practice.

For those who are tall (6 ft and more) a bigger ball that is 75cm is generally recommended, while 55cm is excellent for those below 5ft, 4″ in height.

Yoga balls are made of materials that are slip resistant; the surface of the ball is also textured so that you can maintain your grip over it. They are strong enough to hold up to 600lbs. If you are overweight and are looking for one that can hold more, you can choose anti-burst PVC yoga ball that can withstand more than 600 pounds. These are usually made of vinyl that is extra durable and thick and are excellent for the toughest of Pilates and fusion exercise routines. Most yoga balls deflate slowly should they puncture. This ensures your safety, should you be practicing a routine asana on it.

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Thera-Band Balls

Thera-Band exercise balls are also excellent for exercises but are generally used in rehabilitation centers. These are considered to be excellent props that increase stability and balance within your muscles, and at the same time strengthening them. They work well to give you a good posture as well as ease any kind of persistent back pain. You can choose a yoga ball from a variety of sizes and gamut of colors.

How To Use An Exercise Ball?

Most novice yogis are usually wary of using a ball. In fact during the first initial moments it is common to find it difficult to place all your body weight and trust on it. However with time, you do gain confidence and learn how to use the smooth PVC yoga exercise ball to your advantage. What most people would be thrilled to know is that once you lie on your yoga ball, your abs and legs contract, and this prevents you from falling. The intensity only increases as you perform any exercise routine over the ball.

Some Uses/Benefits

Weight Training: Use the ball as a “weight bench” and watch how difficult movements create stronger abs, legs and butt muscles.

Sitting/Posture: Generally sitting on an exercise ball will help improve your posture. You can sit on it and watch television or even work on your computer. Make it exciting by adding in a few beginners exercise.

Core Strengthening: Oblique twists and crunches on you yoga ball, makes use of every muscle in your abdomen, intensifying the workout.

Flexibility, Pilates and Yoga: The Yoga ball is excellent for building up flexibility and use with different Yoga and Pilates routines. You can also use it to just relax, and since it’s a ball, is also great for kids to play with.

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What Should Prepare for a Yoga Session

The following ought to be taken into consideration when preparing for a yoga session.

Health

Ensure both your physical and mental health is okay. Have a medical examination performed on you to ensure that you do not have any condition that may be aggravated by practicing yoga.

Location

Choose a room that is airy, quiet and clean, one that offers privacy and very little distraction. The temperature should be such that it allows you to wear minimal clothes. The ambiance in the room should be relaxed to enable you to focus fully on the practice. Lighting should be soft and natural.

Clothing

The preferred clothes to be worn during a yoga session should be loose and stretchy. The clothing should be such that it gives you freedom of movement and also keep you warm. The fibers making the clothes should be natural, allowing your skin to breath. It is preferred that one practices yoga barefoot unless the feet are cold. Remove eyeglasses and any dangling jewelry or clothing that may restrict your movement

When

Decide the timing of the yoga session. Practicing yoga at night will help induce a deep, restful sleep while practicing it early in the morning will energize the body and mind. It is discouraged to conduct sessions under the hot noon day sun or after spending some time under the hot sun as one may experience weakness.

Length of a Session

When practiced in the right way, a typical yoga session lasts an average of fifteen minutes. It should not be very lengthy but should be practiced daily so as to attain the best results.

Yoga Props

In as much as all one needs is the desire and attitude to improve self awareness, props may be used to help in easing the technique for achieving the pose through proper balance and alignment. The use of props supports the muscles thus minimizing strain and aids in minimizing energy use. Props include things such as a non-slip yoga mat or towel, a brick, a belt, wool or cotton blanket, a cushion or a chair with arm rests.

Body Wise

Last but not the least, yoga should be practiced on an empty stomach or two hours after you have had a meal. Also, the bowels and bladder should be emptied to avoid feeling the urge during the session. A bath should be taken before beginning the session as taking a shower immediately after may interfere with the workings of the hormones. If you want to buy yoga products, please visit buy-yoga.com.