Before you start
If you have a medical condition you should consult your medical or health specialist
before embarking on this activity. It also applies to pregnant women
and children below 12 years old. The information provided within this book is believed to be accurate based on the personal experience of the authors but the reader is responsible for consulting with their own health professional before changing the diet or starting an exercise program. If in doubt, please consult your doctor or licensed medical practitioner
Where To Practice
Find a place where you are least likely to be disturbed. It can be your room, garden or
beach – indoors or outdoors, wherever there is an even, flat surface. If you are practicing indoors, make sure that the room is ventilated and with comfortable temperature. Air conditioned rooms are not advisable – when the environment is cold your
body is stiff, and muscles stretch slowly. A clean environment and fresh air adds additional benefits to the breathing practice. Make sure that you have enough space to allow you to move around, and extend the arms and legs freely. Turn your phone off and hang a note on your door to say that you are having time to yourself. This is YOUR time.
When To Practice
Put aside a specific time in your day to enjoy your Yoga practice. Dawn and dusk are considered the best times of the day to practice Yoga, as the rising and setting of the sun charge our body with special energy. However, if these times are impossible for you, find another time of the day that works best for you and practice consistently.
Practice in the morning if you want to prepare your mind and body for the day, and charge your body with positive energy. Keep in mind that in the morning or in cold weather your muscles will be stiffer, so ease carefully into the postures at first.
Practice in the evening if you want to relax after a stressful day, unwind and centre. In the evenings your body will be more flexible, so you’ll be able to go deeper into postures.
Eating and Drinking
Never practice directly after eating. Yoga should be done on empty stomach.
Therefore allow at least 1 hour after a snack and 2 – 3 hours after a heavy meal before you begin your practice. It is best to drink before or after your Yoga session, to avoid becoming dehydrated. Try to avoid drinking water during the practice, to avoid losing your concentration on Yoga postures and breathing. However if you are practicing in the morning, have at least a glass of warm water before your practice, or a light snack (fruit or yogurt). When you finish your practice eat a proper breakfast.
What You Need
Get a special Yoga mat for yourself. It provides padding as well as a non-slip surface to practice on, and makes your practice easier and safer. You can find one in any sports shop. No one else should use your mat. This is not only for hygiene reasons, but also because you will eventually build up energy on your mat that will support you throughout the Yoga practice. You can also get a cushion to make your meditation more comfortable and a blanket if you wish to cover yourself while relaxing in the Corpse Pose at the end of the session. If you want, you can play relaxing, soothing music in the background – just make sure itʼs not too loud.