Do I have to change my lifestyle to practice yoga?
One does wonder before starting yoga that if we need to change our lifestyle to practice yoga. The answer is NO. Yoga is not a religion. It doesn't require that you fast or abstain. You don't have to become a vegetarian or change your eating patterns. Nor do you have to give up drinking or smoking.
However, you might notice that your tastes change after you begin to practice yoga. As you become healthier and in tune with your body, you may feel differently about the impacts overeating, smoking and drinking alcohol have on your body.
Not necessarily. Yoga is a system of exercises focusing on posturing and breathing techniques which improves your breathing and alignment of the body and also helps in controlling your body and mind. The only things that should be taken into consideration before you start practicing yoga is your age and health. As far as diet is concerned, a healthy diet is sufficient. Still it is adviced to follow vegetarian diet due to its spiritual benefits. It is advisable to consult your doctor before you start practicing yoga especially if your age is above 40.
No, you don't have to follow any special diet. And no, you don't have to become a vegetarian to practice yoga.
One thing you may find though is that you will become more conscious of your food choices. As you get more in tune with your body and what it needs, you may find you're choosing more healthful foods.
Life is stressful; there is no getting around that. In our hectic life, it's not always possible to take out the time to practice yoga daily. Though there is nothing to replace a complete yoga session, but we can include a little bit of yoga in our daily life activities. For example, when stuck in a traffic jam, instead of fuming over the delay, try to insert the occasional round of neutral posture and abdominal breathing. You can alternate between shrugging your shoulders, then relaxing them, from time to time, which can help stave off neck and shoulder tension. Before going to sleep, you can practice one or two lying yoga poses, which will soothe you and give a good night's sleep. There are a whole lot of innovative ideas which you can think up of and include in your daily activities.
Yoga practice improves flexibility, stamina, strength and balance. In addition, yoga has been known to increase concentration, reduce stress and provide clarity of mind. All this can be accomplished only of we practice on a regular basis. Try to follow these tips:
- Yoga begins and ends in the mind. Make a determination that you are going to give yoga a fair try and you are going to practice, because it is important to you.
- Try practicing yoga with some friends. So that if any day when you are not motivated, the enthusiasm of your friend will carry you along.
- To get the maximum benefits of yoga, you should practice it everyday. So try to reserve some time for your yoga practice and meditation.
- Fix a schedule of practicing yoga in the mornings or evenings and stick to it.
- You won't feel the benefits of yoga immediately. So don't just give up. Continue to practice. It takes a while before the most profound results of yoga are realized.
Definitely, you can practice some poses even on the go. You can practice a few stretches like, rotate your head in large circles, while you are on the long train ride, releasing your neck muscles. Fall forward, placing your stomach on your thighs, or twist from side to side while on the plane. You could also just close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing, reflecting and centering your mind.