2 Feb 2023
Yoga is the principle of spirituality.
Yoga is the principle of spirituality. It is a subtle science of connecting mind, body and spirit with harmony. Yoga has four main principles: conserve your breath, preserve your body, be established in the flow, and synchronize your unit rhythm with the universal rhythm — your circadian rhythm, with that of the cosmos. For you to become superhuman, you need to have insight, foresight, and multi-sensory perceptions which can be achieved with correct practice of Yoga.
But often people forget these basic principles and make mistakes.
Below are the 7 common mistakes while performing Yoga and how to avoid them:
1) Forgetting to smile while performing asanas -
A smile is an external expression of our inner state of mind and wellbeing. One has to be blessed to be seen smiling from the heart, and to continue being in that joyful state. Too much seriousness creates unnecessary tension, tightness, which can impact your performance. The simple act of having a smile on your face activates neural massaging, which enhances our brain’s health. When we smile, our brain releases neuropeptides, which drive away stress. This is a creative brain cleansing. Our brain also releases “happy hormones” such as dopamine, oxytocin, endorphins, and serotonin. A happy mind can ease out almost everything, and aid in improving any physical activity.
2) Skipping Warm up -
Dynamic warm up is very important as it increases your body temperature, increases the blood flow which will reduce the risk of injury.It will help increaseflexibility, which will better your performance. A thorough warm up of compound body movements of twisting, turning, bending forward; backward; sideways, bhujangasana, spot march, pavanmuktasana should be incorporated. If without this, one were to start into difficult postures, one could get into injury.
3) Practicing asanas with full stomach –
Having too much food or liquids in your belly will make you uncomfortable, slow you down, and even prevent you from achieving certain poses.It will leads to heaviness, uneasiness, acidity, bloating and discomfort. It disturbs the digestive process. One must keep a minimum of 3 hours break after heavy meals.
4) Breathing pattern–
Body has its natural breathing rhythm, but many of us do the opposite. One needs to bring awareness towards the breath, awareness of breath is the foundation for flowing seamlessly in a movement.
While twisting, forward bending we need to exhale, upward stretching is always with deep inhalation, side wards stretches can be done either ways, this should be followed flawlessly, then only one can get into the natural rhythm of movements and breath.
Remember your normal breathing should be like that of a balloon, when you Inhale - your stomach should move out and when you exhale your stomach should move in.
5) Doing without Invigilation -
Please do under expert guidance while performing any asana correctly or it may lead to a problem instead of gaining benefit. Also inform your teacher about any disease or health issues before beginning your yoga class. Remember, Every body is different, ever body’s way to perform a posture is different.
6) Not engaging your core -
Engaging your core helps you cut down on over-relying on other muscles to get the strength you need to do a particular asana. When you perform yoga poses without core engagement, you can put undue pressure on your lower back and hips and create discomfort, pain, and injury. We must learn and assure good core engagement in all exercises especially by correcting our breathing pattern.
7) Skipping Relaxation –
You miss out on a vital part of complete yoga experience, if you miss out on relaxation. When we do Shavasana or Yoga Nidra, It’s not just relaxation it is also meditating and rejuvenating. It slows our heart rate, reduces blood pressure and neutralizes stress, anxieties and tensions.When one cannot lie down, one can simply sit with back straight and consciously relax their body.
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