Why to join Yoga Classes ?

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When you are a newbie to the concept of yoga  it’s recommendable to work with an experienced instructor to learn the proper way to perform exercises and avoid injuries. The yoga teacher will intuitively correct the mistakes you make while performing the asanas. A good yoga instructor will explain the fundamental principles of the practice.

Practicing yoga in a group you can benefit from the instructors help. A good yoga teacher intuitively knows when you need a little extra encouragement to push you closer to your limits or when you need to back off when you start to overdo it. This will minimize the risk of injury. An instructor will always remind that you have to only go as far as your breath allows. If you can’t breathe easily, you are straining and that is not the point of yoga.

There always comes a time when you feel like giving up. Practicing the yoga asanas regularly may get you tired and bored. And you’ll want to take a break. Practicing yoga in a group makes it easier to get over this period. You don’t want others from the group see you giving up. This feeling of shame in front of your colleagues will make you continue.

The main goal of yoga is to relax your mind and body. Practicing in a group it’s hard to fully relax as there are a lot of distractions around you. Each of us has its own needs to be able to relax and feel comfortable. Yoga studios are greatly optimized to create that relaxing ambiance, but it can’t fit everybody’s needs.

One can always ask and discuss common issues and problems they are running into regarding their yoga practice.  In addition to this, the students also often discuss amongst themselves their experiences and thoughts on Yoga, Meditation, Living a spiritual and healthy life etc.  This is a great way to make progress on the spiritual path.  One can learn much from the knowledge another has acquired and a group class really facilitates this.

Yoga practice not only give you great benefits, but, in exchange require that you live up to a higher standard.  This often means making changes to your social life and people you associate it.  It all happens quite naturally actually. What a group yoga class provides is an opportunity to befriend and share your life with those who are living at a similar wave length as you.

Improve your Yoga Postures

 

The next time you find anyone slouching their shoulders, it will remind you of the arch of a bow.

And the next step would be to practice the asana that would bring a confidence to your posture.

One of the most effective ways to prevent problems with the spine is to maintain proper back posture. Poor back posture is one of the leading causes of chronic soreness in the neck, back, and surrounding muscles.

Yoga – blending body, breath and mind through an effortless process.

When done to perfection, Dhanurasana is a superb back strengthener. In Dhanurasana you extend the body back into the shape of a bow as the arms reach back straight and taut, forming the “string” of the asana. Arching the body backward opens the chest and provides a powerful stretch for the front of the shoulders and the quadriceps. Regular practice of this pose helps keep the spine flexible and counters the tendency to slump forward.

Dhanurasana is dynamic and energizing—stretching the front body increases the flow of blood to the digestive tract and enhances the efficiency of the stomach, liver, and intestines, while contracting the back body stimulates the kidneys and adrenals. This pose enhances the backstrengthening and catching the feet or ankles integrates the posture. It can also compress the back. For this reason, it’s important to create space between the vertebrae and to stay as relaxed as possible while you’re in the pose.

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Patanjali in the yoga Sutra says “Sthiram Sukham Asanam” which is translated as “steadiness” and “ease.” If you don’t feel steady and at ease in this asana, back off to easier versions until you do. Challenge yourself but don’t strain. You do not have to catch your feet or ankles to gain great benefit.

Since Dhanurasana provides an intense stretch of the shoulders, spine, and thighs, warm up these areas properly. Begin with Balasana (Child’s Pose) and bring awareness to the lower back. On an inhalation, come onto all fours.

 Next exhale and stretch back to Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). Inhale back to all fours and exhale to Balasana, repeating this series of linked poses five or six times, synchronizing movements with your breath.

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