Yoga - Warm Up

Yoga - Warm Up

1) To warm up, take a warm shower or bath, or walk for 5-10 minutes. Never perform yoga without warming up first.

2) Do yoga on an empty stomach. Soon after waking up in the morning or 2-3 hours before a meal are good times.

3) To prevent your feet from slipping, work out in bare feet.

After you have warm up, practice the breathing exercise :

Sit cross-legged on the floor, with a folded blanket under your tailbone so that your hips are higher than your knees. Rest your hands, palms up, on the insides of your knees, or cross your arms and rest your open hands under your armpits so that your underarms fit snugly in the curve between your thumb and fingers. Keep your breastbone lifted, close your eyes and become aware of your breathing.

With your mouth relaxed yet closed, breathe slowly and effortlessly through your nose. If you're taking 1-2 seconds to inhale and exhale, after a minute or two, lengthen the breath to 4-5 seconds each for the inhale and exhale. Focus your attention on the rise and fall of your abdomen. Never force your breath or breathe so deeply that you become lightheaded. Visualize the breath as expanding inside your body, filling you with renewed power and energy. Breath in this way for five minutes, feeling yourself relax deeply and becoming mentally clear.

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