8 Ways to Approach Yoga Poses
Approaching Yoga Poses
I am writing from my living room where most of my Yoga practice takes place. I have studied a wide variety of Yoga Philosophy, Asana, Mediation and the Anatomy of Yoga postures. I am writing this blog for anyone who practices, beginner to the elite, as a reminder to go back and recount some of the basic strategies in starting your routine. I love to revisit these lists, as they become more innate, I like to remind myself of them ...bring them to the forefront of the practice and observe them and their importance again.
I feel that every Yoga pose is an art form, a kind of “happening” and it is ever evolving and ever changing no matter how often I practice. Each pose offers me an opportunity that I am grateful for. I am grateful for the mind-body connection, the challenges, and the benefits associated with each pose. When I start, I breathe into the posture, follow the Drishti associated with that pose, and flow into the ultimate attention to detail where my mind is focused away from the chatterbox in my head and is attentive to my posture and flow with no judgment. I hold the pose and when I feel the need to move out of it, I breathe into it some more. It is playful and joyous in each breath. Yoga practices help me to move toward the ultimate goal of yoga, which is to become self-aware and find my true nature.
Yoga is for everyone and anyone who wants to practice, no matter the body type, age, challenges a person has spiritual or religious affiliations. There are many modifications to Yoga postures that can be done if need be. Modified poses can be done with the body, or with props like bolsters, Pillows, Zabutons, Yoga Straps, Cork or Wood Blocks, and a Mat that is substantial enough for your particular practice.
Follow these basic cues when starting your routine:
1. Engage Your Breath | Maintain good conscious breathing
2. Always start with some version of warm-up:
a. Starting with breathing exercises is amazing! (Pranayama) 3 Minutes
b. (Kundalini Yogis start with the mantra: “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo”) Repeat 3X’s
c. Starting in poses like Mountain (Tadasana) or Corpse Pose (Savasana) can be very grounding.
3. Hold poses for a minimum of 30-90 seconds | Play with your times!
4. Don’t forget to practice each pose with its associated Drishti. (See my Blog on the Drishtis)
5. Lengthen on the inhale and deepen the pose on the exhale!
6. Keep hips, head, and shoulders in proper alignment. Don't push knees too far!
7. Never strain as pushing too far will limit flexibility (Muscles will tighten)
8. Make sure your movements are not robotic or you don’t jerk in your movement (if you find yourself doing this, breathe, center
and start over)
Take note that a certified and well-known instructor can help you get through challenges. Visit your local Yoga studio and ask questions or take a class. Surround yourself with people who can help you move into new territory or give you the inspiration to keep going.
To your good health
Sat Nam ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ
Soorya Kirti Kaur
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