These factors vary from the kind of yoga you practice, the teacher you choose through the surroundings where you practice. Some of the factors it is easy to control, others may be more determined by what is available to you.
When beginning practicing yoga, you should keep trying to find the perfect combination which makes your practice the most satisfying and fun. There are however three variables which are 100% under your control, that affect not just your enjoyment of your clinic, but just as importantly, the benefits you get from each practice.
Body’s Physical Capacities Improvement
Among the aims of yoga, like each exercise regime, is to improve your body’s physical capacities. Yoga naturally has the added advantage that it also will help to improve many areas of your wellbeing that overall exercise cannot. Despite these increased benefits, yoga isn’t a magic cure-all. Achieving these benefits requires your commitment and effort every time you practice. Achieving incremental improvements to your own skills requires (and permits) one to additional challenge your physical limitations.
Over time slow improvements result in massive gains in your yoga skills and the health advantages of your practice. In every position you should want to make sure that you’re secure and comfortable in the position. You should then be aiming to gradually and easily deepen the stretch as far as it remains pain free for you to do so. In most postures you should feel the stretch in the relevant muscles and deepen in the stretch in a controlled way to prevent damaging your ligaments and muscles. You should challenge your abilities so as to attain new yoga skills, but also listen carefully to your body to know when to stop.
There’s a whole lot of discussion and research into the importance and health benefits of yoga breathing. While these may well prove to be actual advantages, embracing relaxed, controlled yoga definitely helps to boost your total yoga practice. The natural tendency, when practicing an asana (yoga posture) that assesses your physical skills, is to shorten your breath and sometimes, to begin breathing through your mouth. This stressful breathing technique encourages you to tense your muscles and fight against the asana and the stretch. This is the opposite of the desired state for practicing yoga.
Instead it’s important that you focus on your breathing, finishing a long, controlled inhale exhale cycle which fills your lungs to capture the maximum quantity of oxygen for every single breath. Focusing on your breathing this way, helps you to stay relaxed and enables you to be more aware of your physical condition enabling you to better feel the stretch, be conscious of tension on your muscles and focus on releasing that tension and loosen to muscles you are working on. Through this greater awareness of what you body is telling you and by detecting and releasing tension in your muscles, it is a lot easier to take each stretch and move deeper into each asana and wait for longer without harm.
As with all exercise, the benefits only include a commitment to regular exercise. Only through regular practice of exercise does the body begin to grow, strengthen, adapt and change based on the physical demands you are placing on it. Practicing yoga isn’t any different. Regular practice can help to create the muscle strength necessary to hold asanas.
More than that, you will develop greater lung capacity and supply the normal stimulation to the inner organs which helps balance hormone and chemical levels. Frequent practice can help to learn any new skill or skill and yoga is not any different. Specifically repetition helps your body learn the right position balancing postures, to the extent that it will become second nature – just like riding a bicycle. Another area where regular practice is extremely beneficial is learning how to calm and slow your thoughts, to purge your ideas of the anxieties and pressures of the day.