Yoga imposes certain
disciplines for a balanced and contented
These disciplines have scientific justifications.
Unlike superficial, frivolous lifestyles
without any do's or don'ts, the regular
practice of yoga helps by cultivating
character, good eating, cleansing, proper
breathing, ideal sex and relaxation. It
is designed to awaken the characteristics
of what it means in life to be human.
One should remember
yoga in the wrong manner can aggravate
the negatives, rather than developing
positive changes in the body and mind.
Therefore it is advised that yoga should
not be practised without suitable professional
guidance and knowledge. If you're physically
unwell, do not practise yoga.
patients are warned against holding
their breath (Kumbhaka) during pranayama.
suffering from serious problems
like heart trouble, high or low blood
pressure or any serious organic disease
should also avoid asanas (postures) which
may prove dangerous.
in the presence of a medical or yoga expert.
Do not wipe the body with a towel, but
rub the body with the palms.
6. Avoid strenuous
physical exercises like gymnastics,
weightlifting, jogging, tennis, swimming
etc. after asanas and prayama. Allow at
least 20 minutes after yoga before other
The sequence of yogic
practices; Kriyas, Asanas, Pranayama,
Chittashuddhi and Yoga Nidra should be
attaining peace of mind, yoga
should be practised in a quiet,
secluded place, where fresh air envelops
you for fresh breathing of the mind.
is recommended that you either practise
early in the morning, or in early evening
on a relatively empty stomach.
You are allowed the flexibility of practising
yoga four hours after a heavy meal and
20 minutes after a glass of juice or a
cup of skimmed milk. After practice, meals
after half-an-hour is optional.
9. Avoid tea,
coffee, smoking, alcohol, zarda,
pan masala, sweets, fried food and spices
as they activate chemical toxins, which
are harmful and lead to stress and illness.
10. Your diet
should include raw food, salad and fruits.
Drink at least
8-10 glasses of water everyday,
irrespective of yogic practice. It helps
in cleaning up the system.
11. A time schedule
should be ideal capacity and to
make it a regular practice. For instance,
Pranayama can be started with a less duration
initially and can be later increased gradually
depending on one's capability to concentrate.
one may feel stiffness in muscles but
it will ease out after regular practice.Physical
comfort is as important as mental comfort
while practicing yoga. Hence, clean, loose,
free-flowing clothes; preferably cotton
garments should be worn. In cold
climates, a shirt or sweater can be worn.
Jewellery and accessories should be avoided
and practise with bare-feet to ensure
contact with the ground.
the body has to be stretched in all directions,
yogic practice has to be done on a clean
mat, rug, carpet or a blanket.
14. You should
practise Yoga on the ground. Do
not practise on sofas and beds.