The team here at Capriosca Swimwear absolutely loves Yoga. Yoga cultivates health and wellbeing (physical, emotional, mental and social) through the regular practice of a range of many different techniques, including postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, self-inquiry and meditation. In recent years there have been a growing number of well-designed studies into the health benefits of yoga. These show that the practice of yoga is safe, useful and very cost effective for a wide range of conditions and life-stages. We have a few tips to get you on the right track to yoga this summer:
Don’t Worry About Being Perfect
Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well being.
Don’t Force It
Know your body and your limits. Although yoga is a lot of simple routines and stretches, don’t force your body into any uncomfortable positions. You will master these inch by inch with continuous practice. Slow down on all your positions, taking time and care to stretch into each position.
Yoga is big on breathing exercises. If you aren’t using the correct breathing techniques, it may as well contradict the purpose of yoga. Deep breaths in, hold, breathe out and repeat. Proper breathing can be practised outside yoga, helping to calm and relax you, meditating away.
It’s fascinating how much you can sweat from a few simple stretches. You are exercising your whole body and mind, don’t forget, so yoga will take its toll. Keep up the fluids, especially since 70% of your body is made up from water.
In yoga practice you twist from side to side, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable. If you are a person with a fast-acting digestive system and are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before you start.
With these simple tips, you will both enjoy and feel the benefits of yoga this summer