Guiding Principles for Yogic Practice
"shah" means cleanliness an important pre-requisite for Yogic practice. It includes cleanliness of surroundings, body, and mind. Yogic practices should be performed in a calms quite atmospheric with a relaxed body and mind.
Yogic practices should be performed on an empty/light stomach.
Bladder and bowels should be emptied and evacuated before staring Yogic practices.
Yogic practices should not be performed on an uneven surface. A mattress, durry or folded blanket should be used.
Light and comfortable cotton clothes are preferred to facilitate easy movements of the body.
These practices should not be performed in a state of exhaustion, illness or in a hurry.
Practice session should start with prayer as it creates conducive environment thereby relaxes mind.
perform the practices slowly with body, breathe awareness along with relaxation.
Breathing should always be done through nostrils unless instructed otherwise.
Not to hold the body tight.
Not to give jerks at any point of time.
Not to hold breathe unless it is specifically mentioned.
While inhaling and exhaling, chest is to be expanded and compressed respectively.
Not to be greedy i.e. perform according to one's own capacity.
Not to get disappointed. It takes some time to get good result. Therefore patience and regular practice is very essential for good results.
There are contra-indication / limitations for each Asana, Pranayama, Kriya and Bandha. such contra-indications should always be kept in mind. In case of chronic diseases or cardiac problems, doctor and yoga therapist should be consulted prior to the performance of yogic exercises.
During pregnancy and menstruation, Yoga expert should be consulted prior to yogic practices.
Bath may be taken only after fifteen to thirty minutes of the Yoga session.
Light food may be taken only after fifteen to thirty minutes of the Yoga session.
After each practice session/session, Shavasana may be practiced as per need.
Yoga session should end with a meditation / Deep Silence / Shanti Path.