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Guiding Principles for Yogic Practice

 

BEFORE

  • "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.

DURING

  • 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.

AFTER

  • 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.