10 frequently asked question for yoga instructor
10 frequently asked question for Iyengar yoga instructor
1. When to practice yoga, morning or evening?
The beginners should do at night, because in the process of the working day physical body is activated, it becomes more pliable, asanas are performed easier.
Morning classes give good energy for the whole day. But it experienced practitioners who at least has overcome one of the obstacles to yoga —
2. How often should I do it?
An important principle of regularity. Three times a week is ideal for beginners.
3. When to eat before and after class?
After the meal at least 4 hours. This is the average time of digestion in the stomach. On a full stomach the asana practice will be very difficult, and regular practice will bring harm to your health. After practicing asanas foods can be taken half an hour later. Otherwise you will eat much more than usual.
Water can drink directly before the asana practice. In practice it is not recommended to drink. After practicing asanas you can drink immediately.
Before performing pranayama better not to eat and not to drink. After practicing pranayamas meal should be after 60 min. Drinking after pranayama can.
4. How to combine water treatment with yoga?
A warm shower very useful before asana practice. Pour cold water do not need. After class, you can take a shower if during practice was the heavy sweating. Hot tub is contraindicated to yoga classes, and after school to clean up the practice.
5. When you can move on to the next level?
Preparatory classes (four classes) must go through every beginner. The initial class for approximately 6 months of regular practice. But the growth of a student depends on his individual characteristics, age, regularity of attendance in the group, from personal practice at home, from health. Recommend to upgrade to another level your regular teacher.
6. What are the contraindications for yoga?
Any person, regardless of age, health condition, nationality or religion can practice yoga. If you have health problems you should consult a doctor to determine the exact diagnosis and correct the problem. But your illness is not a hindrance to practice yoga. Depending on the disease yoga teacher will tell you how to perform a particular asana, given the state of your health. Some poses may be contraindicated, but others will help you significantly improve your health. Important to tell your yoga teacher about your problem before the start of classes.
7. Can I practice yoga during menstruation?
Yes, you can do. You should exclude everything that is connected with an obvious physical stress abdominal poses, jumps, complex twisting, complex bends and balances and inverted poses. During this period it is better to visit specialized women’s class. to understand the characteristics of women’s practices. If you come in a regular group, please inform the teacher.
8. Can yoga fix scoliosis?
Through yoga, you can fix the initial stage of scoliosis, to suspend the development of complex forms of scoliosis, and to feel the fullness of life. This requires regular regular exercise. Preferably after passing through a preparatory class to begin to engage only in the therapeutic class. Gaining experience, you can attend regular group classes, notifying the teacher before class about their features. Therapeutic class should attend students who have other diseases of the spine osteochondrosis, intervertebral hernia, etc.
9. How to combine yoga with classes at the gym and other sports?
Along with yoga, you can exercise, but it should be noted that the work of the physical body in yoga and in any sport is significantly different. In yoga, the emphasis is on stretching and relaxation. In sports on muscle contraction and the result. If there is a desire to engage in these two activities, it is necessary that between classes passed at least six hours. Yoga gives a very strong energetic effect. Six hours is needed to ensure that this effect is entrenched in the body.
10. What place do you take to meditation and in General do you meditate?
Very often the word meditation is associated with sitting in the Lotus position, eyes closed and fingers certainly are connected in Jnana-mudra. Next should be a lit incense and sound of meditative music. All of this is just the trappings that can help someone to set your mind on meditation practice, and may interfere. What is called in the Western world, meditation, classical yoga is called the highest levels of yoga: Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. The word “higher” should be understood not in the more important value and subsequent value for the main. The main stages of yoga it is the first, second, third and fourth: Yama, Niyama, Asana and Pranayama. Student of classical yoga, needs to be consistent in learning the steps of yoga. Without mastering the first steps of yoga cannot be learned meditation. The state of meditation can come through the asanas, pranayama, mental exercises, chanting of mantras. In the Iyengar school in the state of meditation is achieved through the practice of asanas and pranayamas.