How often should I practice to have the best results?
When it comes to yoga, the more often and regular your practice, the better. Your body will tell you when to stop and take a break.
For example if your intention is a dedicated regular practice, you can aim to do it every day and if you feel like skipping a day or two, you can add pranayama and meditation to your rest days.
If you don’t have too much time and just want to add some movement to your week, 3-4 times a week is good to start with.
Is yoga enough or should I compliment it with cardio and weight lifting?
If you see yoga as a means to get fit and strong or searching to have a certain look you might be in the wrong place.
Yoga poses are aimed to work through your energetic body. Regulation of the hormones and nervous system, releasing toxins and losing fat or getting more toned are some of the great beneficial results of the process. Of course you get stronger and flexible with time. However, yoga cannot promise you a certain body shape or power.
If you follow a balanced practice, you will sweat, work your muscles and be in good shape eventually. As you find a certain practice resonates with you, check in with your body to see if you need anything else. Do you need to sweat and build cardiovascular fitness? If so, add running to your routine! Or, if you have a certain muscle group that needs more strength due to an injury, work with the weights! It’s all up to you.
My recommendation is to combine pulling exercises like calisthenics & bars with yoga asana because all other aspects are covered in poses except for pulling your own weight.
Why are women told to avoid going upside down when menstruating?
In menstruation the body is releasing what is no longer used, such as body fluids, blood and unused creation energy. It is a flow towards the ground, so from top to bottom. Inverting the body is like going against what the body is trying to accomplish.
On a physical level, there is a lot of activation, blood flow and contractions in the uterus. So inversions may create discomfort especially when the bleeding is heavy.
On an energetic level, women tend to release emotional residues, finished processes in life, or any other aspect of life that is no longer serving through menstruation as well. So monthly periods are more introverted times which call for more rest, turning inwards and being on the “yin” side. Instead of heavy asana practice, lots of meditation and energetic work could be better options.
What can and can’t pregnant women do in yoga ?
Firstly, you should consult with your doctor and ask if there’s any drawback for you in practicing yoga. As a general rule, during the first couple of months it is safe to continue your regular practice. Afterwards, you can continue with “Pregnant Yoga” classes.
Why “oming” and what does it mean?
“AUM” or “OM” are sounds that create a unique vibration in your system when sung. Exhaling out with specific syllables resonates within your body both physically & energetically.
In Yoga teaching, we are the vibrating energy fields within a union. OM is the sound that vibrates within all. We tune and resonate ourselves with this sound like tuning forks by chanting it.
Why do teachers say Namaste at the end of class and what does it mean?
Namaste is a salutation in Sanskrit. We are all creators of life, the small drops of a vast ocean that we call “God” or the Great Spirit. It is used in a sense to greet and honor the great spirit in each person.