Yoga has gained a reputation for helping the mind and body relax. Of course, your first formal class might be unbelievably backbreaking and possibly embarrassing, but once you get the hang of it, you will get to enjoy the numerous benefits that yoga has to offer. In addition to helping improve your body, yoga is also known to help relieve stress and improve concentration.
A good yoga experience is challenging but it gets easier over time. As you practice more, you will notice that your body will adapt and improve.
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert in yoga, here are easy habits that will help improve your practice:
Paying attention to how you breathe can really transform your yoga practice. In fact, it can even transform your entire life. Learning how to breathe properly will help you relax.It will also help decrease your heart rate and calm your mind.
The good thing about breathing is you can practice it anytime, anywhere. Feeling tired and lethargic at work? Inhale and exhale slowly. Waiting for the train? Practice alternate-nostril breathing.
What you put inside your body also affects your yoga practice. In addition to nourishment, food should also give you clarity and energy to focus on your yoga.
Fortunately, there are no rigid rules when it comes to picking the right food for you. You are free to explore and choose the options that taste good and still feel right. It’s all about being more mindful of your choices. As you become more conscious, you will eventually discover what works for you and what doesn’t. Listen to your body and give it what it needs.
While going to your yoga studio and attending practice with your teacher probably works best most of the time, you can try doing practice on your own on days when your schedule just seems too hectic. It doesn’t have to be rigorous. Just fifteen minutes in the morning will make a huge difference. This gives you the mindset that yoga is an important part of your life and it is something that you need to commit to doing every day.
It is extremely rare to find someone who will enjoy a smooth-sailing yoga journey. More often than not, you will find yourself facing problems too. Perhaps you will have difficulties in doing certain poses or maybe you’ll have personal problems that will make you lose focus - don’t let these things stop your yoga journey. Always set your eyes forward and remind yourself that you need to move forward in spite of these setbacks.
If you want to relax after practice or if you are looking for ways to ease discomfort in your muscles and joints, an Epsom salt bath may be exactly what you need. Epsom salt is made from Magnesium and sulfate, which are known to help the body relax. It is also known to help soothe aching muscles. Soaking away stress and clearing your mind is the perfect way to indulge.
Our Yoga Soak is enhanced with Jasmine, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Grapefruit. You can use it before yoga to improve concentration or after yoga to relieve stress and muscle tension. Just add one cup to your regular bath, and enjoy the benefits.