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Where is the best place to practice yoga?
Yoga can be practiced anywhere. The experience is dependent on you. Most people however prefer a quiet area free of distractions, where you have enough space to stand and lie on your yoga mat. Yoga studios are perfectly designed to meet these requirements for several students.
My body is not flexible, can I practice Yoga?
If you’ve seen the flexibility of regular yoga students or ‘yogis’, then you may feel far more inflexible by comparison. The truth is, most people never start with a flexible body and it is only with regular practice from basic movement that you can gain incredible flexibility and strength. If beginning in a class, don’t worry less others’ flexibility. It is quickly improved with regular practice.
Is Yoga Meant for Females Only?
The answer to this is NO! Although more females tend to practice yoga in many areas of the world particularly in Western cultures, there are men who love and indeed practice yoga too. While there are differences in the typical male and female body, all poses and movements can profoundly improve strength and flexibility in everyone who practices them. In recent times, it appears men have become more keen on the idea of Yoga; after being convicted of substance abuse in 2001, Robert Downey Jr. (a.k.a Iron Man) took to yoga classes to get back on his feet.
What Are the Things I Need to Bring to a Yoga Class?
It is advisable to go to a yoga class with your mat. Also, if you are prone to wrist injury, get a wrist guard or support for the yoga session. Other things to remember to bring include; a towel to wipe off any sweat and a bottle of water.
What is the Dress Code for a Yoga Session?
There is no mandatory dress code for a yoga class. Wear anything that you are comfortable in. However, since you will be moving and stretching a lot during a yoga session, make sure your clothes allow for easy mobility. You will likely be warmed up quite soon so don’t overdress. Yoga classes are often conducted in bare feet, so don’t worry about choice of footwear.
Who Covers for The Cost of the Mat Used?
Yoga studios often have mats in place, especially for beginners. Some studios taking advanced classes may require you to bring your own mat or hire one on the spot. It all depends on the Sydney yoga class.
What Type of Yoga Mat Should I Buy?
There are TPE, cotton and foam version mats. The foam versions tend to be cheaper, although after many months of use they can tend to become lumpy or compacted in certain parts depending on the quality.
Irrespective of the yoga mat you are going for, most advice that it should be at least 6 mm thick. Such mat offers great cushioning and will also last longer. It should also be few inches (6”) longer than your height.
Can I Practice Yoga During My Leisure Time?
Yoga is similar to any exercise you might have committed to previously. It is often important to consistently practise outside of classes.
Be sure to speak with your instructor about this first, as they may want you to attend a few lessons first to be sure your basic movements are performed without any errors that may cause you to strain or move in a way that doesn’t achieve the full benefit of the exercise.
In case you are super-busy, yoga practice at least 2-3 times per week is okay, and you can get a great benefit from even 10 or 15 minute sessions. Attending 3-4 classes per week is recommended for an optimal result.
Can Pregnant Women Do Yoga?
Anybody can attend a yoga class. There are many yoga classes in Sydney that offer tailored sessions especially for pregnant women. Often they will lean toward more standing poses and movements for pregnant women.
However, it is recommended to let your doctor know about your decision before signing up for a yoga class. Also, let the instructor at the studio know of your condition and reason for joining the class.
What Are The Things Pregnant Women Should Avoid During Yoga?
If you are pregnant;
- Do not practice yoga in an overly heated room. Try to avoid bikram yoga. Scientists suggest this may affect the baby’s early neuron development.
- Avoid spending too much time or strain on your back or stomach. Such action can restrict blood flow.
- Avoid inversion poses. Your centre of balance can be destabilised and any unexpected falling is not ideal.
Which Yoga Session is Best for Beginners?
All yoga studios will offer some type of beginner class. Depending on your situation some may suggest a private session. When you inform the instructor, they will train you on the introductory yoga poses.
A private session is most often suggested for people suffering from conditions like chronic back pain, and any other musculoskeletal ailment.
Can I Eat Before Going to a Yoga Class?
Ideally any eating or drinking (except water) is done more than 2 hours before the session begins. You may find it difficult to fully relax or gain the full benefit of a stretch or pose on a full stomach.
Some choose to consume lean protein and glucose meals or health drinks to allow for better energy and movement during Yoga. Be sure to speak to your instructor if you need to eat before class and they can recommend ideal recipes to make sure you are not restricted in your practise.