You can use yoga exercises to both make your body more flexibly and strong as well. It also as the effect of calming your mind and giving you more energy, whilst strenuous exercise and most sports actually use up your energy. A lot of students report in class they feel more relaxed and energized after a session.
The best way to do Self-discovery exercises or postures is with both a steady and slow motion, also holding a pose for between a few seconds to a few minutes whilst being totally focused and in the moment. The instructor should always remind you to stay focused and relaxed during the exercise.
To make sure you don’t injure yourself or damage a muscle, you should always go into a posture gently. You should not repeat any asana too many times, or be encouraged to push your self to hard.
You should stretch to the left, and then to the right or the other way around if you prefer, remembering a session is all about balance. You should then bend forward and backwards, by doing these preliminary exercises you will establish which side is stronger or more flexible. This will bring both balance and harmony into your yoga practice.
Yoga exercises are suitable for individuals of all ages,and can be easily changed to take into account your physical condition. A properly trained instructor can adapt most exercises by using cushions and chairs, so don’t be intimidated by what seem to be very difficult postures. Always remembering that a yoga practice can be tailored to your needs, and if you’re finding a posture of exercise that is too difficult for you, don’t do it, because you don’t need to compete with yourself. Its is supposed to be a powerful type of exercise that is completely and utterly stress-free.
Yoga exercises are absolutely fantastic for relieving stress and increasing strength and flexibility. However, they do not replace all the other types of physical exercise, therefore, you should still practice cardiovascular and fitness exercises that will help you keep your weight down and your heart and body fit.