5 Methods To Boost Your Yoga Sessions
Yoga has quickly become one of the most practiced exercises in the modern world. While yoga is the preferred method of exercising for many, those that are new to it or are thinking about starting it may have some preconceived notions about it that are just baseless. Many newcomers and beginners find yoga to be a bit intimidating. You can understand their trepidation. Whenever an outsider looks into promo videos or any kind of advertisement for Yoga classes, the majority of what they see is very, very fit looking people doing impossible poses in these classes. These poses, one may rightfully assume, requires a lot of strength, balance and coordination to pull off. While this may seem to be true, there is much more to yoga classes than what meets the eye. The truth of the matter is that people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels may practice yoga. Just because the adverts show only high skilled yoga practitioners, in most classes, there will be people who are just starting out. No matter your skill level, here are 5 tips to help you get the most out of your yoga sessions.
1. Pre-workout and post-workout routines
These two routines, both pre and post workout, are paramount to getting the best results possible from your yoga sessions. Most of us have very busy schedules and having a stable pre and post workout routine will go a long way in getting the optimal benefits from your yoga sessions. It may very often be the case that you may not prioritize a small meal before the session. What with hectic schedules, just the workout by itself may be taxing on your packed schedules. If you, however, do want to get the best workout in, you should seriously consider a small and healthy snack right before the yoga session. Something as simple as just half of a banana or even just 10 almonds is recommended to have you not feeling clumsy and tired during the yoga session. While the small meal before you start working out will really help during the session, it is also as essential to not ruin all the gains from the session with junk food after the session. A simple protein shake or a small salad are the ideal go to foods for your post workout meals.
You do not need to splurge on the most expensive workout gear or clothing to get the optimum benefits from your yoga sessions. You should, however, ditch the baggy clothing when you do your yoga classes. While the baggy clothing may feel more comfortable by not making you too self conscious, it comes with a lot of drawbacks, specially for yoga classes. Certain poses are just not attainable with loose fitting clothing. So make sure you are dressed properly. A few other tips that can really help you with getting the most benefits include arriving at least 15 minutes early, bringing a yoga mat, a towel and a bottle of water. The very last thing that you would want to do is to use the class to get rid of the stress of transportation to and from the yoga studio. You should make sure to arrive a bit early so that you can clear your mind before the class starts and focus completely on the class when it does start.
Yoga is great for improving your focus, in improving your ability to tune out distractions. This practice starts with the class itself. Focus is also a skill that you can improve by working on it, very much like any other muscle. As with any other muscle, the more stress you put it through, the better it will get in being better equipped to handle that kind of stress.
One of the best things you can do (or not do really) to improve your yoga classes, is to make sure that you are not comparing yourself to others in the class. There may be people who are at a much more advanced level than you are but it is important to remember that those people were also beginners at some point. They worked on their yoga and put in the hard work required to reach the level that they are at now. So it really does not do anyone any good to compare themselves with another person. If you focus on yourself, you will soon be able to recognize the abilities that you do have. It is also important to point out here that no matter what level of fitness you are at, you should never feel like you are straining yourself in the class.
4. Don’t be too hard on yourself
The world is filled with people who are going to doubt you and make you doubt yourself.
Make sure you are not doing this to yourself though. This will have no benefits. If you are too hard on yourself you may not see all that is good on you and this can lead you to some pretty tough roads.
5. Consider Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy has been in the game for around 40 years now. This therapy method uses specific wavelengths of light to fix tissue in the body that may have become damaged or at a high risk of injury. This type of therapy stimulates our cells which is a therapy method that has numerous benefits, some of these benefits are listed below.
Research has proven that red light therapy is an extremely reliable treatment option for a bunch of thyroid conditions and the associated symptoms of thyroid conditions. Red light therapy also can balance testosterone as well as sex hormones in women. Red light therapy has also been proven to reduce inflammation, including the type that is related to autoimmune responses.
Yoga is a great way to achieve peak mental and physical fitness. If you are already investing in it by getting admitted in a yoga class, the methods listed above will surely go a long way in helping you get the most out of your yoga classes.