- “Yoga is All About Breath
The core of yoga is about long, deep breathing, in and out through the nose. This has major health benefits, especially when combined with yoga’s various poses and postures. “Ujai” breathing is practiced with the throat slightly constricted which causes a bit of a windy sound. It’s purpose is to control and channel the air flowing in and out of the lungs.I’ve heard many yoga teachers say throughout the years that keeping continuous breathing patterns is more important than how deep one holds a pose. Since not all yoga students are taught how to properly breathe during class, it’s worth mentioning as one of the basic facts about yoga — it’s about the breath!
- Yoga is Non Competitive
Even though we often compare ourselves to the person on the mat next to us, it’s really unnecessary. Everyone has a different level of flexibility and so they’ll naturally find their limits. Not everyone is able to do postures to the same level of perfection as someone else and there’s simply no need to concern yourself with other people’s progress.
- Yoga is Safe
Just about anyone can practice yoga, from children all the way up to senior citizens. While beginners might want to avoid Ashtanga, the basic ethos of all other yoga practices is “go at your own pace.” Care and caution should always be practiced when doing any form of exercise and yoga is perfectly safe for all levels of flexibility. In other words, your yoga teacher isn’t going to make you try to put your foot behind your head the first time you go to class.”
Thank you Muuyu Yoga for the great explanation!
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