Yoga can be an incredible workout for the body and mind, but everyone has days when they're just not feeling the flow. Certain things pop up in day-to-day doings that can't be controlled, but taking these three tips to heart will ensure a solid practice.
- Don't go on a full stomach: Heading into a yoga class after eating is going to hinder your practice. In order for your body to twist and hop easily into all those crazy poses, the stomach can't be digesting a big burger. Lots of yoga teachers agree that a vegetarian diet complements yoga. If you're not looking to give up meat for good, just do your best to not eat any right before a class. There's nothing worse than trying to get situated in Bow Pose on a full belly. Yoga teacher Kristin McGee suggests eating an hour before practice.
- Breathing deep works: Your yoga class is your time to get centered, connect with yourself, and get an awesome workout. If you don't have a strong solid breath going, the class is going to feel like it's lasting forever. It's natural for your mind to wander to your checklists and appointments, but when you feel this coming on, go back to your breath. It's the best way to calm down and dive back into your practice.
- Expect nothing: Every day we bring something different to yoga. Some days you'll just float into Bakasana, and other days it will seem impossible. Instead of getting mad at your body, the best thing you can do is to be gentle with yourself. Check your expectations at the door: they're not helping anyone out. Remember that whatever you're able to accomplish in class is better than not going to practice yoga at all.
How do you make sure you have the best yoga class possible?