Following on from our January Ibiza yoga blog, now we are ready to start our practice… And seeing as it’s getting close to Valentine’s Day, it’s a good reminder to do it all with love and kindness to your body. There is no competition, no destination and no one to hold your self up against in yoga. Just do what feels good for YOU!
Here are the 4 basic steps to begin.
1. Learn how to breathe
The most important thing to do in yoga is to breathe, especially when holding the postures. All yoga breathing in is in through the nostrils and out through the nostrils. Don’t force the breath, rather, observe it and attempt to make the inhalation and the exhalation even. As if you are breathing in wonderful new energy and exhaling anything you don’t need.
2. Start and end with a brief meditation
Meditation is merely self-enquiry – looking with. There is no state of ‘enlightenment’ that you need to achieve! It’s just good to note how your body is feeling before you begin your practice. For example, is the mind scattered or do you have aches and pains? Just take a look inside. When you finish, end with a meditation and compare… do you feel more relaxed? Does the mind feel more focused? Why, or why not?
3. Warm up the body properly!
Start with basic yoga pose sequences and simple postures to warm up the body – ‘body awakening’ is the most important bit! Start with the toes and work your way up the body methodically. Find every joint and circle it, bend it, move and open it until your whole body feels warmer and lighter. Maybe even more open.
4. End with Savasana (relaxation pose)
Always end your yoga practice with Savasana (corpse pose), resting and consciously relaxing your body for 5 to 15 minutes. This is often the most difficult pose to achieve for busy people – as surrendering (to the floor) can be really challenging. But they say 10 minutes of Savasana is worth two hours of sleep, so there is your incentive! It’s also important to let the body ‘process’ the postures and absorb them. Stay with it – it’s a gift to your body.
The next Ibiza yoga blog will look at putting a complete sequence together.