I get loads of questions about practicing yoga and I thought it would be helpful to put some tips into a blog post for you guys! Hope you guys enjoy & remember to leave a comment letting me know what you think! xo

( Asana: The physical practice of yoga )

Tips

-Food
Asana should be practiced on an empty stomach! After eating, your body is focused on digesting your meal. This means it has less energy to send to the rest of the body while you move in your practice.
If you are very hungry and feel you must have something you can drink a cup of tea or coffee, or eat a small apple or a handful of nuts. After eating a light meal wait 1-2 hours before getting on the mat. If you have had a very heavy meal, wait 4 hours.

-Bathe
Taking a bath before practice can help open the muscles for movement. A warm shower after practice is nice too.

-Time
The best time to practice is early in the morning and late in the evening. In the morning you use asana to ease the stiffness within the body while also wakening and alerting the mind, preparing yourself for the day. At night asana can be used to calm the body and slow down the mind.

-Breathing
In all asana, breathing should be done through the nose.

-Savasana (corpse pose)
After completing your practice stay in savanna for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

Cautions

-Sun
You should not practice asana if you have been under the sun for many hours.

-Menstruation
Women should not practice yoga within the first 3 to 4 days of their period. If you’re in a lot of pain, you can take some seated forward folds to relieve it. Do not back bend or get upside down!
( side note: all woman’s bodies are different and I know a lot of woman who practice happily on their periods. I however can barely move when its that time of the month so this is for those ladies who suffer from sever cramps and pains )

-Place
Practice in a clean, open space with little sound. Preferably in a room free of clutter and has leveled wooden floors.

-High or low blood pressure
Start with seated forward folds working your way slowly to upside down postures such as down dog & headstand. All forward bending poses are beneficial for people suffering from high or low blood pressure.

-Pregnancy
Taking this one straight out of ‘Light on Yoga’ by BKS Iyengar
“All the asanas can be practiced during the first three months of pregnancy. All the standing poses and forward bending poses can be done with mild movements, for at this time the spine should be made strong and elastic and no pressure should be felt on the abdomen. Baddha Konasana(bound angle pose) and Upavistha Konasana(wide angle seated forward bend) may be practiced throughout pregnancy at any time of the day (even after meals, but not forward bending immediately after meals) as these two asanas will strengthen the pelvic muscles and the small of the back and also reduce labour pains considerably. Pranayama(breath work) without retention  (kumbhaka) may be practiced throughout pregnancy, as regular deep breathing will help considerably during labour.

Alright guys. Hope you enjoyed these tips and cautions! Let me know if you have any further questions or want me to touch up on any point further.
Do you practice yoga? Do you have any additions for this list? Let me know in the comments below!

Love you guys always

xo, Lex