The whys of backache...
What we loosely term as spinal pain or backache arises from an unusually large number of different causes ranging from cancer to tiredness or even lethargy. Always consult your doctor before experimenting with yogic asanas. While some causes need medical intervention, yoga remains a tried and tested method to ameliorate common that forms the bulk of the complaints that plague people.
It's not about exercise alone!
Yoga requires discipline and is part and parcel of a holistic approach to mental and physical well-being. Before starting any asanas, you need to adhere to the yogic way of life.
● Get up early in the morning and drink a glass of plain water. Yoga is best practiced on a clean bowel and empty stomach.
● After performing the exercises, give your self a break of 15 to 20 minutes before bathing.
● You can choose a convenient time either in the morning or in the evening to perform the asanas, although you will find your body more flexible in the evening.
● Do ensure that you have not eaten anything for at least two hours before doing the exercises in the evening.
It's all about Posture!
The most important aspect of yoga is correct posture. Learn to stand and sit correctly and make it a habit to check and correct yourself during the day. Be conscious of how you carry yourself. Pull yourself erect, stand tall, sit tall and push your shoulders back. This automatically pushes your stomach in and immediately makes you look more streamlined. Expand your chest and breathe in deeply. Hold your breath for at least 10 counts. Breathe out through your mouth for 12 counts. This is the very step towards pranayama.