The most common yoga bloopers/mistakes we make, have nothing to do with our physical alignment. It is more about our attitude and lack of awareness that dissolves the bliss of yoga practice.

Eating before Yoga

When doing Yoga, we want our energy to be optimised. On the other hand, if we eat anything before the practice (2-3 hours), all the energy is focused on digesting the food. And, the nausea when doing inversions or surya namaskars hampers our practice. So eat a light, easily digestible snack or fruit/nuts before the yoga session.

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Wearing tight fitted pants

Wearing jeggings or tight yoga pants is an absolutely, NO-NO. You want your skin to breath and the blood to circulate, besides being comfortable for that one hour. Opt for clothes that allows your body to destress and breath.

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Listening to loud – distracting music

It’s motivating to have good music. But, while doing yoga we want to be mindful and  relaxed. So why put on loud-distracting music? We want to look within ourselves, practice awareness and learn to sync our body and breath. Thus, leave the music for later.

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Sharing yoga mats

This is a matter of personal hygiene. We sweat on those mats. As a thumb rule, we wash our mats once in two weeks to maintain sanitation. We don’t wear our own sweaty pants twice, so think twice about using a sweaty mat forever. And, using a stranger mat is a stranger matter.

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Making it too serious

A lot of people think, you need to be serious while doing yoga. And, there couldn’t be a bigger myth. Yoga is about letting go and relax. Smile all you want to, as long as you do not spook the people around you. tenor (1)

 

Your yoga time is “your time.” It’s time to unwind-relax and find your happy place. So be as comfortable as possible and let go of all the inhibitions. :) :) 

Iti Jain