across the Yoga exercises here in an old library book and
I've been using them since the early 1990's. I don't approach
Yoga with the meditation aspect in mind but at times I do
feel a bit more stress-free after a session, approximately
10-15 minutes. I tend to use them simply to keep loose and
supple, although they do seem to help in toning muscle.
best way to begin is to find a quiet space free from distraction
and with good ventilation in order to get some fresh air
into your system. The next thing is to take your time with
the movements and not to be put off if they feel awkward.
Remember to breath as steadily and controlled as possible.
This is important: DO NOT strain yourself.
Be patient and give your body time to get used to the movements
and stretches. Move slowly and gently.
Routine first thing in the morning,
very often as soon as I get out of bed. I know this can
seem a bit daunting, especially if you have had a late night
beforehand but the exercises will make you feel better and
Routine in the early evening to stop
myself feeling tired after work. Although this set of exercises
will help you to relax, they will also invigorate you, so
don't do them just before you want to sleep.
Sport Routines usually before and after swimming, long cross-country
walks and the occasional field game. They certainly help
me to avoid muscle strain and cramps the following day,
especially if I take part in something I haven't done in
a while. As a tip these routines can be done in conjunction
with the 5BX
routines, especially when first starting. I use the both
forms of exercise on alternate days.