How to make progress in yoga?
Now in yoga there are many different schools and paths for any choice. New directions appear almost every year. Everything so that we can do it, with any type of temperament. Although many practices in each direction may differ slightly, there are many similarities between them.
Start and end your class as a yogi
“OM is the sound when everything else disappears from your being – no thoughts, no dreams, no projections, no expectations, not a single ripple – your whole lake of consciousness is simply silent; everything became just a mirror. In those rare moments, you hear the sound of silence. This is the most valuable experience, because it not only shows the quality of the inner music – it also shows that the entire inner being is filled with harmony, joy, bliss. All this is implied in the sound OM ”. Osho
Before starting the practice, sit in any meditative posture, keeping your spine straight. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing for a few minutes. Breathe deeply and repeat the OM mantra three times. Finish your practice in Shavasana. Relax your body and let your heartbeat and breathing return to normal levels. When you’re ready, roll over to the side and stand carefully.
Know your current practice level
“The biggest progress in life is when you know your limitations, and then you have the courage to drop them.” – Yogi Bhajan
“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” – Brendan Francis Behan
Track your current limitations, physical and mental. How are you with flexibility? Does your back often hurt? Do you worry a lot when you meditate? Get yourself a diary of practices, write down the feelings after them, this will greatly help to analyze the current state.
“Don’t tell me what you know, you’d better tell me how long you went through.” – Muhammad.
Dynamic and fast-paced yoga is good for fitness, but it won’t be useful unless you are an experienced yogi. The main goal of yoga is to expand consciousness, even when we practice asanas – postures – the goal is to raise our body awareness. This is best achieved by being aware of your breathing and moving slowly – but deeply – in the asanas. Dynamic yoga is easy to practice when you have already developed a certain level of flexibility and there are no physical illnesses. When you can breathe calmly while moving from one position of the body to another. Connecting breath and movement.
Breathe like a yogi
“Breathing is the bridge that connects life with consciousness, which connects your body with your thoughts.” Tit Nat Khan
During practice, breathing should be steady, comfortable and deep.
Asanas involve awareness of breathing and movement at the same time. If they are not aligned, then yoga cannot be considered a practice. Because mind and breath are interconnected. Shallow and quick breathing makes the mind restless, and deep breathing calms the mind. A calm mind brings great results in all endeavors.
Don’t worry about the results
“Don’t dwell in the past, don’t dream about the future, concentrate your mind on the present moment.” – Gautama Buddha
Don’t get hung up on results. Praise yourself for exercising in the present moment today. When you focus on results, you maintain expectations that automatically create the fear of failure and the desire to make quick progress, which are often the root cause of all trauma and failure. Stay in the moment, do your best, and remain fearless.