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Ways to Amp Up the Success of Your Yoga

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

By Ntathu Allen

Yoga is a personal journey. Everyone comes to yoga for a different reason. The word “success” means different things to different people. For me it means how calm and peaceful I am when under stress. For you, it may mean losing a couple of pounds or feeling more comfortable in your clothes.

I discovered yoga whilst pregnant with my first daughter. I was stressed, overworked and tired. My mid-wife recommended I take up yoga to relieve some of the pressure I was under – mainly from working in a stressful job as a Probation Officer and driving 30 miles to and from work every day.

That was over 17 years ago.

Can you remember what led you to yoga?

Since then I have practiced yoga on and off for the last ten years. I also teach yoga. So from a personal and professional perspective I am always looking for ways to improve my practice and offer tools and tips to encourage my students to stay with their practice.

Ntathu’s Seven Simple Favourite Ways To Improve Your Yoga Practice.

Here, in no particular order are seven simple habits for you to consider to help you receive more from your yoga practice.

1. Treat Each Day As A New Day

Yoga is not a competitive sport. It is a personal journey and no two days are alike. The minute you start judging, analysing and comparing yourself to others or even how you well you did a pose yesterday, you lose the essence of your practice. One of my yoga teachers taught me to treat each time you come to your mat as if it were the first time.

2. Practice Daily

Regular practice is essential. Try to practice at least once a day, even if its only taking two minutes when you wake and sit in silent meditation.

3. Keep It Real

Yoga is a deeply spiritual practice yet full of practical knowledge. Find out what works for you and keep it real and relevant to your daily life.

4. Honor The Teachings.

Yoga has a rich and long history. Take time to explore the different yoga traditions and philosophy. The Yoga Sutras, will enliven your mind and give you practical tools to ground your practice and keep your mind alive and vital.

5. Be Open and Explore

There are many schools and traditions of yoga. Yet the essence is the same. To unite with the divine. As you journey through your life you will have ample opportunity to dip in and taste other schools of yoga. This adds variety and depth to your personal practice and keeps your body supple and mind active.

6. Meditate, Chant and Breathe

Meditation, chanting and breathing exercises (known as Pranayama) are key ingredients of a well rounded yoga practice.Take time to learn how to chant, to meditate and practice breathing exercises alongside your physical practice.

7. Give Generously of Yourself

Yoga is a self less act of love you gift to yourself. The more you practice and adapt the teachings to your daily life, the easier it becomes for you to see and feel the difference yoga makes to your life.

Success is a very personal term and like good health is a variable which varies from day to day. If yoga is part of your health and wellbeing plan then to improve your practice, regularly practice is important, then take time to study the history and theory of yoga, be open, generous with the time you allow yourself to practice and do not compare yourself to others.

The more you adapt these habits into your daily life the easier it becomes to “feel successful” when you practice yoga.

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Yoga Teacher, Ntathu Allen, teaches busy working women how to release stress and anxiety so you have more time, energy and space to care for yourself, enjoy being with your family and feel creative and productive at work.

Wishing you joy, peace and light.

Ntathu Allen

Enhance Your Yoga Experience With These Tips

Monday, May 24th, 2010

By Ntathu Allen

Are you interested in yoga? Has your partner recently started yoga lessons? Maybe your doctor has suggested you take up yoga as a form of stress management.

Yoga, is a holistic health care system. It consists of a series of yoga stretches, known as asanas or poses, meditation techniques, breathing exercises and relaxation. Together, these techniques give your body a complete overhaul and calms and clears your mind. At the end of a yoga lesson you are blissed out, chilled and relaxed.

Yoga clients love the post yogic glow. Because of this I am often asked for tips and advise to improve their yoga experience.

Here are seven key things you can do, which will help to deepen your yoga experience.

Enhance Your Yoga Experience With These Tips

1. Relax. Take two-five cycles of deep breathing between poses. This allows your body to fully absorb the benefits of each pose and prepares you for the next pose.

2. Practice. Practice makes perfect. When you get home, make a note of any tips or techniques you learned in your lesson. Maybe your yoga teacher reminded you to lengthen up through your spine before twisting in the Spinal Twist. Little pointers like this help you to get the maximum benefit from your lesson.

3. Conscious Breathing. Stay focused on your breathing as your body moves and stretches into the poses. Deep breathing helps to keep you focused during your lessons; relieves tension in your body, and brings calmness to your mind.

4. Wear clean light colored clothes. If possible, set aside a few light colored outfits to wear when you practice or attend lessons. Everything in life is energy. The clothes you wear for practice will, over time, become energized and attuned to your body ‘s subtle energetic qualities. When you put on your “yoga clothes” your mind becomes attuned and prepared for practice.

5. Give Thanks. The art of appreciation and gratitude underpins all yoga practices. During your yoga lesson spend a few minutes in silence to give thanks for the teachings, your body, your health and well being. This opens and deepens your connection to spirit.

6. Listen to your Body. During your practice take time to listen to the sensations and movements you can feel in your body. Yoga encourages body awareness and alignment. During the course of your day you may not be aware of your posture, aches and pains. When you become more aware of what is going on inside your body, it is easier for you to adapt and adjust to the poses.

7. Look back and remember how far you have come. Yoga is a journey. Each time you practice, your body and mind becomes stronger and more flexible. Take time every now and then to reflect and look back on how far you have come. Do you remember how stiff or inflexible your hips and shoulders were when you first started, or how you struggled to get into the Tree pose? It is easy to forget just how well you are doing and how far you have come.

Learning yoga is a lifetime journey. Whether you are a complete beginner or seasoned yogi, the seven tips above – relax, breathe, practice, wear light colored clothing, give thanks, listen to your body and remember to acknowledge how far you have come, are useful strategies to adopt to help you enhance and deepen your yoga experience.

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From Ntathu Allen, The Yoga For Stress Management Consultant