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Should I warm up?

Some people suggest warming up, such as walking or other low-impact aerobic exercises to get the blood flowing, yet not causing you to tighten up.

Others even suggest a warm bath or shower, and still others suggest that yoga done slowly, mindfully and without pushing is all the warm up you need. 

Experiment with what is right for you, your body and personality. As you practice more and more you will discover the subtle ways and needs your body has for opening up. It is not uncommon to do a dog pose for a few minutes. Holding a pose like this for an extended period of time opens up much of your body and if done right will cause much perspiration!

 

How Often Should I Practice?

A very important thing about yoga is consistency. 

Doing yoga 10 minutes a day is more important than doing it once a week for an hour. 

Once you begin to feel the benefits of yoga and how good you can feel, you will want to do yoga as often as you can. 

Over time, many people feel the need practice 30 - 60 minutes a day, which is very hard in today's society. There is no 'right' answer to this question. Over time you will discover what is right for you and your life style.

 

Should I Vary My Workout?

Most definitely. It is important to concentrate on certain aspects of your physical and physiological needs on a daily basis and your needs change day to day. 

Don't let yourself get stuck in doing what feels most comfortable for you. It is often the things that you don't like to do in yoga, at first, that you need to work on the most. For instance, if back bends are difficult for you, you may want to do an extra backbend routine a week until it feels more natural.

 

Some Poses hurt when I do them, what should I do?

If a pose causes you pain you should not do the pose and you should consult a doctor and qualified yoga instructor.

One of the main obstacles to progressing in yoga is distinguishing between injurious pain and the occasional discomfort that you may experience when working with a pose. 

Opening up tight and stubborn parts of our body is at points not comfortable and our mind/body wants to run from the experience. Not running from discomfort (and not grasping for what is desirable) is one of the central themes of Hatha Yoga (Hatha yoga is the form of yoga most popular in America and is many of the styles that concentrates on using the body as a vehicle for spiritual growth).

Only you can observe this and decide what you are feeling, but always err on the side of caution and stop doing the pose and evaluate what had happened. 

Though you need to be careful with your entire body, a common injury people experience in many forms of exercise is knee pain. Never ever tolerate any knee pain. If you are experiencing pain in the knee stop immediately, they are very delicate. People sometimes overcompensate for tight hips and legs by causing injury to the knee. Avoid this mistake at all costs by being careful with alignment and never forcing your way through a pose. 

Pay attention to your breathing. Holding your breath in any way is often a sign that you are pushing beyond your means.

 

Do I Need Props To Use These DVDs?

Props, such as blocks, straps and yoga mats, are used in some forms of yoga in order to help people perform the routines.

Our yoga DVDs include instruction that refers to using props. As you advance in your practice the use of props may not be needed as much. Other than a yoga "sticky" mat, which is highly recommended to prevent slipping, most of the props described can also be substituted by the use of other items as described on the DVDs. For instance, if you do not have blocks, large books may be used as a substitute.

There is not requirement that you have to use props, though as mentioned, they often will help a person who needs more assisitance.