As I have been doing Les Mills Body Balance, fusion of tai chi, yoga and pilates, for quite sometime, I’d like to share some key points if you are new to this program, yoga, in general – stretching, deep relaxation by releasing tension from the muscles and joints and learning the breathing pattern.
Sympathetic and para-sympathetic system are the two categories of human autonomic system.
Sympathetic system controls the relaxation response of our body. This also includes the fight or flight response. When we do yoga, this converts a process that is initiated that turns the sympathetic system into para-sympathetic system on. This provides a dynamic and positive effect on our body as our heartbeat and breathing slow down, then, in soon time, the blood pressure.
For me, as long as you are physically sound, you can do yoga. But before jumping into a yoga class, please consider the following:
- Doctor’s advice. If you have previous injuries before, consult your doctor. Pre-cautionary measures, you know. *inserts disclaimer here again*
- Listen to your body. Yoga takes time before you enjoy the poses. Your yogi will give you the base, intermediate and harder options. If he/she doesn’t make a complain 😛
- BYOM (Bring your own mat). As most gym and health clubs offer public mats, this may already contain dried sweat and bacteria and fungi that may cause skin irritation.
- Schedule it. To enjoy the benefits of yoga, attend a class at least thrice a week.
- Enjoy with passion. Just think of its health benefits. All good.