How To Improve Your Yoga (3 Things Every Yogi Should Be Doing)
“How can I get better at yoga?”
I get this question a lot from yogis. And it makes sense because people are passionate about their practice. They want to make sure they’re doing yoga correctly and they want to make sure they’re getting the most from each class.
The simple way to answer this question is, “just show up.”
Because the more you show up, the more instruction and practice you get. And the more instruction and practice you get, the more your yoga will improve.
But what if I were to share a couple of things with you that will improve your yoga in other ways?
- One will help strengthen and balance muscles that you don’t work in a conventional yoga class
- One will help you relax during the most strenuous poses
- One will help you recover quickly between sessions
Shall I show you?
There are a lot of pushing movements in yoga.
Plank (and their variations) are pushing moves.
Push ups (and their variations) are pushing moves.
Upward Dog is a pushing move.
That means your chest, shoulders, and triceps are getting strong.
But what about the opposing muscles? Your back, rear shoulders, and biceps don’t get as much attention. And when that happens, you become susceptible to joint and muscle pain.
It’s because one set of muscles is stronger than the other.
Check out this informative blog post to discover a simple move you can do at home to put an end to the risk.
Chances are if you’re reading this, you’ve got a pretty good understanding of breathing 😉
But it’s important to know how different types of breathing affect your yoga practice as well as your everyday life.
Are you walking around in a chronic state of panic?
Are you raising or lowering your stress hormone levels?
Check out this revealing blog post to unveil the way to get the most from your breath.
Hatha Yoga is not a complete system of ultimate physical health.
Yes, it has tons of benefits that have been documented by ancient teachers and Western Science. But as you can see from the first example in this post, you’ve got to do a little extra to fill in some gaps.
Another little extra thing I recommend is a daily reset.
I picked up this term from Tim Anderson (author/creator of Original Strength).
Tim describes a reset as teaching people to move the way we were designed to move, and restore reflexive strength and stability.
Tim offers a veritable plethora of patterns that include crawling, rocking, and rolling.
Check out this instructive blog post that shows you a reset you’re probably already doing.
The great Bruce Lee has a famous quote …
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
Now you know three simple things that will balance out your muscles, keep your stress low, and help reset your body.
The question is, will you do it?
You’ve got this!