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April 27, 2015
Q: The Sun Salutations are always slightly different from other yoga dvds, yoga classes, and teachers
that I experienced.
One dvd instructor used peaceful pose as oppsed to the chair pose, etc...
Why is that? Can I follow any form?
A: You can follow any form.
Most Sun Salutations are 12 postures, but beyond that there are many ways to do them.
Q: If I cannot breathe my my nostrils, is it ok to breathe from my mouth?
If not why? Or should I stop doing that pose right away?
A: If anyone has difficulty breathing through the nose, it is time to breathe through the mouth.
Some students have allergies, asthma, sinus problems, and colds.
Q: When I do a hand standing pose everyday, time to time I have trouble
breathing through my nose because I have hay fever.
A: I completely understand and you should breathe through your mouth in this case.
Q: When I do yoga stretching I feel a "popping" sounds and I feel good after
that, especially in in my back, and also I intentionally crack my fingers and
toes each day, is that good or bad and why?
A: One pop or a few is air in the joint.
Constant popping is friction in the joint.
We don't want constant popping.
Q: When I have my period can I practice still practice yoga? If not why?
A: Yoga is fine during periods.
However, some teachers advise students not to do inversions during menstruation.
The reason: Gravity. The belief is let the flow be natural.
My Opinion: Female students have a right to do what they want, as long as nothing hurts.
So far, there is no medical warning for inversions during menstruation.
May 26, 2011
1-Tea is a stimulating food, do yogis drink tea?
A: Some teas contain stimulants and some do not.
For example: People drink lavender, kava, or chamomile to relax and sleep.
Doesn't tea have toxins for human body?
A: Caffeine might be considered a stimulant and toxin.
My feeling is everything should be consumed in moderation.
2-My yoga teacher does few standing poses again, right after the savasana with relaxation at the very end of the class.
What is this supposed to mean?
A: Your teacher is trying to prepare students for the real world outside the Yoga class.
Some teachers feel deep relaxation is good, but you have to make the journey home.
If relaxation is done at home, a practitioners can relax or go to sleep.
Should relaxation be at the very end of class to relax the muscle that we used?
3-I meditate everyday, first I meditate and then I practice parayanama.
Is there an order for meditation and pranayama?
A: Some teachers insist on specific times, but any time is a good time.
Should I practice pranayama before the meditation or it doesn't matter which one goes first?
A: I practice pranayama before and during meditation, but it does not matter, which is first or if you do them together.
4-Are there rules for oming at the begining and end of the class?
Such as number of oming, does the number of oming has to be an odd number?
No, some schools practice no OMs at all, 3 OMs, any number, and some practice 108
5-To attain samadhi, you must renounce materials first? Otherwise, you cannot reach there?
A: In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes three forms of Samadhi.
Although renunciation will help, it is not the only factor involved.
It is possible to renounce materials first without attaining Samadhi.
Below is a related article to this subject.
6-Can parigasana be practiced in the morning?
A: If you are referring to parighasana (Gate pose), the answer is: yes, but the body should be warmed up first.
7-For the first time, I took an evening yoga class.
I thought sun salutation is only for the morning practice and moon salutation is for the evening practice.
However we did sun salutation in the evening class, I'm confused, please advise.
If sun salutation is also typically done in the evening class, when is moon salutation to be practiced in the class?
A: Traditionally, Sun Salutations are for the morning and Moon Salutations are for the evening.
It is hard to sleep for a few hours after practicing Sun Salutations.
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