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6. Do I have to be a vegetarian to practice yoga?

The first principle of yoga philosophy is ahimsa, which means non harming to self and others. Some people interpret this to include not eating animal products. There is debate about this in the yoga community—I believe that it is a personal decision that everyone has to make for themselves.

7. What should I eat before and after practice?

Most yoga practices are filled with twists from side to side, turning upside down, and bending forward and backward. Eating a heavy meal and not letting it properly digest before your practice can be really uncomfortable.

I normally don’t eat before my practice, but this is different for everyone. For people with a fast-acting digestive system, I recommend having a light snack before practice (a fruit, some nuts or a juice). Your body will be asking for food shortly after the practice. I really like smoothies or oatmeal after my practice.

8. How many times a week should I practice yoga?

Yoga is good in so many ways. Even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. I suggest starting with two or three times a week, variating from 20-60 minutes, depending on how much time you have to practice. You will start to notice that after a while of practicing, your desire to practice will expand naturally and you’ll make more time for your practice.

9. I’m not flexible, can I do yoga?

Yes! Everyone can do yoga. Many people think that yoga is only for people who are flexible and especially women. This is not true! Yoga is for everyone, men and women, old and young, flexible and inflexible. Come as you are and you will start to practice with your own perfect body. Flexibility will come with time and regular practice.

10. What do I need to begin?

All you really need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. You can wear whatever you feel like wearing. Make sure you can move and breathe in it. A pair of leggings, or shorts, a not too baggy shirt (this will slide over your head every time you go upside down), and barefoot.

Although you can practice yoga everywhere, it is nice to have a yoga mat to practice on. Most studios rent yoga mats, but as you start to practice more often, you’ll build a connection with your mat, so It’s worth buying your own. A place where you can move, breath and just be YOU!

11. What does Namaste mean?

Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you”. There are so many translations, but the ones I like are: “My soul honours your soul” or “The divine in me honours the divine in you”.

To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart charka, close the eyes, and bow the head. You can also place your hands together in front of the third eye(between the eyebrows), bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart.

I hope this article answered most of your questions about yoga and if not, feel free to ask my anything. Reach out to me through this blog, leave a message on my website www.liberty-yoga.com or send me an email libertysuaresyoga@gmail.com. I would love to help in any way I can.

 

Namaste,

Liberty

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  1. Cecília Alvares

    That was a great 101. I got back to yoga 5 months ago (Ashtanga) and I feel way more connected this time. I really wish I can get to learn more about yoga in general, and this article was very clarifying!