The art of yoga originated from and Indian word that means union, which in this case means the union of the body, mind, and spirit into one. It helps create a balance within your body through strength and flexibility.
When preparing to start asana it is important for you to first decide whether you want to practice at home or by taking a class. Whatever choice you make, it is prudent to make time for it and also make sure that you are accountable to yourself or your instructor this way you are sure to follow through with your intention. Do research on the various forms available and find one that you feel best suits you and your temperament.
A major advantage with asana yoga practice is that it can be done anywhere either indoors or outdoors and all that you require is a serene environment that has plenty of fresh air. You do not require carrying or purchasing any special equipment like other exercise regimes, all you need is a mat. Dressing is also an important and integral part of the regime it should not be too loose and heavy such that it interferes with your movements.
The duration you will invest in it should not be such a big issue it is recommended that 15 minutes are enough. You can practice it in the morning as you begin your day or in the evening to wind down and relax. Pranayama, a breathing exercise, can be practiced anywhere even in the office when you get a few moments to yourself.
For the elderly, there are special props that can be used to make the yoga exercise easier to conduct and make it as stress-free as possible. These props can also be found within the house, such things like chairs with armrests or a phone book can come in handy in helping you assume the positions easily. They go a long way in helping you to achieve the required alignment and balance.
A basic yoga session starts with simple steps and need not take too long to accomplish, first is the warm up session that will help the body loosen and prepare. Second are the standing positions that will strengthen the back and legs as well. Thirdly, sitting positions help one concentrate and work on the shoulders, spine and legs as well.
Prone yoga poses work to release tension from your middle and increase the mobility of the backbone and used to strengthen the back and legs. Balance poses help increase strength and muscle and are helpful in increasing concentration as well. Their exercises are finished off with a few poses that will help the body cool down and leave you feeling more relaxed.
In order for yoga to have an impact one should concentrate on each pose and movement and not strain as you go through the processes. Each pose can be repeated up to a maximum of three times but it is better to do it once and for longer than in short bursts. Try to work on the asana in the order directed to achieve best results.