The art of yoga is over 5000 years old. However, it still has its place in the 21st century. This Indian method of full body training strengthens the body and mind and also helps to reduce stress levels. Here, we will show you two very simple yoga exercises which can help you to forget your everyday life for a moment. And it might make you want to try out more.
Eating and drinking healthily
No special diet is required when practicing yoga. A balanced and varied diet based on the Nutritional Pyramid is therefore recommended for everyone. Before training, your stomach should be relatively empty so that the digestive processes do not disrupt your training. It is a good idea, therefore, to wait around two to three hours after eating your main meal before starting the exercises. You can eat a small snack, e.g. a banana, up to an hour beforehand. If you want, have a drink beforehand too – such as Nestlé PURE LIFE
Breathing correctly – the most important principle of yoga
A correct breathing technique is particularly important in yoga. This helps yoga students to focus completely on themselves. The right breathing technique can also help you to hold a position for longer. Deep breathing from the stomach can have a particularly relaxing effect. You should therefore start your yoga session with the following breathing exercise:
- Lie comfortably on your back.
- Place your hands on your stomach with your two middle fingers touching at the navel.
- Focus on breathing out, drawing your stomach in slightly
- Then breathe in slowly. Your stomach will rise up.
- Hold your breath for about a second.
- Now breathe out slowly. Your stomach will draw in again.
Shoulder bridge – yoga exercise for beginners
The shoulder bridge is a simple exercise which can also be mastered by those new to yoga. It helps with deep breathing, strengthens your legs and back, and stretches the front of your body. If you have back problems, check with your doctor beforehand to see whether you should do yoga exercises which could put strain on the back.
- Lie comfortably on your back. Stretch out your arms parallel to your body. Your palms should be facing downwards.
- Place your feet on the floor close to your bottom. Your knees should be touching.
- Now slowly lift the pelvis and back off the floor.
- Hold this position for as long as possible while breathing slowly and evenly.
- Now lower your bottom and back slowly back down.
Are you interested in yoga? This Indian method of full-body training is offered at many adult education centres. Fitness studios also often offer yoga as part of their programme. You could also visit a specialist yoga centre, where the classes are usually taken by full-time yoga teachers. Consider possible relationships with yoga centres, where you can link to their site from the Nestlé site and they may want to direct clients to our site for tips on having a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle. It could be interesting to provide consumers some specific help here in finding good yoga facilities near them.