Asana Hints and Precautions.
While practicing asanas, it is the body alone which should be active while the brain should remain passive, watchful and alert. If they are done with the brain, then you will not be able to see your own mistakes.
In all the asanas, the breathing should be done through the nostrils only and not through the mouth. Do not restrain the breath while in the process of the asana or while staying in it. Follow the instructions regarding breathing given the technique sections of the various asanas as described hereafter.
Do not attempt topsy-turvy poses like Sarvangasana. You can practice other forward bending poses like Janu Sirsasana and Paschimottanasana, which will give you the same benefits as Sarvangasana and other similar topsy-turvy poses. All forward bending poses are beneficial for persons suffering from either high or low blood pressure.
Those suffering from pus in the ears or displacement of the retina should not attempt topsy turvy poses.
It is highly suggested that women avoid asanas during their menstrual period. But if the flow is in excess of normal, Baddha Konasana, Virasana, Janu Sirsasana, Paschimottanasana and Uttanasana may be performed with beneficial effect. On no account stand on your head during your menstrual period.
No asanas should be done during the first month after delivery. Thereafter practice mildly, and gradually increase the asanas. Three months after delivery all asanas may be practices with comfort.
Faulty practice causes discomfort and uneasiness within a few days. This is sufficient to show that one is doing the asana wrong. The right method of doing asanas brings lightness and an exhilarating feeling in the body as well as in the mind and a feeling of oneness of body, mind and soul. Continuous practice will change your outlook. He/She will discipline themselves in food, sex, cleanliness and character and will become a new person. When one has mastered an asana, it comes with effortless ease and causes no discomfort. The bodily movements become graceful. While performing asanas, the student’s body assumes numerous forms of life found in creation – from the lowliest insect to the most perfect sage – and she/he learns that in all these there breathes the same Universal Spirit (Cosmic Energy, Spirit of God, Higher Force).