How does yoga contribute to better concentration

Worth knowing about yoga

"Yoga leads to a body that is easeful, a mind that is peaceful, which results in a life that is useful."
Swami Satchidananda

The positive effects of regular yoga training on body and mind have been known for centuries and have also been scientifically proven: Yoga promotes blood circulation and stimulates the metabolism. It strengthens the muscles and keeps the connective tissue taut. Yoga promotes flexibility and balance and contributes to better body awareness. Yoga regulates body weight, helps reduce stress and improve mental concentration. Yoga keeps us young, productive and healthy.

What to wear
The clothing should be comfortable, stretchy, not restrictive and adapted to the season and temperature. Shorts and a short-sleeved T-shirt are best for men, and long sweatpants and a top or T-shirt for women. Socks are not worn.

When to practice
It is advisable to practice on an empty stomach. After a heavy meal you should wait 3-4 hours if possible, after a light meal 1-2 hours. The practice is ideal in the early morning before breakfast or in the evening after a busy day.

How often do you practice?
Daily training is ideal, 3-4 times a week are recommended for a noticeable effect.
More important than the frequency or the duration of the practice, however, is the regularity: It is better to practice 15-20 minutes every day than just 2 hours at a time once a week.

Where to practice
It is best to roll out a yoga mat (sticky mat) on a non-slip, level and stable surface (e.g. wooden floor). A proven aid, especially for beginners, is also the use of a yoga block.

Yoga and menstruation
Yoga should not be practiced on heavy menstrual days, as strenuous exercise can interrupt or stop the flow of blood. In particular, reverse postures (e.g. headstand, shoulderstand, etc.) are not recommended. Ansanas such as Trikonasana, Baddha Konasana, Balasana and Upavistha Konasana, on the other hand, can relieve pain and cramps during menstruation. Experienced yoga teachers can certainly provide further information.

Yoga and Pregnancy
Yoga during pregnancy is beneficial and alleviates many unpleasant side effects. However, caution when exercising is advisable.
In the first stage of pregnancy, for example, asanas such as Janusirsasana C, Marichyasana B and D and Supta Hasta Padangusthasana are not allowed. Other asanas are not recommended, especially in the advanced stages of pregnancy. The exercises that can be performed largely depend on how often and intensely the woman has practiced yoga BEFORE the pregnancy. Beginners prefer to attend special classes for pregnant women. But even pregnant women with yoga experience should not do any new or difficult exercises. In any case, the consent of the doctor for yoga training must be obtained during pregnancy.

Therapeutic uses
Yoga contributes to well-being and promotes good health. AIRYOGA attaches great importance to correct breathing and the practice of yoga positions. However, if you have physical limitations or health problems, yoga should only be practiced in consultation with a doctor and under the guidance of an experienced teacher.

Yoga is the “art of exertion” - which also means that performance should be increased with care and understanding. Warming up the muscles is important to prevent injuries. Sweating is part of yoga training and cleanses the body.

Enthusiasm should not be confused with ambition, the body should not be overused. Forced, unbalanced training can cause injuries. When the muscles are trembling, the teeth are clenched, the shoulders are hunched and the breath is held, return to the basis of every yoga practice: correct alignment of the body, combined with even and calm breathing.

Feeling sore muscles after yoga training is not uncommon, but a sign that the body has been challenged. However, if pain is felt, especially in the joints, the execution of the yoga positions should be checked and the help of an experienced yoga teacher should be sought.

Conscious control of the breath is essential in yoga. Even in difficult positions, breathing should always be deep, calm and even.