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A Polite Yogi

A Polite Yogi

You try to be a polite person, and that means being considerate to those around you. However, you may be accidentally breaking some etiquette because you just do not know. Sometimes you might not be aware that when it comes to yoga etiquette it is important how you smell, how to keep your own space, and how to respect your instructor. If you are accidentally doing any others things wrong, don’t feel bad. The other people know you are not being rude on purpose, but now is a great time to work towards being more pleasant.


Smell and Body Odor

It should be common knowledge that keeping to a regular bathing schedule is a courtesy to those around you. This holds true for a yoga class as well. Being well kept does not mean being dolled up all the time, just make sure you shower regularly. Clean clothes are also a must, considering unwashed yoga clothes can get smelly quickly.

You should also try avoiding heavily perfumed lotions, hair products, and other body products. This can be overwhelming in the small yoga studios. Many people are very sensitive to it. Perfumes can cause allergic reactions and headaches. Be mindful of those around you, and avoid these products directly prior to your yoga class.


Keep to Your Own Space

Yoga does not take up that much space, which is one of the great things about it. While falling out of poses does happen, being polite means keeping your limbs to yourself as much as possible. Having someone falling into your space. If your balance is not quite where it needs to be for a particular class, you can use balance assistance, stay to the side, or look into a less advanced class until it improves.


Respect You Instructor

There are a few things that yoga teachers regularly complain about when it comes to their students. The first thing to look at is sticking to the sequence the teacher is showing. Most teachers will have substitutions they add in their sequences, and that is a great way to adjust the class to your abilities. What you want to avoid is going way off of the beaten path. It can be distracting to the rest of the class when you do something completely different. It also is disrespectful to the effort that your instructor has put into the planning of the class.

Another common thing that teachers mention is having students trying to act like extra instructors. You are most likely to see other yoga instructors do this, mostly out of habit. They correct the form or give tips to other students. It is best to just leave that to the instructor of that particular class. That is their job, let them do it.

A class full of respectful people is going to be a lovely bunch for yoga. This builds a community that is happy and cohesive. You may have been guilty of a few of these things in the past, and that is okay. Most people realize that it is just a case of not knowing better. Now you know better, so be kind to your fellow classmates.


Bhramari Pranayama: Empower the Mind Through Bee Breathing

Bhramari Pranayama: Empower the Mind Through Bee Breathing

This breathing exercise’s name originated from the black Indian bumble bee. The practice is about creating the vibrations of a buzzing bee through the throat. Bhramari Pranayama is an effective way to calm the mind instantly anytime, anywhere.

zZz at work.

The vibrations that the buzzing sound produce during the lengthened exhalations impacts the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for telling our body that it’s time to relax and turn off our fight or flight reflex, helping us to sleep easier. It relieves anxiety and anger, lowering stress levels. This breathing exercise also helps lower blood pressure and ease headaches. It improves memory and focus, and builds up confidence. It also boosts the pituitary and pineal gland so that they function to their fullest potential. Practicing Bee Breathing is one of the easiest ways to effectively tune out the noise of our daily lives and give our mind time to relax and recharge.

Relieve it now.

Sit in a comfortable position. Use a cushion if needed to keep the natural curve of the spine. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Seal your ears lids using your thumbs and place your index fingers above the eyebrows and allow the remaining fingers to gently cover your eyes. Fill your lungs as you inhale, bringing your chin closer to your chest and exhale while your tongue is resting behind the front upper teeth, creating a humming sound in the throat. You will feel the physical vibrations in your face, throat and jaws. Keep your lips slightly parted and allow the muscles in your face and jaw to relax. Do not force anything and if you feel you’re running out of breath, stop and continue with normal breathing. Breathe deeply and keep your concentration between the brows. Continue the practice for at least five minutes.

Keep in mind.

Bhramari Pranayama shouldn’t be practiced if you have any health issues such as an ear infection or epilepsy. Also women during their menstruation and pregnancy are advised to seek their doctor’s personal opinion before starting the practice. This exercise is recommended to be done during morning or late at night on an empty stomach or 3-4 hours after having a meal. Bhramari Pranayama is also a good preparation for your state of meditation as you withdraw your senses, after warming up as you approach postures, and as a release after a yoga session.

Like other pranayamas or breathing exercises, Bhramari have numerous benefits to those who allow the practice to manifest freely. Notice the changes that take place as soon as you finish practicing, both to the body and the mind. Indulge on the overflowing calmness. Share the experience. Internalize the practice. Bhramari Pranayama does not have any prerequisites. All you need is the intention to calm the body and mind. With regular practice, composure is developed, extending calmness and clarity of mind on and off the mat.

Gear your mind with a simple yet effective way of counteracting our modern world’s chaos while developing a strong and open mind!