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Yoga is an 8-step course and Yama & Niyama are the first two steps. Yama means self control and Niyama means dos & don'ts. These two steps are most important in navigating at many times of happy - unhappy, up & downs, healthy-unhealthy situations, that toss the human beings throughout their life.
After these two lessons, go to an experienced yoga shikshak for lessons three and onwards. Never practice yoga on your own, particularly by reading the books/tv shows. No matter how simple they are, it is mandatory that one must learn under a yoga shikshak. There are many oral instructions, advises which cannot be said in a book/tv. Books/tv are for information only, not for practicing. Yoga shikshak will decide what lessons are to be taught to you, depending on your age and strength.
Begin yoga practice with sitting asanas - Sukhasana, Vajrasana, Padmasana, etc. Do these asanas every day for several months. Don't be in a hurry. Take your own time. It is not important how many asanas you do - it is important how comfortably you do them. After mastering sitting asanas, go for standing asanas. After several months practice, go for bending asanas and so on. Don't go for too many asanas, go for a few and master them. Remember - learn under an experienced yoga shikshak. I recommend the book 'Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha' published by Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, Bihar.
Shankhprakshalana - five asanas:
If you have no time, practice every day only five asanas of Shankhprakshalana. It is enough. Shankhprakshalana is a yogic technique for cleansing the whole body from head to toe - like servicing of a car. In this technique, drink a certain amount of water and do these specific five asanas, again drink the water and do asanas and again repeat it. This technique is taught only in Bihar School of Yoga and lots of conditions are there. If you have a branch in your place, go for it. Every day practice only the asanas without drinking water.
I am sharing this as an information only for the readers to know that there are such techniques in yoga, because many people do not know this.
- Raghavendrachar (Yoga shikshak & sujok acupuncturist), Bangalore, India