|[ Excerpt from The Science of Yoga, page 25 ]
All the physical techniques of yoga should be performed on a somewhat empty stomach. You should not be famished, because you’d be lacking in sufficient energy to practice adequately; yet you should also not practice too soon after taking food either.
This is an important rule emphasized by all the traditional texts. This is one of the reasons why early morning is the time advisable for practice, as one is well-rested and energized (you should not have to eat for at least a couple hours after waking!).
It is also advisable to avoid eating for at least a half hour after hatha yoga sessions, and to avoid contact with water for at least 1.5 hours after any yoga practice as well.
When you practice yoga techniques, take off jewellery, glasses, hairpins and any metallic objects, which may create interference, disturbing the flow of your subtle energies.
For this same reason, metallic objects such as piercings or jewellery can negatively affect energy fields throughout the body and should be avoided altogether.
Avoid wearing clothing made from synthetic or artificial fabric as these may serve to insulate you from the energies of nature that you are striving to be in harmony with. It is best to wear comfortable, all-cotton, linen, silk or other natural fabric clothing.
Pay special attention to perform the physical yoga techniques in the order and manner that they are taught to you in this yoga training course. By changing the sequence and/or methods, a lack of balance or other unexpected problems may occur.
If you do not have time to perform all aspects of any particular series, then choose a few, but maintain their order. NEVER skip the warming exercises or the final relaxation. This is very important!...
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