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With increased activity on the YogaByCandace Official App's forum (it's sort of an instagram-like feature), I've been seeing many questions from total beginners looking for tips and tricks on various yoga related topics. Today I thought I'd share three ways to prep the body for yoga, and I figure it's a great reminder for seasoned yogis, too. If you have any other tips you'd add, I'd love to hear them down below in the comments section!
1. Hydrate: Whenever I know I'm going to be going to a rigorous yoga class, I'm extra attentive to my water intake. If I'm not properly hydrated, I find that I get a headache either during or after a sweaty yoga class, so I hydrate like nobody's biz on the day-of. I try to drink about a liter and a half throughout the day (from my favorite water bottle) prior to an early evening class and I find my body feels best this way.
2. Prep the muscles: I am notoriously tight in that muscle that runs along the exterior of the shin bone (fun fact, that muscle is called the tibialis anterior). I can't figure out why I am so tight there but I am tight all. the. time. so I absolutely love the RAD Rod to loosen it up. It's like a rolling pin that you use on muscles and overall, it's a great little tool to throw in your yoga bag (new favorite one I shared on snapchat!). I live for how it feels on my tibialis anterior.
3. Take a second: I know that most classes start off with a centering, but sometimes I need to center being the centering (what?!). Let me explain. I often find myself rushing to class, my mind full of stuff that happened earlier and a running to-do list of what needs to be done after class. When I go in and sit on my mat and the class starts - I find that I'm just not fully present. Therefore, I always tell myself class actually starts five minutes before it truly does, and that way I'm there on time with a few minutes to take to myself and get my head right. I'll sit on my mat, close my eyes, and take ten deep breaths. It's become and quick and effective way to get the most out of the class because I'm able to be fully present.
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