Principle 1 - Proper Exercise: Yoga Asanas
The aim of the asana (physical postures) is to improve suppleness and strength. Each posture is performed slowly in fluid movements.
Principle 2 - Proper Breathing
Most of us use only a fraction of our breathing capacity. Proper breathing (pranayama) focuses on breath control techniques to unlock energy and vitality. Breathing exercises cleanse the lungs of stale air and to eliminate toxins from the body. The most common breath technique utilized in vinyasa flow yoga is Ujjayi or â€œthe victorious breathâ€ in which Inhalation and exhalation are both taken through the nose.
Principle 3 - Proper Relaxation
The release of tension through relaxation is vital to keep the body healthy. Begin and end each session of yoga asana with relaxation, this allows the released energy to flow freely.
Principle 4 - Proper Diet
The recommended diet for a student of yoga is a simple and wholesome satvic one, made up of natural foods that are easily digested. This keeps the body vital and healthy, and the mind calm and free from restless thoughts.
Principle 5 - Positive Thinking & Meditation
Meditation is a state of consciousness. When practicing meditation, you must first learn how to calm the mind, and focus your mental energy inward. Meditation can help to relieve stress and replenish your energy. If it is practiced on a daily basis, you will also find it will enable you you to think more clearly and positively, and to be more at peace with yourself.