The word Yoga comes from “yuj” which means “to connect” or “bind” and is a philosophy and a way of life to unite body, mind and spirit.
Yoga should preferably be practiced before sunrise or sunset on an empty stomach. Try not to eat at least 2 hours prior to a class and drink water before or after, not during a class. Why? Because the water will cool you down and we want to keep the body as warm and soft as possible. Other things that effects your performance are meat, alcohol and cigarettes. So try if possible to avoid these before and after your practice. We want to keep the body clean on the inside, but also on the outside. It’s always good to take a shower before you step onto your mat and take off jewelry and accessories that might be in the way.
According to Patanjali’s Yoga philosophy we’re also supposed to follow the 8 limbs of yoga. The first limb is “yamas” which is the ethic guidelines. It contains rules about non-violence, speaking your truth, letting go of desires and to not share your sexual energy too generously. The second one is “niyamas” and it contains the “do’s”. This is where cleanliness comes in. Meditation and Pranayama (control of breath) are also parts of the 8 limbs. Asanas (or postures) are just a tiny, tiny part of what yoga is. For those of you who are interested you can read more in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.