Go with the flow when prac­tis­ing yoga

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JIM Har­ring­ton, Vir­gin Ac­tive’s yoga am­bas­sador, has been prac­tis­ing yoga since he was 14 and has trained crick­eters, surfers and triath­letes.

He says yoga can help any­one from a men­tal and phys­i­cal per­spec­tive.

Ahead of In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day on Wed­nes­day, Har­ring­ton of­fers some tips. im­por­tant when it comes to yoga.

You can wear any­thing as long as you are com­fort­able. Get­ting a good grip is vi­tal when do­ing yoga.

The ground you’re work­ing on should not be too soft as you might end up hurt­ing your wrists.

A wooden floor or a good mat will do the trick.

Good breath­ing is the foun­da­tion of yoga. Many peo­ple feel they need to breathe loudly, but that is a panic breath – breathe long in­stead of loud. Calm breath­ing in­volves the use of your di­aphragm.

Yoga is good for you no mat­ter the time of day but morn­ing is prob­a­bly best be­cause the mind and the air are clearer and it sets you up for the day ahead.

Prac­tise on an empty stom­ach. Your di­aphragm be­comes re­stricted with a full stom­ach or too much water. Cer­tain breath­ing ex­er­cises will act as an ap­petite sup­pres­sant.

Vir­gin Ac­tive health clubs ex­clud­ing RED clubs, are of­fer­ing at least one yoga class for mem­bers to join on

PIC­TURE: DAVID RITCHIE

South African free­d­iver, speaker, writer and ocean con­ser­va­tion­ist, Hanli Prinsloo, con­ducts a yoga demon­stra­tion on a stand-up pad­dle board. Yoga is a trusted form of ex­er­cise that cre­ates a bal­ance be­tween phys­i­cal and men­tal well­ness. BREATHE TIME IT RIGHT

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