For practicing Yogasanas, early morning is the ideal time. Before starting Yoga practices, the bowels and the bladder should be emptied. It is better to do Yogasanas after a bath because it makes the body light and active and one can practice Yogasanas with greater ease. If one wishes to take a bath again after practicing Yogasanas, one should use warm water instead of cold water.
The ground for practicing asanas should be level, clean and free from noise. Asanas should be practiced on a mat or a carpet.
Clothing should be in accordance with the season. Men should wear a loincloth or shorts. Women should wear a loose blouse and stretch pants.
One should remain silent while practicing asanas. While practicing asanas, concentration should be on breathing and on the limbs which have a stress or strain. Concentration in the practice of Yogasanas is necessary for the all-round progress of the body and the mind.
Before one begins to practice other asanas, one should perform Shavasana in order to make breathing normal, the body and the mind tranquil.
Yogasana is a non-violent activity and therefore no force or jerk should be exerted in the practice of Yogasanas.
There should be a gradual increase in the time duration in the practice of Yogasanas. By this process, the body becomes flexible and in a short time, it will easily accomplish a perfect state in each asana.
Yogasana is a scientific process which deals with the internal and external parts of the body. A beginner should start practicing Yogasanas after having learn all their techniques under proper guidance.
The performer of asanas should take light food in order to keep the body light.
If one is suffering from complicated diseases or severe fever, one should not practice asanas. Women should not practice asanas four months after conception, for three months after delivery and during menstruation. A woman-aspirant should not as far as possible perform, without proper guidance asanas which involve lifting up the weight of the whole body on her hands.
The number of asanas and the duration for each of them should be increased gradually. Practicing many asanas on the first day should be avoided.
Haste or quickness in coming to the final position from the initial position and vice versa should be avoided.
After practicing Yogasanas, Shavasana should be performed. Shavasana is a perfect asana. By Shavasana, the body gets speedy relaxation and becomes energetic.
Yogasanas are supposed to be performed advantageously in the right direction if the aspirant, after practicing Yogasanas, feels no tiredness and has an increased capacity to work with his light and refreshed body.