Yoga has changed, Shastra says.
The sweat that comes by doing hard work, by doing asanas, comes from inside bringing all the toxins out. So there should be effort, then the body becomes light and strong. Once you keep practicing everyday you gain strength and flexibility, both are very important. So you should balance everything.
First you should develop strength. That’s why we gain asanas one by one. Slowly your body has to adjust, to the posture and to this vinyasa system.
While practicing you should be aware of all these things. You should allow the body to change, so you should be patience. All on yoga you should have patience. Once you understand asana knowledge will come, and with that clarity.
You should know yourself through the practice. Everyone has the potential to realize who he really is. So once we practice yoga, this kind of thoughts should arise. Not only thoughts about drinking coconut after practice :)
Many students have many questions about how they should do things. What to eat, how to do asana practice, how much to sleep. Slowly all this questions will be answered.
For now, think of balance. How much food you should eat? As much as you need. Not too much, not too little.
You should do asana practice only once a day, your daily practice. Over exercising is not good for your body. You should be able to understand your limitations.
Sleep is also a recurrent question. Sleeping is a natural process. The body needs rest in order for many processes to occur. For example our muscles regenerate during sleep. Our metabolism is active. The hours of sleep should be according to your age, level of activity and body requirements. If you sleep too long, you won’t feel good the next day.
We should understand the relations.
Here when we do asanas, the prana, the air enters our body and circulates. Many people confuse Ujjaji breath with free breath. Free breathing is not Ujjaji. Free breathing means air should go inside smoothly.
When you take a straw and blow, you can hear the air going out smoothly. This is similar to free breathing. Once you press the straw half way at the end, and you blow the air goes out faster. This represents Ujjaji pranayama. That is the difference between Ujjaji pranayama and this free breathing that we refer to.
So to make sound while you breath means only that you should here your breath. You should relax your breath, not forcing your breath as Ujjaji breath. Ujjaji is a pranayama technique. It will come later.
If you do it you will understand.
Bhandas, not only during asana practice.