How to Work with the Postures in This Book
Read through the description and look at the photographs of the pose before doing the posture. Initially, do the pose several times for short periods of time to get familiar with the shape and actions of the posture. Remember to breathe continuously and smoothly in the pose.
Do not get discouraged if the poses seem difficult at first. This is normal. Remember: It takes time to explore your mind and body connections and change your patterns of movement and perception.
Experiment with the different ways to practice to determine which way of practicing the pose will benefit you most. This will change as you practice and progress. You may start out with a modification of a pose, and, over time, you will be able to do the final pose. After you become familiar with the postures, see if you can hold them for longer periods of time with a balance between ease and effort.
Seek the advice and knowledge of an experienced teacher if you are having problems with a pose. Go to classes with a knowledgeable teacher to enhance and deepen your home practice.