By Anusha K.
IT takes lots of practice to reap the benefits of hatha yoga. Like any other form of exercise, discipline is also required.
Many people today have bloating and constipation problems attributed to over-eating and lack of fibre respectively.
"Yoga can be performed even by those with medical problems," says P. Manisekaran, president of Malaysian Yoga Society And Malaysian Association Of Yoga Instructors.
"Yoga does not require much physical strength or energy. Those who are fasting, semi-fasting or just out of the hospital after a surgery can perform the postures. The best part is that the practice of yoga and its benefits are best attained when done on an empty stomach."
One doesn't strain certain body parts because of the low-impact postures.
"But once a person experiences a faster heart beat, it's best to stop and relax," says Manisekaran, who's had 15 years of experience in practising and teaching yoga.
Manisekaran recommends certain poses beneficial to the digestive system. In addition to these postures, one should eat more vegetables and fruit.