What comes into your mind when you think about “Yoga“? What is Yoga?
Well, if you think of people in seemingly impossible poses, then you may have an inkling of what yoga is. But that’s just an inkling. You’ve got a long way to go before fully understanding Yoga. Yoga is a practical philosophy that aims at uniting the body, mind and spirit for vibrant health and spiritual development. It proves itself a powerful antidote to the stresses of modern day life.
Yoga is an ancient Indian Body of knowledge that dates back more than 5000 years ago. The word “Yoga” came from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means “to unite”. Yoga then is about the union of a person’s own conciuousness and the unversial conciousness. Ancient Yoga persons had a belief that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he has to integrate the body, the mind and the spirit. For these three to be integrated, emotion, action and intelligence must be in balance. The Yogists Formulated A Way to achieve and maintain this balance and it is done through exercise, breathing, and meditation which are the structures of Yoga.
The Three main aspects of Yoga are :
1. Asanas or Poses – The various yogic poses that give your body flexibility, strengthen the muscles, reduce fat buildup, improves blood circulation, functioning of specific organs in your body & in overall development of mind and body. Yogasanas are the series of carefully designed positions by great yogis. These scientifically designed postures conserve the energies and transforms them to subtle forms of mental energies. Types of Asanas :
– Sidhasana (Perfect Posture) – Sidhasana is mainly used for meditation, prayer, worship and pranayama (breathing exercises). It has been rated as the foremost among all the yogic asanas. It helps to achieve all the supernatural faculties and self realisation of yoga. Some Useful Asanas are :Method : Sit on the Ground With the heel of the left foot placed against the anus and the right heel Against the Sivani nadi (between anus and testicles). The T0es of Both feet should be kept between the Thighs and Calves. Hands should be either in “Anjali Mudra or Gyan Mudra”. Back and Neck should be absolutely erect and Body should be Relaxed.Anjali Mudra – Keep the Hands in the Lap with the Right Hand placed over the left, palms facing upwards just under the navel. This Mudra leads to enhancement of “Laghima Shakti” that is Body gets lighter.Gyan Mudra – Keep the Palms on the knees facing upwards. Join the tip of thumbs and forefingers. Keeping rest three fingers straight but relaxed. This Mudra leads to enhancement of “Garima Shakti” that is the body gets heavier.
2. Padmasana (Kamlasana or Lotus Posture)
Method – Sit on the Ground with the heel of the left foot resting on the right thigh so as to be as close as possible to the navel. Then the right foot should be placed on the left thigh in such a way that the heels touch each other just under the navel. Back and neck should be erect but relaxed. Knees should touch the ground. Keep the hands either in Anjali Mudra or in Gyan mudra. This can be repeated by changing the position of legs.
Benefits – It is the most popular meditative posture. The erect spine and the symmetrical posture helps in bringing stability to mind. It is mainly used for meditation and Pranayama. It is essential for prayanama practise because it is the only asana in which the posture remains undisturbed even when the body is bouyed up.
3. Vajrasana (Adamantine Posture)
Method – Squat on the toes, keeping big toes crossing each other. Sit on heels comfortably keeping them apart. Back and neck should be straight but body relaxed Knees should be together, place palms on knees. Either keep the eyes open or closed.
Benefits – Vajrasana is a popular meditative posture as one can comfortably sit for a long time straight with erect spine. It helps in quick digestion. After meals, the flow of nadis is usually downwards, this asanas reverses this flow and it ascends and thus helps in speedy digestion.
4. Surya Namashkara
The Sun Salutation or Surya Namashkara is a Yoga Pose which limbers up the whole body in preparation for the Yoga Asanas. It is Graceful Sequence of twelve Yoga positions performed as one continuous exercise.
2. Pranayama or Breathing – Respiration is Life. The Process of respiration is the first & last. In Yoga, Great Stress is laid upon correct breathing and breath control. This is called “PRANAYAMA” which means extention of breath.
Pranayama helps the people from Body to Soul. To become A Yogi, You have to focus on two main functions :
– to bring more oxygen to the Blood and thus to the Brain.
– to control “Prana” or Vital Energy leading to Control of Mind.
*Disclaimer : All the Material in the Website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice of instruction. No Action or inaction should be taken based on solely contents of this information. Instead, Readers should consult with Doctors or health professionals on any matter relating their health and well-being.