Yoga Exercises

In learning this primordial religious practice that originated in India, you need to be under the guidance of an experienced instructor. However, the statement does not mean that you can no longer perform yoga exercises by yourself. By all means, you can albeit, there are guidelines that you have to look into especially when you are still a beginner. You might get your muscles strained when you do not make considerations in performing this ancient spiritual routine. Do not compel your body when executing yoga exercises. A lot of people are already aware of this advice but the sad part is, they just take it for granted. Even if they know that they are not that physically prepared, they still …

The Essential Yoga Equipments

Yoga is practiced with different movements and poses. Many of these poses are not so vigorous, unless you are practicing power yoga. However, yoga sometimes involves poses or postures that need supports. Yes, although it is not generally a physically intensive kind of practice, the practitioners of yoga may somehow need pieces of equipments that can help them perform the poses properly and perfectly. This is where the idea and importance of yoga equipment comes in. The yoga equipments are not that complicated though. On the most basic, you will just need a proper clothing, comfortable shoes, and mats. You may also need blankets, blocks, or straps for better support. What’s nicer to know is that all of these yoga …

Yoga Clothing

Have you ever reached the point of converging fashion with exercise? Nowadays, you can see a lot of that facet such as the collaboration of famous athletic brand Nike with renowned garment designer Stella McCartney. If you look into the current niche of this primordial religious practice that originated from India, you can really say that it has been brought to higher heights commercially. One of the overt aspects is yoga clothing. Yoga clothing actually spells simplicity. A complete set only consists of pants and tops because the shoes are not considered to be entirely necessary. When you take a trip down the memory lane, you will discover that the people who have been carefully observing this ancient spiritual routine …

Yoga – meaning

Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj” meaning “to yoke.” yoga is a group of primordial religious practice where its roots can be traced in India. Among the six institutions of philosophy in Hindu, this is most of the time paired with Samkhya which is considered to be the oldest of the theoretical systems in the country. This ancient spiritual custom is also central to Buddhism and Jainism as well as with other established faiths. There are actually four major paths of this primordial religious practice namely Karma (action), Jnana (knowledge), Bhakti (devotion) and Raja (meditation). Karma is founded on the teachings of the holy book of Hinduism, Bhagavad Gita which presents a summary of the process. This classification of yoga …

Yoga Wear

Today, this primordial religious practice that originated in India has already been brought to higher heights. You can see its incorporation with the Pilates Method, a physical fitness system introduced in the twentieth century. You may find the inclusion of the commercial feature but this ancient spiritual routine is all about the development of one’s self which can be expressed with the apparel, be it pants, tops and shoes. Pants are considered essential for a complete set of yoga wear. However, this type of clothing is not the slacks normally worn everyday by individuals in a fast paced urban jungle. There are chinos specially designed for performing this primordial religious practice. Light and stretchable are the elements to be looked …

Yoga Techniques: The Basics for Relaxation

Yoga has been practiced by people since time immemorial. According to several researches, the practice originated from the Hindu philosophy, hence it carries on itself a Sanskrit name which means “union”. Following that philosophy, yoga maintains a single purpose of finding a sense of unity through divine ways. And, in order to attain that purpose, people practicing yoga should do some techniques that can give them better health and wellbeing. There are a number of techniques involved in yoga. These yoga techniques, however, share the same purpose of making all the organs in the body function as effective as they should be. The yoga techniques are performed involving several movements which may demand the joints, hands, neck, knee joints, and …

I almost stopped Yoga for this…till I found it’s still Yoga

Has anyone heard of Hindu-Push ups? If you haven’t, boy have I got news for you. Quite simply, they work (they almost made me forego yoga till I found it was actually Yogic) and you need to check them out. In doing research for an article I wrote a while back concerning Yoga and Calisthenics, I stumbled on a unique form of an upper body exercise known as Hindu-Push ups. Immediately, I was intrigued by the name as I knew anything “Hindu” will inevitably be from India and as such may be related to Yoga. I clicked on the associated link and came across a description of a totally different kind of push up. Now, although I’m big into exercise …

Hypnosis-The Relationship between Yoga, Meditation, and Self-Hypnosis

Though no one knows the exact origin of yoga, meditation and self-hypnosis, one thing is certain, that they are more than thousands of years old. Eminent scholars are of the opinion that the origins and practice of yoga and meditation can be traced to the Indus Valley civilization. In spite of the fact that these practices give the practitioner a sense of well being and peace it was not in vogue until recently. Though yoga and meditation are often linked together they are also different. Meditation is thought to have been practiced all over the world for a very long time. Self-hypnosis is also thought to have existed in the world for a long time. These alternate methods of healing …

How To Get The Most From Yoga

Yoga is an ancient art that has been refined and modified by many great teachers across the ages. It now comes in so many different styles and techniques and different people may find different versions of Yoga more suitable for them. This is because Yoga is a very personal exercise routine with strong emphasis on looking within oneself in order to achieve personal balance and wellbeing. Regardless of which individual version of Yoga you practice there are a number of things that apply to Yoga universally rather than to individual branches of the discipline. If you want to get the most from your Yoga session you will learn to understand these things and develop them into your Yoga routine. You …

Frequently Asked Questions about Pre Natal Yoga.

When you are pregnant everyone has an opinion and an important skill to learn early on in the pregnancy is to be able to listen to these opinions, comment politely and then make up your own mind. There are as many different ways of having and raising children as there are children, and once your child is born you need to do what works for you and your family, not what worked for someone else. This doesn’t mean you should ignore advice that is given to you. Usually it will be being dished out by women who have been there and done this before, and knowing what works for others is often a good indicator of what may work for …

How to Improve Your Body, Mind and Spirit By Practicing Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is a 5000 year old system that is used to improve the health of your body, mind and spirit. Hatha yoga combines the stretching exercises of the asanas. Breathing techniques and mental concentration are included in hatha yoga. The lotus position of the asanas is used in hatha yoga. The goal of hatha yoga remains the same as that of the other types of yoga. The goal of hatha yoga is to blend the spirit of the universe with that of the human spirit. The spiritual, mental and physical health aspects are improved amazingly with the practice of the Hatha yoga. It also gives you peace of mind and improves your concentration. Concentration is the root ingredient of …

How to find the right Yoga teacher?

I am often asked by beginners about how to evaluate a Yoga Teacher? The following is the “CALM check list.” These factors are basic criteria that your Yoga Instructor should meet before you continue on to a second Yoga class. CALM gets it name from four main factors: Communication, Assist, Listen, and Modification. For the right Yoga teacher, you should be answering with a “yes” to all questions. • Communication: Does your Yoga teacher talk to you, and other students, in a manner of mutual respect? Can you ask a question during class time? Does your teacher show compassion for you and other students? Does your Yoga teacher take the time to lead you through a guided meditation or relaxation? …

Instant 10-minute Yoga: New Form of Yoga

Do you drag yourself out of bed on Monday mornings, exhausted before you’ve even begun the week. Or maybe you can’t enjoy your evenings, because work drains you of every ounce of energy. Don’t worry, you can boost your energy levels and balance your body with a new form of yoga – dynamic yoga. Its simplicity and almost instantaneous benefits have made it one of the most fashionable alternative exercises of the new Millennium. Normally known for its relaxation benefits, dynamic yoga can boost your energy levels in just 10 minutes. It includes some of the most basic yoga postures. You can try each of them individually, or in succession, but none of them should be rushed. However, you should …

Improve Your Life With Yoga Instruction

Yoga instruction can be the first step in changing and improving your life and creating a whole new you. When one comes to the decision that they are in need of a real life change, there are many ways to accomplish this, but few will be as beneficial as Yoga. Yoga is a means in which you can improve yourself mentally, emotionally, spiritually as well as improving your physical body. The benefits of Yoga are immense; you will become stronger, healthier and feel better about yourself when you commit yourself to Yoga instruction. The health benefits alone are enough to get many people started with yoga instruction, but there are many reasons why yoga can help you to change your …

Importance Of Controlling Your Mind

Since ancient times, the human philosophers have realized the importance of the mind in governing the human affairs. They knew that a person’s external circumstances were the result of his internal thoughts. They were aware that if the person thinks of riches, he would have riches, while if the thoughts are of poverty, success and failure would produce the corresponding effects in the person’s circumstances. Today, modern science has acknowledged the truth of these findings. Hence, it becomes crucial for a person to control his mind. Yoga has specific techniques which deal with the science of mind control. We will study the nature of the mind as is recognized by yoga in this chapter. Shankaracharya has defined the mind in …

Hatha Yoga – A Crowd Favorite

Increasingly, you may hear about your companions enrolling in Hatha classes at the local gym. In terms of pure popularity, Hatha yoga is number one in the yoga world. As a result, the poses are known well by both beginners and experts. Hatha yoga poses are called Asanas. The Asanas are used in combination with meditation and the breathing techniques known as Pranayama. Together they work the body to improve strength and flexibility as well as overall health, which is one of the reasons it is so popular. Hatha is a hybrid of the Sanskrit words “ha” which means “sun” and the word “tha” which means the “moon.” Together, they refer to the way that Hatha’s yoga poses often bring …