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 – In Sickness And In Health

If one of your priorities in life is to keep in shape physically and mentally then yoga is the answer. Yoga is practised by millions of people and is on the increase daily. How many to be precise is hard to say but a calculator would struggle to keep up with the figures. This exercise has become a way of life for many people who can not do without their intake of this healthy type of regime. Yoga is a comforting and enjoyable where routines are followed consisting of poses and bodily postures that give the body a healthy look and feel. An additional bonus to yoga is you get to unwind/relax while at the same tending to your body …

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 Videos Aren’t All Equal at Getting Out the Kinks

Yoga used to be the kind of thing someone’s eccentric aunt did – a woman with a braid wrapped around her head who entertained the children by putting her foot behind her neck. I tried screening three different videos on a day when my neck and shoulder muscles were tighter than last year’s jeans. I had knots the size of Rhode Island that had been there for weeks. Jane Fonda’s Yoga Exercise (A.Vision) relaxed them. Kathy Smith’s New Yoga (BodyVision) warmed them up. Three hours later, after falling under the reassuring southern spell of actress Dixie Carter’s Unworkout (MCA Universal), they melted away. Here’s how it went: An all-natural Jane Fonda appeared on a set that looks like a craggy …

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 Reduce Your Asthma With Yoga

Yoga has been a revelation for many people. They have found that they can improve the quality of their life with the power of yoga. Yoga combines both physical and mental activities, so it engages your whole body rather than just part of it. Some of the benefits of yoga include better breathing, easier relaxation and relief from the symptoms of asthma. The reason that yoga can help with your asthma is that by using yoga, you will get your body back to a more natural state. Both your body and your mind will be less stressed. Relaxation and deep breathing were made for each other. Both of them help you to calm down, clear your mind and re-energize your …

How To Practice Meditation

Meditation is the most important practice for calming the mind. A calm mind can lead to a healthy, happy and successful life. It can cure diseases and speed up healing processes. We describe the simple technique below called prana-dharana. Prana in Sanskrit stands for the air that we breathe. It is the most basic act of life which starts from birth and goes on till death. But generally, we are not aware of the breath till our attention is drawn close to it. Dharana means its awareness. Prana-dharana means applying the mind to the flow of air when we breathe. The method is as described below: Sit in a posture suitable for meditation. The common postures are Siddhasana, Padmasana and …

How To Perform Yogic Exercises

When you have decided to start with your yoga practice, it is imperative for you to learn how to perform a pose properly. Thus it is advisable for you to find a right teacher who will guide you in the correct manner of performing these poses. Since yogic exercises involve the static and isometric contraction of the muscles, where the muscles are held in a state of tension without causing the corresponding body part to move; it is important to note that the stretching or contraction of the muscles should not be done abruptly or suddenly. You should endeavour to reach the final pose as slowly as you can, so that there is a steady rise in the tension of …

How To Meditate With A Mantra

These days whenever a politician repeats a promise over and over again commentators say that this promise has become a “mantra” for that politician. For the journalists, the word “mantra” means a meaningless phrase that is repeated endlessly. For yogis however, a mantra is a word or collection of words, which has the power of liberating a human being from all limitations. How can the repetition of a word or a few words have the capacity to bring about such miraculous results? It is all based on a simple psychological principle, “as you think, so you become.” If you someone tells you “You’re stupid,” that’s of course a bad insult and will hurt you. However if you start to think …

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 …