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 …

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 – A Cure for Modern Day Stress

As we walk the tightrope between modern life and our animal instincts, the human race strives to find balance. In our bodies, our minds, our environment, in our lives. With our brains over-stimulated and our bodies more sedentary than ever, many of us suffer from the fatigue and imbalance that comes from chronic stress without sufficient recovery. A yoga practice is an excellent way to soothe nerves that are in a constant state of overdrive. Yoga can help give us the ability to live healthy amidst hectic schedules and bustling environments. Why does it seem that as technology evolves at such epic pace we have less and less time at our disposal? Now more than ever we need to slow …

Yoga for Weight Loss

Heard about the news that yoga is perfect for weight loss? You probably have a friend who has been practicing yoga for such purpose. Well, many people have claimed that yoga can help a person maintain a healthy weight by regularly practicing all the proper movements involved in this ancient practice. The concept of yoga for weight loss actually came out following the claim that yoga can help create an ultimate sense of wellbeing. The term “wellbeing” is commonly understood by many as the state of being healthy in which the body is free from all the harmful elements in the environment, including calories. Aside from that, yoga is believed to be highly potent for boosting metabolism, which according to …

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 …

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 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 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 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 …

Indian Gurus and unsafe yoga camp

Yoga – the oldest system of personal development needs no introduction nowadays. Its popularity can be estimated by the fact that more than 15 million people practice yoga in USA alone. Almost every health club in a country like UK has yoga classes. In India where the yoga system was originated it was not practiced on mass level until couple of years ago. Of course, yoga was taught as a free service for years by organization like Bhartiya Yog Sansthan in public park but never before as an unquestionable and unsafe mass hysteria. Recently with the help of TV channels the whole concept of Yoga has rejuvenated in India. Baba Ramdev Ji, the Indian ‘yoga guru’ has started teaching yoga …

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 …

Improve Your Eyesight With Trataka

Eyes are the windows of the soul and you can see what a person is up to by looking into his eyes. Hence, it is important to have clean eyesight. In yoga, trataka is a technique devised by the ancient sages to improve eyesight. It is a shuddhikriya or a purification process to cleanse the eyesight and help in the silencing of the mind in concentration. Sit with your back straight. Keep your eyes fixed on an object without winking till tears start streaming down your face. The small object can be the flame of an oil lamp, or an image or a picture or the letter ‘AUM”. This object should be placed in the line of sight at a …

Improve your Personal Life with Yoga

Yoga is not an exercise it is a practice. Yoga is intended to redirect your entire body to make it all come together. Yoga works the mind combined with the body to make it fall into place, which helps one to improve personal overall life. Everyone needs a little help one time or another to get their health and thinking on track. Practicing yoga brings the perfect out of all of us, teaching us to meditate and at the same time, helps relieve that awful stress. Along with helping to relieve stress, yoga strengthens our limbs, mind, refreshes us and even helps us lose weight. Our energy level will increase because we feel better. When starting to practice Yoga take …

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 …