Spine Twisting Pose – Ardha Matsyendrasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana asana is also known as the Spine Twisting Asana. It is one of the essential poses which make the body healthy and fine. It is a basic pose which should be done by everyone, if their body is capable to do it. If done correctly it becomes a value addition in your day-to-day life. It may seem hard at the first attempt but you can do it in stages. By doing it in stages the asana proves to be very easy and simple. The twist in the asana is a blessing for the adrenal glands, kidneys, liver and spleen. It is also very beneficial for people who suffer from asthma, indigestion, constipation and obesity. If you are a …

Sun Salutation

The Sun Salutation yoga pose is recommended for practitioners of all ages and especially for the ones who cannot dedicate a lot of time to their yoga routine. The reason why this pose is so highly appreciated has to do with the fact that it involves most of the muscle groups, as well as the respiratory system. In fact, the Sun Salutation is a sequence of twelve yoga positions, linked together by a flowing motion and accompanied by five deep special breaths. Each of the twelve positions contributes to stretching a different part of the body and different muscle groups. Moreover, it helps expanding and contracting the chest in order to regulate breathing. Specialists and yoga trainers recommend this exercise …

Yoga Poses

Today, this primordial religious practice that originated from India has been widely observed in different corners of the globe. Even A- list celebrities such as Madonna have been attracted to this ancient spiritual routine. If you are left with a wonder, here are some yoga poses that might get you hooked up. Downward- Facing Dog is among the yoga poses that will require you to stand. With a Sanskrit name of Adho Mukha Svanasana, there are several benefits that you can obtain by performing this posture such as preventing osteoporosis, calming the brain, energizing the body, stretching the hamstrings and improving digestion, among the others. However, this should not be executed if you happen to have carpal tunnel syndrome, diarrhea, …

Yoga Moves: The Basic Asanas

As you may know, the century-old practice of yoga is performed by a number of techniques and movements. Each move has its own rule and limitation that every participant of the said practice should learn to follow. Now, if you are thinking of getting into yoga and make yourself slimmer, calmer, healthier and hotter person, you need first to know the basic yoga moves. Well, the basic yoga moves are known by those in the yoga world as “asanas”. They can be performed a few times a week and once they are performed regularly and properly, they can guarantee you to obtain better health and wellbeing in the end. This is what makes yoga actually one of the most favored …

Yoga for Women: Exercises

WARRIOR III POSE: Start in the Mountain Pose with the heels slightly apart, big toes touching, legs straight, chest lifted, pelvis in a neutral position. Placing hands on hips, step back with your right foot so just your right toes touch the floor, all of your body weight on your left foot. Keep your right leg extended in a straight line as you start to lean forward from your hips. Balance the length of your body, from your right heel to your fingertips, over your left leg until your torso is parallel to the floor. Keep your weight evenly distributed through inner and outer heel, with hips level. Begin with 5 breath cycles and progress to 15. Lift your torso …

Yoga for Weight Loss

Gaining excess weight is becoming more and more a phenomenon in the present age of undisciplined lifestyles combined with more liberal “extra-calories” food. Gone are the days where people enjoyed doing something active outdoors rather than sitting for hours in front of the TV with a pile of food. Inappropriate food habits, stress, and lack of exercise are all contributors to those extra packs of fat around your body; changing ones lifestyle to a healthy one can do a lot of good both physically, mentally, and emotionally. These days, as people find solutions to their weight problem, they have found an exceptional way of losing weight in yoga. Of course it is never easy to change ways of disciplining the …

Yoga for Computer Users: Other Postures

The Diamond Posture (Vajrasana) Kneel on a thick carpet or blanket with your knees close together. Sit back on your heels and stretch up from your hips, balancing your head well so that a line drawn through ear, shoulder, elbow and hip would be straight. You should sit up in this posture for greatest benefits. The Locust (Salabhasana) Most yoga students are familiar with this posture. Lie flat, face down, chin on floor. Make your hands into fists and push them either under your thighs to help the lift, or place them alongside your body. Exhale and lift legs from your hips, tightening your buttocks and stretching your legs up and back. Hold position for as long as possible, exhale, …

Have a health Problem? Yoga can solve it. (Part 3)

“L” is for let’s do Yoga…just kidding. But seriously, Yoga is more than just poses and meditation or stretching. It is healing as well…and you’ll be on an unstoppable pace with a proper diet too. Here are the rest of the recommended poses for various health problems as applicable. 24. Laryngitis: Sun Salutations, the Shoulder stand and its counter pose. The Wheel pose. 25. Lethargy: Sun Salutations, Shoulder stand and its counter poses, the Wheel Pose and the Balancing Poses. 26. Menopause Disorders: Bow, Shoulder stand, Fish, Plough and Head to Knee Poses. 27. Menstrual disorders: Bow, Shoulder stand, Fish, Plough and Head to Knee Poses. 28. Nervousness: Shoulder stand and its counter-poses, Bow pose and Corpse pose 29. Ovarian …

Dynamic Yoga – Exercise 3 & 4

POSE OF THE MOON (Shashankasa) Sit on your knees with palms on thighs. Close eyes and relax, but keep spine and head straight. Inhale deeply and lift arms above head, keeping them straight and shoulder-width apart. As you breathe out, bend forward from the hips, keeping arms and head in a straight line. Hands and forehead should eventually rest on the floor in front of your knees. Bend your elbows, so that arms are fully relaxed and hold for five seconds. Then breathe in and slowly raise arms and body back to the upright position. Exhale and return your palms to the top of your thighs. Repeat 3-5 times. MOUNTAIN POSE (Parvatasana) Strengthens nerves and muscles in the arms and …

Dynamic Yoga – Exercise 1 & 2

SWAYING PALM TREE POSE (Tiryaka Tadasana) Streamlines the waist and develops balance. Stand with feet 8 inch apart and fix eyes on a point directly in front of you. Interlock fingers and turn palms outward. Inhale deeply as you raise arms over your head. As you breathe out, bend from your waist to your left side, taking care not to reach forwards or backwards. Hold for a few seconds, then inhale deeply and slowly return to the upright position. Repeat 5 times to each side. CAT-STRETCH POSE (Marjari-asana) Kneel and lean forward to place hands on floor below your shoulders, fingers facing forward, hands in line with knees. Arms and thighs should be at right angles to the floor; knees …

How to borrow from Yoga for Weight Loss.

Yoga is often praised in the mass media as the new fitness-craze promising weight loss, and increased strength and flexibility. However, when one sees a yoga practitioner curled up in a seemingly impossible pose, the natural tendency is to think: “Well this person has been practicing for years, how can Yoga help me lose the weight now?” Through the acclaimed Sun Salutations, that’s how. What are they? These exercises are a combination of Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, Sun Bathing and Prayer. They have been practiced for centuries by Yoga Practitioners in India, Martial Artists and African Wrestlers and as a system to rejuvenate the body and soul are beyond compare. It’s been said in the Drugless Healing circles that one …

Have a health Problem? Yoga can solve it. Part 2

This is part 2 of my series depicting the use of Yoga poses for alleviating health challenges and ailments. Do remember friends, Yoga works hand in hand with a proper diet. That can’t be overemphasized, so in learning these poses, keep in mind to learn how to improve your diet as well for success. Here we go: 11. Delaying Old Age: Sun Salutations, Shoulder-stand, Bridge Pose, Fish Pose, Wheel Pose, Abdominal lift and Breathing exercises. 12. Depression: Sun Salutations, shoulder stand and its counter pose, backward bending and balancing exercises. 13. Determination (lack of): Balancing exercises! 14. Diabetes: Head to Knee Poses (Sitting and Standing), Sun Salutations, Bow Pose. (Eat Lots of Celery and leafy vegetables and more Sub acid …

Benefits And Importance Of Ashtanga Namaskar – Part II

As we must have learnt that this is a very elaborate pose and one article would not be able to suffice the integral issues it happens to help us deal with. The 12 poses of Ashtanga Namaskar is very crucial as each and every asana has to be done in a very specific manner which helps to create its usefulness to your body These are the six pose we will try to know about 1. Pranamasana (prayer pose) Normal Breathing – Om Mitraaya Namaha Benefits: Many of your waist and skin problems would be rectified by doing this asana as it adds passion and vigor to your pose which also helps your legs. Mind achieves control due to the standing …

Benefits And Importance Of Ashtanga Namaskar – Part I

This asana is also known as Surya Namaskar Asana or Sun Salutation Asana. It is a combination of 12 postures and each posture provides its unique benefits. The essence of this asana is salutation of the Sun god, which is power source of all the energy in this world. So in process to salute the sun god it also helps our body. This asana becomes very important due to the valuable part it plays with our lives. The composition of these poses in its own different way helps in creating a fit and fine body for you. In a gym, a cardio would include aerobics, skipping, and running, jogging and cycling. By doing Ashtanga Namaskar you will be able to …

Benefits Of Pincha Mayurasana

The meaning of this asana is peacock feather pose. Before displaying the beautiful feathers, the peacock happens to lift its tail upright. This upright pose before dancing is known as Pincha Mayurasana. This represents the peacock in all its grandeur. The fierceness that is described in the peacock has to be imbibed in our day to day lives. You can also call it as the elbow stand or the forearm stand pose too. As the entire weight falls on your shoulders, it has tremendous strength to withhold that balance for a specific period of time. As the shoulders are not joined together but kept at a distance distributing your weight on both the shoulders. Similar to Adho Mukha Svanasana and …

Benefits Of Garudasana

‘Garuda’ means eagle and ‘asana’ means pose. Garuda known as king birds also happen to be the vehicle of Vishnu. Even though most of the yoga poses aims towards balance and tranquility, by the look of the asana it will be more visible. This asana would help in loosening up your joints. Stretching your muscles would help in making all the parts of your body more fit. While doing the asana sense of balance would be achieved as you are standing on one foot. It would look similar to you being wrapped by yourself. As this is a standing pose many beginners do not happen to find the right balance, for this they can use the wall to support the …