Top 10 Profound Health Benefits of Yoga

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Yoga is currently taking its final exam. Even though this science dates back many thousands of years, it has only recently come to the West. This is where Yoga is being empirically tested.

The Western mind demands results and evidence, if none are produced, the system does not survive. This is a valuable approach and Yoga is currently being put though the rigors of this process. So far Yoga is passing with flying colors. Don't get me wrong, its not that the East did not expect that, its just that this approach filters out the fraudulent and frivolous methodologies, which might otherwise survive simply because of superstition and fear, and the East is just as happy that this is being done as the West. This scrutinizing process results in separating the stones from the diamonds and the diamond that is Yoga is starting to shine though bright and clear.

Over the last three to four decades a great deal of research has been done by the medical community and they now, more and more, recognize the health benefits of Yoga. Below, I will highlight the top 10 health benefits that Yoga bestows and I hope it will inspire all of you to take up this wonderful practice is some capacity and reap the rich rewards as well. [Read more...]

Ashtanga Yoga – History and Theory

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If you are interesting in taking up yoga, Ashtanga yoga may be the kind of yoga for you. This popular form of yoga has an interesting history.

Sri Krishnamacharya at Mysore Palace originally established Ashtanga yoga. Krishnamacharya is responsible for influencing many modern forms of yoga practiced today. The Ashtanga Yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India, is the most faithful to Krishnamacharya's teachings. It was originally developed for teenage boys, but is now popular with people of all ages. It is an aerobic type yoga, which is physically demanding. The main focus is on vinyasa, which are a series of movements combined with specific breathing patterns. There should be one breath for each movement. This breathing and movement seeks to make the blood hot. Hot blood will be thin and aid in purifying the body with better blood flow. It will also produce sweat, which will rid the body of harmful toxins, leaving the body in a disease free state.

Ashtanga Yoga seeks to purify the mind and body through the eight limbs or steps of yoga. The first two steps are Yama (control) and Niyana (rules of conduct) and are the ways in which we deal with how we interact with the world and ourselves. These steps cannot be practiced but are ethical issues. They are meant to create an environment that promotes positive growth. [Read more...]

Before You Begin Learn The Types Of Yoga

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There are quite a few "types" of yoga. A traditional physical and mental discipline originating in India, yoga has been practiced for centuries, and is a sequence of positions and postures, synchronized with your breathing, designed to improve mind, body and soul. Ultimately, as you venture through the various stages, the result will be a more developed, focused mind, improved fitness and, if you are a spiritual person, a stronger connection with the universe! However, given the number of different styles of yoga, it's often difficult for future practitioners to know exactly where to begin or which type is most appropriate for them. [Read more...]

Ashtanga Yoga: a Guide and Postures

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Yoga is an ancient form of discipline that is both physical practice and spiritual journey, using primarily meditation to clear the mind of negativity. There are quite a number of varieties of yoga that are being practiced and ashtanga yoga is one of them.

Ashtanga means eight limbs in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit. Ashtanga yoga is an extremely rigorous form of yoga unlike the power yoga which is less strenuous and ashtanga yoga is practiced more rapidly and consists of difficult poses that gradually become harder as the work out is continued.

It is  compulsory to follow a specific series of workout like sun salutation, seated poses, poses in the twisting order and head stands- in that order.  Ashtanga yoga synchronizes the breath with a series of postures that produce a lot of internal heat in the body and a profuse sweating that purifies and detoxifies the muscles and organs.

This process and ultimately, the body improve circulation of the blood and becomes a light and strong body, calms the mind. Ashtanga yoga is aimed at developing discipline and vitality in a person. The rigid rules of ashtanga yoga extend even to the personal lifestyle of a person, like eating and sleeping habits, sexual practices, spiritual life and medical strategies. [Read more...]

Types of Yoga – Their Effects and Benefits

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Yoga originated around 4000 years ago in the Far East as a spiritual practice designed to realize the Divine nature of the self. Today in the West, yoga usually includes three elements of the traditional yoga techniques: postures (or asanas in Sanskrit), breath control (or pranayama) and meditation. Imagine an activity that increases your flexibility, strengthens your muscles, centers your thoughts, and relaxes and calms you.

Types Of Yoga

Raja Yoga – This is attaining Yoga or unification and reach Samadhi or oneness by practicing the Ashtangas of Yoga like Yama, Niyama, etc. (which we discussed in the last article). One who achieves the yogic state by this mode is considered to be the Raja or King of Yoga – we can take Swami Vivekananda as an example.

Bhakthi Yoga – This reaching the ultimate oneness by sheer devotion and faith. Kuchela can be an example for this. The traditional bhakti yoga does not preach the traditional pranayama, mudra, yogasnas or controlled meditation. Instead of all these, bhakti yoga devotes attention towards loving God, surrender to obey God’s will and love of God towards humanity.

Jivamukti Yoga: Developed in 1986 by Sharon Gannon and David Life, the Jivamukti Yoga method expresses the spiritual and ethical aspects of the practice of yoga that have been disregarded or devalued in contemporary times.

Ananda Yoga: Ananda Yoga classes focus on gentle postures designed to move the energy up to the brain and prepare the body for meditation. Classes also focus on proper body alignment and controlled breathing.

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Any one of several paths of spiritual discipline intended to lead a person to deliverance from samsara and the realization of moksha--i.e., to at-onement with ultimate reality. Specifically, it means a "yoking" of the self by spiritual discipline, a method of training designed to lead to union of the human spirit with ultimate reality and release from the limits of the individual ego. Also called margas (paths to salvation). Normally following a yoga involves apprenticeship to a guru (spiritual teacher or guide). [Read more...]

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