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: [Read more...]

Yoga Poses, Postures, And Asanas

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In the modern world when most of us lead a very sedentary life and gorge on junk foods with no time for some elementary exercises, diseases like heart problem, blood sugar, and so on are common. Yoga has proven its effectiveness in keeping these and various other health problems at bay. A mere twenty minutes of yoga can do the magic.

There are a number of yoga postures to suit the varied needs of different people. It is difficult to discuss them in a single article but an attempt has been made to discuss some of the more common and effective yoga poses. Yoga is not only a form of exercise for the body but involves the well-being of the mind as well as internal organs of an individual. If followed properly and with total devotion, it is an ideal cure for many physical as well as mental diseases.

One of the well-known benefits of yoga is meditation, which relaxes the mind, enhances concentration, and helps an individual to perform his task better. There are different types of yoga like Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Bhakti Yoga. All form of yoga insists that you follow it religiously. It is best to perform yoga early in the morning just after you wake up since the mind remains most peaceful during that time. [Read more...]

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Yoga Breathing: Practice and Benefits

When was the last time you stopped to take a deep breath, the kind of breath that fills your lungs and then carries away your stress in a long exhale? Like a heartbeat, breathing is integral to our well-being, but it is not something we stop to think about or remember. The breath carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, and removes impurities from our blood and organs for excretion as we exhale. Breathing problems such as asthma and emphysema can have a significant health impact, but how often do we think about breathing when we are healthy?

In fact, there are numerous benefits to be had from practicing conscious breathing. In the yoga world, this is known as pranayama, or "life-breath-extension." The thought behind pranayama is that by learning to extend and channel the breath, we use the body's natural power to heal itself. The short term benefits of yoga breathing practice are relaxation, improved focus and detoxification of the body. The long term benefits can include such important goals as lowering blood pressure, improving sleep patterns, encouraging weight loss and improving metabolic rate. By improving our manner of breathing, we combat the negative effects of stress and the chaotic lifestyles imposed on us by this hectic world. [Read more...]

Sun Salutation

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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 for the daily routine, as it can contribute in a very efficient way to the flexibility of your spine and joints. [Read more...]

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