Yoga Poses, Postures, And Asanas

Yoga postures Urdva_Dhanurasana

Image via Wikipedia

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...]

Ashtanga Yoga: a Guide and Postures

Original title and description: "Suryatho...
Image via Wikipedia

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...]

Get Adobe Flash player