What is Yoga ?
Originated in ancient India , Yoga typically means ‘union’ between the mind, body and spirit.
The word yoga is taken from the Sanskrit root ‘yug’ which means union. The
ultimate goal of yoga is to achieve union between the individual consciousness
(aatma) and the universal divine (paramatma).
Paths of Yoga.
There are 4 paths of Yoga, or 4 ways that union can be achieved .
- Bhakti Yoga – through love and devotion to the Lord
- Karma Yoga – through selfless service to others
- Jnana Yoga – through intellect and knowledge
- Raja Yoga – through scientific and systematic study of the external and
internal body. This includes the Eight Limbs of Yoga
Importance of Yoga in our Life.
Yoga and meditation are part of a holistic approach to self-healing that brings about harmony between body, mind and soul and helps in relieving numerous aliments.
- Improves functioning of the nervous system
- Increases concentration and focus
Aids Weight loss
- Improves flexibility and posture
- Promotes the process of self-healing
Controls blood pressure
- Slows down the process of aging
Relieves stress and anxiety
- Brings about harmony between soul, body and mind.
Best Yoga poses and their benefits
Best Yoga Poses are :
Trikona Asana ( Triangle Pose )
Triangle pose engages every part of the body, strengthens the core, opens the hips and shoulders and stretches the legs.
This pose strengthens the muscles in the thighs, hips, and back, while toning the knees and ankles. It also stimulates the organs of the torso, improving metabolism. It is known to be therapeutic for anxiety, flat feet, infertility, osteoporosis, and even sciatica .
Benefits of Trikona Asana ( Triangle Pose )
- Strengthens the legs, knees, ankles, arms and chest
- Stretches and opens the hips, groins, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest and spine
- Increases mental and physical equilibrium
- Helps improve digestion
- Reduces anxiety, stress, back pain and sciatica
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Adho Mukha Swasana ( Down Dog Pose )
The Adho Mukha Swasana ( Down Dog Pose ) helps in waking up the senses and reduces fatigue and tiredness. It rejuvenates the body by improving blood circulation. It helps in improving bone density and preventing bone diseases such as osteoporosis in women , and this yoga pose can also help in relieving neck pain by reducing stiffness of the upper body.
Benefits of Adho Mukha Swasana
- This pose strengthens the arms, legs, shoulders and feet
- Because of the weight bearing nature of the posture on the arms and legs, it helps strengthen the bones and prevent osteoporosis.
- It helps relieve the symptoms of menopause.
- Adho Mukha Svanasana relieves headache, insomnia, back pain and fatigue.
- This pose can be used as a therapeutic aid for high blood pressure, asthma, sciatica, flat feet and sinusitis.
- Adho Mukha Svanasana leaves you feeling energized.
- It calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression.
- It lengthens the spine and strengthens the muscles of the chest thereby increasing lung capacity.
Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Bridge pose look like the shape of the bridge, so this pose is called as bridge poses i.e. Setubandhasana. Basically this pose is effective in relaxing the body and reducing stress. It stretches the chest, spinal cord and neck.
Benefits of Bridge pose
- Rejuvenates tired legs
- Improves digestion
- Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
- Relieves menstrual discomfort when done supported
- Reduces anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache, and insomnia
- Stretches the chest, neck, and spine
Calms the brain and helps alleviate stress and mild depression
- Stimulates abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid
- Therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis
Seated Forward Bend
Seated Forward Bend or Paschimottanasana stretches the spine, shoulders and hamstrings. People with tight hip flexors will surely benefit from this pose. Nevertheless, be careful not to hyper extend your knees.
It is ideal for yogis and yoginis at a beginner level.
Paschimottanasana may not only be good for digestion but can also increase appetite, reduce obesity, and is even believed to have the power to cure disease.
Benefits of Seated Forward Bend
- Therapeutic for high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis.
- Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression.
- Stretches the spine, shoulders, hamstrings
- Stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus
- Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort
- Soothes headache and anxiety and reduces fatigue
Cobra Posture (Bhujang asana)
The eighth pose of the 12 poses of the Surya Namaskar, Bhujangasana is also called the Cobra Pose. This energizing backbend resembles the raised hood of a cobra.
In Sanskrit, “bhujanga” means serpent or snake and “asana” means pose; hence the English, cobra pose. This invigorating backbend was named such because Bhujangasana reflects the posture of a cobra that has its hood raised.
Cobra Posture (Bhujang asana)
- Improves menstrual irregularities
- Elevates mood
- Firms and tones the buttocks
- Invigorates the heart
- Stimulates organs in the abdomen, like the kidneys
- Helps to ease symptoms of asthma.
- Relieves stress and fatigue
- It Stretches muscles in the shoulders, chest and abdominals
- Decreases stiffness of the lower back
Strengthens the arms and shoulders
- Increases flexibility
- Improves digestion
- Strengthens the spine
- Soothes sciatica
- Opens the chest and helps to clear the passages of the heart and lungs.
- Improves circulation of blood and oxygen, especially throughout the spinal and pelvic regions