Category «Yoga Practices and Techniques»

Procedure and Benefits of Sarvangasana – Shoulder Stand Pose

Introduction: Sarvangasana is one of the important members of the family of inverted poses in Yoga. These postures are restorative in nature and the practice of Asana session is always concluded with such poses. They are highly valuable in the preparation and facilitation of the sound practice of Pranayama as well as meditation techniques.This is …

Bandhas- Energy Locks

The classical texts on Yoga such as “Hatha Yoga Pradeepika” describe the importance bandhas in order to lock the pranas in particular areas and redirect the flow of pranic energy in the major energy channel Shusumna Nadi to activate the spiritual energy. The practices of Pranayama and asanas incorporate the techniques of bandhas to achieve the …

Hatha Yoga – Origin and its Practice

The word hatha is made up of two words, ha and tha. The word ‘ha’ means Sun and ‘tha’ means Moon. Together, the word means to create a balance between the sun and the moon energies present in an individual. HathaYoga is the science creating a harmony between the solar (Pingala) and lunar (Ida) energies …

Procedure and Benefits of Mayurasana

Mayura means Peacock. This asana is so called because its final pose resembles a peacock with full plumage.  Mayurasana is also renowned for its capacity to eliminate toxins from the body. Hence the name. Technique: Sit in Squatting position. Place the palms on the ground with slightly curving fingers pointing backward. Keep the elbows just near …

Meditative Pose: Procedure and Benefits of Padmasana.

Padmasana – Lotus Pose Nomenclature Padmasana is one of the meditative postures and it resembles a shape of a lotus.  In Sanskrit Padma means lotus. Hence it is called as Lotus pose or Padmasana. Importance: The main objective of the meditative posture is to ensure a comfortable and stable condition of the spinal column for …

Shirsha Asana – The King of Asanas

Shirsha Asana is the head stand pose in yoga. Shirsha means “head” and “asana” means pose. The standing on the head pose, Sirshasana is known as the king of all yogic poses and is done at the end of all yogic asanas. Standing on the head pose inverts the gravity pressure towards the head instead of …

Yoga Asana; Its Practice and Benefits Part-II

Contd. From Part -I Procedure Disciplining of the body is brought by the practice of the Yoga Asanas .The practice of Yoga Asanas are always practiced with awareness and relaxation, Sage Patanjali defines the practice methodlogy of a Yoga pose in his Yoga Sutras as “Pratyatana Shaithilya AnantaSamapattibhyam” 2:47 “Relaxation with efforts & Concentration on …

Yoga Asana; Its Practice and Benefits – Part 1

Definition Asana is a posture in harmony with one’s inner consciousness it aims at the attainment of a sustained and comfortable sitting posture to facilitate meditation. Yoga Asanas also help in balancing and harmonizing the basic structure of the human body. Therefore, they have a range of therapeutic uses too. Maharshi Patanjali in his classical work …

Japa Yoga – Chanting for Enlightenment

First, we should know what is meant by Japa. Japa is the repetition of anything; it can be the name of the lord or a mantra. It is an important part of yogic practices and makes it easy to reach the meditative state. Dhyana or meditation is an important part of yoga but very difficult …

Pranayama – Strengthening the Life force by Breathing Right

Pranayama and Breath

We start breathing much before we are born and the inhaling exhaling process stops only when the life force goes out. Thus, breathing is the most important process in our body. In fact, it is breathing that is the key to all our mind and body can do. It provides oxygen which is essential for …