We are all running for better and best things. Let’s pause for a minute to think if we are on the right track. By right track, we do not imply anything professional but are referring to health and fitness. The good old saying ‘health is wealth’ always holds true because without physical well-being one cannot achieve anything.
Yoga teaches people the essential asanas and breathing techniques (pranayama) to keep diseases at bay. The yoga videos in this network demonstrate postures in an easy to understand way. Overall health is improved with the practice of yoga on a regular basis. It should be perceived as a way of life and not simple as a hobby to flaunt. The yoga poses taught in the videos will leave you with unimaginable benefits. There are different types of yoga: Hatha Yoga, vinyasa, Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Bikram yoga, Kundalini yoga, Power yoga and yin yoga. And then there is Acroyoga which is a physical practice which combines yoga and acrobatics. Yoga strengthens the body and keeps the internal organs healthy. A lot of myths are associated with yoga. For instance, yoga is only for the older lot and patients, it doesn’t yield results and requires a lifestyle change. It is a wrong notion that yoga requires you to sacrifice your favorite food, clothes and lifestyle. Turning into a vegan is entirely an individual’s choice. A lot of people who practice yoga enjoy their chicken biryani while they also enjoy yoga.
A lot of people relate yoga to a weight loss treatment but yoga has something more deeper to offer. The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. Yoga means union: the union of soul with the higher form. Proper breathing, relaxation, eating, exercise and positive thinking are all an intrinsic part of yoga. Together these five things help an individual achieve the union.
The above mentioned points can be achieved through the following:
1. Proper breathing: Pranayama
2. Proper Exercise: Asana
3. Proper relaxation: Savasana
4. Proper eating: Satvik diet
5. Positive thinking: Meditation
Although there are different styles of teaching yoga, all the styles focus on the above mentioned. Pranayama is the regulation of prana or life force. It is believed that it is not the number of breaths we take but the length of breaths that matter. The longer breaths we take, longer we live.
Asanas are for the body and unlike conventional exercises yoga strengthens the body from within. Yoga is for keeping the internal organs healthy too. There are about 850000 asanas which is equal to the number of lifeforms on earth.
Relaxation is as important as the asanas and breathing because a chaotic mind and body do no good. Savasana (corpse pose) helps the body relax to the core. A calm body elevates the mind.
A proper diet often refers to a satvik one in yoga. Due to our fast paced life, we have lost focus on what we eat. But we become what we eat and this is proven. Spicy, stale and processed food is a big no in order to stay healthy physically and mentally.
Positive thinking is achieved with meditation that lets one’s mind focus on the breath instead of random thoughts. Thoughtlessness is very difficult to achieve. Even if we could sit for 2 min without any thoughts, we are there. Practise helps!
Surya namaskar (sun salutation) has some important yoga postures and is the best way to start a yoga session. Sirsasana, sarvaangasana, halasana, matsyasana, paschimotanasana, bhujangasana, salabhasana, dhanurasana, ardhamatsyendrasana, paadahastana, trikonasana are some common and main asanas in any practice. Most asanas have counter poses too to neutralize the physical postures. The names of asanas are derived from Sanskrit terms.
Though yoga asanas benefit the overall body and help keep diseases at bay, following are the broad benefits of yoga:
- Yoga strengthens the respiratory system by increasing the lung capacity to inhale and exhale.
- Yoga aids in better digestion and elimination.
- Sleep is considered as important as food and exercise. Yoga helps you have a sound sleep. Time to say goodbye to insomnia with yoga.
- Stronger muscles, shinier eyes and better circulation of blood is possible with yoga.
- There is something called prenatal yoga for the pregnant ladies for their overall health and easy delivery of baby.
- While yoga is often thought of as a tool to help us find ease in the body, quiet the mind, it can also be a way of helping us tap our creative self.
- After a good session of yoga and meditation you feel much relaxed and anger is at a distance.
- Yoga increases the flexibility in the body and body is ever active.