Yoga for Athletes

Yoga for Athletes

Yoga for Athletes is series of yoga poses to improve fitness among Athletes. Athletes are strong and look unrealistically invincible in terms of health. Yet, what we see from outside need not be the reality. Many of the athletes, experience tight muscles and injuries, thereby hampering their fitness quotient.

Parivrtta Anjaneyasana – Revolved Lunge Pose

Parivrtta Anjaneyasana - revolved Lunge Pose

Parivrtta Anjaneyasana or the Revolved Lunge Pose is a variation of Anjaneyasana or the low lunge pose. In Sanskrit, Parivrtta means revolved or twisted, Anjaneya is a legendary god Hanuman from the epic Ramayana and Asana means a pose. Parivrtta Anjaneyasana strengthens the abdominal muscles, the hip and thigh muscles and improves the sense of balance.

Ajna Chakra – The Third Eye

Ajna Chakra - The Third Eye - Kundalini Yoga

Ajna Chakra or the third eye centre is an important chakra in the spiritual evolution. In Sanskrit, Ajna means command or monitoring centre, and Chakra means a wheel or vortex or energy. Ajna Chakra or the third eye centre is the place where the three main Nadis or meridians Ida, Pingala and Sushuma merge and flows upwards.

Vishuddhi Chakra – The Throat Chakra

Vishuddhi Chakra - The Throat Plexus - Kundalini Yoga

Vishuddhi Chakra or the throat chakra is the purification centre. In Sanskrit, Suddhi means to purify, and Chakra means a wheel or vortex or energy. Vishuddhi chakra harmonises all the opposite thought patterns. It is the centre of nectar as well as poison. In the Indian mythology, Lord Shiva is said to have drank the poison to save the world, which can be seen as a blue tinge on his throat. 

Anahata Chakra – The Heart Chakra

Anahata Chakra - Heart Chakra - Kundalini Yoga

Anahata Chakra or the heart centre is important in the evolution of mankind. It is the centre of unconditional love and also the beginning of free will, to control one’s karma. In Sanskrit, Anahat means unstruck and Chakra means a wheel or vortex or energy. Anahata chakra is the place from where the unstuck sound emanates.

Manipuraka Chakra – The Solar Plexus

Manipuraka Chakra - The Solar Plexus

Manipuraka Chakra or the Navel Plexus is the centre for dynamism, energy and the will to achieve goals. In Sanskrit, Mani means jewel, Puri means city and Chakra means a wheel or vortex or energy. Manipuraka means the city of jewels. According to tantric texts, many Pranic channels meet at this centre, creating a radiating light, shining like a bright jewel.

Swadhisthana Chakra – The Sacral Chakra

Swadhisthana Chakra -The Sacral Plexus

Swadhisthana Chakra or the Sacral Plexus is connected to our unconscious mental impressions and also to our sexual urge. In Sanskrit, Sva means Self, Adhishthana means base location and Chakra means a wheel or vortex or energy. Swadhisthana chakra is located close to Muladhara and is also involved indirectly in the awakening of the Kundalini Shakti,

Muladhara Chakra – The Root Plexus

Muladhara Chakra - The Root Plexus

Muladhara Chakra or the Root Plexus is the basis of our physical nature. In Sanskrit, Mula means root, Adhara means place or base location and Chakra means a wheel or vortex or energy. Muladhara chakra is considered the resting place of the Kundalini Shakti, the inner dormant energy, which when awakened, gives great spiritual, mental and physical benefits.

Methods to Awaken Kundalini Shakti

Awakening of the Kundalini is a major event in the evolution of the soul. There are various methods to awaken kundalini. In fact, most spiritual practices, eventually culminate in the awakening of the kundalini Shakti. Most of these methods have to be learned from a qualified master.

Kundalini Yoga – Awakening the Inner Power

Kundalini Yoga - Awkwning the Inner Power

Kundalini Yoga is an esoteric school of yoga which deals with awakening of the inner energy or power dormant in every human being called Kundalini Shakti.  The Kundalini lies dormant below the base of the spine, above the Muladhara Chakra or the root plexus. In Yoga and Tantra texts, the kundalini is depicted as a feminine divine power or Shakti that raises up the spine like a serpent to meet the male divine principle called Shiva or Para Brahma.