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Yoga and exercise are not the same. Today, most fitness programs teach exercises, Yoga asanas, pranayama, Tai Chi, aerobics, martial arts, etc or a combination of these. Though all of these are aimed at maintaining and improving health, few understand the difference between Yoga asanas and other forms of fitness methods.
Obesity management has taken center stage in most yoga fitness programs in the recent years. Yoga and its methods for weight loss have been known for ages. The yogic way of life is a balanced life, bringing good physical and mental health. Once the cause of obesity is understood, it can be managed quite well by balanced principles of living.
Jala Neti is a yogic technique to clean your sinuses. Neti is one of the six purification methods in Hatha Yoga. The sinus cavities can get clogged with impurities which may cause infections, inflammations and headaches.
The Ayurvedic detox programs are based on the self healing abilities of the human body. Ayurveda and yoga are ancient sciences which encourages natural and healthy living. When we talk about detoxification, we assume that there are toxins in the body that needs to be eliminated.But, how did these toxins enter the body in the first place?
Yogic management of high blood pressure primarily involves relaxation techniques using the art of yogic breathing to reduce anxiety and stress which form the most common cause of hypertension. High blood pressure along with other lifestyle disorders like obesity and diabetes have become the ‘silent killers’ of the modern era.
Yoga benefits people of all age groups. The benefits range from mental peace, fitness, health, improved physiological functioning of the body and spiritual evolution.
The benefits of Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Shatkarma and Meditation reach all the levels of our being. To understand this, we need to know more about the different levels of our own individual existence.
Yoga as a lifestyle or the ‘yogic way’ has a huge following. It is amazing that a tradition which is more than 5000 years old has today become a popular way of life. The power of yoga lies in its simplicity, flexibility and diversity.
Surya Namaskara mantras are chanted audibly or mentally while performing the Sun Salutation. Surya Namaskara or the Sun Salutation is a series of 12 poses performed in sequential order. Surya Namaskara is a complete yogic package for the body, breath, mind and the spirit.
Role of the Guru in spiritual life is indisputable. The spiritual path is an esoteric path. Everything cannot be learned from scriptures and talks. Even if we understand a subject intellectually, it is not easy to put it to practice. One needs to undergo an inner shift to grasp the subtle truths about life and the creation. An external agent is required to help us through this change, which can be painful at times. When a larva wants to become a beautiful butterfly, it has to undergo various stages of transformation. That is a challenge. When we are ready for this challenge, the role of the Guru begins.
The Shatkarma or the six purification techniques in Hatha Yoga are designed to make the body strong and healthy. ‘Shat’ means six and ‘Karma’ here means a method or technique. Shatkarmas are considered preparatory steps towards higher practices of pranayama and meditation.