Category Archives: Yoga Practices
Tiryaka Bhujangasana or twisting Cobra Pose is good for correcting postural defects of the upper spine. In Sanskrit, Tiryak means oblique, slant or transverse and in this case is translated as Twisting. Bhujanga means Cobra or a serpent and Asana means a pose. Tiryaka Bhujangasana is good for the flexibility of the spine and strengthens the arms and shoulders.
Parivrtta Trikonasana or Revolved Triangle Pose strengthens the back and makes the spine flexible. In Sanskrit, Parivrtta means revolved, Trikona means with three angles or a triangle and Asana means a Pose.
Sphinx Pose or Salamba Bhujangasana is a backward bending Yoga asana. In Sanskrit, Salamba Means supported, Bhujanga means serpent and Asana means a pose. Salamba Bhujangasana looks like the mythical Sphinx at Giza in its final pose.
Ardha Chandrasana or the Half Moon Pose improves coordination and sense of balance. In Sanskrit, Ardha means half, Chandra means moon and Asana is a pose. Ardha Chandrasana also strengthens the legs and spine.
Yoga Poses or Asanas are postures aimed at developing a healthy body and mind. The Patanjali Yoga Sutras define Asana as – ‘Sthiram Sukham Asanam’, which means Asana is a pose that is steady and comfortable. Asana is the third step in Maharishi Patanjali’s Ashtanga yoga. Asanas or yogic poses are aimed towards attaining strength, flexibility, balance and steadiness. Apart from the spiritual benefits, each Yoga pose also has its specific health benefits.
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.
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.
Pranayama is the yogic science of breath control. Yoga teaches that breathing can be regulated and controlled for various health and spiritual benefits.
Nauli or Nauli Kriya is a technique for abdominal massage in Hatha Yoga. Benefits of Nauli are tremendous. It is one of the six purification methods or Shatkarma in Hatha Yoga. Nauli practitioners can maintain good health and vitality. But mastering this technique is not easy for beginners. It may take anything from three months to one year to perfect it depending on your body condition, your zeal and your effort.
Basti is the Hatha Yoga method of performing an enema. Basti is one of the Shatkarma or the six purification techniques mentioned in the yogic texts – Hatha Yoga Pradeepika and the Gheranda Samhita. It is aimed at cleaning the lower intestines and the colon, removing toxins and cooling the body.