Asana – Yoga Postures

ASANA - Yogic Postures

Asana, Yoga Postures form the third step in Ashtanga Yoga. Maharishi Patanjali describes asana in Yoga Sutras as “Sthiram Sukham Asanam”, which means that asana is to stay in position or pose with ease. The purpose of yoga asana is to develop strength, balance and steadiness of the body which eventually leads to mastery over the mind.

Benefits of Yoga

benefits of yoga - Yoga and its benefits

Yoga benefits people of all age groups. The benefits of yoga 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

Yoga as a Lifestyle

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 – Sun Salutation

Surya namaskara Mantras

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. It is a complete yogic package for the body, breath, mind and the spirit.

The Guru Disciple Tradition

Guru Disciple Tradition

        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.

Shatkarma – Purification Techniques in Hatha Yoga

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.

Sheetkrama Kapalbhati

SHEETKRAMA KAPALbHATI

Sheetkrama Kapalbhati is one of the variations of Kapalbhati or the skull shining breathing technique. It is mentioned in the yogic text Gheranda Samhita. In Sheetkrama Kapalbhati, water is sucked in through the mouth and expelled through the nose.It is an excellent way to remove mucous from the nasal cavity, throat and the pharynx.

Anjaneyasana – Low Lunge Pose

ANJANEYASANA

Anjaneyasana or the Low Lunge Pose energises the body and strengthens the muscles of the legs, waist, shoulders and chest. Anajaneya is the name of Hanuman whose valour and exploits are well known in the epic Ramayana.

Vyutkrama Kapalbhati

Vyutkrama Kapalbhati

Vyutkrama Kapalbhati is one of the variations of Kapalbhati or the skull shining breathing technique. It is mentioned in the yogic text Gheranda Samhita. In Vyutkrama Kapalbhati, water is sucked in through the nose and expelled through the mouth.

Pranayama – Yogic Breath Control

Pranayama - Science of breathing

Pranayama is the yogic science of breath control. Yoga teaches that breathing can be regulated and controlled for various health and spiritual benefits.