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Yamas and Niyamas

»Posted by on May 31, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline. It comes from the word Yuj which means union, in the ancient Sanskrit language originating in India. It stimulates the development of awareness of thoughts, words, and actions. Through the practice of asanas, meditation, and the study of Vedic texts such as The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which represent the aphorisms of yoga, stimulating the personal and spiritual development of each person and contributing to the liberation of the fluctuations of mind occurs. Yoga is considered as a philosophy of life. The sensibility of the body is experienced, the flexibility of the thoughts, in turn, brings the receptivity to life, and the better coexistence with the environment.

The Yamas and Niyamas are the moral principles and rules of self-regulation that yoga practitioners must follow to live with the world and with oneself. They are within the eight foundations of yoga, which show the methods to live life with responsibility, commitment, and purpose. It is what was proposed by Patanjali, Yoga teacherof high potential and recognition in the history of India.

1. Yamas: Being With The World:

  • Ahimsa: Do not hurt or harm. Deal kindly with others and respect for life.
  • Satya: The truth. The sincerity of thought, word, and action.
  • Asteya: Do not steal energy or material goods. Do not envy the riches of others.
  • Brahmacharya: Celibacy or fidelity towards the couple. Do not waste your energy on casual sex.
  • Aparigraha: Do not accumulate -Codicia-. Release of attachment.

2. Niyamas: Being With Ourselves

  • Saucha: Internal and external purification. Good nutrition and lifestyle.
  • Santosha: Contentment. The satisfaction of living happily with what you have.
  • Cover: Discipline. Training of the senses.
  • Swadhyaya: Introspection defines who we are. Study of ourselves and life purpose.
  • Ishwara Pranidhana: Devotion. Connection with divinity.

The practice of yoga is a complementary activity of life, which has proven to be beneficial in the prevention of diseases, the development of thought, and rehabilitation of physical health.

Among the benefits of yoga stresses the strengthening of the spirit, developing harmony with each person. and the universe. That is why the attitudes you have about life are so crucial to the attitudes you have with yourself. How do you treat your body? How do you nourish your soul?

Benefits Of The Yamas And Niyamas:

  • Awakening consciousness
  • Feelings of fear, hostility, selfishness diminish
  • Self-respect is accentuated
  • Release of toxic emotions
  • The treasures of life are manifested naturally
  • The cleanliness and purity of the mind and body is experienced
  • Development of kindness, focus, good sense, happiness
  • Holistic wellness and satisfaction are enjoyed.

Once you begin to experience the many benefits of yoga, naturally, you acquire good habits, body awareness, responsibility in thoughts, compassionate love, and much more. The practice of yoga is an opportunity to become sensitive to the teachings of life and to develop good coexistence with ourselves and the environment.

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Cobra Pose

»Posted by on Mar 23, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The cobra pose is also known as Bhujangasana. It is a posture that promoted flexibility and opens up the heart. It also strengthens your arms and wrist.

How To Perform The Pose

  1. Step 1 – To start, lie down, face down on the yoga mat. Stretch the back of your legs while the top of your feet remain flat to the ground. Spread your arms out on the ground under the shoulders. Hug your elbows toward the back of your body.
  2. Step 2 – Firmly press your pubis, the thighs of both your legs and the top of your feet into the ground.
  3. Step 3 – While gradually inhaling, start to straighten your arms in order to lift your chest off the ground. Lift only to a certain height where you can maintain a firm connection between the pubis and the legs. Gradually press your tailbone toward your pubis, followed by lifting your pubis to your navel. Now, narrow your hip points. Make sure to firm your buttocks but do not harden them at all.
  4. Step 4 – Keep your shoulder blades firmly against your back by puffing the sides of your ribs toward the front. Try lifting through the top of your sternum, but make sure to avoid pushing the front of your rib forward, which would lead to hardening the lower part of your back. While bending your back, make sure to distribute the bed evenly throughout your spine. Don’t concentrate on any specific point.
  5. Step 5 – Hold on to the posture for fifteen to thirty seconds while breathing gradually and easily. Upon exhalation, release your pose and return to the ground. You can perform this pose more than once. Gradually increase your pose holding duration.


Benefits

  • Strengthens your spine 
  • Stretches your chest as well as lungs
  • Firms and strengthens the buttocks 
  • Helps to relieve stress as well as fatigue
  • Stretches your abdomen as well as shoulders
  • Stimulates the organs of your abdomen
  • Opens your lungs as well as heart
  • Works as a therapy for asthma
  • Helps to soothe sciatica
  • It is traditionally stated that it increases the heat of the body, destroys various diseases as well as works in awakening Kundalini

Mistakes And Contradictions

If you have any kind of back injury, then avoid practicing this pose. Patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome are also recommended not to exercise this pose. While suffering from a headache, you must not indulge in practicing this pose. It is also advised that you should not practice the pose during pregnancy.

How To Perform The Pose Perfectly

To perform the pose to perfection, do not overstretch your back. Perform it as per your capacity and do not strain your body. Try to find the apt height at which you must perform the pose. To do the same, take away your hands and without any support, find a height via an extension.

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Picking out the right Yoga Clothes for women

»Posted by on Dec 8, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

Yoga like any other form of exercise requires you to have clothes that will make you more comfortable as you practice. Even though there are no strict requirements for yoga, you need to pick clothes that are the most suitable for a yoga session. These clothes will make you move easily and stretch without restrictions. Typical yoga outfits include a good top and a good pair of pants. The following guidelines will help you choose the best yoga clothes for your practice.





Get a good fabric

 

As you will be doing yoga, you are going to sweat. Therefore you need to get a fabric that is able to absorb the sweat and give you room to breathe, preferably cotton. The color of your fabric depends on your taste.

 

Get a top that completely covers your upper body

 

During yoga class, you need to be fully concentrated on your instructor without the distraction of constantly pulling your top to cover you well. Therefore as you look for a top, get one that is fitting enough so that it does not move as you change positions and poses. Preferably, the top should be stretchy to accommodate the specific bends and stretches of the body.

 

You can get yourself a hoodie

 

Sometimes the weather may not be very favorable and you may require something that keeps you warm or covered as you practice yoga. You can get yourself a hoodie to protect you from cold especially when performing the poses, which require you to lie down.

 

Ensure you have a bra

 

For most women, breasts can be one of the best ways to describe their feminism. However, for your yoga practice, you need a sports bra, which will ensure that your breasts do not hang as you practice yoga. The bra should also be comfortable and allow good air circulation. Sometimes a good bra can act as an alternative for tops. Some designers have even made it easier for women by creating a top, which has a brassiere in it, it is very effective for yoga.





Choosing a pant

 

There are tons of options to choose from if you want a good yoga pant. You can choose a pant that is not loose so that it does not fall off during yoga sessions. The pant can either be as tight as the leggings or loose like the sweatpants, depending on your preference. However, you should get yourself lightweight pants so that you get to move and change positions without struggling too much. Some pants have a gusset that is designed to reduce pressure in that delicate area; you should definitely check them out.

 

For those who love shorts, there are shorts that are form-fitting and will make you comfortable as you practice yoga. In addition, you can also get Capri tights but they should not be too tight so that you find it hard to hold various body poses.

 

The waistband of your pants should be in line with your waistline so that it gives you an easy time while bending.

 

Avoid jeans

 

Jeans are too rigid for a yoga session. They do not give you much room to move as expected in yoga classes. Hence, you should avoid them. Get materials that stretch and adjust well depending on your position. You should also avoid materials such as leather and corduroy.

 

In conclusion, you can use various clothes for your yoga practice, however, you should try to use the guidelines above so that you stay fit and comfortable.

 

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The Calm Heart Meditation For Relieving Stress

»Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

 

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the challenges of modern life? Pressing deadlines, heavy traffic, demanding clients and employers, the hustle-bustle of a metropolis can create stress which might have a negative impact on our lives.

 

How Does Stress Affect Us?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health in the U.S., long-term stress can harm an individual’s health in different ways; developing issues such as digestive symptoms, insomnia, headaches, anger, etc. The same Institute ascertains that continued stress could lead to more severe health issues like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, as well as anxiety or depression.

So, what is there to do in order to defend ourselves from the negative effects of stress?

The Mayo Clinic declares that meditation is a powerful tool to relieve stress. Because during such practice, the attention is focused, and the stream of stressful thoughts is eliminated. The physical and emotional well-being is enhanced. Meditation allows us to reach a sense of calmness, balance, and inner peace and can help go throughout the entire day more calmly. Also, it can help alleviate symptoms of some medical conditions.

 

The Solution

The Calm Heart Meditation is extremely helpful in relieving stress, allowing you to come into a neutral, non-reactive place and making you feel graceful and steady in the middle of today’s challenging environment.

 

Here is how to practice Calm Heart Meditation:

  • Sit in a comfortable pose;
  • Close your eyes or glance straight in front of you with the eyes 1/10 open;
  • Put the left hand in the middle of the chest, with fingers parallel to the ground and directed to the right;
  • Hold the right hand in Gyan Mudra (touch the tip of the index finger with the tip of the thumb);
  • Elevate the right hand upwards on the right side. The elbow is relaxed near the body with the forearm perpendicular with the floor;
  • Breathe: Focus on the breath flow. Consciously regulate every breath, by inhaling slowly and deeply through the nose. Then, suspend the breath in and elevate the chest. Hold this space between the inhalation and exhalation for as long as possible.
  • Next, exhale slowly, progressively and thoroughly. When the exhalation is entirely out, hold the breath out for as long as possible;
  • Continue this type of long, deep breathing for 3 to 31 minutes;
  • In the end, inhale and exhale three times powerfully and relax.

 

 

Benefits Of The Calm Heart Meditation

  • This meditation is beneficial, especially if you are new to yoga because it grows the awareness and control of the breath.
  • The Calm Heart Meditation enables you to gain more clarity to the relationship you have with yourself, others.
  • If you find yourself in a place where you are angry or frustrated with someone, practice this meditation for three to five minutes before answering.
  • If we talk about the physical benefits of Calm Heart Meditation, it is important to know that it strengthens the heart and lungs.
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Eight-Angle Pose

»Posted by on Jun 14, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Given the anatomical structure of the human hands, which unlike feet are made for mobility rather than for bearing weight, arm support poses are generally demanding. Consequently, novice students are recommended to practice these kinds of positions only after having gotten used to standing poses. When undertaking your yoga practice, remember to wear comfortable apparel that will allow your body to move without hindrances, such as leggings, capris or workout pants and clothing.

Astavakrasana (ah-shta-vak-rahs-anna) is regularly categorized as an intermediate level twisting arm balance yoga position. All arms, legs, and spine are activated and lengthened while executing this pose. Especially when it comes to the adductors, triceps, and pectoralis major or chest muscle.   

A perfect eight-angle position ought to look similar to an asymmetrical “v” while being looked from above. To carry out this pose adequately one’s weight should be slightly shifted either onto the left or right arm, one’s ankles should be locked together, while the fingers remain widely spread and the upper lying leg rests lightly on your shoulder. One’s shoulders should be positioned in a pleasant (non-hurtful) way, as the arms are actively pressing against the ground and the elbows are kept near the torso.

Some useful tips to take into account are the following:

  • To position your hands shoulder-width apart
  • To look forward while maintaining the position
  • To keep your shoulders as steady and still as you can once you have found your balance
  • To strengthen your legs by pushing your heels forward and squeeze your locked arm with both thighs at the same time
  • It is important to keep these cues in mind when going into an eight-angle pose, as they make up the basis of this position and will help avoid any unwanted injuries.   

In order to gain the flexibility and stability needed to carry out this pose, you can first practice the high lunge pose or Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana, four-limbed stick pose or Chaturanga Dandasana, and baby cradle pose or Hindolasana. These positions will open your hips, hamstrings, and chest. They will strengthen your back, arms, and core, and work on your abdominal muscles.   

Once you have trained in strengthening your body as well as gaining more flexibility you can go ahead into a full eight-angle pose after doing preceding poses like standing forward bend or Uttanasana, bound angle pose or Baddha Konasana, and extended side angle pose or Utthita Parsvakonasana. Follow-up poses can either include the two-handed arm balance position or Dwi Pada Bhujasana, and shoulder-pressing pose or Bhujapidasana. 

Benefits linked to the practice of this position are related to the realignment of the third, Manipura, chakra. This is the energy center that harbors our personal and transformational powers, self-esteem, confidence, and warrior energy. Some of the benefits include the strengthening of the arms, wrists and abdominal muscles, the nurturing of one’s self-confidence, sense of purpose, and motivation.

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