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Asana

Blog posts regarding Asanas – the physical poses in Yoga

Know your asana- USHTRASANA

Ushtrasana or the camel pose is a backbend which also opens the heart centre.  Ushtrasana is like a camel travelling through the Sahara, requiring stamina, endurance, and a commitment to inner awareness. What is so special about Ushtrasana? This asana improves the blood circulation in the abdominal region. Thus, improves the digestion. Also, the pose strengthens the lower back while opening the heart center. Therefore, Ushtrasana helps us physically and emotionally!! Chakra-wise The camel pose stimulates the Manipura Chakra which allows us to have control over our thoughts and emotional responses, set healthy boundaries, and be at peace with ourselves. Its physical association is with digestive function. Benefits of Ushtrasana Strong and flexible spine - Backbends help in restoring the natural flexibility of the spine. With consistent practice, the back becomes strong and agile. Opens the chest and shoulders - As the digital era requires us sitting in front of computers. Ushtrasana opens the shoulders and relieves stress from them. Tones us the abdomen - As the abdomen is pushed outwards, the obliques are stretched. Thereby, this helps in toning the muscles around the stomach. Improved digestion - As the blood circulation improves in the abdomen, the organs function optimally leading to better digestion. Stress relief -  Our minds often follow our bodies, so by increasing the flexibility in your spine.We relieve the tension in the neck, back, and shoulders. This helps in relaxing the body and mind! :) Emotional balance - As the chest is opened, the energy in the heart center is stimulated. This helps in balancing the emotions and feelings. Thus, we feel more peaceful and centered. Extroversion in personality - As the heart center opens, it is easier for a person to express oneself and [...]

Know your asana- DHANURASANA

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Know your asana- Tolasana

Tolasana or scale pose is a seated lifted arm balance, which is also known as Lifted Lotus pose. Besides, getting the benefits of Padmasana, Tolasana helps in building arms and core strength too!! What is so special about Tolasana? Moola bandha and uddiyana bandha will be exercised when practicing tolasana. Because the whole abdomen is engaged and raised. Thus, this helps in balancing the adrenalin and testosterone-estrogen in the body. The scale posture is a dynamic posture which benefits the body inside out! Chakra-wise Practising Tolasana stimulates the Ajna chakra. This center is frequently depicted as the third eye in artwork and is used in various meditations. As the energy is activated, a person becomes more intuitive and intelligent. Because it connects us with a different way of seeing and perceiving, the third eye chakra’s images are often hard to describe verbally. It puts us in touch with the ineffable and the intangible more closely.   Benefits of Tolasana Strengthener: Your entire body needs to be strong, core and lower back as well as chest and shoulders in order to sit straight. And the arm strength is built over time. Tones the abdomen: as the whole abdomen is engaged and raised. Increases the hip flexibility and stretches the hamstrings. Homeostasis: As the bandhas are exercised, it creates a favourable hormonal environment in our body. Pro-tip Change the leg that's on the top, every time you sit. You can use a yoga block, if you feel raising the body seems too difficult. Contra-indications Avoid the pose in case of severe knee pain. Like most of yoga, this asana requires thoughtfulness and patience. Some people’s bodies easily fold into lotus, while others’ cannot. Some individuals have naturally long arms which [...]

Know your asana- Ardha Matsyendrasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana is named after the famous yogi and saint Shri Matsyendranath. Every asana teaches us to align our muscles and bones so we can improve our everyday posture. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, is a spinal twist that lengthens the spine. This asana is a grounding stretch for the outer hips, and creates expansion through the chest and shoulders. What is so special about Ardha Matsyendrasana? Performing twists in yoga gives our bodies a chance to wring out tension and realign the spine. What’s more, twists aid digestion. They also help in eliminating the built up waste, as well as negative thoughts and emotions that live in the belly. Besides, the asana balances the insulin in the body. Chakra-wise As we twist our body and open the shoulders and chest, Anahata chakra is stimulated. The Heart chakra is all about connecting and relating. The emphasis here is on love, giving and receiving, and how open we are in relationships. Love is the energy that helps transfigure emotions and experiences. It’s an essential element in any relationship, whether it’s is with others or oneself. Benefits of Ardha Matsyendrasana Better Digestion: Nearly 30% of the world’s population struggles with some sort of digestive disorder. Twists help massage the abdominal organs which secrete digestive juices. Thus, enabling digestion. Detoxifying: Twists refresh blood flow to our essential organs that play an essential role in excreting waste and boosting immunity. Opens the heart center: As the chest is pushed out, the energy in the heart center is balanced. Yoga is know to short circuit anxiety and heartaches. Elongates the spine: As sit straight and twist, the spine is stretched and our postures is improved. Tones the obliques: As we twist and hold the asana, the fat around the [...]

Yoga cures for sinus

SINUSITIS Suffering from sinusitis can cause a lot of discomfort in day to day life. There's difficulty in breathing because of mucus buildup and swelling in nasal region, resulting in blocked nose. Also, this build up affects the whole face, the head feels heavy, swelling and redness in eyes area, blocked ears. Yoga brings a lot of relief for sinus patients. Practicing yoga regularly helps cure many ailments, sinus is one of them. Yoga  for sinus Surya Namaskar: the constant inhale-exhale combined with asanas help regulating the breath. Hence clearing the nasal congestion. Yoga asanas: The forward bend asanas brings relief to the patient. Asanas like paschimottanasana, janushirshasana, pada-hasta asana, parvat asana, setubandh asana, sarvangasana, halasana, gomukhasana, bhujangasana relieve sinus discomfort. Pranayama: By performing these gentle breathing exercises, you increase the oxygen flow to your blood and          your brain, helping your body function more properly and relieving headache and other sinusitis symptoms. Kapalbhati, bhastrika, anulom-vilom are most beneficial for sinusitis. Jalaneti: It is an effective Yogic practice to cure headache, insomnia, cough & cold, asthma and drowsiness. Basically, it’s the nasal cleansing exercise with lukewarm salted water. Mantra recitation: Both chanting as well as humming "OM" make sound vibrations. This make the air to move back and forth between sinus membranes and nasal passages. Thus the air movement opens tiny ducts that connect the nose to the sinuses. This allows the sinuses to drain completely. Meditation: As it's commonly known that stress can worsen the symptoms of any chronic disorder, including sinusitis. Meditation helps in enhancing body's abilities to recover from stress.This improves our immunity and prevents frequent bouts of sickness. Diet Management: Avoid cold food items like cold water, ice creams, heavy oily food, [...]

Know your asana- SARVANGASANA

Coming the "Queen of asanas," Sarvangasana!! The Sanskrit word Sarv-anga-asana means whole body posture. This is a dynamic inversion, which is held for 1 minute in hatha yoga, 3-5 minutes in yin yoga, up to 10 minutes in restorative yoga and for around 25 minutes in Iyengar yoga!! What is so special about Sarvangasana? Shoulderstand helps in the functioning of: Endocrine system Nervous system Circulatory system Respiratory system While strengthening the shoulders and helping calm the body and mind. :) Chakra-wise The Vishuddhi Chakra is the starting point of Udana Prana. It is a function of this Prana to purify the body of toxic substances while breathing. Purification not only occurs on the physical level, but also on the level of the psyche and mind. The throat chakra is the first of the three spiritual chakras.  To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. Benefits of Sarvangasana Balances hormones: Sarvangasana balances the thyroid and hypothalamus glands, allowing for proper hormone production. Good for heart health: In the pose, the body is inverted and venous blood flow to the heart without any strain by force of gravity . Beneficial for asthma: The pose exerts pressure on the sternum against the chin. Thus prevents breathing from the top of the lungs thus cure asthma and other respiratory problems. Relieves from varicose vein: It reduces blood pressure to the blood vessels of the legs. Thus gives great relief to the people suffering from varicose vein. It is also good to the disorders at the heel and groin region. Improved Blood circulation: Stagnant blood from the lower regions of the body is drained to the heart. Thereby improving the supply of fresh blood. [...]