Asanas Directory allows you to learn how to do particular Asanas with the benefits listed as well!
We Humans have explored a wide variety of ideas over Millennia to craft Meditation practices. What's interesting it that right from primitive awareness techniques to highly fine-tuned methodologies, each 'Meditator' has attempted to reach a similar state. A state of Silence, Focus, and profound Clarity and Joy. Isn't that Why we Meditate? So let's explore the broad categories into which we can divide the multitudes of Meditation practices. Of course there will be many that don't fit into these categories; but even those ones will be close to one of these four. Over the course of our lives we would have experimented with each of these 4 categories. Some of them in the form of Prayer and some as Mind training. Slowly, we come to realise that one of these suits us best, and then we work on it. Once exploration matures, then comes the hard work of daily practice, often over years to keep improving the experience. 1) Awareness of a Body Rhythm/ Function as Meditation Mindfulness practices are all the rage nowadays. And they are some of the world's oldest Meditation techniques. One of the most important techniques here would be 'Watching your Breath'. Every time you tune in to a body rhythm, you become more Meditative, Grounded and very much in the 'here and now'. It's a simple technique that has huge benefits in terms of your Health and Mental well-being. Similarly you could tune in to the rhythm of your heart beat. 2) Chanting certain Words/ Syllables Since our Mind 'thinks' in words, and is always engaged in an inner conversation - using Words as a Meditative practice becomes very effective. Chanting or 'Mantra' repetition is the most common Meditation practice used by all major Religions and Spiritual [...]
All about Migraine In a modern day scenario, Migraine is a common problem in all age groups. Migraine is a type of headache where there's constant throbbing and intense headache in one side of the head. Many a times, patients are not aware that they suffer from migraine. There are various factors which can trigger this headache, like, food allergy, loud noise, stress, bright lights, extreme exposure to mobiles and computer screens etc. Symptoms of migraine Neck stiffness Frequent yawning Irritability, nausea, fatigue etc. Migraines can last for a few hours or few days. Yoga cures for migrane Yoga comes to the rescue for migraine sufferers. Yoga, through the parasympathetic nervous system slows your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. Thus, allowing the body to recover after a stressful migraine attack. Yoga therapy provides great relief for migraine patients. Asanas for migraine relief Balasana Hasta Uttanasana Paschimottanasana Jaanu sirshasana Jalandhar bandh Setu bandh asana Chakrasana Pranayama and meditation are relaxing and provides great relief as it relaxes the mind and nervous system. Besides, increasing he oxygen intake. A student shares his experience- "The word Migraine itself gives me a headache. I have been suffering from migraine since past 15years. Mine is what you call level-3 in terms of the intensity of the headache. Trust me when I say, it is quite chronic. The pain is quite severe with vomitting, blurred vision and there would be a complete stop to any day to day actities. Like any layman I went to the Doctor and as usual they prescribed me with heavy dose of pain killers which resulted in lot of side effects, but the headches wouldn't stop.I tried alternate therapies like Ayurveda, Accupressure and accupuncture. [...]
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 [...]
Breathing is an essential part of yoga. We begin with deep breaths, sync our breaths with the movements in Surya namaskar, take deeper breaths while holding our posture and focus on the breath in yoga nidra too!! Wow, thats a lot of breathing. Yoga uses "Diaphragmatic breathing" or commonly called "yogic breathing." Colloquially its called "Belly Breath." What is Diaphragmatic breathing? Diaphragmatic breathing or deep breathing, is breathing that is done by contracting the diaphragm, a muscle located horizontally between the thoracic cavity and abdominal cavity. Air enters the lungs and the chest rises and the belly expands during this type of breathing. Myths Busted 1) Just because the stomach rises, does not mean the stomach is being filled with air. As the diaphragm expands the belly expands. 2) A lot of people, ask why not use lungs which have been created for breathing. In chest breathing or thoracic breathing, we draw in the minimal breath into the lungs, without using the diaphragm. Thus, the lungs do not get a chance to draw in the optimal amount of oxygen. Benefits of Diaphragmatic Breathing Relieves stress Deep breathing helps in better relaxation. Diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which evokes the feeling of relaxation. Supplies more oxygen This healthy breathing pattern also increases the oxygen delivery to the cells. It also stimulates the blood flow and enhances the nourishment of the brain and muscles. Improves our concentration It is logical that if we decrease the stress levels, our minds get clearer and it is much easier to focus. If you practice meditation or visualization, always start with this breathing technique – it will calm the mind and evoke a positive feeling of connection between the mind and body. Increases our lung capacity Most of us are [...]
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 [...]