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Meditative Asanas

Know your asana- VAJRASANA

Vajrasana is one of the most popular meditative postures. The asana is being used since five thousand years. And when Buddha attained enlightenment, Vajrasana was called the "Indestructible seat." As, the posture helps in absolute stillness inside-out. What is so special about Vajrasana? Vajrasana or Thunderbolt pose is considered to be the best sitting posture, for practicing breathing exercises and meditation. Besides, in India, a lot of people sit in this asana after eating their meals. This is a great posture for smooth digestion. Chakra-wise When sitting in Vajrasana with your eyes closed, the Ajna Chakra is stimulated. The third eye chakra is an instrument to perceive the more subtle qualities of reality. It goes beyond the more physical senses into the realm of subtle energies. Being tuned into this chakra, allows you to open up to an intuitive sensibility and inner perception. Benefits of Vajrasana Better digestion: The kneeling posture helps better blood circulation in the body. It modifies the blood flow by reducing the blood flow in lower portion, especially in the legs and increasing blood flow to the digestive organs resulting to efficiency of the digestive system. People with weak digestion are benefited. Strengthens the back: As the spine is erect and our hips are supported by the heels, it helps in strengthening the back. Optimal organ functioning: As the torso is kept straight, there is optimal place for every internal organ. Thereby, the organs are not squeezed and can function effectively. Thigh toner: Sitting in this asana helps in toning the thighs overtime. It also stretches tight hamstrings. Calming effect: As the torso is erect and we focus towards the eyebrow center, there is an incredible calming effect on the mind and body. Great meditative asana: Yoga asanas [...]

Yoga cures for asthma

You can cure asthma through yoga asanas and practices. Asthma is a common condition in today's polluted environment. It's a respiratory condition which is marked by attacks of spasm in the bronchi of the lungs.  This causes difficulty in breathing. The factors which triggers asthma can be - dust allergy, pollen allergy, pets or other pollutants. Modern medicine usually offers quick-relief methods like inhalers and long-term medications to prevent attacks.  Yoga on the other hand helps reduce the asthma attacks by increasing the lung capacity and improving the quality of breathing. Yoga when practiced on a regular basis can naturally help.  In Yoga, the focus is always on breathing. Many times, due to stress, it's common to take short shallow breaths. This results in less supply of oxygen to our brain, heart and other body parts, causing harm to our body. Cure asthma through yoga asanas and practices explained below: Surya namaskars or sun salutations Surya namaskar when practiced with correct breathing and proper inhalation & exhalation (required for every posture) helps in relieving asthma symptoms. Heart opener asanas These asanas expand our chest and  help us in breathing better -   Dhanurasana, bhujangasana, tadasana, goumukhasana, Ardhmatsyendrasana, ushtrasana, chakrasana, setu bandha asana, savasana.  The list is endless. Jalneti kriya This kriya also known as nasal cleansing is a practice performed with the help of 'neti' pot filled with lukewarm saline water. It can be practiced daily.  It maintains nasal hygiene by removing dirt and bacteria, which we inhale while breathing, thus, helping us in breathing better. Pranayama Pranyama helps in almost all the ailments. Conscious breathing is the anchor to the present moment. Anulom vilom, kapal bhati, agnisar kriya and brahmri pranayam help regulating the breathing.  This, thus, improves the [...]

Know your asana- VRIKSHASANA

Travelling from the sages to the urban yogi, Vrikshasana (Tree pose) represents the grace and serenity of a tree. In the famous Hindu mythology "Ramayan", Ravana performs severe penances standing in Vrikshasana to win favours from the Gods. He stood in the posture for months with absolute determination and concentration which eventually lead to, Ravana being blessed with a boon by the Gods. What makes Vrikshasana so special? Many of the meditative asanas are seated postures. Vrikshasana is a balancing posture which is used by many sages and yogis to meditate. This is a mobile posture, it can be done anytime, anywhere for any duration!! The asana's beauty lies in its' simplicity. :) Chakra-wise Vrikshasana balances the Mooladhara chakra ( root chakra). This chakra regulates the most basic need of all living beings, that is, security and survival. The asana stimulates the energy near the coccyx and pelvic floor. This enables us to feel more safe, secure and stable. Besides building strength in the lower body, on an energy level, we are rooted with the stability of the earth . This ensures that we are more self-aware, courageous, and fearless. Benefits of Vrikshasana Tool for de-stressing- Even just a few breaths in Tree Pose help ground you if you are having a whirlwind week. It creates peace in your mind and in your body, and is a wonderful way to slow down when life gets overwhelming. Curbing anxiety and stress is just one of the emotional responses this posture encourages, and it naturally cools you off and balances the fight or flight response. Strengthens the lower body - Standing on one leg enhances the strength in your ankles and feet — which is very important for runners. Moreover it strengthens [...]

Know your Asana: PADMASANA

PADMASANA is a classic Yoga Asana and is immediately identified with images of the Buddha, Agiyogi and other legendary Yogis throughout history! It's also perhaps the first asana that comes to mind when one tries to imagine a Yogi. What makes Padmasana so special? Actually, more than the form of the pose; it is what Padmasana stands for that has defined it's iconic status - the complete mastery over Body & Mind which Yogis are renowned for, and a certain Composure that we all aspire to! There are thousands of other asanas that we see all over Instagram, but nothing comes to close to Padmasana if we were to attempt to encapsulate all of Yoga in a single posture. KNOW YOUR ASANA! Padmasana or Lotus pose is one of 4 classic meditation asanas. A Meditation pose needs to fulfil one main criterion - that your back should be kept straight! And Padmasana accomplishes this. Also, meditation poses (Siddhasana, Vajrasana & Sukhasana being the other classic poses) generally lock the legs so that there is less loss of Energy (Prana) through your feet, whilst your hands are held in a Mudra to conserve Prana inside the body for the purpose of Meditation. Significance of the Lotus in Eastern Philosophy The 'Lotus' symbolises Transcendence, growing deep from the dirt and mud, yet rising out of it to full bloom and beauty beyond the water. It is symbolic of our Seeking to transcend our basal nature in our Journey of Life. Hence the Lotus finds repeated allegorical reference in ancient Indian and far Eastern philosophical writings. Benefits of Padmasana: Pranayam: Padmasana is the best posture for practising Pranayam. Also, it the the right pose for Om chanting. Chakras: In terms of form, Padmasana is special because it aligns all the [...]

By | July 8th, 2017|Asana, Bandhas, Knowledge Articles, Meditation, Meditative Asanas, Pranayam, Pranayam, Total Yoga|Comments Off on Know your Asana: PADMASANA

Why I love yoga in India

India is a special place, and practicing yoga there has been an amazing experience. There are many things that make yoga in India unique and different from the states, but before I get into some of those differences, I want to start by saying that these practices can be cultivated within any culture, in any country you happen to find yourself. You do not need to travel halfway across the world to start practicing yoga everyday. You can do it in your own living room, on your own or with a small group of friends. When we set goals for ourselves that feel unattainable, it gives us an excuse to quit before we even get started. So don’t decide that India in the only real place to practice yoga, because it’s not! But there is a sense of ease and lineage that make yoga in India a thing all of its own. The two places that I have practiced most of my yoga are in India, the birthplace of yoga, and the United States, the birthplace of modern yoga. With our modern twist, we’ve picked out the parts that we like and tossed a lot of other stuff aside, for reasons that I can’t exactly pin down. I want to highlight some of the things that have made my personal experience practicing yoga in India so fulfilling, and show that they can be recreated anywhere with a little motivation and the right group of people. I am going to focus on two parts of yoga that I have found profoundly different in India: the community, and the practice itself. The community aspect of yoga in India is unlike anything I have experienced anywhere else. When [...]

By | December 26th, 2015|Asana, Meditation, Meditative Asanas, Pranayam, Pranayam, Sitting, Total Yogis, Total Yogis on the Road, Yoga, yoga for energy, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on Why I love yoga in India

ROLE OF YOGA IN WEIGHT LOSS by Total Yogi Kuldeep Singh Bist

  Weight Gain and Obesity is the most common problem and is also the most frustrating and difficult to manage. We gain weight when we eat more calories (energy in the food) than we burn or burn fewer calories than we eat. Our body has a constant demand of energy and uses calories from the food to keep functioning. Carbohydrates, proteins and fats are the types of nutrients that contain calories and the main energy source of our body. Regardless of where they come from, the calories we eat are either converted to physical energy or stored within our body as fat. These stored calories will remain in our body as fat in adipose tissue unless we use them up either by reducing calorie intake so that our body draw on reserves for energy or by increasing physical activity so that we burn more calories or both. At rest we need energy for breathing, circulating blood, adjusting hormones levels and growing and repairing cells. The number of calories our body uses to carry out these basic functions is known as basal metabolic rate or we might call metabolism. In addition to basic metabolic rate two other factors food processing and physical activities determine how many calories our body burns each day. We don’t have control over our basal metabolic rate but we can control how many calories we burn through the physical activity. The more active we are, the more calories we burn. The amount of calories average adult male needs depends on his size and activity level and various from 2000 to 3000 calories per day. Unfortunately weight loss is complicated. It’s likely a combination of genetic makeup, hormonal controls, metabolic efficiency, diet composition, [...]

By | January 5th, 2015|Asana, Asanas Directory, Bandhas, Core Strength, Meditation, Meditative Asanas, Pranayam, Pranayam, Surya Namaskar, The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Total Yogis on the Road, Weight Loss, Yoga, Yoga News|Comments Off on ROLE OF YOGA IN WEIGHT LOSS by Total Yogi Kuldeep Singh Bist