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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- Swastikasana

Swastikasana is a meditative posture. The sanskrit word Swastik means auspicious. The asana allows the practitioner to sit straight in stillness. This pose also enhances the hip flexibility. What is so special about Swastikasana This is a meditative posture which stretches the hips and the thighs. The asana balances the lower body alignment, as the right-knee and left knee come on the top, alternatively. This is a great posture to induce calmness and meditativeness. Chakra-wise As we sit in this meditative posture,the Ajna chakra is stimulated. The energy of the third-eye allows us to access our inner guidance. It also allows us to cut through illusions and to access deeper truths. When Ajna chakra is fully activated, both hemispheres of the brain function in synchrony. The right hemisphere's creativity and synthetic thinking is integrated and balanced with left hemisphere's logical and analytical thinking. Benefits of Swastikasana Meditation pose: Swatikasana is a good meditation pose. Especially for people who find it difficult to sit in, more classical poses like Padmasana and Siddhasana. Stretches the lower body: The hamstrings and glutes are stretches. This is a great stretch for runners. Spinal alignment: The spine is stretched which strengthens the back. Optimal organ functioning: As the torso is stretched, all the organs have optimal place to function efficiently. Stimulates calmness: As our eyes are focused on the Trikuti (third eyes), calmness and clarity is induced. Pro-tip Keep your spine straight and stretched Contra-indications Avoid in case of severe knee pain and skip if you have got a hip surgery. Though yoga has a set of meditative poses, we are free to explore more possibilities. The yoga sutras have defined asana as "Sthira Sukha asana." This means that the posture should be comfortable that we can hold [...]

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- GOMUKASANA

Gomukasana is a seated yoga asana. It stretches the hips and opens the shoulders. The cow face pose is great for relaxation and destressing. This is due to the increased breathing capacity in this asana. What is so special about Gomukasana? Sitting upright with your spine aligned calms the mind and reduces stress, anxiety, and fatigue. This pose also increases blood supply to the legs and arms, making it a useful pose to counteract long periods of sitting in a chair or being hunched over a desk. Chakra-wise Working on the physical heart space through asana is a beautiful step to help open the heart on all these levels. As we open the chest and take deep breaths, the energy in the heart chakra is stimulated. This opens the doors to self love and compassion.   Another power arising from Anahata Chakra is Sankalpa Shakti, the power to fulfil desires. When you wish for a desire to be fulfilled concentrate on it in your heart. The purer your Anahata Chakra, the more swiftly the wish will be fulfilled. Benefits of Gomukasana Great body stretch: This pose stretches almost every part of the body: The hips, shoulders, ankles, thighs, armpits, triceps, and chest. Posture alignment: By equally lengthening and opening both sides of the body, it helps to correct posture. And helps in regaining balance between the left and right sides of the body. Relaxes shoulders: People usually store stress in their shoulders. As the hands are clasped behind the ribcage, the shoulders, trapezius is relaxed. This is a great asana for people with stiff shoulders or shoulder hunch. Increases breathing capacity: As our lungs are given vital place to stretch, more oxygen is absorbed and supplied to the heart. This [...]

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