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Pranayam

Pranayam (Yogic Breathing) breathing practices and benefits

The 4 Categories of Meditation

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 [...]

Yoga cures for Migraine

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. [...]

Mind Body Breath in Yoga

Yoga is Somatopsychic. This means yoga has a mind-body relationship. The body posture affects the emotions and the state of mind. Yoga works at both mental and physical levels. Thereby  fostering harmonious functioning of the person. Asanas and movements  Simple yoga postures gently stretch and strengthen muscles. Thereby improving mobility, flexibility, respiration, circulation, digestion and elimination. Thus promoting a general sense of health and well being. It is difficult to feel low-depressed with a straight spine and open shoulders. Similarly, when we are ill or upset, our body language reflects it. That is, our shoulders are rounded and our spine is compressed. The breathing-energy has no space for optimal movement, which eventually affects the state of mind. Pranayama (Breathing practices) Breathing is the interface between body and mind. It is constantly being influenced by our emotions and activities (unlike heart beating). Also we can consciously modify it. Breathing, smoothly and consistently, harmonises body and mind, manages stress and reduce energy blockages. Relaxation practices Learning how to relax is another central element of Yoga. Relaxation is the body’s way of recharging, and helps to ease physical and mental tension. They also help in pain management. Meditation  Meditation enables one to cope better with situations that put the body and mind under strain.  The two most-widely-used meditation practices are ‘mindfulness meditation’ and ‘emotion culturing’.  In mindfulness meditation one gets to know oneself by observing one’s thoughts and emotions without judging them.  In emotion culturing one explores the reduction of fear and other negative emotions by replacing them with positive emotions. The mind and body cannot be separated. They affect each other. Thus, good posture and movement through the day keeps you happy and healthy.  Iti Jain

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, [...]

Yoga cures for Varicose veins

Varicose veins can be cured with yoga asanas and pranayama. It is a condition in which the veins get enlarged and twisted and are visible just under the surface of the skin. Severe long standing varicose veins can lead to leg swelling. This ailment often affect the legs because they are the farthest from the heart and gravity makes it harder for the blood to flow upwards. Causes of varicose veins Heredity tendency, lack of exercise, standing for long duration , hormonal fluctuations, very tight clothing, obesity, repeated deliveries, constipation, wearing high heeled shoes for long duration. Symptoms Aching heavy legs, ankle swelling, cramps, burning, itching, restlessness, throbbing, discoloration around the veins. Yoga therapy Yoga therapy brings relief and also aids in correcting and restoring damaged veins to their former condition. Patients have reported great improvement in their conditions by regular practice of yoga asana and pranayama,where there's no severe damage. Extreme cases require medical consultation because blood gets collected in one spot causing clots. These clots can travel to lungs, heart or brain.Under such circumstances medical treatment is required and no yogic exercises should be practiced until doctor advice. Generally this is not a life threatening condition but it's very painful. In yoga,the asanas which allow the blood to drain back to the heart, allowing damaged veins to resume in a normal manner are beneficial .Inversions are most effective like Sarvangasana, Viparita Karani and Sirsasana. Other asanas like- Pavanmuktasana, Chakrasana, Paschimottanasana, Vajrasana, Naukasana, Tadasana, Surya namaskar and Savasana. Sirsasana by Pangong Tso Lake Pranayama Anulom vilom, Bhramri pranayam and Omkar recitation helps in relief from pain. Useful Advice  Keeping legs elevated for long duration brings relief. Avoid sitting in cross legged position. Standing for [...]

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 [...]

By | September 23rd, 2017|Asana, Asanas Directory, Knowledge Articles, Meditative Asanas, Pranayam, Total Yoga, yoga for digestion, Yoga for the Back, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on Know your asana- VAJRASANA