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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- 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- 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 [...]

Know your asana – PAWANMUKTASANA

Pawanmuktasana is a great asana to release toxins and abdominal gas. It is a great counterpose for Chakrasana. The back is released and relaxed in this Wind-relieving pose. This reclined posture can be done easily by everyone. What is so special about this asana? When hugging your knees, the ascending colon is compressed on the right side aiding in the uptake of nutrients. While the descending colon is compressed on the left side, which is great for eliminating waste. The transverse colon is massaged when both knees are hugged together against the abdomen. Therefore, a great posture to keep the colon healthy! Chakra-wise As the posture is more relaxing, the prana depends more on the breath and the thyroid gland being stimulated. Thus the Swadhisthan and Anahata chakra are subtly affected. Benefits of Pawanmuktasana Great pose to flatten the spine- After intense backbends or spinal stretches, wind-relieving pose relaxes the vertebrae and the back. Releases toxins from the body- As the stomach and colon are pressed, all the gas is released. Improves digestion-  As the abdominal organs are stimulated and the blood flow is directed towards the stomach. Relaxation pose- The pose is used, post intense asanas, to relax the body and breath. Thyroxine is released-  The hormone  stimulates the consumption of oxygen and thus the metabolism of all cells and tissues in the body. Thus, maintaining hormonal balance in the body. Great ailment for bloated stomach and gas issues. Pro-tip Try holding your elbows around the knees. Contra-indications Avoid in case of abdominal surgery. It's the simple things that can make a big difference. Similarly, the practice of Pawanmuktasana is relaxing and energising, as it prepares us for the next practice. Everytime we hold an asana, [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|Asana, Knowledge Articles, Lying Down, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, yoga for digestion, Yoga for the Back, yoga for your back, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on Know your asana – PAWANMUKTASANA

Know your asana: Chakrasana

In the esoteric tradition of hatha yoga, Chakrasana creates a bridge between six chakras. Besides, helping the mind, body and breath, the wheel posture stimulates the energy flow in the entire body. Also, this posture is popular because of its' benefits and its' aesthetic appeal. What is so special about Chakrasana? It is an intense backward bend which creates necessary space in the spine to keep young and healthy. Just like a wheel sets the momentum for the car, this asana sets the momentum for the circulatory system, nervous system and endocrine system. Chakra-wise Chakrasana introduces our conscious awareness to the energy flowing through the chakras. While the torso is reflexed, the Manipura chakra is affected.  And as the seat of digestive fire, this Chakra regulates the function of the Pancreas and digestive organs. The solar plexus contains many precious jewels such as the qualities of clarity, self-confidence, bliss, self-assurance, knowledge, wisdom and the ability to make correct decisions. Benefits of Chakrasana Spine flexibilty and strength-  Wheel pose strengthens and lengthens the vertebrae, which increases elasticity and flexibility of the spine. As we age, our spines compress, but this asana helps us stand tall in the later years too! Tones the abdominal region- Regular practice ensure that the obliques and the abdominal fat is reduced. Opens up the chest- while increasing the lung capacity. Thereby it helps in more oxygen being circulated in the body. Stimulates nervous system and endocrine system- Due to stimulation of the thyroid and pituitary glands, when engaged in the posture, happy hormones/chemicals are secreted. It energises and de-stresses you. Stretches the hip while increasing hip flexibility. Heart opener- As the chest is pushed out, the cardiovascular health improves, the energy is activated. This helps in emotional [...]

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 [...]

By | September 14th, 2017|Asana, Asana for Shoulders, Corporate Yoga, Knowledge Articles, Pranayam, Sitting, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Yoga for Flexibility, yoga for your back, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on Know your asana- GOMUKASANA