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Yoga in Daily Life

//Yoga in Daily Life

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

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 [...]

Yoga Props: To use or Not to use

Timeline of Yoga props Traditionally, yoga could be done anywhere, anytime without anything. No mats, no yoga props, no music. It comprised of asanas to help people sit in meditative postures for a long time. B.K.S Iyengar added props in yoga, to help people benefit from the asanas. Practitioners across all age groups and different fitness levels were able to get similar benefits with the help of yoga bricks, belts, etc. Overtime, props gained popularity as people with stiff spine could get into Chakrasana, Halasana. Belts helped people stretch their hamstrings or calves better. And a whole range of props were added to yoga. With Vinyasa, Power Yoga becoming the new rage across the globe and fitness studios. Props were sidelined. Today, a lot of people either doubt the use of props or swear by them. Which leaves the nouveau practitioners perplexed. Yoga Props: To Use or Not to use Some yogis feel that using props is forceful and made it seem like the yoga equivalent of cheating in an exam. BUT, to use or not to use props, depends on the goal of your yoga practice.  For therapeutic purposes, props are an absolute blessing. Using a strategically placed prop can open your body, increasing range of motion, flexibility without putting you in a vulnerable position to injuries. Even in Restorative Yoga, the main aim is to relax and rejuvenate. Thus, people set up props and stay in the asana for 10-20 minutes. Therapeutic Yoga (with props) People without injuries, wanting to lose weight or get fitter, may feel that the props are more of a hindrance. In yoga styles such as Vinyasa or Total yoga, there is a flow of movements. But, setting your [...]

5 Yoga bloopers we need to avoid

The most common yoga bloopers/mistakes we make, have nothing to do with our physical alignment. It is more about our attitude and lack of awareness that dissolves the bliss of yoga practice. Eating before Yoga When doing Yoga, we want our energy to be optimised. On the other hand, if we eat anything before the practice (2-3 hours), all the energy is focused on digesting the food. And, the nausea when doing inversions or surya namaskars hampers our practice. So eat a light, easily digestible snack or fruit/nuts before the yoga session. Wearing tight fitted pants Wearing jeggings or tight yoga pants is an absolutely, NO-NO. You want your skin to breath and the blood to circulate, besides being comfortable for that one hour. Opt for clothes that allows your body to destress and breath. Listening to loud - distracting music It's motivating to have good music. But, while doing yoga we want to be mindful and  relaxed. So why put on loud-distracting music? We want to look within ourselves, practice awareness and learn to sync our body and breath. Thus, leave the music for later. Sharing yoga mats This is a matter of personal hygiene. We sweat on those mats. As a thumb rule, we wash our mats once in two weeks to maintain sanitation. We don't wear our own sweaty pants twice, so think twice about using a sweaty mat forever. And, using a stranger mat is a stranger matter. Making it too serious A lot of people think, you need to be serious while doing yoga. And, there couldn't be a bigger myth. Yoga is about letting go and relax. Smile all you want to, as long as you do not spook [...]

Awareness in Relationships

Detachment Though Yoga is much of withdrawing from the world and it's' distracting concerns (vairagya or detachment). I think Yoga and relationships are intimately connected. You know how Yoga is effective in relieving stress. Relationships can either be a source of great strength or great tension in your life. So let's understand how does Yoga work in Relationships Yoga and relationships Relationships get crowded by many things like resentment, lack of trust and lack of communication. As tensions in your mind are manifested in your body. Similarly, tensions also affect your partner which may affect your relationship. Yoga is practiced by being mindful. Eventually, this helps you understand your own mind patterns. So, this help in understanding yourself and your vrittis. Thereby widening your perspective. Thus, it helps us in introspecting and  having realistic expectations from other person.  It's like building your own strength rather than fostering dependency. Conclusion Yoga helps us expand the physical and emotional power. All the tensions can be considered as blockages in the flow of energy. Yoga practice balances our energy.  So practicing yoga, either alone or with your partner, transforms your attitude and environment. "When you change, the world around you changes." Sumitra Chachar

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Know your asana- SARVANGASANA

Coming the "Queen of asanas," Sarvangasana!! The Sanskrit word Sarv-anga-asana means whole body posture. This is a dynamic inversion, which is held for 1 minute in hatha yoga, 3-5 minutes in yin yoga, up to 10 minutes in restorative yoga and for around 25 minutes in Iyengar yoga!! What is so special about Sarvangasana? Shoulderstand helps in the functioning of: Endocrine system Nervous system Circulatory system Respiratory system While strengthening the shoulders and helping calm the body and mind. :) Chakra-wise The Vishuddhi Chakra is the starting point of Udana Prana. It is a function of this Prana to purify the body of toxic substances while breathing. Purification not only occurs on the physical level, but also on the level of the psyche and mind. The throat chakra is the first of the three spiritual chakras.  To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. Benefits of Sarvangasana Balances hormones: Sarvangasana balances the thyroid and hypothalamus glands, allowing for proper hormone production. Good for heart health: In the pose, the body is inverted and venous blood flow to the heart without any strain by force of gravity . Beneficial for asthma: The pose exerts pressure on the sternum against the chin. Thus prevents breathing from the top of the lungs thus cure asthma and other respiratory problems. Relieves from varicose vein: It reduces blood pressure to the blood vessels of the legs. Thus gives great relief to the people suffering from varicose vein. It is also good to the disorders at the heel and groin region. Improved Blood circulation: Stagnant blood from the lower regions of the body is drained to the heart. Thereby improving the supply of fresh blood. [...]