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Yoga cures for Thyroid

Thyroid is a much talked about condition. Let's spend some time to quickly understand what can help you recover from it, by using Yoga. Thyroid and Yoga This gland is located in the neck region and releases the thyroxin hormone which helps in body metabolism. Thyroid can be of 2 types - Hyper and Hypo thyroidism. We meet many people who ask us for specific asanas to heal. While you focus on those asanas more, you also need to work on your complete body. We cannot just exercise one part of our body/organ. If you are focusing on specific asanas, do it post suryanamaskars under proper guidance. Below are some Thyroid focusing asanas to start with, before you do that, do have a word with the Yoga teacher.  Yoga practices to help with Thyroid Jalandhar Bandha: In every Total Yoga class we do Bandhas as we believethey are very effective energy locks. Jalandhar bandha is also known as the chin lock and stimulates the thyroid glands. It also works on the Vishuddhi Chakra! Sarvangasana: Popularly called the Shoulder stand - Sarvangasana is an important pose to stimulate the thyroid gland and control thyroxin. In this pose there is reverse blood flow working on your skin, face, head and throat of course!  Halasana: Most often,from Sarvangasana we move slowly to Halasana. In this pose compression is on the neck and it stimulates thyroid glands. Sirshasana: Sirshasana is one of the finest Yoga poses! Also called as the head stand it acts directly on the thyroid glands, helping to balance the metabolic functions. Matsyasana: This is generally the last asana in practice. In this asana you take the form of Fish, hence matsyasana. This asana provides adequate stretch to the thyroid [...]

Know your asana- DHANURASANA

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What Yoga style is for you?

When I started practicing Yoga, a few people used to ask me, "What yoga style are you practicing?" And, I  was like, "The usual...., where you do Surya Namaskars and fancy postures." It was only later, I realized there were different types/schools of yoga. And today, new yoga forms keep popping up. But, not all are authentic. Besides, a few of them get popular as they meet the contemporary fitness needs of the people. Different types of Yoga styles The most popular and widely practiced yoga styles will be seen. We are not talking about yoga fads or yoga hybrids. The various schools of yoga also reflect the evolution of mankind. Thus, the 12 main styles of yoga are: 1) Iyengar Yoga: This is a purist yoga named after founder B.K.S. Iyengar. Iyengar yoga is all about precise alignment and deliberate sequencing. Props like blocks, straps, harnesses, and incline boards are used to get you more perfectly into positions. Because of its slow pace, attention to detail, and use of props, Iyengar yoga can be especially good if you're recovering from an injury. Besides, Iyengar is still one of the most popular types of yoga taught today. 2) Ashtanga yoga: Ashtanga is a system of yoga that was brought to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. If you attend an ashtanga class at a studio you will be led nonstop through one or more of the ashtanga series, while being encouraged to breathe as you move from pose to pose. Each series is a set sequence of asanas, always in the same order. Thus, it is typically fast-paced, vigorous and physically challenging. 3) Hatha Yoga: It stems from a deep understanding of the mechanics of [...]