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Yoga as a therapy

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6 Yoga Myths Busted!!

Yoga Myths When people start thinking about yoga there are lots of thoughts/preconceived notions running in the mind. I’m sure it does for everybody, before they start. Some folks have asked me if Yoga is only for flexible people? yoga can de-stress you, but lose weight…??? Busting the common yoga myths Yoga is sneakily religious Yoga did originate from India and we have a rich background for close to 5000 years. But this does not means, it is a part of Hinduism or Buddhism. Yoga is as secular as it is. It is a life science and majority of studios and teachers default it to a practice that is focused on wellbeing. Yoga is for flexible people When I saw Neetu (yoga teacher) in the 1st class, I wondered, how on earth would I even do all the suryanamaskars………leave alone asanas. It seemed like an unsurmountable task for me. But now we all know and understand that Yoga helps one get more flexible. But, more importantly yoga helps, one find more flexibility in the mind. This makes us more loving, tolerant and flexible towards life situations. Yoga and weight-loss? The goal of yoga is not weight loss. But you’d anyway lose weight due to the asana and surya namaskars. The first Patanjali sutra explains this beautifully – "Yogaś chitta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ" Yoga is the union, balance, harmonious state of mind; bridging the different aspects of life. Yogis are vegetarians No! Some yogis try to practice ahimsa of the yamas from eight-limbed path of Patanjali Yoga. But not all practitioners are vegetarians.  Yoga is for relaxation only Normally people ask me how I lost weight/maintain my weight. When I tell them it is Yoga . They are surprised as their idea of yoga [...]

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 [...]

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