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Category: Yoga as a therapy

Know your asana: Shalabasana

Yoga Practice February 16, 2018

Shalabasana or The locust pose prepares us for deeper backbends. As this asana strengthens the lower back . What is so special about Shalabasana? It strengthens the lower back and gluteus maximus. Also it improves the blood circulation around the abdomen. Thereby, improving the digestion. Chakra-wise The Swadhisthan chakra is stimulated in this asana. The word …

How to overcome Anxiety

Yoga Practice February 15, 2018

Anxiety is a common emotional phenomenon. The degree can differ, it can be acute or serious. Anxiety is detrimental as it creates feelings of helplessness, fear, panic, anger or defeat. Overtime, it errodes the joy of living. Smoking, consuming alcohol, popping OTC pills makes it worse. If it’s more than usual, you need to visit …

Is it Safe to practice yoga during Pregnancy

Yoga Practice February 12, 2018

Yoga during Pregnancy? Yes. Yes and a big Yes! Yoga can be very beneficial during pregnancy, as long as you take certain precautions. Besides, for every trimester, there is a different routine. Points to Remember 1. Practice basic poses with a few modifications: Build strength and encourage flexibility with familiar poses. Use props to provide balance …

Yoga cures for Depression

Yoga Practice February 7, 2018

 Depression is an obstacle Depression is mentioned in the Yoga Sutras. They state that even though a sadhak (student) of yoga has a regular asana and meditation practice, distractions and obstacles can happen. Illness, laziness, doubt, instability, lack of progress are all obstacles. Depression is mentioned as one of the symptoms these distractions. The Sutras …

I’m Depressed. But is this an illness?

Yoga Practice February 6, 2018

Feeling Blue There is a dark cloud of thoughts circling in my head. Even though I get out of bed. I want to jump straight back in and go back to sleep. My body aches, my RSI throbs, reminding me its still around. I have had a bad night’s sleep. Each thought coming into my …

Yoga Exercises for Eyes

Yoga Practice January 26, 2018

We all spend so much time staring at our laptops, phones, television and tablets. That, by the end of the day our eyes are exhausted and the head hurts. Also, we find ourselsves squinting at billboards or a message on the phone.  Vision occupies about 40 percent of the brain’s capacity. That’s why we close …

Know Your Asana: Mayurasana

Yoga Practice January 18, 2018

Mayurasana or the peacock pose ignites the fire in the stomach. Ancient texts say that, anyone who practices Mayurasana for 3 minutes everyday can digest poison too! Thus, helping the body digestion and metabolism. What is so special about Mayurasana ? Mayurasana  is a majestic and often imposing posture. That combines core strength and wrist …

Understanding BANDHAS (interior-locks)

Yoga Practice January 15, 2018

Introduction to Bandhas Bandha is a Sanskrit word which means “to lock, hold or tighten.” In yoga practice, the internal muscles are held or tightened. As it helps in balancing the various hormones in the body.  They are also used to gain control of your energy system. In the practice of a Bandha, the energy …

Releasing emotions through Yoga

Yoga Practice January 12, 2018

We all have felt the calmness during or after a yoga session. But, there may be times when you feel sad, angry, despondent too! Have you ever wondered why? Science, finally acknowledges the fact, that the body stores emotions! Especially in the hips, thighs and shoulders.  How do we store old emotions? Think of what …

Yoga cures for Stiff shoulders and neck

Yoga Practice December 28, 2017

We spend so much time on our smartphones, laptops and the other fancy gadgets. But, the hunched posture and the repetitive movement patterns these digital devices demand, can cause neck and shoulder strain. Besides, people carry their stress in their shoulders. That’s why, when the masseuse kneads your shoulders, you feel so relaxed and light. Asanas …

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