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Category: yoga for relaxation

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 …

Know your asana: Teardrop

Yoga Practice February 8, 2018

After backbends, you need to relax the back and the neck. Teardrop is a posture used in warm-ups across different fitness regimes. It releases the muscles in the back and stretches the hamstrings. What is so special about Teardrop? This asana is used in contemporary studios. It is a great pose to release the back …

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 …

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 …

Pranayam practices before sleeping

Yoga Practice January 4, 2018

After a long day, all we want to do is, sleep in peace. But, there are nights we are very tired and restless, resulting in tossing and turning. Then, there are those nights where the dreams are so vivid, that we wake up tired or grumpy.  Sleep is essential for our body and mind. This …

Know your asana: Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana

Yoga Practice January 2, 2018

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana is twisted-head-to-knee forward bending pose. This restorative asana energises the body and mind, while toning the obliques. This asana is usually done at the end of a sequence once the body is really warmed up. What is so special about this asana? This asana  increases the flexibility of the thighs, hamstrings, thighs, hip …

Why everyone love Yoga as a Cross-trainer

Yoga Practice December 22, 2017

We always hear why and how yoga is  an amazing cross trainer for a multitude of different athletic endeavors. Yoga can increase stamina, flexibility, and agility. It can improve your swing, shorten recovery time in between workouts, reduce risk of injury—the list goes on. But, tell a runner, swimmer or gym enthusiast to practice yoga. …

Know your asana: Janu Sirsasana

Yoga Practice December 19, 2017

Janu Sirsasana is head-to-knee forward bending pose. This restorative asana energises the body and mind, while improving the digestion. As the ascending and the descending colon is massaged. This asana is usually done at the end of a sequence once the body is really warmed up. What is so special about Janu Sirsasana? Janu Sirsasana works …

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