This blog is all about health and how to maintain it everyday by practicing different yoga techniques, pranayama aasanas and various other health related tasks. Hope you guys will appreciate it.
What is Yoga??
Yoga is a spiritual science of self-realisation. It comes from India and goes back over five thousand of years. The Indian sage Pantajali, in his Yoga sutras defines yoga as the control of the activities of the mind. Yoga methods encompass the entire field of our existence, from the physical, emotional and mental to the spiritual. Its methods include ethical disciplines, physical postures, breath control, as well as meditation.
Classical yoga as defined by Patanjali is an eight stages process of spiritual development (the eight limbs of yoga). The first two stages are ethical disciplines (Yamas and Nyamas). Then come postures (Asanas in Sanskrit) and breathing exercises (Pranayama). The last four limbs are meditative stages: control of the sense (Prathyara), concentration (Dharana), meditation (Dhyana) and enlightenment (Samadhi).
Yoga has become a very common term in the Western world today, and yoga classes can be found in virtually every town. Most Westerners identify yoga with hatha yoga.Hatha yoga seeks to promote health and well-being through physical exercise.
There are plenty of styles of yoga. The most popular are:
Ashtanga Yoga a fast flowing, aerobic yoga workout
Iyengar Yoga strong, precise style of yoga for the fitness conscious
Viniyoga a gentler style with emphasis on healing
Satyananda yoga, a gentle style of traditional Hatha Yoga, suitable for all age and shape.
Bikram Yoga, a dynamic style of yoga, practiced in a heated room.
What is Pranayama all about?
Pranayama is breathing exercise which clears the physical and emotional obstacles in our body Through a regular and sustained practice of pranayama you can supercharge your whole body!
On a physical level by using pranayama techniques we can utilize and strengthen the whole range of our respiratory organs. We explore the lower, middle and upper parts of the breath and regulate the inhalation, retention and exhalation of the breath.
A regular pranayama practice can stimulate the parasympathetic system, countering the over-stimulation our bodies go through during the fight or flight response.
Our breathing patterns are also very closely linked to our emotional states. We will breathe in a different way when we are angry, when we are excited, tired or when we are nervous. However, it works the other way too. We can calm or energize ourselves by changing our breathing patterns. Even by just taking time out to consciously to become more aware of our breath we can help to start to alter our emotional states.