Yoga is the union of the mind, body and spirit.
In yoga all the movements are slow and graduate along with breathing yoga exercises and relaxation.
Anyone can practice yoga. It doesn’t matter if you are flexible or not. You don’t need special equipment; just a strong desire for a healthier, more fulfilled life.
The yoga postures or asanas exercises every part of the body stretching and toning the muscles and joints, the spine and the entire skeletal system. And they work not only on the body’s frame but on the internal organs, glands and nerves as well, keeping all systems in radiant health. By releasing physical and mental tension they also liberate vast resources of energy.
The yogic breathing exercises known as a pranayama revitalize the body and help to control the mind, leaving you feeling calm and refreshed.
Yoga in your life
Many people are first drawn to yoga as a way to keep their bodies fit and flexible. Others come seeking help or relief for a specific complaint, like tension or backache. Some are merely impelled by a sense that they are not getting as much out of life as they could be. Whatever your reason, yoga can be a tool, an instrument for you –giving you both what you came for and more. To understand what yoga is all about you need to experience it for yourself. At firs glance it seems to be little more than a series of strange physical postures, which keep the body lean and flexible. But in time anyone who continues with regular practice becomes aware of a subtle change in their approach to life.
The five principles of Hatha Yoga
Proper Relaxation release tensions in the muscles and rest the whole system leaving you as refreshed as after a good night’s sleep. It carries over into all your activities and teaches you to conserve your energy and let go all worries or fears.
Proper Exercise is given by the yoga postures which work systematically on all parts of the body stretching and toning the muscles and ligaments, keeping the spine and joints flexible and improving circulation.
Proper Breathing means breathing fully and rhythmically, making use of all not just part of your lungs to increase your intake of oxygen. Yoga breathing exercise or pranayama teaches you how to recharge your body and control your mental state by regulating the flow of prana –the life force.
Positive Thinking and Meditation help you to remove negative thoughts and still the mind ultimately transcending all thoughts.
A proper Diet is one that is nourishing and well- balance based o natural food. It keeps the body light and the mind calm, giving a high resistance to disease.
Increased energy, longevity and vitality
Builds muscle strength
Release stress and anxiety
Relax the mind
Makes you happier
What do you need
- Yoga mat
- Clothing should be comfortable so that you have total freedom of movement
- Breathe through your nose
- Practice with bare feet
- Practice on an empty stomach, wait 2-4 hours after a full meal. The postures affect the internal organs, so it is better to wait until they are no longer busy with digestion
- Always begin and end your practice in savasana , if you need to leave early give yourself at least 5 minutes for relaxation to allow the body to calm. Also ending your practice in savasana allows the body to fully absorb the practice
The Sivananda Companion to Yoga.
Foreword by Swami Vishnu Devananda.
Audrey became a Yoga instructor in 2003 from Sivananda Hatha Yoga Center and she has obtained the title Teacher of yoga in 2007 from Sri naranda’s Yoga teacher training.
Hatha Yoga teaches us to use the body as the bow, asana as the arrow, and the soul the target
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