Back Pain

How Yoga Helps Back Pain

How Yoga Helps Back Pain Physical Benefits of Yoga Exercise Strengthening from holding yoga positions. Yoga helps increase strength in very specific muscles and muscle groups. Holding positions in yoga is not intended to be uncomfortable. However, it does require concentration and specific use of muscles throughout the body. Muscle strength improves by remaining in …

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Niyama

Niyamas

Niyamas   NIYAMAS – Personal Qualities that Support Life and Yoga Practice Compared to the Yamas, the Niyamas are more PERSONAL AND INTIMATE. They relate to how we interact with ourselves. When we observe the Niyamas, we harness the energy generated from our practice and cultivation of the Yamas. They help us create and maintain a …

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Path of Yoga

Last 6 limbs of Patanjalis path of Yoga

Last 6 limbs of Patanjalis path of Yoga ASANA: Posture Perhaps surprisingly, in traditional texts Asana is barely discussed beyond describing the characteristics of sitting meditation posture as being stable, alert and at ease. Sitting at ease for meditation though is not easy and some physical training with a teacher is required. Equally, the grounding of consciousness …

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History of yoga

History of Yoga

History of Yoga Yoga comes from a wide and deep river of an ancient tradition. Its many currents flow form a complex history of spiritual exploration, philosophical reflection, scientific experimentation, and spontaneous creative expression. Arising from the diverse and evolving cultures of India, often moored to and conditioned by Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainsim, and other religions, the …

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what is yoga

What is Yoga?

What is Yoga? Yoga is the physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines which aim at transforming body and mind. The term yoga is derived from the literal meaning of “yoking together”, but came to be applied to the “yoking” of mind and body. In Vedic Sanskrit yoga literally means to add, to join or to …

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Ashtanga

Ashtanga Vinyasa vs Vinyasa Flow

Ashtanga Vinyasa vs Vinyasa Flow There is often confusion about the meaning of ashtanga. The term means “eight limbs”, as in Patanjali’s eightfold path outlined in the Yoga Sultras, the bible of yoga. These limbs, or aspects of spiritual yogic practice are: Yama: moral codes Niyama: self-purification and study Asana: posture Pranayama: breath control Pratyahara: withdrawing of the …

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Asanas

Basic Fundamentals of Asana Practice

Basic Fundamentals of Asana Practice The simplicity of asana is often obscured by strenuous effort to attain a pose, misguided instruction that implies that each part of the body is separate and equally misguided notions to control the breath.The simplicity of yoga flowers in the midst of surrender and an effortless flow that unifies the practitioner on all …

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