Posts tagged ‘Yoga’

April 13th, 2012

Tips to Become Perfect in Yogic Breathing Exercises

by Andrew Veazey

Breathing exercises and meditation are the things which put yoga apart from the rest of the exercises. It is important to do these techniques along with the regular physical exercises. When the physical forms of exercises are meant for muscle toning and physical fitness, those breathing techniques are for inner peace and to maintain mental balance. These two elements related to the mind are really important which helps the people to improve their focus and concentration. Following are the tips to become perfect in yogic breathing exercises.

  • The main aim of yoga is to attain concentration on the breath. That is, it is all about observing how the air enters our body and reaches different parts and again comes back with the impurities. When one closes his eyes and starts concentrating on how the air is traveling his focus stays on it and let the mind forget about all the worries and troubles. This helps the person to give rest to the mind which is always stressed with one or the other things.
  • The first step in performing breathing exercise is to choose a proper place and to sit comfortable keeping the spine straight. The moment you start breathing, pay attention towards the breath. From where it is entering your body, where you are drawing and the changes in the body once the breath entered.
  • There are different ways of breathing and the different ways show different impact on each body part. Like, breathing from the diaphragm fills the stomach, breathing from the chest makes the lung muscles to expand, breathing from the collar bone and the shoulder will offer a great relaxation to the body and the few exercises which involve drawing the stomach towards inside will make the muscles to relieve from tensions.

As the above steps mention the advantages of breathing techniques, it is your turn to choose the effective type and to practice it regularly so that it makes you feel better after the breathing session. read more »

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March 28th, 2012

Some Business Tips to Improve Your Yoga Studio

by Andrew Veazey

Many people who got enough expertise and have sound knowledge on various techniques and types of yoga, plan to have a yoga studio by their own. Establishing a business in these fast moving competitive days is not that easy as we think. But with proper planning and by using the resources in a right way, one can achieve the best possible benefits in their business. Here are few tips which could help you to promote your yoga classes.

  • Though your intention is to do business by establishing your own yoga studio, it is helping someone to get proper good health. So instead of projecting it as a business make it useful by explaining people the benefits of yoga practice by conducting some camps and free demo classes. Explain people the need so that people will perceive it to be a necessity and not luxury.
  • It is always good to do some kind of research before establishing the firm. Even after starting it you can conduct a little research which enables you to know the needs, requirements of the people living in that locality. Hence, you can customize a course depending upon the requirement of the people by offering a specialized training.
  • If the present studio is not that good and is not comfortable to remodel, then search for the studios which are already used but the business is shut down due to lack of faculty and facilities. Such studios will be quite helpful as they are already good to look and also have the minimum facilities which the yoga studio should have.
  • Sell few or all of the yoga items in the studio such as the mats, clothing and various products so that it helps you in enhancing your business.

By following the above tips and by proper planning of the facilities and budget, you can establish a good yoga studio. read more »

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February 20th, 2012

Yoga to Reduce Hypertension Using Simple Techniques

by Andrew Veazey

Hypertension which is also called as high blood pressure is termed as an silent killer since it does not show any symptoms or signs. They usually represent the pressure built in the arteries and hence affects the functioning of heart. It should be considered serious because it is one of the prominent reasons for the diseases such as stroke, heart attack, coronary artery disease and sometimes death.

It is always better to cure it in the starting stages since it becomes severe and complicated in the later stages. Even though there are many medicines which can normalize the level of the blood pressure by taking one pill per day, natural ways like yoga and exercise prove to be effective since they are treating the disorder from the root cause. The main causes of hypertension are stress, emotional disturbances, hereditary, race, climatic conditions, obesity, smoking and alcohol intake. When these problems are successfully avoided and eradicated then there is no need to worry about high blood pressure and its negative effects.

Yoga and meditation are the two most effective and the natural methods to cope with the situation of hypertension. One can practice easy techniques such as bending the body and touching the toe, stretching the body in both the way, rotating both the arms in clockwise and anti clock wise, and so on. They are termed as minor warm ups in yoga and one can practice them daily with out any doubts. These simple tips are most effective when practiced consistently and are much helpful for the people suffering with hypertension. read more »

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December 26th, 2011

Meditation in Yoga Improves Concentration

by Andrew Veazey

Yoga has many techniques and postures which helps in improving the wellness of both physical and mental health of the individual. Among all, meditation is said to be the most easy and the beneficial technique to improve our concentration levels. Many studies have proven the same thing in respect to yoga.

According to the study conducted by American College of Sports Medicine, regular yoga practice heightens the concentration and improves the motivation in a very short time as eight weeks. They also examined other benefits of yoga which go beyond strength and flexibility.

The practice of meditation purifies the mind and hence increases the concentration. During meditation one intentionally focuses on one object, such as breath, mantra, chakra center or an internal visualized image. The moment one gets complete concentration on that image and the moment he can focus completely on that without any distractions he is said to have succeeded and he tends to concentrate in the same way on the remaining things too. This way yoga improves the concentration power of the person.

Regular practice of the same technique increases the focus and it becomes easier for the brain’s energy to be focused on one particular spot. Once a person gets used to it he tends to see every thing from that angle and hence concentrates more. The concentration energy of the mind will be aided and further increases if one gives full attention to the things. This way one can control the flow of thoughts and hold the mind steadily on one particular thing. And hence yoga became one of the greatest keys to success. read more »

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December 3rd, 2011

Common Myths on Yoga?

by Dov Waxman

Yoga is an ancient technique which offers number of health benefits to humans. It solves problems related to physical, mental and spiritual problems. In one word i can say that, Yoga gives peaceful to mind and see everything in the world as a positive way by removing negative blocks from mind. However, people say that they fully understand Yoga but they don’t. They only see from just outside of the Yoga.

Given are some common myths on Yoga:

Myth: It is a form of exercise.
Fact: It is not only an exercise to improve the fitness of one’s body but also a spiritual act with the aim of uniting the emotions, mind and body.

Myth: Yoga is a religion.
Fact: It is not. Yoga is universal and is based on principles that apply to all people. But some Yoga teachers bring religion beliefs while practicing Yoga. So choose a teacher and a style that gels with you.

Myth: Yoga is costly.
Fact: Many think that Yoga is costly but it is not. Many Yoga centers are there to teach you whom do not take much money that it burden you. Some centers even do not take or charge you for Yoga because Yoga is related to arts spiritual teachings. They take only donations if anybody volunteers to give, otherwise they do not expect anything from you.

Myth: Anybody can teach Yoga.
Fact: The reason is only experienced persons in Yoga can teach the Yoga for the people in a correct and meaningful way because they know how to teach. The training must mainly concentrate on the maturity and spiritual growth of the person. The people who do not know or have experience cannot teach Yoga.

Myth: Yoga is only for Women.
Fact: It’s true that some Yoga styles are only for Women but Yoga is essential for both men and women because it is related to mind. However, Yoga was introduced and practiced by men only.

Myth: It is easy but difficult.
Fact: In Yoga, two types of activities are there. One is non-physical activities such as reading Sutras, chanting, breathing or service to others. Other type is purely physical and as strenuous as a gym workout in order to find out which one is right for you.

Myth: Yoga is only for certain aged people.
Fact: Anybody regardless of age can practice Yoga of any kind but one should select the Yoga type which suits one’s needs best. read more »

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July 29th, 2011

How are Yoga Postures Helpful?

by Edwin Rosenthal

Yoga is often considered as a form of exercise which include some yogic postures which are called as Asanas in Sanskrit. There are different forms of postures which were performed by the body for healing different problems. Apart from asanas there are a lot of techniques in yoga which involve breathing exercises. They are also very helpful. Even though the postures and the techniques were meant for different problems they show overall benefits on the whole body.

Various yoga poses and postures help us to strengthen the muscles, tissues, ligaments, joints and nerves. It also helps in smooth functioning of all the systems in the body. Apart from these are multiple uses of the yoga postures. Let us have look on the various benefits of Yogic postures.

  • Stress in our daily life results in more health problems like weakness and fatigue. We may not know that they were caused due to stress. The yogic postures helps in relaxing both the body and the mind. It also helps in rejuvenating your energy levels.
  • Some postures such as mountain postures increases our concentration power and tones the entire body and muscles.
  • The tree posture helps in balancing the senses.
  • The snake posture which is popularly called as bhujangasana, helps in reducing back pain, eliminates constipation and stimulates appetite.
  • Another posture called as shalabasana reduces gastric problems, tones up kidneys and glands, and ensures the health of liver and pancreas.
  • The wheel posture strengthens the spinal cord and gains strong back and arms. It also helps in reducing the fat.
  • Even though the effort is less in physical postures it is any way a physical activity and hence it ensures good sleep.
  • Yoga postures also boost the metabolism, circulation and hormonal secretions, which in turn helps in the chemical balance with in the body.
  • These yogic exercises helps in stretching the bones and joints making you more flexible.
  • It is an excellent weight bearing activity which improves the bone density.

However these benefits are attained only after doing these postures in a right way under an experts supervision. Once you get used to them you can do it yourself and by maintaining regularity perfection can be attained.

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July 28th, 2011

Basic Things Needed to Do Yoga

by Edwin Rosenthal

Yoga has been defined as the simple way of attaining a state of peace. Following few Yoga techniques creates a lot of difference in our life style. Yoga became so popular because of its numerous health benefits attained by performing with lesser effort.

Apart from yoga other fitness related things which people would follow are, doing exercises or regular workouts. Both of them require expensive equipment and professional trainers who charge us in a more costly way. But yoga can be done by less effort, minimum equipment which is easily available at a very low cost and a trainer who is more interested to teach his yogic education rather than concentrating on money.

Let us check few things which are needed but not a compulsion for doing yoga.

Clothing: This is the basic thing for doing any yoga. It does not require any professional suits or track suits but gives more priority to the clothes of comfort. You can wear any clothing which you may feel comfortable in while doing all the yoga postures. It is usually performed bare foot and hence it does not require any special shoes.

Mat: Mats are the things which were laid on the place where you want to do yoga. They provide friction and grip while doing certain postures. They are usually available as sticky mats. It doesn’t have too much cushioning but provides good grounding when laid on a proper surface.

Blocks: Yoga Blocks are used in special occasions where you need to do some postures with the help of this blocks. They are mainly used to support your hand and neck. They are either made of wood or foam and should support your full height.

Belt: These yoga belts are used to give support to the back while performing yogic asanas. They are used in seated positions to help you stretch your hamstring. By using these belts it is easy to do certain postures and to keep the limbs and hands in certain position for a longer time.

Blanket: Yoga blanket or towel is an optional one again. Certain postures do require them. They provide additional warmth and support.

Chair: The usage of chair is meant for particular yoga postures. But the chair needs to be placed on the yoga mat so that it stands firm and gives good support to perform yoga.

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June 17th, 2011

Yoga is One of the Best Practices for Weight Loss

by Edwin Rosenthal

Excess weight or obesity is one of the major problem in many of the people. Due to the rapid developments in lifestyles of people and food with extra calories, many people are getting over weight and are facing obesity problems. Nowadays’ there are many equipments and tools that reduce physical work of human body. With this increase of technology and tools, there is a lack of physical work among the people. Everyone would like to use machines and equipments to do their works. Even if it is a smaller work, people depend on tools and equipments. Hence, there is less strain on physical body as well as, there is no consumption of calories and energy. So the cholesterol, fat, and calories percentage rises continuously that leads to over weight and obesity. Excess weight and higher cholesterol, fat are the main factors to get health diseases, such as, higher fat can block blood vessels which can lead to high blood pressure and heart strokes.

The best way to loose weight is through yoga. It has been proven that, the practice of yoga can reduce fat and cholesterol in body and can help to loose weight effectively. There are many ways to lose weight, but yoga is proven as the best way to lose weight for anyone.

Yoga practice requires practitioners to follow few fundamental principles. They are regular exercise, meditation, proper diet, proper relaxation, etc. Naturally yoga involves posture, meditation, and pranayama also called as controlled breathing technique.

Yoga uses postures to give proper exercise to body and muscles. Yoga postures consume lot of calories to perform. There are certain yoga postures that are particularly helpful for losing weight. These poses stimulate hormonal secretion in sluggish glands. Yoga poses, such as Sarvangasna (shoulder stand), and Matsyasna (fish pose) are very effective for people suffering from problems of the thyroid gland, which is responsible for excess body fat. These two poses increases the fat metabolism and converts fat into energy.

Bikram yoga is very effective workout for people who put on weight due to anxious eating. As it calms the mind, the deep breathing poses in yoga help burn fat cells due to increased oxygen intake.

Power Yoga, is a form of yoga which involves a bunch of poses which can make you not only come back to the right shape but also into great fitness and give your work abilities a great boost.

Yoga uses breathing technique to control heart rate. The controlled heart rate can help to reduce high blood pressure and heart diseases. And the meditation helps you to get out from stressed mind. A stress mind is one of the major factors for over weight.

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March 11th, 2011

How Yoga Enables Healthy and Happy Life

by Edwin Rosenthal

The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which refers to connect, join, or unite. This signifies joining or combining all aspects of an individual i.e., body with mind and mind with soul in order to lead a happy, balanced and valuable life.

Benefits of yoga:

There are many benefits of yoga for men and women. Some of them are:

  • Reduces stress and improves power of relaxation
  • Increases physical strength, stamina and flexibility
  • Imparts impulse Control
  • Helps in rehabilitation (to restore to good health condition) of old and new injuries
  • Boosts tolerance to pain and intensifying mental clarity
  • Purifies and enhances overall organ functioning
  • Favors to have peace of mind and a more positive outlook to life
  • Increases performance of the immune system
  • Enhances blood circulation
  • Offers extensive power of concentration and self control
  • Strengthens posture and muscle tone
  • Inculcates a sense of balance and internal harmony

Benefits yoga for kids:

Yoga is the right kind of exercise for children as it is gentle, non-competitive and works on entire body and mind. Children of all ages and physical abilities can participate.

  • It increases their concentration, focus and attention.
  • It improves their creativity and imagination.
  • It gives them a sense of a relaxed state of body and mind.
  • It boosts their self-esteem and confidence.
  • It results in strong, flexible and healthy bodies.

Benefits of yoga for pregnant woman:

Prenatal Yoga helps in viewing the struggle of childbirth with a positive frame of mind. This generates a more natural attitude towards pregnancy and childbirth.

  • Reducing anxiety, stress, and tension.
  • Reducing backache.
  • Improving circulation.
  • Increasing energy levels.
  • Strengthening of abdominal muscles.
  • Increasing chances of possessing a healthy baby.
  • Accelerating post-pregnancy recovery time.
  • Improving sleep.

Benefits of yoga for sports person:

Yoga is beneficial for sports person as postures consistently operates all the major muscle groups of the back, neck and shoulders, deep abdominal, hip and buttocks muscles and also ankles, feet, wrists and hands. Yoga postures will influence major and minor muscle groups and organs and at the same time import strength, improve flexibility and provide nutrition to internal organs.

Yoga can enhance the ability of person in any sport. Yoga helps in examining any imbalance in muscular development and will make both body and mind to work more efficiently. If sports person body is flexible and supple, then there are fewer chances for injuries, as joints will be kept smooth.

Benefits of yoga for old people:

  • Yoga is a mild form of exercise, which will not produce strain in the joints and muscles. This is very essential for old people.
  • Yoga helps to rejuvenate and develop flexibility in the body.
  • Yoga breathing techniques helps old people to breathe correctly and deeply, which make the capacity of lungs to be utilized perfectly. Which in turn guarantees that all cells in the body obtain sufficient oxygen, and also slows down the process of aging.
  • Yoga helps increasing the blood flow to several organs and tissues of the body. This helps in reducing the effect of aging.
  • The meditation techniques, which are so fundamental to yoga, improves concentration and makes memory sharp. They also help in reducing loss of mental sensitivity due to old age.
  • Yoga postures help to regulate blood pressure.
  • Yoga helps in enhancing a uniform development of physical, mental and spiritual conditions of a person. A person under supervision of yoga teacher or instructor must initially practice yoga compulsorily in order to know precautions and postures that suit you.
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April 23rd, 2010

Different Types Of Yoga Asanas and Their Benefits

by Edwin Rosenthal

Yoga is an ancient health practice and helps yoga practitioner to control the mind, body and soul. Yoga is categorized in many parts and it contains Fairy houses lots of poses and styles. There are three main poses in yoga asanas: supine poses, prone pose, and sitting poses. Each pose contains many different and effective practices of yoga.

Asanas in supine poses (lying face upward):

  • Shavasana – It helps to cure arterial hypertension
  • Sarvangasana – This can eliminate bronchitis, dyspepsia diseases
  • Suptavajrasana – This is done to get relief from ailments of back, neck and waist
  • Halasana – Asthma, diabetes, menstrual disorder and constipation can be curable with these asanas
  • Chakrasana – It is capable to cure diabetes, asthma, constipation and obesity

Asanas in Prone poses (lying face down):

  • Bhujangasana – This kind of health practice is good for cervical spondylysis, bronchitis, asthma and asinophilla.
  • Dhanurasan – This helps to achieve relieving flatulence, constipation and menstrual irregularities.
  • Naukasana – It helps to recover from body stiffness and back pain
  • Makarasana – This helps to cure hypertension, heart disease and mental disorders

Asanas in Sitting Poses:

  • Sukhasana – It helps to eliminate strained and irritable nervous system
  • Vajrasana – This yoga as ones helps for better digestion, constipation and seminal weakness
  • Ushtrasana – It act in toned liver, pancreas, kidney and bladder
  • Parvatasana – Lumbar, spinal, shoulder and knee pains can be cured by this style of yoga asanas

These ancient health practices make an effect on each and every part of the body and capable to cure any type of dangerous disease.

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