Yoga has become an attraction of the modern world. It is nothing but the way of life. It is not doing hard body works by strenuous tasks but making the body feel easy. It requires no effort of strain. It enables you perform your works better. One need not confuse with its Sanskrit foreign terms or Hindu views. It is neither religious nor connected with any religion. But it is a physical and spiritual practice making you become in tune with your own body, mind and soul.
Meaning of Yoga
Yoga means “to yoke” or to connect two entities. Yoga means making an unbreakable connection between body, mind and soul. It challenges one to go deep into oneself trying to connect all these three aspects into one being.
Basics of Yoga
According to conventions, there are eight forms of yoga. The first form Yama concentrates on the behavior and how one acts in the outside world. The second form of yoga is Niyama that focuses on self discipline pushing the body beyond the comfort level. The third one is Asana that corrects ones body postures. The fourth one is Pranayama that regulates ones breathing. The fifth one Pratyahama searches for the inner awareness and becomes one with the inner body needs. The sixth one Dharana focuses ones attention with outside distractions. The seventh form is called Dhyana that focuses on concentration without any distraction. The eighth and the final form is Samadhi that finds total self enlightenment.
Six Kinds of Asana or Physical Postures
There are six different types of body poses.
1) Sitting: These are seated poses that are good for beginners.
2) Standing: Standing poses are more advanced and require balancing ones body.
3) Supine: These are performed on the back at the end of yoga sequence. This helps one relieve stress.
4) Prone: These are performed on the stomach and strengthen lower back. These are also good for beginners.
5) Balance pose: These postures engage both body and mind and help memory and concentration.
6) Twisted: These postures realign and lengthen spine with stretching and opening back muscles.
Yoga For Health
The health benefits of yoga are innumerable. Therapeutically, yoga can cure a number of diseases. It can cure, if practiced correctly, almost all diseases– from allergy to ulcer.
Benefits to the Body
1) Yoga builds up body:
2) It boosts stamina and physical flexibility
3) It builds up body immunity
4) It enables tolerate pain
5) It rehabilitates old and new injuries
6) It enhances body posture and muscle tone
7) It improves blood circulation
8) It cleanses body wastes and normalizes functions of the organs
Benefits For Mind and Soul:
9) Yoga brings down stress
10) It enhances powers of relaxation and concentration
11) It helps attaining self control
12) It bestows a positive outlook that leads to a peaceful life
13) It infuses in us a sense of balance and promotes internal harmony
14) It enables overcome vices such as anger, hatred, etc.
15)Yoga can be said to be the best form of prayer which helps one grow in spirituality.
How to practice yoga?
One need not baffle at the thought of practicing yoga. It is very simple and easy. We can do it with improvised household things available at home. Practicing it becomes easy with DVD. Nowadays information about yoga techniques is available in plenty in books, TV programs, CDs and websites. If possible we can approach groups also who can help.
In short, yoga is a short cut for a successful life. It needs only to spend 15 to 20 minutes daily in yoga practice. Yoga can do wonders. Where there is a will there is a way.