Introduction To Yoga Yoga is a science of right living and it works when integrated in our daily life.

It works on all aspects of the person: the physical, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual. The word yoga means ‘unity’ or ‘oneness’ and is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means ‘to join’. There are too many misconceptions clouding the science of Yoga. People perceive it to be some kind of black or white magic, sorcery, physical or mental debauchery through which miraculous feats can be performed. For some it is an extremely dangerous practice which should be limited to only those who have renounced the world. Few others think it to be a kind of mental and physical acrobatism that is compatible only to a Hindu mind. The human mind is subject to certain weaknesses which are universal. avidya-wrong notions of the external world, asmita-wrong notions of the external world, asmita-wrong notions of oneself, ragalonging and attachment for sensory objects and affections, dweshad is like and hatred for objects and persons, and abinivesha or the love of life are the five defects of the mind that must be removed. Yoga, the constant meditation and introspection eradicate these mental flaws. We have organised some background information on understanding Yoga better, which dated as far back as 100 years ago. Just click on the links below for the information you are interested to find out. Yoga provides one of the best means of self-improvement and attaining one's full potential. In the advanced stages of yoga, superconscious states are attained which result in a feeling of bliss, deep peace and the emergence of psychic powers. Yoga was developed and perfected over the centuries by philosophers and mystics in India. It is basically a method by which we increase the body's supply of energy and remove any interference to the transmission of energy throughout the body. Yoga has specialized in this subject for thousands of years, and streamlined the methods to attain this aim. These days, yoga classes are being held at most health and wellness centers across the United States. Along with meditation, it is probably one of the most popular alternative therapy. Many physicians, who are skeptical about the efficacy of alternative medicine, support yoga with a passion. There are many clinical studies that show the effectiveness of yoga. And the best part of it is that it is something that can be done in the comfort of your home. A few breathing exercises recommended by yoga will go a long way towards better health and relaxation. A few months ago, I was talking to Rev. Fr. Philip Jacob of Indian Orthodox Church, Detroit, Michigan. The conversation got into alternative medicine and spiritual healing. Rev. Jacob remembered how his father used to practice alternative nostril breathing, a well known yoga pranayama practice, daily. According to his father, one does not have to do any other exercise to maintain health. A few months later, my sister-in-law, Susan Jacob M.D., who is a board certified pediatric allergist, was visiting us from Houston, Texas. She was searching my library for books about yoga. I asked her why she is looking for books on yoga. She replied, "It is very good. I want to start practicing yoga." Apparently, her cardiologist had recommended yoga. My neighbor and friend, Dr. Donti M.D., often attends out of town workshops on yoga to learn better because, "its effectiveness is well proven." Cleveland Clinic, a world renowned hospital in Cleveland, teaches yoga to patients (especially those who are undergoing cardiac rehabilitation.) These are examples of the far reach of yoga, it is popular with doctors, professionals (many of which do it for stress relief and relaxation) and with common people. Practiced for more than 5000 years, yoga is one of the oldest forms of healing therapy. The amazing results of yoga are now being studied by scientists all over the world. Teams of doctors at the various

yogic health centers in India, keep detailed records of patients treated with yoga for diabetes, respiratory ailments, digestive complaints and obesity. Now it is studied and accepted across the globe for its many healing and relaxation effects. The Nature of Yoga Gain a general idea of the subject of Yoga, seeking its place in nature, its own character, its object in human evolution. Schools of Thought Yoga relation to Indian philosophies discussed in this section. As well as the importance of acquainting yourselves sufficiently with Sanskrit language, as in explaining Yoga, one is often at a loss for the English equivalent of the manifold meanings of the Sanskrit tongue. Yoga as Science The two great methods of Yoga, one related to the Self and the other to the NotSelf. Here, we are dealing only with the science of Yoga and not with other means of attaining union with the Divine. The scientific method is one that follows the old Indian conception. The Yoga we are studying specially concerns the Marga of Jnanam or knowledge, and within that way, within that Marga or path of knowledge, we find that three subdivisions occur, as everywhere in nature. Yoga as Practice The lower mind, unruffled, waveless, reflects the higher, as a waveless lake reflects the stars. You will remember the phrase used in the Upanishad, which puts it less technically and scientifically, but more beautifully, and declares that in the quietude of the mind and the tranquility of the senses, a man may behold the majesty of the Self. The method of producing this quietude is what we have now to consider in this section. Why Yoga? Yoga works on the mind and the body at the same time, as well as exploiting their interdependence. No other system does this. Western psychology studies the mind, western exercise physiology studies the effect of exercise on the body, but there is no emphasis on the interrelationship of the mind and the body. Yoga asanas (postures) and breathing deal with the physical body, but due to their effect on the brain, they also affect the mind. All the wonders of modern science will not bring happiness, peace of mind, health or a long life. Although wonders have been achieved in our external environment – space travel, computers, etc.our internal environment has been neglected. Thousands of years ago the ancient yogis turned their minds inwards and discovered their true nature. This allowed them to work out a system of body and breathing exercises which results in vitality, rejuvenation and peace of mind. Why not enjoy the benefits of modern science, but also do yoga to enjoy the benefits of vitality, rejuvenation and peace of mind as well? Yes, you can have the cake and eat in too! History The saying, "What's in the past, should stay in the past" - doesn't work here.We might already have an idea of what Yoga is but to understand it better, we have to know what it has become as well as its roots and beginnings. A quick look at the history of Yoga will help us appreciate its rich tradition and who knows, it might help us incorporate Yoga into our lives. Although Yoga is said to be as old as civilization, there is no physical evidence to support this claim. Earliest archaeological evidence of Yoga's existence could be found in stone seals which depict figures of Yoga Poses. The stone seals place Yoga's existence around 3000 B.C. Scholars, however, have a reason to believe that Yoga existed long before that and traced its beginnings in Stone Age Shamanism. Both Shamanism and Yoga have similar characteristics particularly in their efforts to improve the human condition at that

time. Also, they aim to heal community members and the practitioners act as religious mediators. Though we know Yoga as focusing more on the self, it started out as community-oriented before it turned inward. For a better discussion of the history of Yoga, we could divide it into four periods: the Vedic Period, Pre-Classical Period, Classical Period, and Post-Classical Period. Vedic Period The existence of the Vedas marks this period. The Vedas is the sacred scripture of Brahmanism that is the basis of modern-day Hinduism. It is a collection of hymns which praise a divine power. The Vedas contains the oldest known Yogic teachings and as such, teachings found in the Vedas are called Vedic Yoga. This is characterized by rituals and ceremonies that strive to surpass the limitations of the mind. During this time, the Vedic people relied on rishis or dedicated Vedic Yogis to teach them how to live in divine harmony. Rishis were also gifted with the ability to see the ultimate reality through their intensive spiritual practice. It was also during this time that Yogis living in seclusion (in forests) were recorded. Pre-Classical Yoga The creation of the Upanishads marks the Pre-Classical Yoga. The 200 scriptures of the Upanishads (the conclusion of the revealed literature) describe the inner vision of reality resulting from devotion to Brahman. These explain three subjects: the ultimate reality (Brahman), the transcendental self (atman), and the relationship between the two. The Upanishads further explain the teachings of the Vedas. Yoga shares some characteristics not only with Hinduism but also with Buddhism that we can trace in its history. During the sixth century B.C., Buddha started teaching Buddhism, which stresses the importance of Meditation and the practice of physical postures. Siddharta Gautama, the first Buddhist to study Yoga, achieved enlightenment at the age of 35. Later, around 500 B.C., the Bhagavad-Gita or Lord's Song was created and this is currently the oldest known Yoga scripture. It is devoted entirely to Yoga and has confirmed that it has been an old practice for some time. However, it doesn't point to a specific time wherein Yoga could have started. The central point to the Gita is that - to be alive means to be active and in order to avoid difficulties in our lives and in others, our actions have to benign and have to exceed our egos. Just as the Upanishads further the Vedas, the Gita builds on and incorporates the doctrines found in the Upanishads. In the Gita, three facets must be brought together in our lifestyle: Bhakti or loving devotion, Jnana which is knowledge or contemplation, and Karma which is about selfless actions. The Gita then tried to unify Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Karma Yoga and it is because of this that it has gained importance. The Gita was a conversation between Prince Arjuna and God-man Krishna and it basically stresses the importance of opposing evil. Classical Period The Classical Period is marked by another creation - the Yoga Sutra. Written by Patanjali around the second century, it was an attempt to define and standardize Classical Yoga. It is composed of 195 aphorisms or sutras (from the Sanskrit word which means thread) that expound upon the Raja Yoga and its underlying principle, Patanjali's Eightfold path of Yoga (also called Eight Limbs of Classical Yoga). These are: Yama, which means social restraints or ethical values; Niyama, which is personal observance of purity, tolerance, and study; Asanas or physical exercises; Pranayama, which means breath control or regulation; Pratyahara or sense withdrawal in preparation for Meditation; Dharana, which is about concentration; Dhyana, which means Meditation; and Samadhi, which means ecstasy. Patanjali believed that each individual is a composite of matter (prakriti) and spirit (purusha). He further believed that the two must be separated in order to cleanse the spirit - a stark contrast to Vedic and Pre-Classical Yoga that signify the union of body and spirit. Patanjali's concept was dominant for

Yoga is a therapy which provides benefits of a balanced body through the practice of effortless dynamic movements or . which include the regulation of mood related disorders such as anxiety. However. The benefits vary with type of yoga as it is advocated in different combinations such as Raja Yoga. It was first studied as part of Eastern Philosophy and began as a movement for health and vegetarianism around the 1930's. Yoga is not a recently developed technique and the benefits of yoga have retained its popularity among people even now. and Laya Yoga. yoga was not recognized in the West as a potential system of therapy due to the suspicion about its efficiency. Post-classical Yoga differs from the first three since its focus is more on the present. Psychological benefits are an appealing factor of yoga. which is developed purely based on the observations and principles regarding the constitution of human beings. This time.some centuries that some Yogis focused exclusively on Meditation and neglected their Asanas. One of them was Maharishi Mahesh. mental and spiritual aspect of a person. Sivananda was a doctor in Malaysia and he later opened schools in America and Europe. The enhancement of the personal abilities such as learning skills. It was only later that the belief of the body as a temple was rekindled and attention to the importance of the Asana was revived. The science of yoga includes yoga postures called as asanas. Yoga is not only an exercise instruction but also a complete package for the total well being. and panic attacks. It will help to improve the co-ordination and balance the body. The literature shows that yoga has a tradition of thousands of years. glucose and catecholamine will help to prevent all the major fatal diseases and triggers the resilience of the body. Mantra Yoga. the benefits of yoga in the stress management have been substantiated by modern medicine. It no longer strives to liberate a person from reality but rather teaches one to accept it and live at the moment. Post-Classical Yoga At this point. Another one is a prominent Yoga Guru Swami Sivananda. The biochemical benefits of yoga such as decrease of LDL cholesterol. Jnana Yoga. Yoga was introduced in the West during the early 19th century. respiratory system. Yoga is actually a traditional therapy. The spiritual benefits of yoga can be the pronouncing effects as the self realization and attainment of the epitome of the consciousness will be the necessity to attain the peace of mind. we see a proliferation of literature as well as the practice of Yoga. Kundalini Yoga. The command over the thought and breathing will certainly be benefits of practicing yoga. and Dhyana or positive thinking and Meditation Benefits Yoga is one of the most effective strategies to gain total control over the mind as well as the body of a person. Yogis attempted to use Yoga techniques to change the body and make it immortal. Proper diet. The multifaceted benefits of yoga promote it more than a simple exercise. The improved social skills and better adaptation with circumstances will also be yet more benefits of yoga. meditation and breathing techniques called pranayama. Hatha Yoga. endocrine system. the Yogi who popularized Transcendental Meditation. Bhakti Yoga. Yoga can be compared with a holistic system of medicine as it focuses to attribute total control over the physical. cardiovascular system. depression. Moreover yoga balances the weight of the person without losing its strength through the different stretching asanas. Asanas or proper exercise. The physiological benefits of yoga include the enhancement of all major functional systems of the body such as nervous system. Karma Yoga. By the 1960's. However in the beginning stages. Pranayama or proper breathing. irrespective of its type. concentration and memory will also be an added advantage of yoga. But the scene gradually changed as the scientific evidences supported the benefits of yoga. musculoskeletal system and excretory system. which was originally developed in India. The most prominent of his works is his modified Five Principles of Yoga which are: Savasana or proper relaxation. there was an influx of Indian teachers who expounded on Yoga.

Do either of these scenarios sound familiar? Or perhaps you're more familiar with a variation on one of these themes. Regardless. Yoga Mind. I have a question for you -. yoga is seen as more effort than mindful practice. get a good sweat going or test the limits of their body's flexibility -. Are you on your mat in the moment or are you elsewhere? Is your body moving consciously or automatically? Start paying attention to your breathing and how your breath and movements work together. The opportunity for the attainment of well being without any strenuous exercise or consumption of any supplements can be considered as the most important benefit of yoga. when you're coordinating your breath and your movement. And this week when you practice yoga. The question is -.if you're doing any or all of those things are you practicing yoga? Since I see yoga as a holistic (think whole person) practice. You've got some soft New Age-esque music playing in the background and you're moving through some Sun Salutations to get warmed up and into the yoga groove. What's happening during that practice though? Is the breath long and even? Is the mind calming and focusing? Is the body feeling strong and comfortable? If not. Pay attention to your breath during your practice and let all movement become an extension of the breath. ask yourself where your head is at. The house is finally quiet and you've seized the opportunity to practice some yoga. ask yourself what would happen if you went deeper. it might be time to try a different way of practicing.normalized static movement.where is your head at? I happen to think that unrolling your yoga mat and moving your body doesn't necessarily mean that you're practicing yoga. Welcome to a deeper. often sneaking peaks at the TV/computer screen Watching the yogi a few mats over from you Trying to please the teacher by thinking about your alignment Moving your body from memory You get the idea. Yogis push themselves through a practice. If your practice is only serving your body. body and breath into it. I'd say no. which means that you get your mind. What's happening with your breath? Is your mind wandering or is it engaged in the practice? Are you feeling your body or simply moving it? Is your breath coordinated with your movement? Often. Bringing more presence to your practice could change the whole tone of your practice -. then the benefits of the practice will also remain superficial. I challenge you to practice yoga holistically. your mind will be too engaged to wander. Believe me. The teacher begins instruction and you follow along. more transformative yoga practice. .and most likely your life. You come into your first Downward Dog of the practice. Body or Spirit You're at your favorite yoga studio and your yoga practice is just starting.that's a good day on the mat. When you're on the mat are you: Thinking about what you're going to be doing after practice Intently listening to the yoga teacher on your DVD. You've chosen your favorite spot in the room and unrolled your yoga mat. If the practice stays physical.

all at the same time.Importance of Yoga Yoga is a traditional system of healing for the mind and body. It depends on your thinking and also on your body. One can achieve happiness.physical. mind and soul. one can achieve these goals. With yoga. It has a holistic approach to all aspects of life . chill out. relaxation and peace of mind. People are seeking for it. Yoga practice. diabetes and epilepsy • Combats chronic fatigue and depression • Cures headaches. as they realize the importance of self-contentment and inner peace. Everybody has the right to be happy.000 years now. and shape up. or with Atman. multiple sclerosis.The word . Every disease and sickness is considered nothing more than an imbalance in the natural harmony of the body and mind. Some of the benefits of yoga are: . where it still remains a living tradition and is followed as a means to enlightenment. Without good health you cannot be completely at peace. In yoga various types of meditation are taught. The best time to do yoga is said to be in the morning. the transcendent Self. and much more. which focuses on postures and stretching the body. It means union. Only if you have a healthy body will you be free from any physical pain. Be it work pressure or health problems. Your body's health and your mind are directly related. In yoga there are many spiritual and physical exercises that are practiced to improve ones health and well being. It is a popular belief that yoga can cleanse your body of toxins and improve muscle tone. Pregnant ladies can also do yoga. It lets you tune in. Restoring this balance leads to true healing. Helps to control anxiety • Reduces stress • Improves arthritis. and osteoporosis • Relieves asthma • Controls blood pressure. Happiness and peace comes from within. rheumatoid arthritis. osteoporosis. back pain. and your mind will not be disturbed. heart disease and multiple sclerosis • Improves concentration and creativity • Improves blood circulation • Lowers fat • Creates a sense of well being and calm Risks:It is very important to practice yoga under the supervision of an experienced and well-trained trainer. liberation and enlightenment from the union with the divine consciousness known as Brahman. It teaches the importance of maintaining harmony between the mind and the body. mental and spiritual life. Yoga can also help you to lose weight. otherwise doing wrong exercises can sometimes worsen your problem and lead to complications. It is very beneficial for people suffering from anxiety. This spiritual practice has been evolving for more than 5. The most commonly practiced is Hatha Yoga. as well as help in blood circulation. or to prevent injury and ailments. pregnancy. Yoga has become very popular worldwide. yoga can help you see through it. Each person is considered a unique combination of body. which include attaining the yoga body or physique. headache. Following yoga postures. It helps to focus on positive thinking and push all the negative thoughts away. Health benefits of Yoga:Yoga is said to be beneficial for healing many problems. There is a increasing trend to practicing Yoga for many different reasons. arthritis. breathing exercises and meditation can relieve you from all pains and troubles. as it helps in easy delivery and helps lose weight post pregnancy. contentment. Yoga was first originated in India. and you are made to concentrate on your inner self. Reach your goals:Yoga means to unify all forms of life.Healthy body and happiness: It is a popular saying that a sound mind could lead to a healthy body. migraine.

but one does not need to make an ethical decision when practicing yoga. and to feel more in control of their body. Change Yourself Then the World Gandhi gave us the powerful quote.Complete Detox – By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs. then I don't know what is) The over-the-top use of cell phones (just this past Saturday I was at a movie and the teen sitting in front of me couldn't last 90-minutes without checking her cell phone -. "Be the change you want to see in the world." I've been taking that to heart quite a bit lately. it is an appropriately descriptive term since yoga's principles are based on the notion that the body and mind cannot and should not be considered as being separate from each other. rather finding your own path is wholly can't be out of touch for 90minutes -. all in one practice. to acquire flexibility and agility. good health. This leads to benefits such as the delay of ageing. Today. Yoga is indeed a spiritual path that is based on ancient sacred philosophy. For hundreds of years Yoga has helped millions maintain flexibility. yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. concentration. mind and spirit.SERIOUSLY?!?!?) . and purification of mind and body with cleansing thoughts and food. yoga is proving an effective therapy for stress reduction. The secrets of yoga are inwardness.It has been found that the body which may have been quite rigid starts experiencing an amazing flexibility in even those parts which have not been consciously worked on. Fine toning of the muscles – Muscles that have become flaccid or weak are stimulated repeatedly to shed excess flab and flaccidity. energy and an amazing zest for life. There simply is no other discipline quite like yoga because it utilized the body."I'm such an excellent multi-tasker" works wonders for: Increasing Flexibility – yoga has positions that act upon the various joints of the body including those joints that are never really on the ‘radar screen’ let alone exercised. and a positive outlook. Putting things ahead of people Multi-tasking (I'm of the humble opinion that this is an EVIL word and that using this term as a bragging/selling point -.should be outlawed.Yoga means 'union'.Increasing lubrication of the joints. This helps in the flushing out of toxins from every nook and cranny as well as providing nourishment up to the last point.) The insiduous and deadly advertising/marketing that pervades this society (scary to think that our beliefs/preferences/standards are created by a bunch of care-only-about-the-bottom-line executives -if that ain't a Weapon of Mass Destruction. efficient and rewarding to do ONE thing at a time and be present throughout the task. I suppose you could say that I've a bit disgusted with a lot of what I see happening in the world (both my own little world and globally). ligaments and tendons – the well-researched yoga positions exercise the different tendons and ligaments of the body.Massaging Organs of the Body – Yoga is perhaps the only form of activity which massages all the internal glands and organs of the body in a thorough manner. Most people first come to yoga to alleviate pain and tightness. I think it's much more effective.

I can ask myself what role I'm playing in it. What does change things is changing oneself. lovers. the kind of mate I would want to have a relationship with. Again. And I can instigate that change. for balance I look to my yoga practice. There's a fine line between the selfish. looking out for numero uno mentality and the I'll take care of myself first so that I'll be better able to help others mentality. I can remain steady knowing that change will happen (and continue to happen). it's not the answer. not eating meat. while the idea is quite tempting. getting your head out of your own little world/drama long enough to show caring for others (people you call your friends.when something breaks. I've been seeing some bad. the kind of worker I would want on my team. It is this very concept that makes my yoga practice indispensible to me. I've been frustrated and saddened by what I'm seeing going on around me. So when the bottom drops out on me. etc. I practice my yoga daily not so I can have a frustrating. far. And that's exactly what I'm going to do. we simply buy a new one rather than fixing the old. Rather than blame others. (funny. Lately. But I try.I can't change the people or the world around me but I can change myself. far away from the "real world. .) I could go on here but that doesn't serve anyone. Think layoff. sad. I practice so that I can understand that I can be another way. family) isn't on anyone's agenda anymore (or perhaps it falls behind laundry and watching that new reality show on TV). I've been a bit shaken lately by how little love matters anymore.I don't have time for my friends. something that perhaps inspires someone else. something better. I'd be lying if I didn't say that I've been entertaining fantasies of escaping the world -. Of course balance is key here. When we tire of people. the kind of person I think would make this world a better place. divorce. Why? Because my yoga practice gives me perspective." I know the answer -. I don't have time for my children. I try to be a better person. I'm thinking that when you're officially "out of time" that you'll be wishing you spent more time on the things listed here. but my yoga practice isn't one of them. I've got my good days and my bad days. we simply dispose of them. I would willingly sacrifice some things.The scary everything-is-disposable trend (and this applies to people as well -. If one person reading this post makes a change. I don't have to be the multi-tasker or the chronic cell phone checker or the mate who puts her own personal interests above the relationship. I try to be the kind of friend I would want to have. etc. then I can be happy (regardless of what's going on around me). Despite my daily yoga practice." and "why bother. I unroll my mat each day and I practice.) The fact that drug companies are taking over the world and creating "conditions" so that we buy more drugs (don't even get me started on the fact that we over-medicate ourselves in this society) The whole "no-time" mentality -. It calms my mind and helps me to see "me" a bit clearer (without that darned ego getting in the way). Just when I start thinking "what's the use. I try to live by my values (buying organic. I don't have time for my spouse/partner. Of course we conveniently forget this fact and continue to squander our time on the unimportant things like TV. I can be something bigger.running off to an ashram in a distant land." Thanks to my yoga practice I have enough clarity to know that. recycling.). Then when I approach a situation. I'm faaaar from perfect. Apparently. I look at myself and think how I could alter my behavior to get a better outcome. and disillusioned existence.

Tolle's book isn't saying anything new. the message rings true (and sometimes you need to hear something time and time again for it to hit home). which are: physiological. For those of you who have studied yoga and live your yoga. I am intrigued by his comments about ego and perception and I'm going to take tonight's Webcast and the workbook assignment that accompanies it to heart. Still. healing can be achieved. The belief that the mind and body are a unified structure is fundamental to yoga. Yoga is BIG and it has amazing power. And I laud anyone who tries to spread that message (and we all know that Oprah can spread around just about anything). Improve Health And Yoga Yoga exercises and techniques have many benefits. A great deal of research has been done into the benefits that can be gained from yoga if it's practiced for an extended period. but yoga is not one of them. there are instances of substantial decreases in: Glucose Sodium Cholesterol and increases in: Total serum protein Vitamin C . Some even recommend it to help cure various illnesses. and leads on to the belief that when the body is in harmony. And that's okay. has led many doctors to believe that yoga has therapeutic results. mind and spirit achieved through yoga. I read the first few chapters of A New Earth and I got hooked at page 4. practicing yoga for a prolonged period can assist with: Decreasing pulse rate Improving respiratory and blood pressure dysfunctions Normalizing endocrine and gastrointestinal function Stabilizing and maintaining the equilibrium of the nervous system Increasing endurance Increasing joint movement Improved energy levels Increasing cardiovascular efficiency Improved immunity to illness Improved eye-hand coordination Greater dexterity Better sleep Improved depth perception Better reaction times Psychological benefits have been shown to include: Increased kinesthetic and somatic awareness Improved social skills Higher self-acceptance and self-actualization Improved concentration. psychological and biochemical.This is why I started this yoga blog -. and practitioners often talk about the unification of body. and the many positive results obtained by yoga enthusiasts over the years. Yoga practitioners have regularly observed improvements in all three areas.because I wanted to talk about an amazing vehicle for change.Many new age therapies have sprung up in recent years. and in that time countless numbers of people have benefited from the positive results. it's not the only way. particularly those related to the nervous system. On the physiological level. Of course not everyone sees it that way. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years. These principles. Change can be wrought in a number of ways. This is why I've been championing Oprah's New Earth Webcast. and although yoga is my personal preference. attention and memory Heightened sense of well being Better moods When to comes to the biochemical benefits. The benefits of yoga have been classified into three main categories.

the prostate. reversing arterial blockage and enhancing resistance to all types of stress. enjoy serene natural beauty. including improved joint flexibility. Every 20 seconds. According to ayurveda. Maharishi Ayurveda herbal supplements Worry Free and Blissful Joy nourish the mind and emotions and contain herbs like Brahmi. The finest by-product of digestion and the master coordinator of all activities of mind and body. One in four Americans has some form of heart disease. for example. vitality and longevity. Soothe away stress. ojas leads to bliss. which helps to slow or even stop certain undesired processes. This eliminates toxins from the body. Yet. a holistic approach to heart health requires you to nourish the emotional heart as well as the physical heart. This massaging and stimulation has proven to be beneficial in preventing the onset of disease in these organs. Spend time everyday on those activities that give you this contentment and happiness. your entire physiology will thank you. coupled with the strengthening of your emotional and meditation systems. Here we offer some suggestions to get you started. the substance that maintains life. Practicing the Transcendental Meditation® technique twice daily has been shown in research studies to help in lowering blood pressure. then add a couple more every few weeks until you are naturally living a heart-healthy lifestyle. tendons and ligaments.the harmony and synchronization of body and mind.All these physical benefits are a wonderful result when practicing yoga. actively seeking mental and emotional well-being can help the emotional heart flourish. Some of these would normally never be stimulated. contentment. but there's one overriding benefit that is the main reason people continue practicing yoga for years . both modern medicine and ayurveda concur that there are things you can do every day to keep your heart healthy. Every 34 seconds someone in the United States dies of heart disease. Pick one or two and start with those if you like. Ashwagandha and Arjuna. Ayurveda talks about ojas. An overall benefit of yoga is the complete detoxification that occurs when these efficient ancient techniques are used for a prolonged period. someone in the United States has a heart attack. ensuring you establish an optimum quantity of blood supply. The heart is not just a pump-it's the fountainhead of all emotions.Hemoglobin Yoga has also been shown to be highly effective for musco-skeletal issues. Listen to soothing or uplifting music. and better lubrication of joints. Yoga exercises stretch the muscles and thoroughly massage the body. Another demonstrated effect of yoga is that benefits are gained from the apparent massaging of all the internal organs and glands that occurs during yoga. Heart Heath System Heart Health System Heart Health System Seven Common Sense Ayurvedic Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy The statistics are frightening: Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. practice uplifting . all renowned for their positive influence on the mind and emotional heart. whether it's joy and exhilaration or sadness and frustration. Cultivate the positive While warding off excess stress is essential to prevent the emotional heart from wasting away. Inner strength and poise and the cultivation of positive attitudes and emotions increase ojas. Bonus: Not just your heart. Heart disease takes more lives than the next seven leading causes of death combined. including aging. Mental and emotional stress can disrupt the emotional heart.

If you follow the ayurvedic principle of balaardh—exercising to half your capacity— you can exercise every single day without straining your muscles. Walking is excellent exercise for everyone and excellent therapy as well. Maintain a positive attitude and walk away from situations that distress or anger you. Eat mindfully How you eat is as important for heart health (and overall health) as what you eat. it will prepare you for the day by charging up your circulation and your metabolism. The key is regularity. heavy foods. light foods over rich. Stimulate a sluggish digestion with ginger. . deep-fried ones and warm cooked foods over cold. salt and lime. dress your veggies with fresh lime juice and eat heart-friendly spices such as fresh-ground black pepper and the antioxidant power-spice turmeric. Exercise moderately and regularlyYou don't have to do a strenuous workout five times a week. For a society used to fast food and eating-on-the-go. Choose fresh foods over processed foods or leftovers. include soaked blanched almonds in your diet. start your day with stewed apples or pears. But there are small things you can do to make your diet more heart-healthy-eat more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat moderately-the ideal ayurvedic "portion" is what fits in your two cupped palms. this is also arguably the most difficult step to take and maintain. because eating three meals at regular times each day "trains" your digestion to anticipate and digest your food. The early morning is ideal for taking a 30-minute walk. Eat right Arguably the most critical step you can take towards heart health is to eat a heart-friendly diet. It will not only help your heart. Don't skip meals.aromatherapy and sip relaxing herbal teas.

drive home. or how your shoulders feel before. In a word: yoga is moving meditation. And yet there’s quite a bit more to yoga than mere exercise. The yogi’s body is particularly awake – and thus the yogi is aware of emotions. Keep in mind that I am a beginner. Pattabhi Jois. To be sure. or a few specific movements. Consider a typical white-collar working day: wake up. Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga do significantly raise your heart rate and quicken your breathing. even of only for the duration of the pose itself. and all of the benefits that go along with meditating are accessible to the yogi.and handstands. There have been virtually no medical studies conducted on the mental health benefits of yoga.Yoga Benefits beyond exercise. an exception. “Without breathing.” There is no doubt in my mind that the benefits of practicing yoga regularly go far beyond the benefits of mere exercise. whether experienced or not. which most of us make all the time. crow pose. in a way that those who don’t practice will have difficulty imagining.It has been claimed that yoga can be beneficial in treating the following psychological ailments: anxiety panic attacks stress attention deficit depression Whether this is the case or not depends largely upon the individual and type of practice. try standing in tree pose for a moment and notice how the concentration it requires brings peace into your consciousness. and the practice of yoga.First off. If you doubt this. There is virtually nothing in this cycle that would draw your attention to your own body (and here I don’t mean judgments about your own body.” Pete says at the beginning of his . My second point is best illustrated by a quote from Pete Guinosso. drive to work.” In my experience. while the workout yoga gives you isn’t particularly cardio. If this doesn’t yet make sense to you. these poses bring moments of Zen into our lives without requiring us to sit still in a quiet room for hours on end. but rather a consciousness of the body.One of San Francisco’s yoga celebrities. shoulder. they manifest themselves in the body. during and after a stressful event. as they show themselves through the body. And yet so many of these benefits are so common across the experience of all yogis. prana. let me explain how these benefits show themselves in my own life and my own practice. but most forms of exercise focus on only a few parts of the body. can indeed be enough to keep you fit and healthy. watch TV / read / socialize.It is an inherent truth about emotions that although they exist in the mind. In effect. so much of our concentration is required that we are forced to empty our minds entirely of all thoughts and distractions.. a yoga teacher here in San Francisco of whom I am particularly fond. and although we feel better afterwards. there are certain poses that demand the utmost of our concentration. this is very accurate. we are not left feeling significantly closer to our bodies as we are after yoga. These include balancing poses such as tree pose. an awareness of how it feels as it receives stimuli from the world). I was noticeably stronger and more flexible. until something goes wrong. Our emotions show themselves to us in our bodies even when we aren’t aware of them in our minds. The age of the word’s preeminent Ashtanga yogi – Sri K. And. put it quite succinctly: “yoga strengthens and purifies the nervous system so it can reflect a greater degree of consciousness. work at computer / attend meetings / etc. from those who practice yoga to relax to those who practice yoga to stay fit. when practiced regularly. of course. and have only begun to unlock the secrets of asanas. and all varieties of head-. the yoga that I practice – Vinyasa – is fantastic exercise. Larry Schultz (see previous posting). In a general sense. After practicing regularly for about three months. recently turned 91 – speaks to the fact that certain types of yoga. from beginners to experts. In order to achieve these poses.If what I’ve written so far seems a bit vague. Our daily lives have evolved to the point where we spend 99% of our waking existence completely oblivious to our own bodies – that is. think the answer to the question in the title is an undeniable “yes. arm-. Exercise is. my body simply felt better. consider how your chest feels after a significant break-up. go to sleep.

followed by releases and then new tensions and stresses.classes."). my physical state was still a bit shakey. Yoga To Pick Yourself Up When You're Down Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like. Maybe it's physically or maybe you're in a bad mental or emotional place (perhaps you're throwing yourself a little self-pity party and whining "woe is me. I started feeling even better. you ask? Baby steps! Rather than set my sights on feeling 100% healthy and back to my normal self. Okay. These past few days I've been a bit under the weather. Sure enough. I did something that I never thought I'd do when I first thought about practicing today -. After waking up this morning feeling worse than I did yesterday. and re-directing our attention to a new locus of tension. but not others). it's easy for me to slip into negative thinking that only seems to make me feel worse. I focused on feeling just a little better. so being sick stinks.more pampered than sick. we feel immense relief. engraining it into the new consciousness we develop of our bodies. After a little reading I was feeling better -. which is also a series of stresses and tensions. but also of its release when it occurs. As my . My practice today looked totally different than it normally does -. but mentally and emotionally I was way better than pity and frustration. it feels good. Of course I wanted to continue to feel better. and then we proceed into a new hold. When I'm not feeling well. yoga allows us to reconnect with it. If you are like me – under a constant amount of stress. Thus yoga prepares us for the challenges we face in life by engraining a new consciousness of life into our experience of our bodies. As Larry Schultz put it during one of my Rocket classes: “surprise. This awareness of breathing carries us through our practice. “yoga is nothing more than calisthenics. movements that I don't normally do. This repeated pattern of tension and release is a sort of metaphor for life itself.” Whether this is true or not is debatable. days. We all have those down-in-the-dumps moments. And it felt good. I get frustrated by the fact that my body isn't well and I start feeling guilty that I'm not doing what needs to be done. In other words.I practiced in the afternoon instead of the morning and my practice was a mishmash of poses. Today I decided to take a different approach to the whole sick thing. no matter what environment you are in – yoga can train you to be aware not just of the stress you feel. Granted. I'm not feeling myself and I generally have little desire to do anything but lay on the couch. By coordinating our movements with our breath. but Pete’s point is that to reap the psychological benefits of yoga. I set an intention to feel better while still being sick.. so I decided that a little yoga would help (I find that yoga always makes me feel better!).. we must incorporate breathing into our practice.” Lastly. A hold draws our consciousness into whichever part of the body we are using to maintain it. When the hold is over.well. That worked pretty well. I could make being sick not so awful by tucking myself on the couch with a cozy blanket and a stack of books that I've been wanting to read. it trains you to expect moments of relief during moments of stress. and to prepare for moments of stress during moments of relief. I set a firm intention to only do movements that made me feel better and that I would stop if I started to feel badly. Interestingly enough. From there I decided that I'd increase my feel-good factor by watching an uplifting DVD that I've been longing to watch for the past few days. but it also persists off the mat. you feel yucky.I broke a sweat. such as Vinyasa and Ashtanga. surprise: when the human body breathes. straining a new part of the body. Now what? Well. Focusing on breathing is the most fundamental technique in almost all forms of meditation. This is because our breathing is always with us. affording many psychological and physical benefits. How does one do that. and it is such a part of the background of our lives that focusing on it allows us to exit what Henepola Gunaratana calls “monkey mind” – the incessant flow of thoughts and judgments through our minds. hours. there is something significant about the repeated experience of holding postures and releasing them (this may apply to certain types of yoga.

Keep your knees soft and bounce. While keeping your toes and balls of the feet on the ground. Then twist to the left. Spinal twists -. your left hip will move to the left). On an inhale raise your arms up above your head and bring your palms together. rely on a little pickme-up yoga: 1)Ask yourself -. sick. You rely solely on core strength and leg strength (and mental strength. hands to the floor. whatever. Do this about 5-10 times. Twist your body to the right. on an inhale. On an inhale raise your arms straight out in front of you and up (they stay shoulder-width apart) and on the exhale let your body drop down. alternating sides as quickly as feels comfortable to you. On the exhale. allow your arms to rotate and entwine your're not looking for a complete 180 degree change. 2)Build on it. I may not be miraculously healed. This will spread your sacrum and open up some space in your lower back.). Stand in mountain and. After a few times. Again.stand with your feet hip width apart and let your arms hang limply at your sides. As you twist. you stand back up. I might add). You just want to make a small improvement. cross-legged position or in Rock pose (knees bent. right? Well. the catch is that you sit down and stand up without using your hands. your arms should come to rest near your sides at the end of the exhale. Or an uplifting book. bummed. By the time your breath start standing and then sit down. Maybe a bath would make you feel a little better."What will make me feel better?" You don't have to go for broke here -. Side bends -. The movement is simple -. what would make you feel even more so? 3)Try any/all of these yoga poses/movements to get your energy flowing: Stand with your feet hip width apart and bounce up and down (while keeping the soles of your feet planted firmly on the ground). Now intertwine all of your fingers with the exception of your index fingers (your hands are clasped with the exception of your two index fingers which are sticking up).practice progressed I started feeling stronger and now that it's done. After sitting.Stand with your feet about hip width apart. One an exhale bend your body to one side. You're coordinating your breath and movement here. Repeat about 5 times. Not only is it a wonderfully symbolic and uplifting move but it's also a great aerobic move (it really gets your heart pumping). Sounds easy..with my own strength and sheer will. Today's practice ended with one of my favorite Kundalini Kriyas. Some ha's or ah's or whatever feels "right" to you. like dog excrement. Rotate your head as your twist. Now that you're feeling a smidge better. So when you're feeling icky. Now make some sounds everytime your body goes down. sitting on your heels) and do some . Or a massage. I tend to practice this kriya when I'm feeling a bit low or sluggish because it reminds me that I can get myself up -. bad. add in a "Ha" sound when you exhale. Or some inspirational music. raise your arms above your head. Just think of a little thing that will make you feel a little bit better. Body drops -. keeping the position of your feet and legs fixed. Or some movement (a little yoga a day. your palms should be touching each other. On the inhale come back up to center. bring your arms back down to your sides. moving your opposite hip towards the side (if you're moving your body to the right.stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. which is going to take quite a bit of concentration. Do the same on the other side. but for the first time in the last 48 hours I feel like I'm on my way. move your heels out to the sides a bit.. I feel relaxed and much more like myself. Sit in an easy.

Move only as fast as feels comfortable for you. Very gently roll your head in one direction for a minute or so and then do the same on the other side. Sit down and stand up using only your core and leg strength. move your head in a figure-8 movement. After you've done both directions. It's like you're tracing a figure-8 pattern with your nose. Keep your shoulders and jaw relaxed (your mouth might even fall open) while slowly rolling the head.legs up the wall pose.head rolls. Do for 1-2 minutes. Viparita karani -. .

throwing a new light on old behavioral patterns. what should be the main cause of concern are the many side effects common to these anti-depression drugs.These limbs will be subjects of other articles to save space. at least in its not fatal stages. It is usually performed for several minutes to alleviate stress and mental tension and positive affirmations such as helpful verses from religious books could be mentally repeated during its execution. Ph. Being that you're inverted. I believe it won't hurt and possibly could help you immensely. Meditation. Being a Christian myself. Prior to this time. alpha waves increases in the right temporal region of the brain as other studies have shown that people with depression tend to have more alpha activity in the left frontaltemporal region.No one is saying that Yoga POSES alone will be the end all be all of your depression. not feeling depressed was usually a rare occurrence. so again. after its use. making the blood flow away from the emotional activity center. however. Aggravated by marring acne and burdensome Asthma symptoms. The Shoulder. it did work for me. which has been known over the ages to help alleviate many a stressful situation. until I discovered Yoga and how it could help with depression treatment. consequently one becomes more receptive to positive thoughts. A rare occurrence that is. first of all. as with nearly any human ailment. while optimistic.Moreover. No. fatigue.It's not a surprise that I was not alone during this time as research has shown that some form of depression treatment medication is offered to over 20 million Americans annually.. dreams and emotions) tend to increase significantly after its execution." Depression Treatment: Closing Thoughts on Other Factors. with the execution of Yoga. dare I say drug-free healing using simple Yoga principles and natural methods might be your best bet.How is this so? Well. Alpha waves (relaxation) and Theta waves (unconscious memory. they can stand on their own as a Yoga session so you may not have to spend too much time to reap Yoga's benefits as an alternative treatment for depression..As a result.Stand:In spite of what its name may suggest.If this all sounds a bit advanced. One standout alternative for depression treatment my friends will be the incomparable Yoga. Working together with its counter poses.Thankfully. it's really easy. perhaps a simpler illustration of how Yoga works effectively for depression treatment may be that it exercises the motor centers of the brain. that measured brain waves before and after a two-hour Yoga class. However. 2. a noted reduction in the hormone known as cortisol and increase in the hormone prolactin occurs--which is believed by many professionals to be the key in producing the anti-depressant effect of electroshock therapy.Yoga over Medications and Anti-depression I have been practicing Yoga for close to 5 years now.. This finding is based on a Scandinavian study conducted by Eric Hoffman. I will narrow the wide array of choices down to three simple yet very effective ones namely the Sun Salutations. one of my favorite verses while executing this pose will be a personalized derivative of Rom 12: 2-"I am being transformed by the renewing of my thoughts. Shoulder Stand and Relaxation poses. Performed in rounds of 3. It is essentially a very easy inversion pose that I see most kids practicing unknowingly. (which could be rooted in your religious or spiritual beliefs) and a proper diet-all being important limbs of Yoga. Effective as they may be for a while. everything is turned upside down. insomnia and some sexual dysfunctions. with Yoga and its gentle movements and poses. my life had been a day-to-day existence erected by symptoms of depression and low self-esteem. even breathing and meditation. Depression Treatment: Choice of Yoga Poses for depression help 1. The Sun Salutations:The sun exercises stimulates and balances all systems of the body including the endocrine and nervous systems that have marked effects on our emotions. you will see for yourself what this pose can do for depression treatment. .most of us have at some point. drug-free healing is not limited to curing any discomfortincluding depression and this without these side-effects. no worries.Although this can be accomplished by the use of several Yoga poses.So the next time depression sends you to the doctor. they actually are a combination of very simple movements executed in a flowing motion. it involves lying motionless on one's back with emphasis on deep. Moreover. should be used in your use of Yoga for depression treatment.D. The Relaxation Pose:Daddy of them all! As the name suggests. furthermore they induce deep breathing. you may do well to ask for a new prescription for depression treatment-Yoga. Poses alone DO NOT constitute Yoga. Although they are usually a warm up to other Yoga poses. it's been noted that these depression drugs have several side effects which may include nausea. you tend to have more contact with your own subconscious and emotions. extroverted people have more alpha activity on the right. Breathing exercises (known as pranayama). this pose is indeed very easy to execute and is the one pose that both old and new Yoga Instructors and writers view as near panacea for most human ailments including depression. 3. for a depression treatment alternative without unwanted and oft times harmful side effects.

and describe the ideas upon which the yoga tradition has passed through more recent (from the 2nd century BC).Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a book of 195 separate phrases that are designed to be easy to memorize. In these vinyasas.C. though. though. For instance. this particular book is held in very high esteem in the yoga world. Understanding the Text The sutras in the text are divided into four books. The name of this text is named using Sanskrit words: yoga. you probably know. you likely think first of poses that emphasize self awareness and flexibility. though. Within the yoga community. many say that Patanjali was actually just a compiler and that before the work was written. It is not an altogether incorrect loose translation. Two that are particularly popular in the West are the Sun Salutation and Warrior II. Sun Salutation One of the most popular sequences is known as the Sun Salutation. link poses in series called yoga vinyasas. Fifty one of the sutras are contained in the book called Samadhi Pada. In fact. Many of the most famous yoga sutras come from this particular book. Later. This chapter is where Kriya Yoga and the eight limbs of yoga first appear. It emphasizes that yoga is about discipline and that it is the ability to master your feelings and thoughts. though. the Sutras were simply memorized and passed down between teacher and student. and this book uses 34 sutras to pursue this idea. While your yoga teacher is trained to create vinyasas for you. again in Sanskrit. This particular vinyasas is designed to build your strength and increase your overall flexibility.” What this book is really about. “isolation. With each. according to the principles set within it. is achieving liberation. Some BackgroundThe origin of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the topic of some debate among both historians and practitioners. the poses are done in a free-flowing sequence that adds to your overall yoga experience. there is much about practice since the Sanskrit word “sadhana” actually does mean practice. Yoga teaches to concentrate on self and attaining higher levels of consciousness. It is a single flow of 12 different yoga postures. history. the Kaivalya Pada means. You can. fifty five of them are in Sadhana Pada. there are some people out there who credit the writing of this set of sutras to a grammarian named Patanjali. Because it is a work that is every bit as much a part of modern yoga as it was a part of the birth of yoga. Like with most vinyasas. and thirty four of the sutras can be found in Kaivalya Pada. These aspects reflect the idea that yoga is both selfless and spiritual. Timelines do. Sutra literally means “thread. there are also certain existing sequences that you can do on your own once you know what poses they involve. fifty five are also in Vibhuti Pada. though.” The roles of the sutras in this particular book are to describe and help the yogi to achieve full awareness through yoga. Yoga Vinyasas When you think about yoga. It is essentially about attaining higher levels of awareness of one's self. you may find variations on this depending on .The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a staple for many. some people call the Patanjali Sutras the Yoga Aphorisms in English. you should inhale to accompany your stretching and exhale as you contract or fold your body in.” This thread is basically the connection between the sutras in the work.In the Sadhana Pada. suggest this text was constructed in about the second century B. a timeline was constructed that showed that to be unlikely. The book Samadhi Pada contains sutras that are most considered fundamental to yoga. Finally. The Vibhuti Pada can be translated “power. is a mindset wherein you are able to gain mastery of feelings and thoughts alike.

So if you really want to take benefits from this impeccable exercising type. Yoga provides you with physical and mental peace. You should practice yoga continuously. Yoga does help a lot in improving your health.There are some other concerns also involved while practicing yoga. As you can see. It has a spiritual touch and was a practice that originated in India. 2. Stick to place for a long time. this ability to freely experiment is what has made this such a popular vinyasas. This particular vinyasas emphasizes your breathing. They allow you to not only work within the poses. If you are crunched for time. plank. or the Warrior II. your whole day is full of energy. Finally. the vinyasas are a part of yoga that may help you see and feel results more quickly and more consistently. you will flow through the sequence in time with your breathing. the Sun Salutation is naturally circular just as many other yoga sequences are. head to knees. Do not change the place regularly. you should stick for that time. then you should opt for a place that it airy. Irregular practice will not give you any good results. Start by practicing 15 minutes and then gradually increase the time period to an hour. hands up. You will use Mountain. and stick. Practice it alone if possible. still try to do at least one. lunge. you can find other yoga sequences that suit your skill level. Proper breathing is also very important while practicing yoga. the sequence finishes with head to knees. Do it one time for the right side of the body and the other time for your left. Triangle. Warrior II and the standing Yoga Mudra. This particular sequence will have a tendency to release stress and help with your flexibility. you go into upward dog. There are certain things that you should keep in mind: 1. Overall. it is advisable for you to follow its proper methodology.what style of yoga you are using. but to get more better results. as with all yoga. If finding a good open place is not possible for you. 3. need.The sun salutation starts with mountain. Warrior II Another popular sequence for yogis in the West is called Triangle. but also to maintain both a physical and mental flow when you perform your daily yoga. It requires obedience to its certain rules and principles from your side. Yoke. to pay careful attention to your breathing patterns while staying focused on yourself. Even that one half of a sequence will help you to feel revitalized. But whatever time you choose. All depends on your convenience. Additionally. downward dog. So inhale . The place of practicing yoga should be neat and clean. Like any other procedure. A stomach full of food won't help. From there you go with hands up. Be sure. 4. and mountain again. It should be done empty stomach. you should follow a nutritious diet plan. Always give yourself some breaks of six to eight seconds between any two asanas. you can begin to experiment with vinyasas on your own or with a teacher. Yoga helps only if it is practiced regularly at a regular time. Yoga is a pure form of exercising. Though it is usually recommended to try this moving between positions on the beat of your breath. Yoga is derived from a Sanskrit word. Prefer doing yoga under the open sky.The sequence for Warrior II works through four poses. if these rules are not followed then more harm than good can be caused to you. you can experiment with different breathing patters to see what is best for you and how each affects you. you go through the flow twice in order to complete one round. but there are a few basic poses and a flow that is fairly consistent among the variations. and lunge. Practicing yoga has no particular time. But it is generally said that if you start your day with a good yoga session. the next important thing that follows is the place where you intend to do it. After fixing the time. In fact. and style of yoga. Things to know about yoga Yoga in true sense is described as a system that is scientific in nature. Once you begin to learn a number of yoga poses. For the Sun Salutation. Still flowing. Moving in that order.

Usually spirituality refers to something related with religion or god. The Hindu believers say that yoga will trigger the energy circles of the body and help to reach the epitome of the energy. However the ultimate spiritual benefit of yoga will be the self realization. It is also advisable for you to avoid taking excessive alcohol. for yoga and the testimonials of many of the followers were supporting their argument. They should not practice yoga while on their menstrual cycle. Meditation should be done in a clean. The yoga practitioners advocate several benefits such as physical. Another important thing.The term spiritual benefits may be reviewed by different people with apparent dimensions. Jnana Yoga. which distinguishes it from the other similar therapies. mind control and thought control. Pregnant women should also take caution. While practicing yoga try to keep your mind free from any kind of worries and anxiety. It was not till the 20th century that a need for the creation of secular forms of popular meditative techniques began to be felt. Spiritual benefits of Yoga Yoga is a complex system of therapy formulated in the East and now famous universally. the exercise part called yogasana is popular in the West. Forget your all worries. 6. Raja Yoga. The control over the thoughts will help to suppress the materialistic pressures of the life. the individual is encouraged to progress to one kind of meditation which is most suitable to him or her. It helps in connecting the body. yoga had a broader perspective and it was considered as the method to reach the inner consciousness. It increases concentration and focus. Meditation is the one of the most important aspect of yoga. psychological and spiritual. Sit cross-legged and keep your spine straight. The experiences of yoga practicing people show that they became more compassionate about the surroundings and fellow beings. Also wear neat and light clothes while going for yoga. you should avoid doing yoga. the flexibility of the attitude of the person will also change. Along with improvement. will be its spiritual benefits. Yoga and meditation. 7. 5. Even though yoga is a comprehensive system which includes different methods such as Karma Yoga. The advanced spiritual benefits of yoga include the psychic control. Of the complete time you spend in practicing yoga. it is advisable to take rest of 1/4th of the time. spirituality is not only dealing with god but also with the soul or inner consciousness. peaceful room at a fixed time. The relaxation in the thoughts will help you gain the knowledge. However. a chair or on the yoga meditation cushion. Take enough rest at the completion of a particular asana or session. However in the perspective of yoga. The understanding of self will help assure the healing of the pain of the body as well as the mind. Kundalini Yoga and Mantra Yoga. Bhakti Yoga. One note of caution for women. And now the popularity of yoga enhances enormously as the scientific crowd is coming up with substantiating evidences for the benefits of yoga. Hatha Yoga.enough air. Sit on the floor. the Hindu religious mendicants. tea or coffee before the session. If you are tired from the excessive physical work that you did the whole day or have any other physical pain. But for the most part these New Age meditative systems were little more . mind and spirit. Meditation Various kinds of meditation techniques are introduced. However the most pronouncing benefit of yoga. Certainly yoga was related to religions as most of its preachers were sanyasis. Daily yoga meditation helps in mental purification and offers clarity of thought.

therefore. when a person is anxious. For this chapter. In addition there was an increase in alpha wave activity in parts of the brain which corresponds to an increase in patient calmness. many types of union. your mind becomes absorbed in the rhythm of inhalation and exhalation. for example. and regular. Many subjects eventually reduced or eliminated their need for medicationYoga has been shown to significantly improve mental and physical energy levels and alertness as compared to relaxation exercises and visualization.than rehashed versions of older techniques.Yoga means "union. which are largely "concentration"-oriented. an image. is one such version. but competition is far from union. There are many more explanations about union. however. or distracted. and composed. Existent techniques of meditation can be categorized under two fairly broad sections—Zen-based forms.One study showed that yoga produced and gradual. which owe its origin to ancient Hindu meditative techniques. frightened.Several studies have shown that yoga significantly improves the condition of bronchial asthmatics.HUM meditation with breathing Ishta Daiva meditation (meditation on personal deity) Vipassana meditation and Kundilini meditation Concentrative meditation focuses the attention on the breath. we can say union of mind. even patients who were childhood asthmatics. focused. body. For example. Meditative practices like Mantra yoga. As you focus your awareness on the breath. when the mind is calm. Most of you reading this are aware of its use as a powerful stress reduction technique. aim towards a totally detached frame of mind. but that could be a separate article. and uneven. . where it is only responsive to subjective impressions). deep. or a sound (mantra). As a result. These forms encourage the practitioner to retreat within the inner-self. Yoga is enjoying growing popularity in Western countries. The kinds of meditation are: 'OM' meditation with breathing 'OM' meditation with heart beats SO . rapid. The simplest form of concentrative meditation is to sit quietly and focus the attention on the breath. until it attains the trance-like state of samadhi (a state of mind. away from the "illusions" (maya) of outside influences. Most New Age techniques fall into either of these categories. Yoga and meditation practitioners believe that there is a direct correlation between one's breath and one's state of the mind. Yoga is a science of life that originated in India several thousands of years ago. Transcendental Meditation or yoga nidra (popularized by the Bihar School of Yoga). Focusing the mind on the continuous rhythm of inhalation and exhalation provides a natural object of meditation. Transcendental Meditation (TM). There are also many branches of Yoga and. and spirit. in order to still the mind and allow a greater awareness and clarity to emerge. your breathing will become slower and deeper. significant decrease in body weight. into the "real" world.asanas and pranayama -. induces the mind to concentrate on a sacred sound by ritualistic chanting. On the other hand. the breath is slow. as propagated by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.also known as Hatha Yoga. It involves much more than the asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) that most people are familiar with. the breath tends to get shallow." In simple terms. and the mind becomes more tranquil and aware. which are more "insight"-oriented and Hinduism-based forms. which grew out of the Hindu practice of 'naam japa' or 'yoga japa' during the 1960's. agitated. which had been extracted from their religious contexts. I will limit my discussion of yoga to those aspects -.

Be assured that your problems will be relieved with our supplements you can make the meditation practice itself a very low stress or non-stress experience because you are not trying to do or achieve anything. deepen the relaxation and inner peace that is felt. Now. Babaji also showed them amazing asanas & breathing exercises. doing the dishes (again!) for thousands of guests. is that meditation is the practice of being aware of when the mind moves out of the present. etc.. So meditation is the practice of being aware of when the mind moves off a chosen point of focus.words on a page. At some point in time. 10 cats. They lived in Santa Cruz and had started learning about Yoga. we gently come back.this is Real Life Real Yoga.. When the mind moves out of the present and you notice that. Rather. ancient stories . Some benefits of meditation are relaxation. and genuinely caring for each other and every person who visits. postures.. and 2 sheep. these hippies had been learning about Yoga from this man and they decided they wanted to hide out in the forest and practice Yoga all the time. I would strongly recommend adding a regular. and beautiful campus nestled in the redwoods. His name was Baba Hari Dass and he came from Northern India.the Sutras. philosophies. Almost 30 years ago.with over 100 year-round residents. plus 5 dogs...they were not to hide out from the world on the mountaintop.. and some have TVs prominently displayed in their living room. There was one very distinctive thing about this man. short meditation period to your routine.inviting people from all walks of life to come to the land and learn about Yoga.he didn't speak.Meditation can strengthen the mind.ever! He had taken a vow of silence in 1952 and had not spoken since. you come back to the present by coming back to the anchorSo when we meditate. Mount Madonna School. that we are going to get the benefits of meditation. and they did. The purpose of the land is to "live Yoga". get yoga and meditation therpy for good health by herbal and natural expert. and taught them about Karma Yoga . and change your health and life significantly for the better.. the teacher had different plans for them. And it is through this process and this mindset. improved decision making and increased appreciation for life. those same hippies are still there . and we try to notice quickly when we are off the anchor but without any attachment to how quickly we notice.. donned American clothes.12 grade that is renowned for it's unique curriculum. or another way of saying that.there's a lot going on here! There is also a private school.. stress reduction. but they are still the same Yoga-loving hippies at heart. plus between 20 and 400 retreat guests a day. the Bhagavad Gita. plus about 50 visitors a day. Their teacher was a small Indian man with fire in his eyes and dreadlocks down to his toes. They bought a 355 acre parcel with one tiny building on it and moved in. the Ramayana.or selfless service. most of them have cut their hair. The teacher encouraged them to find land to build this commune. What to do after Relaxation practices . He used a small chalkboard hung around his neck to communicate... So.Then you take that philosophy out into your life where you choose to. The "land" has become a busy place . To take it from theory .serving healthy food. When we happen to notice we are off our anchor... shared Yoga philosophy and traditional stories . for K . they would invite people from all walks of life to come to the land and learn Yoga too! Oh no. successful students. we choose an anchor and we make an intention to come back to the anchor when we notice that we are off it. Sure. Applying the principle of meditation of focusing on process and not results into your life is called the practice of mindfulnes.. a small group of hippies wanted to start a commune together so they could "escape" normal American life. sweeping the sidewalks. We try to stay focused on our anchor but without any attachment to how long we actually hiding? no escape? What had they gotten themselves into? Nearly 30 years later.union through practice .

and trunk are aligned. Following is one of many versions of this practice: Lie in the corpse posture with your eyes closed. Feel as though you are inhaling from the tips of the fingers up to the shoulders. Be aware of the stomach. lower back. maybe an inch or two. Then. throat. eyes. eyebrows. lower arms. Do this several times. lower arms. and then exhaling back to the finger tips. wrists. conscious effort to guide the breath so that it is smooth. upper arms. the surveying of body is followed by breathing practices. Let your mind make a gentle. ankles. abdomen. Be aware of the breath at the nostrils for several breaths. Then move your attention from the toes to the feet. Exhale as if your whole body is exhaling. Then move your attention from the fingers. fingers. and anxieties. Move your attention to the cheekbones. Do this several times. chin. You want your spine to be straight. hands. lower arms. hips. shoulders. Then comes meditation itself. hands. It is most comfortable to be lying on a soft surface. abdomen. Then. and exhale and inhale completely several times. eyes. makes a nice support for your head. not turned left or right anywhere along the length of the spine. Concentrate at the center of the chest. we survey the physical body in the relaxation exercises. and exhale and inhale completely several times. cheekbones. Allow the breath to be smooth. Concentrate at the center of the chest. including the top of the head. The principle is of going from gross to subtle. First. slow. such as a folded blanket placed on top of a rug. Then survey the neck and throat. shoulders. and fingertips. Continue to survey mouth.In the sequence of systematic Yoga Meditation. arms. Be aware of the breath at the nostrils for several breaths. Exhale and inhale several times. and toes. we begin the process of turning inward from the physical body by focusing on breathing practices. upper back and chest. Feel as though you are inhaling from the tips of the fingers up to the shoulders. Posted by Mark One at 8:29 AM 0 comments Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Google Buzz Labels: Yoga and Relaxation Complete Relaxation Complete Relaxation The Complete Relaxation is an excellent practice to do before meditation. deep. Inhale as if you are inhaling new energy. forehead. mouth. slow. wrists. Then move your attention from the fingers. feet. A thin cushion. back through the hands. upper arms. Attention and Breathing are two key principles . fingers. and fingertips. calves. worries. neck. jaws and chin. allow your attention to be aware of the smooth. thighs. and without any noise or jerkiness. ankles. hips. Allow your attention to move through your head and face. For about one minute. as well as a sense of peace and relaxation. wrists. shoulders. we work with the physical body through stretches or yoga postures. thighs. shoulders. It is subtler than the Tense and Release practice above (Body survey is online). knees. eyebrows. knees. lower back. jaws. and with no noise or pauses. wrists. calm. let go of all tension. Survey the upper back. As you exhale. neck. upper arms. Lie in such a way that your head. To lie in a bed may not give enough support to your back and body. and inhale as if your whole body is inhaling. forehead and the top of the head. back through the hands. and nostrils. and then exhaling back to the finger tips. stomach and chest. serene flow of the breath. and nostrils. elbows. calves.

Yoga help in Relaxation physically and mentally . Some schools of meditation put their main emphasis on such practice. relaxation is necessary good health and peace of mind. Since every action.Two keys: If we explore within. when they lie . Read here Relaxation Techniques True relaxation is experienced by the body and mind when little or no energy is consumed. Some people find they have trained their muscles to be so tense that they cannot relax them even at night. Many of these methods are extremely useful and serve their practitioners well. are the key features in the relaxation phase of Yoga Meditation. This is because. with our attention. These two principles or practices. as well as the mind. It is Nature's way of recharging. The practices in Yoga are not merely means of inducing relaxation through an external stimulus or creating internal fantasies. Why do we call it "Relaxation"? There are many techniques of relaxation being taught in a variety of contexts. such that we may eventually come to experience ourselves at the deepest level. Rather. including for physical health. but this is futile if we continue to waste energy by constantly keeping the muscles in a state of readiness when there is no need to do so. conscious or unconscious. creating a constant energy drain. However. People who practice asanas often find that they need less sleep and feel more rested. or exploring. Yoga asanas are a technique for retraining the muscles to be able to relax. uses stored energy. introspecting. The importance of attention and breathing in relaxation cannot be overstated. the relaxation comes of its own accord. the center of consciousness that goes by many names. attention and breath. Actually. though they are definitely relaxing. psychological inquiry. it is a process of surveying. it is more accurate to call it surveying than relaxation. since the actual activity being performed is surveying. as well as spiritual purposes. the key principles for relaxation are: Attention to the various aspects of your being Breath awareness These two work together naturally in allowing the relaxation of the physical body. Physical Relaxation Certain forms of exercise increase the body's energy. Again. here we are addressing Yoga Meditation. particularly in conjunction with breath awareness (which is the grossest aspect of the energy flowing throughout our body). stress management. It is extremely useful for a practitioner of Yoga Meditation to remember these two simple principles. Without proper relaxation the body and mind become overworked and inefficient. which is a process of knowing ourselves at all levels. It is a process of surveying inside: It has become common to refer to the surveying of the body and other internal states as a practice of relaxation.

Holding onto the perception of a perfect world will strain relationships with friends.What are your fears? Do you constantly worry about money. actually uses energy.In order to understand yourself. Yoga gives the techniques for this inner tuning. can use more energy than physical work. when you could create positive thoughts and images? Learn from children: They are full of positive energy and not afraid to dream. or the dream state. The true source of perfectionist thought is the desire to have more of something than is realistic. Yoga is not a cure fore depression. but Yoga can be an effective solution for some causes of depression. whether real or imagined. Spiritual Relaxation Complete mental and physical relaxation come only with an inner tuning to a higher source. we all do. Whenever you experience mental tension. but light sleep. This leads to an experience of inner peace. Yogic breathing exercises will may take conscious effort. it becomes overloaded and exhausted. Ultimately. Below are some common negative thoughts and some Yogic solutions for them.Consider Aparigraha: This one Yama teaches us not to desire anything more than we need. Deep sleep rejuvenates body and mind. Mental health is also an aspect of Yoga practice. often resulting in wear and tear on the physical body as well.The desire to have everything perfect. they quickly fall into a sound sleep. Do you always expect perfection? If you expect everything to be perfect. we all think we can rely on no-one but ourselves.with physical relaxation following the mental relaxation.down. When worries get out of hand. try breathing slowly and rhythmically for a few minutes while you concentrate on the breath. is a mindless pursuit. As long as we identify with this body and mind. and from our own Inner Selves. Are you a pessimist? Do you envision your life on the “bottom of the rock pile?” If you envision anything.Why waste your time on pessimism. Mental Relaxation When the mind is constantly bombarded by stimuli. enabling us to break down the boundaries that separate us from each other. instead of worrying years off your life. you will have to engage in mindfulness and self-reflection. If you made mistakes – So. you are “killing yourself. a family crisis. Karma Yoga teaches us that any action causes an equal reaction. but by thinking and worrying we are using up tremendous amounts of energy. the pursuit of perfection will create a lonely and depressed world without any . What is the cause of your search for perfection? Most of the time. When you desire constant perfection. you can create that image with the power of your mind. The tension put on the mind by worries. Is yoga a cure for depression. a perfectionist is driven by his or her desires. and coworkers. what?.Get to know your “inner child” and create your world of positive thought. Is Yoga a cure for depression? How can Yoga stop you from feeling hopeless? Let’s look at how Yoga can help you prevent negative thinking and the resulting damage negative thinking can have on your life. It is important to set aside some time each day for the mind to unwind and recoup its energies. energy resources are strained. Mental fatigue sets in. family. These are mental exercises to help you find the sources of negative thought within your mind. The hard part is to identify the causes of depression. This is not a perfect world. Life is full of mistakes. in an imperfect world. Tuning to the divine source brings the realization that all happiness comes from within. but develop your ability to calm the mind using your own thought power. or something else? Is this a real problem or a self-created situation?The answers to these questions will enable you to discover real solutions. but you can turn each one into a positive thought.To be honest. you are taxing your own health. losing your job.” and those who love you. There will always be tension and worries about the future. from yourself and others. We may be unaware that we are doing it.

or psychiatrist. While most of the religious practices prefer ascetism and sexual abstinence as a way to uplift soul. .Pessimism and perfection are just two of many causes that can result in depression.friends. Yoga for good health of Anal and genital organs. It doesn't help you in gaining increased level of sexual prowess but also contributes to your worldly success by providing you with required mental peace and energy. In women this additional channel of energy is termed as “Pingala” while men possess “Ida” canal of energy. should be sought. A healthy anal and genital area is of great importance both for the general well-being and for the sexual abilities. the guidance of a competent Yoga teacher could be a form of preventative medicine. Like other yoga forms kundalini is also gaining world wide popularity. And energy gained after undergoing these Tantric Yoga practices happens to be unmatchable.Kundalini yoga suggests to “feel sex” instead of “merely performing sex. -They produce a stimulating response that spreads upwards along the spine and revitalizes the whole body. the advice of a competent psychologist. -They correct muscle weakness and anatomical problems of the anal and genital region. The same is true about a healthy respiratory tract and breathing apparatus. Yoga is a good alternative form of therapy. You can also opt for kundalini for above mentioned advantages. Kundalini yoga considers carnal indulgence as a medium to increase self exploration. but not a cure for depression Yoga And Sex: Kundalini Yoga Kundalini Yoga-.” According to this Yogic philosophy there could no better way to mutual exploration process than act of copulation. The kudalini suggests male and his female partner to first attain equal level of energy before going for copulation. The concept of kundalini says that spinal sexual energy is potent enough to offer great mental strength and wisdom.This age old yoga practice is quite wary of other ancient religious practices for gaining elevated spiritual state.Kundalini yoga practice is basically termed as fiery practice as it requires you to be very active. -They increase the sexual drive and abilities. if you. or a loved one. The hallmark of kundalini Yoga lies in its philosophy of strong connection between carnal indulgence and spirituality.However. Kundalini's way of masturbation results in great physical and mental relaxation. For that they are first directed to get indulged in various tantric yoga meditations and asanas that help them attain complete rejuvenation as well as higher level of being. but I would suggest you to take up kundalini practices in consultation with an expert tantra yogi only. Equipped with incredible energy and elevated physical and mental state a couple could experience optimum sexual pleasure and mutual exploration.The energy associated with kundalini concept is said to be of most powerful kind that flows in an energy canal inside the body that is known as Shushumna. is experiencing chronic depression problems. But many people find it too difficult to get accustomed with refraining from orgasm that is not a preferred kundalini practice. In both cases. Here are presented three poses and three breathing exercises that have the following effects when done together in a series: They stimulate the physiological functions of the genital and anal area. Along with it there exists an additional canal in men and women. This practice of yoga lays great emphasis on leading a healthy sexual life. According to the concept avoiding orgasm could result in increased level of kundalini energy in the body. This yoga vehemently condemns the widespread connotation that sex is an impediment in attaining higher state of being.

try to do it in three stages that proceed smoothly into each other: Use first your diaphragm so that your stomach moves in. This exercise shall not be exhausting. try to do it in three stages that proceed smoothly into each other: Use first your diaphragm so that your stomach moves in. And then complete emptying by using the muscles around your shoulders. When breathing in. However do not strain when squeezing. BREATHING EXERCISE 2 Sit upon a pillow on the floor with your legs crossed and your back straight. Then breath out. This exercise shall not be exhausting. but not so rapid that you get strained or breath incompletely. try to do it in three stages that proceed smoothly into each other: Use first your diaphragm so that your stomach moves out. However do not strain when squeezing. Relax some while and then you can repeat the exercise if you wish. Empty your lungs completely. This exercise shall not be exhausting. POSE 2 Lie on your back upon a carpet on the floor with your arms along your sides and relax. When breathing in. squeeze your anal muscles and pull your anal opening as deeply inward as you can. Relax a while in this position and then you can repeat the exercise if you wish. POSE 3 Lie on your back upon a carpet on the floor. try to do it in three stages that proceed smoothly into each other: Use first your diaphragm so that your stomach moves out. try to do it in three stages that proceed smoothly into each other: Use first your diaphragm so that your stomach moves out. but not some much that you get exhausted. Hold your breath counting to 16. Relax your anal muscles completely again. Repeat the breathing in and breathing out while squeezing 3-8 times. Kneel backward so that your buttocks go backward and down towards your feet and stretch your arms foreword. Breath in through your right nostril counting to 4. Repeat the squeezing and relaxing 3-5 times. Hold your breath with the air inside. Squeeze your anal muscles and pull your anal opening as deeply inward as you can. Then breath out through your left nostril counting to 8. Squeeze your anal muscles and pull your anal opening as deeply inward as you can. BREATHING EXERCISE 3 Sit upon a pillow on the floor with your legs crossed and your back straight. When breathing out. hold your breath with your lungs filled counting to 10. Then fill further by using your chest muscles. Breathe out and then take a deep breathe in. or to do before going to bed in the night. Then empty further by using your chest muscles. Breathe out completely. When breathing in. Hold your breath counting to 16. relax your anal muscles again. When breathing out. filling your lungs totally with air. Then relax again. Take 10 rapid deep breathes in and out after another. Then breathe out. Close your left nostril with the fingers of one of your hands. Then empty further by using your chest muscles. Then close your right nostril with your fingers. Repeat the squeezing and relaxing 3-5 times. Then breathe inn deeply while relaxing all the muscles you do not need for the breathing. After the last in-breath . Swing your arms in an arch over your head and down to the floor over your head so that your whole body is stretched from top to toe. After having breathed out. And then complete the filling by using the muscles around your shoulders. However do not strain when squeezing. -The exercises are very good to start each day with. Then fill further by using your chest muscles.-They stimulate the physiological functions of the respiratory tract and help against infections in the airways. Empty your lungs. Relax your anal muscles completely again. Empty your lungs completely. Breath in counting to 4. Breathe out. but not so long that you go out of oxygen in your body. try to do it in three stages that proceed smoothly into each other: Use first your diaphragm so that your stomach moves in. take a deep breath filling your lungs totally with air. Then breath out counting to 8. And then complete emptying by using the muscles around your shoulders. When swinging your arms. When breathing out. BREATHING EXERCISE 1 Sit upon a pillow on the floor with your legs crossed and the back straight. Rise up on your hands and knees again. POSE 1 Stand on your hands and knees upon the floor. Swing your arms back at the same time as you empty your lungs. And then complete emptying by using the muscles around . Hold your breath with the air inside. And then complete the filling by using the muscles around your shoulders. Then fill further by using your chest muscles and then complete the filling by using the muscles around your shoulders. Then empty further by using your chest muscles. When breathing out.

the wheel. Concentrate upon relaxing your legs first." For numerous reasons and the list is long. Yoga poses suggested specific to better sex are the butterfly. As proven time and again. and relax your whole body even further. through yoga or many other methods. and it gives you a greater comfort factor in them as well. Although many of the yoga positions explained on this page. This discussion does not concern using specific yoga sex positions. This relaxation will increase the effects of the exercises and make you recover if the exercises have made you tired. the bridge. How Yoga Enhances Sex Life. then your lover body. Flex Time Is Sex TimeHaving more flexible muscles and joints definitely helps in assuming those compromising positions. Mark highly recommends progressive power yoga as a dynamic workout for couples to do together in the privacy of their home. In a seated position. then your upper body. In fact. Or just do them by themselves to turn up the heat. and sharing the intimacy of a workout designed for body and mind can't help but bring people closer together. The poses and movements in yoga in particular . Opening your hips in particular gives you a wider range of motion in your nether regions. "The relationship between progressive power yoga and better sex transcends anything you'll read in the kama sutra or try from self-help. It combines movement. breath." says Blanchard." In ancient times yogis practiced celibacy so that all of their energy could be directed toward spiritual advancement. and upward facing dog. When you have breathed out. health and exercise experts the world over agree that this form of yoga vastly improves sexual prowess and enhances relational intimacy better than any other form of exercise. then lie down upon a carpet on the floor and relax for 2-5 minutes. Makes you wonder: How could these supposedly wise guys have gotten it so wrong? Today yoga lovers are finding that more time on the mat means more—and steamier—time spent reveling in the pleasures of their newly toned bodies without any of those Tantric contortions you may have heard of. First. . and hinge forward at the hips as far as is comfortable. bring your hands to the ankles. To take a walk on yoga’s carnal side. camel.will help improve sexual gratification. "Yoga is so sensual on another level when people come together and practice it as a couple. allowing for more direct stimulation in just the right spots. allow your knees to relax toward the floor. four-limbed posture. assisting in each others postures. you have better awareness of your body. which helps you move more sensually. Hold for 10 to 15 complete breaths (inhales and exhales). Then lie some time in this relaxed state without thinking about anything. you will without a doubt have a better sex life. bring the soles of your feet together. can indeed be used to dramatically spice up your sex life! When you improve your spiritual and physical self. "The consistent practice of power yoga means better sex whether you are trying or not. and then harnesses all your mental and physical energy into your strongest form of sensual power. Read Step by step The relationship between yoga and exercise is very multi-faceted. Yoga sex as it will be discussed on this page refers to how you can improve your sex life through yoga. and in our many articles about yoga located at the bottom of this page. add these easy moves to your routine. And if you work out regularly." states Mark. 'better sex' books. After all. The ancient practice of yoga integrates into your daily regime: better body awareness positive body image good alignment improved flexibility leading to creative positioning increased libido better breathing stamina stronger spine and pelvis allowing for better pelvic action a clear mind opening you up to receptivity of both your and your partner's physical needs and desires. then your arms and shoulders. RELAXING AT THE END OF THE SERIES When the series is done. try not to think about anything. and at last your head and face. breathing each others air. people who are in shape tend to have more positive body images than people who don't work out. Sex Rx: Bound Angle Pose. repeat the exercise. but this time begin by closing your right nostril first. one micro-movement in missionary is sometimes all it takes to ring the bell. Blanchard says.your shoulders. "And working out together. body awareness and concentration. When the whole body is relaxed.

Thus it is never either actually suppressed or dissipated but rather transmuted. On the contrary. detailed in a manner which our best modern manuals on marriage techniques do not begin to approach. a gift from heaven. not to exist in separate vacuums. Because of this cultural attitude Oriental women share with their men an approach at the same time more natural and more sophisticated. creative or otherwise useful and always constructive. symbolizes yoga sex and the creative power wrongly used. yoga sex etc. . including the life urge itself.. but physical. Suppression and denial of yoga sex improvements can lead only to physical upsets and mental harm. while living in ignorance of the other half of mankind. Man and woman have been created for each other. being a philosophy singularly free of both Puritanism and hypocrisy. like any other natural urges. is the serpent. The Yogis themselves have learned how to transmute yoga sex energy into psychic channels. its disciples recognize the yoga sex urge for the healthy instinct it is and would consider any attempt at its suppression profoundly unhealthy. one of the basic Hindu yoga sex writings. The very symbol of Kundalini. However. Hindu temples are often decorated with phallic yoga sex representations which shock the traveler. that is. Marriage is entered upon in an attitude of humility. the ultimate union. But the Yogis are steeped in the general Eastern attitude which is simply that sexual impulses. his other half. but which to the worshippers have a deep spiritual significance. who teach that man's supreme goal is Self-realization. This. The Yogis. depending on ourselves. and that union must be not only mental and spiritual. and the serpent is one of the basic and universal symbols of male sexuality. In this Yoga is not too different from the Freudian theory which claims that all our urges. the Kama Sutra. and of the world at large.Now contrary to what many people believe. both male and female. The Hindu believe that woman is the complementary part of man. are based in the libido. What one sex lacks the other provides. In other words. is an elaborate treatise on the philosophy and etiquette of love. It is impossible to advance to complete understanding of Self. the true yoga practitioners are no more against the pleasures of sex than they are food even though some of the elder sages do live on a lofty spiritual plane where all aspects of yoga sex techniques have ceased to matter. To live fully. remember. Self-realization may not be equated with self-indulgence. In fact. according to some authorities. Therefore yoga sex teaches that much of our sex drive must also be sublimated. may be used to either good purpose or evil. courtship and yoga sex behavior. each human being must know something of the innermost depths of the mind of the other sex. man's soul companion and helpmate. with full recognition of its solemnity. channelled into other life drives. Yoga. with understanding. not only in Freudian language but throughout mythology and folklore everywhere. Rigid denial of yoga sex is merely a superficial form of escape which is self-defeating. If yoga sex is made synonymous with physical love-the carnal side of deep and genuine emotion-it becomes a supremely meaningful and beautiful expression of the man-woman relationship. yoga and sex do go together. understand that such realization cannot be wholly achieved except through union with woman.

are themselves controlled by the pituitary gland which is known to secrete about a dozen hormones that stimulate the proper functioning of all the other seven pair. lack of interest in one's mate-and sometimes the free-floating hostility arising out of such feelings-slowly gives way to a warmer. The man and woman doesn't exist whose personal life is not closely related to an amazing sex life . or sex glands. it will then immediately wake up the gonads. control over this basic inner force may well mean a happier personal life. Or else. of course. But the gonads. the marriage itself is destroyed when once the rejected partner. You will find that the Headstand or Sirshasana advanced yoga poses. overcoming seminal weakness in men and ovarian disturbances in women. that the sexually indifferent person's basic trouble lies in some malfunctioning of the pituitary. But long before such emotional growth has been achieved certain obvious changes may be brought about through the daily performance of the proper asanas and mudras. a condition which medicine would treat by means of expensive hormone injections or equally expensive pills. By learning to do them you will be reaping fringe benefits. Thus stimulated. Therefore putting your physical house in order will do wonders for you in other ways too. freedom from desire. The sexless person-not as rare as many imagine-is a kind of emotionally impoverished individual. more giving attitude. the Plough or Halasana. Keep in mind that each of these sample yoga exercises is beneficial in more ways than for sex. Conversely. a number of the yoga exercises help sublimate a restless sex urge while others awaken a sluggish body. the Fish Pose. lasting serenity. Yoga offers many such solutions. As we have said so many times at various points in this discussion. But revitalizing the pituitary is not the only way to keep the gonads in top functioning condition.Sometimes it is drawn to the solar plexus for utilizing in healthful physical exercise. therefore. as we all know. if practiced regularly. Sometimes it is sent to the brain and toward the spirit. but their specific value here is revitalization of the gonad secretions. creative energy which may then be properly utilized instead of merely bringing trouble.through yoga sex or any other improvements. To us average individuals. like the other endocrines. would be the offenders here. Restlessness becomes positive. turns elsewhere for affection. unresponsive one may be willing out of loyalty to put up with a physical starvation diet. is not all there is to a good marriage but it is one of its cornerstones. Yoga sex education frees the student of the straight-jacket of prudishness and of hostility. A warm hearted partner mated with a cold. In the first place. The gonads. In a short while the sex effects will become apparent and will doubtless surprise you: you will be rewarded not only by physical revitalization. Exercises for both stimulating and sublimating the yoga sex instincts include the Stomach Lift or Uddiyana Bandha. but a sense of greater inner harmony. Sluggish sex urges are often traceable to inadequately functioning endocrine glands and a resulting hormone deficiency. which will begin to respond by producing hormones of their own. is through exercise. and finally a merging with the universal consciousness. It may very well be. but is bound to be adversely affected and sometimes even emotionally destroyed. To the advanced Yoga sex expert it then brings poise. . The yoga method. found in other yoga articles on this site. there can be no underestimating of the interplay of the physical and the spiritual in the human makeup. Sex. Matsyasana and the Supine Pelvic Posture. will stimulate the pituitary gland by sending a vast flow of blood to the head as your body briefly defies the laws of gravity. harmony. having had enough of indifference. Needless to say this is not the only beneficial result of the Headstand (its various therapeutic effects are detailed along with directions for executing it) but it happens to be the yoga effect which concerns us here.

Intimacy Yoga’s effects transcend the physical. and maybe even enlightenment. a surefire way to release stress. Whether heating up your sex life is the main goal of your yoga practice or just a happy side effect. or felt the stirrings of arousal but were so tired you opted for bed instead. It’s a simple exercise to connect the dots — practice yoga. Another crucial aspect of yoga involves engaging and drawing up . Both sexes should therefore learn to accept themselves completely. whether it’s in class. In our sedentary world. Armed with this knowledge and understanding. or wide-legged straddle pose — increase blood flow to the pelvis. Love like this of course transcends the limits of sexual emotion and those who are able to experience it come to know an inner happiness denied less understanding and compassionate natures. it is then possible to glory in its possession. teaches you to savor every sensation in your body — including the really delicious ones that happen during sex. the muscles that run through the pelvis are chronically constricted. for example. Properly used. On the contrary. It also helps keep you rooted in your body and out of your head. Directing the emotions toward goals of universal love means reaching out toward everything in this world that is alive and good. According to a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation. out with friends or between the sheets. a full third of women say tiredness causes them to cut back on sex. better muscle tone. You already know yoga can give you greater flexibility. using yoga as an adornment. where your swirling thoughts can keep you from enjoying the experience at hand. a sustained yoga practice also encourages you to develop a reverence for your body. And a 2004 clinical study at Harvard Medical School showed that just eight weeks of a simple at-home yoga practice significantly improved sleep quality for the toughest audience — chronic insomniacs. Confidence A recent study shows that people who practice yoga gain less weight as they age than people who don’t do yoga at all. sex is the greatest of gifts and none may despise its rich potentialities. while at the same time recognizing that each of us carries some of the qualities of the opposite sex within us. It helps us become more comfortable in vulnerable positions — whether it’s a full backbend during class or a heart-to-heart conversation in bed at night. yoga helps you develop an awareness of sensations in your body. chalk this information up as yet another great reason to roll out the mat. Here are the major ways it works: Sensuality On a more subtle level. Yoga teaches that it is desirable to rise by means of it to greater spiritual heights. Learning to feel the weight rolling into the inside edges of your palms in downward dog.Anxieties relating to yoga and your sexual activity in general will gradually vanish. man as man. Energy Raise your hand if you’ve ever dozed off during sex. Learning how to sublimate the yoga urge is a way to develop spiritual strength. meaningful sexual relationship with your partner. have more sex. many yoga poses — such as upavista konasana. woman as woman. But better sex? Really? You betcha. sleep better. Better Orgasms On a purely physical level. not stifle it. Yoga offers myriad physical and emotional benefits that add up to more fun between the sheets and a more fulfilling. The very last thing a Yogi would maintain is that one must rise above sex. And while feeling more fit is an undeniable turn-on.

not your body when you make love. Like all other issues. If one is in a worried state of mind.the muscles of the pelvic floor (known in Sanskrit as mula bandha. Such people are helped greatly from Yogic exercises and breathing practices. Sex can cause vaginal pain and . Yoga is really about what's happening in your mind. of course. as a tense individual has a tendency towards premature ejaculation. deals with harnessing the sexual power. Yoga's view of sex is also that of adherence to the middle path. do not indulge in too much of sex as it may diminish the force and pace of life. Sexual benefits: Alleviates urinary and uterine disorders. There are many individuals who approach sexual matters with a nervous mind. Hold for 5 to 10 deep breaths. Yoga asanas and breathing exercises provide help in obtaining the optimum health state.If the mind and body are not in optimum health. Sexual Benefits: Increases blood flow (and thus sensation) in the pelvis. Yoga has a clear cut demarcation. anxiety and fatigue. The philosophy behind the initiative is that Yoga will help sex workers stay mentally and physically fit. Stretching these muscles will help increase the range of movement in this area. Do you believe yoga is about twisting your body into good positions for sex? No. Remaining relaxed is perhaps one of the most essential preconditions for a harmonious sex life. Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose. three reasons we might choose not to have sex. It will also bring you to a more relaxed state so that your sexual performance improves. the sexual secretions contain the seeds of life. called Kundalini Yoga. Leg muscles are activated and toes and kneecaps point straight up. very helpful in a loving relationship and. the vitality level and resistance to diseases will tend to diminish. Yoga relaxes the mind as well as the body. This may prove a stumbling block in a healthy sexual life and relationship. It also enhances your body to perform good sex. Yoga enables one to get into meaningful relationships and enjoy sex. Isn't that quite amazing? Maintaining and increasing the flexibility of the pelvic muscles. indispensable for the continuation of the human race on the earth.. And that is not all.. is as important as strengthening your pelvic region. Any muscle is more effective when its range of movement is higher and it is in a relaxed state. Specific Poses Here are two of the many yoga poses that can help boost your enjoyment in the boudoir: Upavista Konasana (Wide Straddle Forward Bend) How to do it: Sit on the floor with your legs wide. which strengthens the muscles that play an integral role in orgasm. he/she is left dissatisfied and irritated. Know Yoga for Good Sex Yoga is not just about the beautiful bodies of diehard yogis and's a path to inner peace. The healing power of Yoga is so strong that people who are physiologically weak and to some extent or fully impotent may get back potency as they regain their physical health through Yoga. Lean your torso forward as far as it goes comfortably. Hold for 5 to 10 deep breaths. According to Yoga. It has been proved beyond doubt that a fulfilling sexual life is necessary to lead a happy life. Through different Yoga poses one can learn to control sexual activities. It has been confirmed by the wives of many men that after taking to Yoga their sexual life and marital relationship underwent notable changes. an individual can not have fulfilling sexual life. Once depletion in life force takes place. yoga is a path to that illusive center we are all seeking. A complete branch of Yoga. Lightly hold your big toes and lean your torso forward over your legs (back is gently rounded). also known as Cobbler’s Pose) How to do it: Sit with your knees bent and soles of the feet touching. Yoga considers sex to be a natural function. and reduce the exhaustion that can result from seeing clients. concentrated life force and nutrients. Strengthens the uterus. In addition to this. Eases irritability. although fitness is definitely one of the major payoffs. Yoga has provided great relief to numerous concerned individuals on many occasions. Yoga helps in having controlled and joyful sexual life. or root lock). The pelvic region is an area which tends to tighten up with the high stress levels of modern day life.

emotional stress and yoga will help sex workers enjoy acts that ordinarily are mundane or unpleasant. Yoga has a clear cut demarcation. It has been confirmed by the wives of many men that after taking to Yoga their sexual life and marital relationship underwent notable changes. . enhance sexual pleasure and reduce sexual dysfunctions. Yoga envigorates your sex life. In addition to this. indispensable for the continuation of the human race on the earth. This practice of Tantra Yoga has recently gone through a renaissance as more and more folks prefer it over Viagra and other medications to gain desired level of erection. Yoga has provided great relief to numerous concerned individuals on many occasions. the vitality level and resistance to diseases will tend to it asana. yoga is being practiced by a good number of folks with the sole purpose of enhancing sexual drive. Spirituality has also had a long history of being linked to sex work. The healing power of Yoga is so strong that people who are physiologically weak and to some extent or fully impotent may get back potency as they regain their physical health through Yoga.Asanas of Tantra Yoga bring in required physiological changes to propel more secretion of sexual hormones. Yoga asanas and breathing exercises provide help in obtaining the optimum health state. Yoga relaxes the mind as well as the body. In addition to that Tantra Yoga also contributes to increased flexibility and freshness. There are many individuals who approach sexual matters with a nervous mind. How Yoga improve Sex life . Yoga's view of sex is also that of adherence to the middle path. Yoga has proved it's efficacy in almost all aspects of health. A complete branch of Yoga. A good number of yoga asana and exercises are specifically meant to enhance your sexual energy.Among various types of Yoga. But Yoga never advocates excess of sex. So yoga with its all-pervasive effects can prove to be beneficial for a couple in making love. he/she is left dissatisfied and irritated. These yoga practices include all forms of yoga. concentrated life force and nutrients. pranyama or dhyana. Yoga considers sex to be a natural function. deals with harnessing the sexual power. So Yoga has an important part to play in the well being of the sex workers. Tantra Yoga was a preferred practice in ancient India to better you sexually. According to Yoga. It has also been used in other health programmes to increase physical and mental well being. very helpful in a loving relationship and. Tantra Yoga is said to be very much linked with sex. do not indulge in over sex as it may diminish the force and pace of life. Through different Yoga poses one can learn to control sexual activities.Yoga's sexual philosophy says that for getting sexual pleasure your mind and body should remain in a rejuvenated state and this rejuvenation could be only brought about by various yoga practices. Various sexual dysfunctions could be effectively cured by yoga. Yoga enables one to get into meaningful relationships and enjoy sex. These factors combine together to serve a unified purpose that is your better sexual life. Yoga helps in having controlled and joyful sexual life. And Yoga has not bared sex from its holistic health planning. Ancient Indian guide of sex Kamasutra have advocated usefulness of Tantra Yoga for enhanced level of sexual pleasure. Yoga has already effectively been used to enhance flexibility and stamina. Sexual health also happens to be an essential aspect of being healthy. It has been proved beyond doubt that a fulfilling sexual life is necessary to lead a happy life. Such people are helped greatly from Yogic exercises and breathing practices. Because of yoga's efficacy in improving your sexual life. Yoga even offers cure for male impotency. Kamsutra offers around sixty yoga positions for ideal sex. the sexual secretions contain the seeds of life. This may prove a stumbling block in a healthy sexual life and relationship. If one is in a worried state of mind. which is again quite a new and innovative thinking and contribution in the world of yoga. If mind and body are not in optimum health. These hormones in turn help gain desired sexual potency. It sticks to the conventional concept of sex that the act of sex is primarily meant for procreation. read here Like all other issues.In fact yoga practices have laid great emphasis on healthy sexual life. Once depletion in life force takes place. Remaining relaxed is perhaps one of the most essential preconditions for a harmonious sex life. called Kundalini Yoga. an individual can not have fulfilling sexual life. of course.

Finding Yourself During practice. One of the central ideas of yoga is self-study. you must try not to compare yourself to the teacher or other students. and spiritual journey. In yoga. Most anything you read. you must forget about such things as impressing your teacher and classmates. Before you take it up. Finding the Right Teacher No number of yoga positioning tips can compete with having the right teacher. Thus Yoga could be a very effective way of improving your conjugal relationship. The depths of your poses are not nearly as important as how deep you delve into yourself. No matter how many books you read or tapes you watch.Various yoga breathing techniques are particularly helpful in bettering you for sex. That is okay. Make sure that each practice session extends you. Take these yoga tips into account as you begin your physical. Yoga offers many benefits to your mind. As a beginner. the frequency with which you work on your positions is as important if not more so than the length of the practice sessions. with these tips you will have an idea of what you need to do to feel more successful in your yoga experience. Do not practice only your best poses. it is no wonder that yoga’s popularity is on the rise. and by following these tip you can start your journey toward that way of life on the right foot. though. but in some ways it does become a way of life. you learn about your inner attention. you should strive to maximize your own learning and improvement during each class and practice session.As a beginner in yoga. To fully study yourself.Make sure that you practice your poses correctly. Yoga is not a religion. Such a practice will be more productive and give you the feeling of self-assurance that you seek with yoga. mental. So folks. Yoga positions and the practice of yoga can be beneficial to your mind. it is especially important that you practice so that you may see and feel the benefits early on. In order to fully maximize your yoga experience. When selecting a yoga teacher. but also work on poses you struggle with as well. remember what is important. watch. Your instructor should have good knowledge and work through compassion and respect for you as a person. but instead. Tips for practice of Yoga. These breathing techniques along with Hot Yoga asana would enable you overpowered with sexual potential. it is a good idea to have in mind the right information to help you succeed and get the most out of the experience. and even internal functions like your digestive system. but one of the yoga tips that sometimes get skipped is that you must practice right. Maximizing Your Potential One of the more important tips for beginners is to let go of your ego. there are undoubtedly times that you feel a bit lost. Practice Makes Perfect Practice your positions often. . With yoga. make sure you find someone with whom you feel comfortable. though. or listen to about yoga will tell you to practice often. and spirit. With so many benefits. body. Try to find a few minutes each day to do a little bit of yoga. Hopefully.These sexual positions have been proved effective in solving marital discord arising out of sexual dissatisfaction. and these benefits may be maximized with regular practice on your own in addition to your classes and with your teacher. gear up and make best use of yoga poses to enjoy a healthy and better sex life. you will never get the feedback and encouragement that you will with the right teacher. Be sure to use that attention when practicing and when with your instructor to get the most out of your poses even if you cannot get deeply into them physically. your muscles.

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