Yoga Based Relaxation Techniques: Reducing Sympathetic Nervous Activity

Yoga relaxation techniques stabilize the autonomic nervous system by inducing a state of inner calmness and relaxation. Autonomic nervous system regulates the vegetative functions of body responsible for the maintenance of life. These functions include respiration, digestion, heart rate, blood pressure, bowel function etc. Autonomic nervous system comprises of two nerve divisions: the sympathetic andContinue reading “Yoga Based Relaxation Techniques: Reducing Sympathetic Nervous Activity”

Useful Tools of Jnana Yoga for Cultivating Yoga Practice

The goal of Yoga is freedom. It is the freedom from the bondage of mind and its modifications for the realization of our true identity. Jnana Yoga is classified as one of the four major paths of Yoga, leading to the common goal of freedom. Whether you practice Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar Yoga or any otherContinue reading “Useful Tools of Jnana Yoga for Cultivating Yoga Practice”

Yogic Sukshma Vyayama: A Subtle Practice of Yoga

Sukshma means micro and Vyayama means exercise. Therefore yogic sukshma vyayama is a form of exercise dealing with the smallest body parts. A form of exercise which can work on smallest body parts suggest that the system must have been developed in a thoughtful manner with in-depth understanding of the movement and function of individualContinue reading “Yogic Sukshma Vyayama: A Subtle Practice of Yoga”

Four Paths of Yoga for Holistic Health

All forms of yoga practices invariably falls under one of the four major paths of yoga. These are Rāja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jñāna Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. Each path of yoga utilizes specific aspect of mind as a tool for inner growth and harnesses its full potential. As the mind with its different aspect isContinue reading “Four Paths of Yoga for Holistic Health”

Body, Breath and Mind: The Three Tools of Yoga

Yoga is a natural process integrating the personality. It utilizes the natural reality that we are carrying with us. Our body, breath and mind are the reality of the moment. Yoga utilizes just this reality as the tools available to us to open other subtle dimensions of truth. Mental and physical health is the naturalContinue reading “Body, Breath and Mind: The Three Tools of Yoga”

Importance of Inverted Asana

Asana is one of the most widely practiced aspects of Yoga. Asana is a yogic posture which is stable and comfortable. The aim of asana is to bring stability in body and calmness in mind. Practicing asana is also one of the easiest ways to introduce Yoga into one’s life. Our focus in this articleContinue reading “Importance of Inverted Asana”

Integrating Yoga in Our Life

Yoga is an ancient way of life for health, wellbeing and spiritual transformation. It includes a range of practices that touches almost all aspects of our life. These practices are clubbed into eight-limbed path consisting of yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. Hatha yoga an off-shoot of the eight-limbed path consisting mainlyContinue reading “Integrating Yoga in Our Life”

How Yoga Helps in Fighting Stress

Stress is a normal physiological response pattern to a perceived threat. Stress in itself is neither good nor bad because it is just a natural physiological action. However, our response to any real or imagined threat can turn stress either helpful or harmful. Yoga can help us with the necessary insight to know at whichContinue reading “How Yoga Helps in Fighting Stress”

Classification of Asana

Asana is one of the most popular aspects of Yoga followed across the world in order to achieve perfect physical and mental health. Asana is also the popular gateway for majority of people to embrace the spiritual dimension of life that Yoga propounds. Considering the psycho-physiological nature of Asana, a basic knowledge about classification ofContinue reading “Classification of Asana”

Yoga with Awareness

Yoga practices like asana and pranayama can give its practitioners multiple physical and psychical benefits. Yoga purifies the various systems of body as well as cleanses the pathways of subtle energy channels. If we are sensitive to inner cleansing, we can cultivate self-awareness and respond better to the demands and messages of body. Awareness isContinue reading “Yoga with Awareness”