Difference between Yoga Asana and Exercise

Life has become body. We work, we enjoy, we earn, and we sleep and relax all for our body. Because of this body-centric life and the apparent involvement of body in asana, we often consider asana as an alternate form of exercise. In this article we have kept asana and exercise side-by-side to make youContinue reading “Difference between Yoga Asana and Exercise”

Health in the Light of Yoga

For long health has been discussed in a limited sense of proper physiological functioning. Similarly, ill health used to be understood as physiological dysfunction. Today the meaning of health is changing and is moving beyond one’s physical dimension. Health is now discussed in a holistic sense of wellness which includes mental, emotional, spiritual, intellectual andContinue reading “Health in the Light of Yoga”

Abhyasa and Vairagya: The two pillars of success in Yoga

Avoiding the extremes is the key to success in Yoga. “One has to be temperate in food and recreation, exercise self-restrain in work and moderate in sleep and in waking” says the Bhagavadgita. Abhyasa (practice) and Vairagya (non-attachment) the two means to achieve success in Yoga also point to the balanced path towards transformative andContinue reading “Abhyasa and Vairagya: The two pillars of success in Yoga”

Hatha Yoga for Health and Well-being

One of the reasons for Hatha Yoga to gain wide acceptance is the fascinating way its benefits have been described in Hatha yogic texts. In this blog we will see how Asana, Pranayama, Bandha etc. have powerful effect on body and mind for lasting youth and vigor. Why Hatha Yoga is Popular The popular appealContinue reading “Hatha Yoga for Health and Well-being”

Diet in Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga recommends a balanced diet for success in yogic practices. A healthy balanced diet and calculated yoga practice brings perfection says the old wisdom of Hatha. At Akshara Yoga School we emphasize on nourishing diet which can provide sufficient physical vigor and also stabilize the mind for a successful yoga experience What is FoodContinue reading “Diet in Hatha Yoga”

Principles of Yogic Practices

Yoga is a way of life which focuses on developing awareness about the nature of one’s existence. It is a form of body-mind practice utilizing systematically physical postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation techniques, meditation etc. on the background of internally directed self-awareness. Understanding basic principles about yoga can be very helpful for a sustainedContinue reading “Principles of Yogic Practices”

Practicing Asana: The Three Stages

Usually we approach asana as a means to cure physical or mental pain, to improve fitness or promote health. Asana will never disappoint anyone with these approaches. Slowly we understand that practice of asana involves cultivating stability and ease which later transforms into the calmness of mind. This is a step by step process whereContinue reading “Practicing Asana: The Three Stages”

Understanding Meditation

There is no technique for meditation, no principle involved. Purpose of any spiritual process is to free oneself from the chains of mind, its thoughts & modifications. Involvement in technique or principles erodes one’s freedom and also the possibility of liberation. Meditation is letting-go, dropping of all activity and just maintaining a presence. The basisContinue reading “Understanding Meditation”

Understanding Yoga with the Help of Classical Definitions

Today Yoga has become synonymous with Asana practice. Asana has become the most prominent aspect of Yoga. Asana is one of the ways to approach yoga, which is a way of life to develop deeper awareness about ourselves. The scope of Yoga portrayed in classical texts like Yogsutra and Bhagavadgita is far more comprehensive andContinue reading “Understanding Yoga with the Help of Classical Definitions”