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”

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”

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”

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”

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”