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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”