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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Yoga in India and Health

Yoga is an ancient discipline originated in India as a unique way of life dedicated to inner development. Yoga develops inner qualities, primarily the qualities of mind to help individual to conduct appropriately with regard to our health, speech and action for best possible outcomes in life. Learning yoga in India can be a lifeContinue reading “Yoga in India and Health”