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”

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 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”

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”

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”

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”