"Yoga is not just physical exercise. It's an emotional integration, spiritual elevation, with a touch of a mystic element, which gives you a glimpse of something which is beyond all imagination."
Yoga is a complete science; it unites body, mind and spirit and also the universe. It brings peace and bliss to every individual. It also creates a significant difference in one’s behavior, thoughts, and attitude. Daily practice of yoga increases our tranquility, sensitivity, intuition, and awareness.
What are yoga asanas?
Our mind is like a pendulum; swinging from the past to the future, regret, and anger to anxiety and fear, happiness to sorrow. It is ‘Yoga asana’ that enables us to maintain equanimity. Yoga asana is not a mere workout or exercise!
As described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra -“sthira sukham asanam”–it means Yoga asana is a balance of effort and ease. We give the effort to get into the posture and then we relax. Yoga asana brings that balance in every aspect of our life. It teaches us to put effort and then let go, to get detached from the result. Yoga asana increases our physical flexibility and expands our mind.
Yoga has to be done with the breath, and with awareness. When we lift our hands for yoga, first we become aware of the arm, and then we slowly lift it, synchronized with the breath. It is as graceful as a dance, gliding into one posture from another. The key is to stretch a little more, in each asana, than what we are comfortable with and then relax and let go. This little effort to take the body beyond its agreeable limit expands our mind.
Another Yoga Sutra by Patanjali says “prayatna shaithilyaananta samapattibhyam”–Again it reiterates the same philosophy. Give effort and then let go and by doing so Infinity dawns in our awareness, our awareness expands!
1. Standing yoga asana:
|Standing Sideways Bending One arm
|Sideways Bending Using Both arms
|Standing Spinal Twist
|Standing Forward Bend
|Standing Backward Bend
|Virabhadrasana or Virabhadrasana
|Standing Forward Bend with Feet Apart
|Reverse Prayer Pose
2. Sitting yoga asanas:
|One-Legged Forward Bend
|Two-Legged Forward Bend
|Upward Plank Pose
|Sitting Half Spinal Twist
|One-Legged Pigeon Pose
|Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana
|Mill Churning Pose
3. Lying down on stomach yoga asanas:
|Side Plank Pose
|Downward Facing Dog Pose
|Adho Mukha Svanasana
|Dolphin Plank Pose
|Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana
4. Lying down on back yoga asanas:
|Lying-down Body Twist
|Lying-down on sides
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