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Principles of Yoga and Yogic Practices

Yoga is neither a mystical phenomenon nor an exercise in physical acrobatics. Yoga is simply a conscious and systematic process for the complete physical, mental, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of a human being. In short, it is a methodical approach to self-perfection. In practice it is a technique for calming down the mind to its subtle and more sensitive

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Pranayama and its Classification

Pranayama is the third practice of Hatha Yoga. After practicing Kriya (cleansing techniques) and Asana we prepare ourselves for the practice of Pranayama. Pranayama is practised to increase the vitality of the body and mind. The aim of Pranayama is not to introduce extra oxygen into lungs. But its to make our breath slow, deep and rhythmic. Finally, this slow

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Health Benefits of Asana

Asana simply means a state of being in which one can remain physically and mentally steady, calm, quiet and comfortable. However, the practice of cultural asanas affects our entire physical body in numerous ways which no other system can. The health benefits of asanas are immense. Yoga asanas have been designed in order to bring about perfect physiological harmony in

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Stages in Yogasana: For Better Practice

Asana means a state of being in which one can remain physically and mentally steady, calm, quiet and comfortable. In Patañjali’s Yogasutra, there is a concise definition of asana: ‘sthiram sukham asanam’, meaning ‘that position which is comfortable and steady’. So, we can say that yogāsana in this context are practiced to develop the practitioner’s ability to sit comfortably in

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Yoga Based Relaxation Techniques: Reducing Sympathetic Nervous Activity

A healthy nervous system maintains homeostasis by balancing input from both branches of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), during activities ranging from relaxing, digesting and sleeping, to waking, feeling excited, and running. The two branches of ANS that work in conjunction are Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Activity. Under Normal Circumstances, the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) promotes the ability to be active

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Understanding Meditation

Meditation is commonly understood as deep concentration. Concentration is something we are familiar with. We concentrate on our studies during exams to succeed. A scientist, artist, worker, teacher, parents all concentrate on their work to achieve their goals. In a sense everyone meditates, because concentration in indispensable for survival. However, meditation is more than concentration. In the light of Yoga,

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Yogic Sukshama Vyayama: A Subtle Practice of Yoga

Yoga & Discipline Yoga means a discipline of the mind and body. Its aim is to develop, through gradual stages, a quality of mind which can perceive reality and acquire self-knowledge through the healthy functioning of the mind and emotions. Yoga maintains that a health body and mind is essential for mental and spiritual development and whether you understand or

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Four Paths of Yoga as Complete Health care System

Today, the modern age seems to be going through a great crisis. Science has revolutionized our life. It has considerably changed the old world by its wonderful new discoveries and inventions. No aspect of our life remains untouched of science. Technology has brought the sophistication where everything is almost achievable. However, in spite of this phenomenal growth in science and

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