Know about Yoga asanas

(November 9, 2010)

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There are plenty of yoga poses and breathing exercises that you could practice which will help you increase strength and bring about relaxation. The benefits that you get from the practice of yoga outweigh that of any other activity. By consulting a yoga instructor you can learn about the different types of asanas or yoga postures. When you understand more about the yoga asanas you will be encouraged to practice the different positions more sincerely.
You can perform the yoga poses in the sitting, standing, prone, and supine position. Trikonasana (Triangle pose), Vrikshasana (Tree pose), and Veerasana (Warrior pose) are some of the standing poses. To perform these poses you should stand straight keeping your feet together and your big toes and heels in contact with each other. Your hands should be touching your thighs.
The sitting poses include Sharanagata Mudra (Forward Bending) and Vakrasana  (Twisted pose). To perform the sitting poses you should sit with your legs stretched out. Make sure that your keep your spine and toes erect and your palms on the ground.
Utthanpada asana(Raised feet posture) is a very good pose to practice in the supine position. To perform this yoga pose you should be lying down with your body straight. Keep your heels together and your eyes pointing to the ceiling. Then take a deep breath and hold it in while raising your legs around 10 inches from the ground. Remain in this position for five seconds. Then, while you breathe out, slowly bring down your legs. By the time your legs reach the ground you should have finished breathing out.
The hatha yoga asanas aim to address two objectives. One is to allow the practitioner to perform the yoga postures comfortably and for a longer time. The other is to provide health and energy to the body as well as the mind. The postures in hatha yoga help to keep the body relaxed even after the practice is completed. The hatha yoga asanas are mild but very effective. If you want to know more about yoga asanas you can refer to books on yoga.
Ashtanga yoga asanas helps harmonize the movements of the body and the breath through a series of postures. The combination of movement and breath creates heat which helps get rid of the toxins from the body. This purification of the body brings about mental awareness and clarity.
The most important thing about yoga asanas is that they should be practiced daily for them to be most effective. The best way to go about practicing yoga asanas is to find a qualified instructor and let him or her guide you.

Submitted by A on November 9, 2010 at 04:58

Yoga can be described as the ancient science of good health and living that has been used around the world for centuries. In the last decade or so, yoga has become increasingly popular in the western countries, which includes the United States of America and the United Kingdom, as people are getting more aware of its various health benefits. Therefore, it is now quite common to see several yoga studios and classes in these countries. Moreover, yoga has been made an integral part of several weight loss plans, stress and anger management programs and rehab programs. People who have practiced yoga have experienced its benefits and often recommend this science to others. However, some people are apprehensive and want to know more about yoga, before signing up for yoga classes.

What should you know about yoga?
One of the most frequently asked question by most beginners is “what should I know about yoga?” before they get started. The questions they have often cover the benefits of yoga, the possible side effects, the different poses and techniques, the history, the different types of yoga, how flexible one needs to be and if it is necessary to be a vegetarian. If you are thinking about taking up yoga, it is best to check all this information by asking your trainer and by reading books or online resources.

What you should know about the history of yoga:
Yoga is believed to be a science that is as old as civilization is. Based on some archeological evidence that was uncovered, yoga is believed to have come into existence around 3000 BC. There have also been certain reports that yoga existed before that, in Stone-age Shamanism. Yoga can be divided into four periods Vedic Period, Pre-Classical Period, Classical Period and Post-Classical Period.

What you should know about the benefits of yoga
There are numerous benefits that are associated with yoga. It is believed to improve a person’s physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual condition. Some of the most common benefits of yoga are stress relief, pain relief, improved breathing, increased flexibility, reduction in weight, boost in strength, better circulation, improved immunity, sharper focus and inner peace, amongst others.

What you should know about the types of yoga
There are several types of yoga that suit the individual needs and preferences of different people. Some of the different types of yoga are:

  • Bikram or Hot Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Power Yoga  
  • Iyengar Yoga  
  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Kundalini Yoga
  • Jivamukhti Yoga
  • Ananda Yoga
  • Sivananda Yoga
  • Kripalu Yoga
  • Anusara Yoga

What you should know about yoga poses
A pose is known as an asana, which can be performed in different ways. While practicing a yoga asana, it is important to make sure that you follow the correct flow, move and breathing technique.

In case you are planning to take up yoga, it is important to learn the breathing techniques and asanas from a qualified trainer.

Submitted by A on September 16, 2010 at 05:56

Yoga Poses Information 

If you are a beginner then seated yoga poses would be best to start with as majority of them can be easily adapted to any level of flexibility and strength. There are some beginner yoga poses that you can learn from. Seated yoga poses also stress more on flexibility than strength and tend to be energetically grounded.

  1. Dandayamna baddha konasana – from a seated position bring the feet together towards the hips with the bottoms of the feet together and knees bend out to the sides, and hold the toes with interlaced fingers. Press the chest forward and use arms to drop shoulders back and down. Inhale. Gradually lean back and lift the feet an inch or two above the floor. Now slowly try to lift the feet towards the heart level and pull the feet towards the chest and chest towards feet. For balance stare at the big toes. Breathe, hold for 10 seconds and release slowly by exhaling the feet back to the floor. This pose helps open the hips, improves balance, strengthens upper body, and improves concentration and focus.
  2. Table pose – get on the floor on a yoga mat on your palms and knees. Keep the knees apart with the feet directly behind the knees and palms directly under the shoulder. Allow the back to be flat and look down between your palms. Drop the shoulders slightly away from the ears by pressing into the palms. Now as if you are trying to lengthen your spine press the tail bone and crown of the head in opposite directions.

Submitted by S M on May 26, 2008 at 05:04

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