Monthly Archives: July 2013

ARDHA CHAKRASANA – THE HALF WHEEL POSTURE

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Description :
Ardha chakrasana in sanskrit means “Half wheel pose”. The bend from the waist sideways resembles, half wheel and hence the name.

Health Benefits :
Elasticity of lateral region increases.
Lateral thoracic muscles are stretched and blood supply to them increases.
Hip joints become flexible and excess fat around the waist reduces.
Relieves from back pain, constipation and good for flat foot.
Helps to clear blockages in the lungs and improve breathing.

Step1 :

Stand firmly along with legs together (as in Tadasana).  Press the heels and feet on the floor.

Step2 :

Slowly stretch and raise the right arm above the head and extend with inhalation

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Step3 :

Exhale slowly and move the trunk and right arm towards left side .  the ear will touch the right upper arm.  The left hand should be sided

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BHUJANGASANA – THE COBRA POSTURE

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Description :
In Sanskrit language “Bhujang” stands for “Cobra” and also while practicing Bhujangasana the entire body structure looks like hooded snake that is why it is also known as “Cobra Pose”.

Health benefits :
1)   Bhujangasana benefits you for stimulating endocrine system.
2)   It increases Spine flexibility.
3)   Practicing Bhujangasana steps makes back muscles fit & fine.
4)   It toughens abdominal muscles.
5)   Bhujangasana benefits for overcoming spinal disc problems including slip disk cervical spondylosis.

Considerations :
1)   Pregnant women should avoid practicing this asana.
2)   People suffering from harmful ailments like hernia, hyperthyroidism or intestinal tuberculosis should not practice this asana.
3)   One should not perform this asana if suffering from peptic ulcers.

Step 1: –
First of all lie down on

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SARVANGASANA – THE QUEEN OF ASANAS

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Sarvangasana is considered to be the ‘Queen of yoga asanas’, due to its varied benefits to the system.Sarvangasana is a combined form of two ancient Sanskrit words “Sarvang” and “Asana”. Sarvang means ‘entire body’ or ‘every limb’. In English it is known as Shoulderstand Pose as it is entirely depending upon shoulders of practitioner. Sarvangasana benefits your entire body including mind and spirit.

Health Benefits :

  • regulation of the sex glands and the pituitary glands
  • stimulation of the nerves
  • improvement in blood circulation
  • increase in efficiency of the thyroid
  • treats asthma, Hemorroids, Digestion problems.

 Considerations :

Women should not do any inverted poses during menstruation as it reverses blood flow. People suffering from blood pressure, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, thrombosis, arteriosclerosis, and kidney problems should not practice headstand. Those suffering from neck injuries should perform

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SIRSASANA – THE KING OF ASANAS

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The name comes from the Sanskrit words Shirsha  meaning “head”  and Asana  meaning “posture”.

Sirsasana, the headstand, is traditionally known as the king of all asanas. It Provides cardio vascular,physiological benefits. Psychologically and emotionally, sirsasana is one of the most powerful and beneficial poses you can do. Sirsasana improves mental concentration and focus and allows for greater ease when practicing seated in meditation. Practicing headstand has been frequently cited as a pose to counteract the symptoms of depression.

Health benefits :

  • Stimulates pituitary and pineal glands, which aid growth and the production of sex hormones
  • Strengthens the spine, neck, shoulders, and arms
  • Tones the legs and abdominal
  • Relieves a buildup of fluid in the legs and feet
  • Allows a healthy, pure blood flow to brain cells
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Aids in the treatment of

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SURYA NAMASHKAR – THE SUN SALUTATION

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SURYA NAMASHKAR

(THE SUN SALUTATION)

 

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline which helps to be in peace with oneself and their surroundings.  It can be practiced to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Most people who practice yoga regularly have experienced that they have become better at what ever they are doing.

 

The yoga we are most exposed to is known as Hatha Yoga comprising:

  • Asana: Discipline of the body: rules and postures to keep it disease-free and for preserving vital energy. Correct postures are a physical aid to meditation, for they control the limbs and nervous system and prevent them from producing physical disturbances.
  • Pranayama: control of breath. Beneficial to health, steadies the body and is highly conducive to the concentration of the mind.

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) combines both Asanas

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