What is Yoga?

Yoga means union with the higher consciousness! It is thousands of years’ old practice and is said to have come from the foremost and greatest Yogi – Lord Shiva.

The benefits of Yoga for us in the world of today are multi-fold. Not only does it make our body fitter, more aligned, flexible and strong, it helps balance our mind and be peaceful, healthy and happy.

 Asanas

There are more than 8.4 million asanas of which it is just over 10,000 that masters practice and teach. Each asana is said to correspond to a species created on earth. They help us get the energy of that species in our body. asanas not only help make us fitter, lose weight but also help in aligning our body energy, making it more flexible and works directly on our nervous system or naditantra. It is no wonder that the results of asanas are miraculous as it is based on deep anatomical studies thousands of years ago, most of which we are rediscovering now. You can practice asanas individually or in a vinayas (flow).

Popular vinayas’ – Surya Namaskar, Chandra Namaskar, Agni Namaskar, Prithvi Namaskar etc.

Pranayama

Breath or Prana is what keeps us alive. Pranayama is forceful inhale, exhale and holding the breath in various ways. It helps increase your stamina, balance your mind, deepen your asanas. Some easy pranayamas are:

KapalBhati – Forceful exhale through the stomach (which really means the lower portion of the lungs)

Surya Bhedi and Chandra Bhedi – Close the left nostril and breathe in and out with your right nostril is Surya bhedi which works on the suryanadi. Close your right nostril and breathe in and out with the left nostril is Chandra bhedi as it works on the Chandra nadi

Bhastrika – Inhale, hold and exhale your breadth with awareness.

AnulomVilom – Breathe in with your left nostril and breathe out with your right, then breathe in with your right nostril and breathe out with your left is one count.

Note: Always practice under the guidance of a Master

Mantras

The whole universe is made up of vibrations. Mantra chanting creates vibrations within your body and slowly helps align with the vibrations of the universe. Recent studies have shown that sound frequencies not only help in creating peace and balance but can also make changes in your DNA. If a guru initiates you, these mantras have a deeper impact on you.

Some famous Mantras are:

Om NamahShivaay

Ram Ram Ram

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare

 Meditation

The ultimate goal of Yoga is union with the higher consciousness. Meditation is the strongest pillar that will help you do so. Practicing meditation under the guidance of a master and Guru, helps you evolve in your journey within. Building your concentration and maintaining a posture for a long time without moving is what helps you meditate. It is said that Yoga asanas were taught only to build a fit body, which helps you keep it still for meditation.