Yoga literally means “Integration” at all levels of one’s existence. Yoga is both a State (psycho-physiological balance) and a Process. Yoga acts both on physiological and psychic levels bringing physical and mental equilibrium, thus calming both mind and body.
According to Bhagvat Gita “Yoga is the Discipline which removes miseries and endows one with Para sensual state of Pure Bliss”
Yoga is more than just a physical discipline. It is a Way of Life—A Rich Philosophical Path. Yoga is not about mindlessly accepting externally imposed rules—It is about Finding The Truth for yourself—and ‘Connecting’ with it. Ashtanga Yoga translates as “Eight-Limbed Yoga” and refers to the Eight Limbs outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra, which include Moral and Ethical Guidelines, Postures, Breath work, Sense Withdrawal, Concentration, and Meditation.
A yogasana is a posture in harmony with one’s inner consciousness. It aims at the attainment of a sustained and comfortable sitting posture to facilitate meditation. Asanas also help in balancing and harmonizing the basic structure of the human body, which is why they have a range of therapeutic uses too.Patanjali ,defines a yoga posture as that which is both steady and comfortable Sthira Sukham Asanam.
Pranayama’ is a compound term (‘prana’ and ‘yama’) meaning the maintenance of prana in a healthy throughout one’s life. More than a breath-control exercise, pranayama is all about controlling the life force or prana. Ancient yogis, who understood the essence of prana, studied it and devised methods and practices to master it. These practices are better known as pranayama. Since breath or prana is basic to life, the practice of pranayama helps in harnessing the prana in and around us, and by deepening and extending it, pranayama leads to a state of inner peace.
- Functions of Yogasanas
- Benefits of Yogasanas
- Important Things to Remember for Yogasana
- Thumb rule for Breathing
- Warm up exercises
- Standing Asanas
- Forward Bending Asanas
- Sitting and Supine Asanas
- Abdominal and Lumbar Asanas
- Back Bending Asanas
- Benefits of Pranayama
- Important Points