Yoga is one
of the most ancient cultural heritage of India. The word
yoga in Sanskrit means "to unite", and so yoga can be said to connote a unitive discipline. In this sense it is an exercise in moral and
cultivation that generates good health , contributes to
longevity, and the total intrinsic discipline culminates into
positive and perennial happiness and peace. Therefore, yoga is
the said to be indispensable of the ultimate accomplishment in
life. It is a science that affects not only the conscious self
but the subconscious as well. It is a practical physiological
training , which if practiced can exalt man to the 'supra
||Benefits of Yoga
||Brings balance and
harmony to the body, mind and spirit.
||Helps with strength,
flexibility range of motion and balance
||Calms the mind,
Reduces stress and anxiety
||Revitalizes the body
||Slows heart rate
||Lowers blood pressure
||Strengthens and tones
||Helps to detoxify
||Improves function of
||Can help reduce
depression, stress and insomnia
Type of Yoga
There are many different types of yoga, and it is important to
choose a form that is appropriate for each individual's level of
fitness, goals, and medical condition. Some of the most popular
and widely available forms are briefly explained below.
This type of yoga focuses on proper alignment and precise
movements. Props such as blocks or straps are often used as part
of Iyengar yoga for those who are not as flexible or to
compensate for injuries. Because of this attention to detail and
the modification of poses, Iyengar yoga is often a good form of
yoga for people with back pain or neck pain, as they are likely
to benefit from modification to the poses.
This form is commonly called "power yoga" because it focuses on
powerful flowing movements, such as push-ups and lunges, which
take strength and stamina. Ashtanga yoga may be appropriate for
those who have successfully rehabilitated from a back injury and
are looking for a more strenuous practice, and people who are
already athletic, such as runners and cyclists, who want to add
flexibility, balance and concentration to their exercise
This form is also known as "hot yoga" because it is done in a
very warm room. Bikram yoga is excellent for increasing
flexibility because the heat helps tissues to stretch. This type
of yoga is not appropriate for those with cardiovascular disease
because of the strain placed on the body when vigorously
exercising in the heat.
This form links breath and movement in flowing exercises that
are adapted to each individual. Viniyoga is often a good form of
yoga for those with back problems or neck problems because it is
easily adapted for each person.
Viniyoga has a more relaxed approach to placement of the body
than Iyengar Yoga. For example, knees and elbow might be bent in
a posture and emphasis placed on lengthening the spine.
Viniyoga has a much less vigorous pace than Ashtanga or Power
Special and Advanced Yogic Techniques
Yoga Nidra - for total relaxation
Yoga Nidra is a unique Psychic development technique. Yoganidra
is at the root of a great number of relaxation techniques.
Yoganidra is a sleep without sleep.
It is also a powerful tool of personal transformation allowing
us to free ourselves from the grip of negative thinking to make
up for the lack of sleep, to boost our energies in case of
nervous fatigue and to release our capacities for concentration
and memorization. Doctors, Psychologists and educators will
derive numerous benefits from the fantastic resources of
Procedure- Shavasana Position, Relaxation of the muscles by
rotation of consciousness, Breath awareness and resolution,
opposite feelings Image visualization, Returning to Shavasana
Vipassadhana - for perfect equilibrium
Vipassadhana is based on Vipassana Meditation, where one moves
his awareness from top to bottom and from bottom to top
witnessing all the sensations but without reacting to any kind
of sensation. Sensation may be painful or pleasurable one should
be indifferent as nothing is permanent in nature.
Procedure- Shavasana / Meditative posture, Breath awareness,
Resolution, Rotation of consciousness being indifferent to the
sensation, Breath awareness, Returning to normalcy.
Cyclic Meditation - to experience bliss
Based on the principle of stimulation - relaxation combined,
enunciated in Mandukyopanished. The cyclic meditation brings
very deep relaxation and a feeling of well being to one and all.
Much easier to perform, combine the asanas, breathing rhythms
with expanding awareness, sensitization, deep relaxation and
Procedure- Shavasana-Prayer, Getting up from left, centering, Parshva chakrasana, Pada Hasthasana- 'Mmm' chanting,
Ardhachakrasana- 'Aaa" chanting, sitting & lying on back without
hand support, Deep relaxation- body apartness.
Pranic Energization Technique
- to strengthen the immune system
Prana (vital force) is the bridge between our body and mind. In
this technique using our will power to channelize our Prana in a
particular direction & to particular parts within the body for
stimulation and energization there by to strengthen the immune
system with positive attitude.
Procedure- Meditative posture/ Shavasana, Relaxation, Breath
awareness, witnessing the imbalanced flow of Prana(breath),
Correctional breathing, Positive resolution, Channelization of
Prana, Returning to breath awareness.
Naada Anusandhaana (exploring the internal sound) -
Chanting the Sanskrit letters A - U - M and Om feeling the
internal vibrations in the corresponding parts of the body and
ultimately throughout the body, taking us to a state of blissful
Procedure- Meditative posture/ Shavasana
Chanting 'Aaa' three times with normal low and high pitch and
experiencing the vibrations in the lower parts of the body.
Chanting 'U' three times with normal low and high pitch and
experiencing the vibrations in the middle parts of the body.
Chanting 'Mmm' three times with normal low and high pitch and
experiencing the vibrations in the head region.
Chanting A-U-M with 1:1:1 proportion three times and
experiencing the vibrations in the respective areas.
Chanting OM with 1:2 proportion three into three times and
experiencing the vibrations of OM throughout the body