Yoga for a healthy life

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagwad Gita

Irrespective of all religion, a science not less than 5000 years old, Yoga is becoming popular in all parts of the world.

For the restless mind it offers relief. For the sick, it is a boon. For the people in latest trend or fashion, Yoga is the way to keep oneself fit and smart. With multiple folds, Yoga has become a part and routine of people knowingly as well as unknowingly.

Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. It is a technique of controlling the body and the mind. Thus, Yoga is a systematic process of accelerating the growth of a human being in all the ways.

The different schools have given different terminologies to Yoga, but all the school focuses on the balancing of mind and body.

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Yoga is best way for problems

Yoga teaches an individual to calm the mind through breathing technique. Proper breathing is the root of processes taking place in one’s body. Hence, Yoga is meant for all individual.

Yoga encourages overall health and wellness:

Yoga is not just about working out; it’s about a healthy lifestyle. Peace and calmness achieved through focused training is the motto of Yoga. The two main steps of Yoga includes: a) Pranayama  B) Kriya

Pranayama is the technique of calming the body through proper breathing and Kriya is for the overall flexibility and circulation of the mind and body.

Yoga’s deep breathing and meditation practices help raise an inner change from to-do lists. Yoga helps relieve stress and declutters the mind, helping one to become more focused.

The overall development:

The overall personality development includes physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual and few more. All these developments are observed by the regular practice of Yoga in daily life.

The different faces of Yoga:

One of the benefits of yoga is that you can choose a yoga style that’s tailored to your lifestyle, such as hath yoga, power yoga, relaxation yoga, prenatal yoga, etc. Whether one prefers to practice at home, in a private session or while watching online, there are a huge variety of options available to suit your goals and needs.

For the beginners:

Hatha yoga, which focuses on basic postures at a comfortable pace, would be great for the beginners. If one wants to increase strength through using more of one’s own body’s resistance, power yoga may be the right option.
Moreover, just practicing of Pranayam can prove a great help.

How to do a simple Pranayama?

Pranayama time  – During morning, on empty stomach or 15 minutes after tea / coffee. Preferably after bath.  Pranayama is a technique to fill mind & body with fresh air and energy. So, morning is the right time for it. After bath, we feel fresh. So it adds to the benefits of Pranayama. It will be easier for the mind to get cleansed with the fresh Prana (breath).

Pranayama Place: The place should be spacious, with sufficient air and light. Better to keep the windows open. If it is done in a closed room, often it causes giddiness. So, fresh air is very necessary. Try to do in a noise free place.

Pranayama Posture – Sit on a mat on the floor, with legs crossed. Spine (back) erect & straight. Head straight. Face looking forward. For those with knee problem, and who can’t sit on the floor, a chair can be used.

Eyes – eyelids should be closed with eyes pointing towards the tip of the nose. You need to close the eyelids with eyes pointing to nose tip. This way, when you close the eyes, the eyes will automatically concentrate on centre point of two eye brows.

Pranayama Mindset – Very relaxed. No hurry bury. No extra thoughts, If possible, remember your favourite Deity. If you cannot relax your mind, or if you are in a hurry, it is better to skip the Pranayama session for that day, rather than doing it half-heartedly.

Contributed by Khushboo Rani, trained Yoga instructor.

Co-author: Dr Sachin Sinha.

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