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Yoga For Health - The Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is an ancient Indian form of balancing mind and body through breath control and a series of asanas. It aims to attain the unity of mind, body and spirit through asanas, breathing and meditation. Asanas are gentle stretching movements designed to rejuvenate the brain, spine, glands and internal organs.…
Yoga and Pain Relief
Part of the Series: Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body
Consider some key tools used in yoga to address physical pain: attention to breath and sensation, release of chronic muscle contractions, and healthier movement patterns. Practice asanas for each of these pain reduction techniques - including a chest opener, yoga pushup, plank, and staff pose.
Western Yoga
Part of the Series: Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body
Explore the roots of hatha yoga, the form of yoga widely practiced in the West. Focus on the three principles of hatha yoga - breath exercises, physical postures (called asanas), and meditation - which promote a healthy mind and body. Get started with some simple yoga exercises.
Yoga for Obesity
Part of the Series: Yoga For Health
Yoga gently tones and shapes the body, improves posture and flexibility, and contributes to a feeling of well being. When practiced as part of a daily yoga routine of breathing exercises, meditation and poses, these asanas bring about a feeling of calm and address the basic problem associated with Obesity.
Asanas
Part of the Series: Yoga For Health
Asanas are an ancient blend of movement, meditation and mindful breathing that will help stretch and massage the organs of the body to keep them fit and increase the flexibility of the joints. The degree of good health is judged by the flexibility of the body and its capacity to…
Mind Body Connection
Part of the Series: Yoga For Health
Yoga asanas when sequenced by an expert yoga master will work the body to achieve specific benefits and address specific ailments. Yoga, when done with the application of the mind, blending with breathing, is the most powerful approach to improving the quality of our health and life.
Yoga for a Healthy Heart
Part of the Series: Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body
Yoga can lead to a healthier heart by providing a transition from a more sedentary lifestyle to a more active one. Trace the steps that will help you gradually build your yoga practice. Learn two new breathing exercises together with asanas that include warrior 1, knee-to-chest, and bridge.
Yoga for Hypertension
Part of the Series: Yoga For Health
Yoga addresses the whole person, considering not only their physical needs, but emotional, mental, intellectual and spiritual needs as well. Through gentle movements, relaxation, breathing, lifestyle attitudes and meditation, Yoga asanas can help with the control of Hypertension. Yoga helps keep the blood vessels elastic and combined with relaxation training…
Yoga and Addictive Behavior
Part of the Series: Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body
Discover how yoga and attention to the body's sensations can aid in breaking the vicious cycle of addictive behaviors. Perform patterned breathing, side bends, cat/cow, downward dog, lunges, forward fold, and reclined twist. End with savasana, the traditional closing posture in a yoga practice.
Anusara Yoga
Part of the Series: Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body
Explore the spiritual dimension of yoga through an Anusara practice, which combines the Iyengar system of alignment with elements of Hindu spirituality. After a Sanskrit invocation, follow a sequence of asanas that emphasizes awareness of energy flow and muscle action in your body.
Yoga for Spinal Problems
Part of the Series: Yoga For Health
Yoga positions or asanas are the best for toning muscles, lubricating joints and massaging the body. Yoga postures bring physical as well as mental stability, health and vigor. These asanas were developed thousands of years ago and have evolved over centuries. They work wonders in keeping the body healthy and…
Yoga for the Elderly
Part of the Series: Yoga For Health
Age is inevitable and the body goes through changes that reduce its capacity to perform and protect itself. Yoga asanas, hand picked and chosen by the Yoga Master, can give the elderly the flexibility and health that will reduce the toll taken by old age. Yoga asanas can be practiced…