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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Rejuvenate Yourself With Yoga...

by Neha Sharma

All of us want to remain fit and healthy. But is it a simple task to remain fit?

In an era of mechanization, when we are becoming more and more dependent on the machines, from the car to Internet, our body is getting lesser time for exercise. We can say this as a lop-sided development.

Rapid industrialization also vitiates our environment. Our heart cries for a whiff of fresh air.

However, there is an end to this long tunnel. There seems to be some ray of hope. And this hope lies in Ancient Indian practice of yoga. Yoga is vital for the well-being of our health. It helps in rejuvenating our body and reinvigorates us. Apart from its religious aspect, yoga has wider ramifications in our life.

Modern scholars attach much importance to the efficacy of yogas. According to Terri Guillemets, for those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve.
Our ancient sages used to practice rigorous yoga to remain fit and healthy. They could undergo rigorous penances thanks to practicing asanas. They could easily tolerate extreme conditions such as severe heat or cold. Regular practice of Yogas makes our body immune to many ailments and yogas work as invigorating tonic for our body.

According to Bob Harper, the personal trainer, Yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible.

Carol Krucoff, the Yoga Therapist, says, mountain pose teaches us, literally, how to stand on our own two feet .... teaching us to root ourselves into the earth. Our bodies become a connection between heaven and earth.

Melanie Haiken says about about yoga and anxiety, concentrating on poses clears the mind, while focusing on the breath helps the body shift out of fight-or-flight mode. ("Worry Thwarts," Yoga Journal, March 2006)

According to Ymber Delecto, yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without.
BKS Iyengar say Astadala Yogamala Talks About Yoga, "Yoga, An ancient BUT Perfect Science, Deals With the evolution of Humanity. This evolution Includes all Aspects of One's Being, from Bodily health submit self-Realization. Yoga Means Union - the Union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions. "

According to Carol Krucoff, sun salutations (Surya Pranam) can energize and warm you, even on the darkest, coldest winter day.

Nowadays, yogas are becoming extremely popular among the all sections of people in society. Even business and management circles are resting to yogas to ease tension and stress-related diseases. In the western countries also, yogas have found many takers.

Aim of Yoga
The main aim of Yoga is liberation (Mukti or Moksha), liberation from the wheel of Samsara ie, from the cycle of birth and death is the goal monist schools of Advita.

According to Patanjali, an Asana is an aid to advanced practices of Yoga. Body is the foundation for all spiritual practices. It should help one in doing meditations for long time. Patanjali gives a broad outlines for doing yogasana. In the next sutra Patanjali says that success in Asana comes by minimizing the effort.

He says Asanas should not be done forcibly. According to Patanjali, persistent and minimized effort will lead to success in Asanas. Patanjali advocates a smoother and body-friendly method of doing Yogasana.

He further says after the Asana is achieved, the practitioner will not be affected by the vagaries of cold or heat. When practitioner is stabilized in Asana, he will not experience cold or heat. He could easily tolerate extreme conditions.


There are eight important Pranayamas according to Hathayoga Pradipike. They are:

* Surya bhedha pranayama
* Ujjayi pranayama
* Sitkari pranayama
* Shitali pranayama
* Bhastrika pranayama
* Bhramari pranayama
* Murcha pranayama
* Plavini pranayama

I salute the three-eyed Divine Mother Narayani, who brings auspiciousness and who fulfills all the desires of the Devotee (both spiritual and material).
So regular practice of yoga is good for our health and it rejuvenates our mind and soul. It is key for leading a healthy life. It gives us energy and helps retains vitality.

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