As per Yog guru, B.K.S. Iyengar said “my body is my temple and asanas are my prayers”
This is a body practice and has various styles. It is a great method to bring body back into proper alignment and suits every body-type and age, varying from 5yrs to 90yrs and onwards.
In the modern world we commonly come across – Hatha Yoga (standard flow postures with a sequence), Ashtanga Yoga (series of movements with breath), Iyengar Yoga (props are used to go deeper into the practice with great attention to alignment), Vinyasa Flow Yoga (rhythmic movement of various postures), Yin Yoga (holding of postures with support for a long time) and so on.
The amazing part is that all Yoga practices have the same effect – the practice of Yoga Asana makes the spine fully functional in all 6 directions i.e., front & back, side to side and twisting in the opposite directions). This, in turn, creates enough fire in the stomach which gives rise to high metabolism to digest anything (psychologically and physically). Now the body becomes stronger due to better blood circulation and flow of breath, this helps in full functionality of all the vital organs of the body. All of the above leads to a happier mind and a healthy body.
How to start a Yoga practice?
•With rising number of Yoga Asana practitioners,
•Yoga studios, fitness studios and teachers one can find a teacher or a studio in the neighborhood to start their practice.
•Most teachers and schools teach a fusion of the Asana practice. If one has the knowledge of a particular style or teacher then it’s an added advantage.
•Talk to your teacher about your intentions and reasons for choosing this practice; also discuss your body conditions – injuries, ailments, and discomfort if any.
The practice of Yoga is not heal only to the physical body, it spreads into our whole life and soul.
The, Do’s and Don’ts
Food – Eat healthy! My diet comprises of mostly veggies, fruits and greens, it makes me feel fresh and active throughout the day.
Drink lots of fluids! Water, juices, smoothies and green tea’s make the body lighter. I can drink smoothies and live on them forever 🙂
Breathe well! helps in relaxing & better metabolism.
Rise and sleep with the sun! This helps in restoring sleep cycle giving your physiology a chance of maximum efficiency. Sleeping for 6-8 hrs gives the body enough time to rest, repair, restore and rejuvenate fully. On this note, pillows, bed, and blankets are my favorite place in the universe 🙂
Idolize a fitness personality! It is no hidden fact that celebrities and sports personalities work very hard to stay healthy.
All the above points to clarity and integrity towards becoming healthier, raising metabolism which in-turn restores the body eventually with time.
•Bad eating habits! Food is very important, make it healthy and make sure you don’t starve anytime. Crash diets need to be avoided at all times – make small changes to your food consumption and observe the changes in your body.
•Impatience! As humans we tend to look for quick results and often use unrealistic timelines to achieve goals. We need to keep in mind that when it comes to our body, there is no competition. Practice ‘ahimsa’ to the body respecting the fact that every body type has different composition and is affected in a different way.
•Don’t give up! – It is like brushing the teeth – we cannot brush for 30 days and stop abruptly. As we brush every day for a lifetime of glittering teeth, our body’s machinery needs daily upkeep for its lifelong efficiency. So my mantra is practice and stays disciplined!
•Top 10 training institutes of Yoga in India:
1-RAMAMANI IYENGAR MEMORIAL YOGA INSTITUTE, PUNE
Address: 1107 B/1, Hare Krishna Mandir Road, Model Colony, Shivaji Nagar, Pune. Ph: (91 20) 2565-6134.
2-HIMALAYAN IYENGAR YOGA CENTER, DHARAMKOT (HP) & ARAMBOL (GOA)
Address- Madhlo Vaddo, Arambol, Goa 403524, Ph: 098166 11075, and Dharamkot, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 176219 Ph: 098166 11075
3-K PATTABHI JOIS ASHTANGA YOGA INSTITUTE, MYSORE
Address: #235 8th Cross, 3rd Stage, Gokulam, Mysore Ph: (91 821) 2516-756
4-Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai
Address: New No.31 (Old #13) Fourth Cross Street, R K Nagar, Chennai. Ph: (91 44) 2493-7998.
5-Bihar School of Yoga, Munger
Address: Bihar Yoga Bharati, Ganga Darshan, Fort, Munger, Bihar. Ph: (91 6344)222430
6-Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh
Address: P.O. Swargashram, Rishikesh (Himalayas), Uttarakhand. Ph: (91 135) 2440088.
7-Sivananda Vedanta Center, Trivandrum and Rishikesh
Address: Neyyar Dam, Trivandrum district, Kerala
8-Yoga Institute, Mumbai
Address: Shri Yogendra Marg, Prabhat Colony, Santacruz East, Mumbai. Ph: (91 22) 2611-0506.
9-Omkarananda Patanjali Yoga Kendra, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Address: Near Taxi Stand Muni-ki-reti, Sivanandanagar, Haridwar Rishikesh Badrinath Rd, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249192
10-International Center for Yoga Education and Research, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu
Address: Mettu Street, 605104, Chinna Mudaliyar Chavady, Puducherry
Ph. No: 0413 262 2902
Best Wishes for Healthy Life!
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