Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Yogic Breath


Right now, take a deep breath. Every good, yogic breath starts with an exhalation. So let the breath go from deep in your belly. This provides room for your inhalation. Once your exhalation is complete, inhale. Once your inhalation is complete, exhale. Continue to breathe consciously. Notice in your body where the breath comes easily, where it is restricted. Notice what part of your torso moves, and what does not. Notice where your breath stops and how deep it goes, both on the inhalation and on the exhalation. Throughout the day, notice your breathing pattern and where you hold tension in your body. Do you hold your breath when thinking? When listening? When performing certain tasks? Do you lift your shoulders or tighten your stomach? These are all part of your personal stress response pattern. Once you are aware of your pattern, you can interact with it, modify it, and make it work for you.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Yoga for Tension-Type Headache

An anvil on your head may not exactly be an exaggeration when you are experiencing a tension-type headache. This may also be felt as having a very tight band around the head.
A tension-type headache can be really bothersome. It is often caused by stress, anxiety, depression, unbalanced activities, and poor diet. Composing 90% of primary headaches (headaches that are not caused by another disease), tension-type headaches are what most of us suffer. So when you feel that heavy weight on your head at work, perhaps around lunch time when the day is slow and the sun is at its hottest, it's most probably a tension-type headache.
To prevent this unfavorable scenario, a more holistic approach must be adopted to stop having to suffer those troublesome and painful tension-type headaches. This can be done through relaxation techniques, proper diet, and psychological counseling if the underlying causes of the headaches are anxiety and depression.
When relaxation and proper diet are the things that are needed, Yoga is greatly effective in curbing those anvil-heads.Yoga Poses and Meditation can release the mind and body from the clutter and confusion of scattered thoughts and unbalanced activities that cause tension-type headaches.

The following are the Yoga Poses recommended for people who experience Tension-Type Headaches.

Easy Yoga Pose Easy Yoga Pose
This is one of the classic Meditative Poses and is usually performed after doing the Corpse Pose. The Easy Pose helps in straightening the spine, slowing down metabolism, promoting inner tranquility, and keeping your mind still.

Neck Exercises Neck Exercise
Many people hold tension in their necks and shoulders, leading to stiffness, bad posture, and tension headaches. Yoga practice can ease tension, increase flexibility, and tone the muscles. Learn some Neck Exercises in this section.

Shoulder Stretch Yoga Pose Shoulder Stretch Yoga Pose
Shoulder Stretches are great in relieving stress and tension on your shoulders, as well as your entire upper back. Practice them daily for several weeks and notice the changes. Learn some basic stretches for the shoulders in this section.

Sun Salutation Yoga Pose Sun Salutation Yoga Pose
The Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar is a Yoga Pose which limbers up the whole body in preparation for the Yoga Asanas. It is a graceful sequence of twelve Yoga positions performed as one continuous exercise. Learn how to practice the Sun Salutation in this section.

Half Spinal Twist Yoga Pose Half Spinal Twist Yoga Pose
If done properly, the Half Spinal Twist lengthens and strengthens the spine. It is also beneficial for your liver, kidneys, as well as adrenal glands. Practice this Yoga Pose under the supervision of a Yoga instructor. In this section, learn how to perform the Half Spinal Twist.

Cat Yoga Pose CatYoga Pose
The Cat Yoga Pose teaches you to initiate movement from your center and to coordinate your movement and breath. These are two of the most important themes in Yoga practice. Keep in mind that the Cat Pose may not be advisable if you have any chronic or recent back pain or injury.

Wind Relieving Yoga Pose Wind Relieving Yoga Pose
The term Pavanamuktasana comes from the Sanskrit word 'pavana' which means air or wind and 'mukta' which means freedom or release. The Wind Relieving Pose works mainly on the digestive system. specifically, it helps in eliminating excess gas in the stomach.

Corpse Yoga Pose Corpse Yoga Pose
The Corpse Yoga Pose is considered as a classic relaxation Yoga Pose and is practiced before or in between Asanas as well as a Final Relaxation. While it looks deceptively simple, it is actually difficult to perform. Learn more on how to do it with the help of this article.

Relaxation Yoga Pose Relaxation Yoga Pose
The first step in Yoga practice is to learn how to relax your body and mind properly. Learn how to do the corpse pose and other relaxation techniques. Know more about the art of physical, mental, and spiritual relaxation in this section.

Anuloma Viloma Breathing Technique Anuloma Viloma Breathing Technique
The basic Breathing Exercises and Techniques will form the foundation of your daily Yoga practice. Learn how to do the Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique. Just make sure that you know the proper way of breathing before doing this exercise.

A Yoga lifestyle also includes a proper diet that, once adopted, can nourish the body with what it really needs. On the whole, not only are those tension-type headaches reduced, even eliminated through Yoga, but you will also feel revitalized and refreshed all over - and all these without the nasty side effects drugs may produce.

The body has a natural way of coping with illnesses, and this is where Yoga draws its principles from and what it enhances. Nature, including our own, knows best.



Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Health and happiness

Happiness is in the mind, and the mind is supported by the body – a healthy mind lives in a healthy body. Your happiness depends on your mind and it depends on your body. Without physical health you can't be completely happy, and without mental happiness you can't be completely healthy. Health is a positive state; not just the absence of a negative one. It's not only the absence of disease. For too long now traditional Western medicine has treated illness as only a disease: an enemy that attacks you and needs to be counter-attacked; but in reality it's nothing more than an imbalance in the natural harmony of body and mind. True healing means restoring that balance, and true health means keeping it.

Yoga means "to unify." It's the holistic approach to all aspects of life: physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga views the person as a whole; as a unique combination of body, mind and soul, and its techniques maintain that body-mind-soul harmony.

In the ebook Yoga Health Secrets we'll look into all the techniques for attaining and maintaining that body-mind-soul harmony for true health and happiness:


Health and relaxation Physical health, relaxation

Stress relief

Stress relief

Stamina and vitality

Stamina, vitality, zest for life

Concentration and memory

Clarity, concentration, memory

Motivation and willpower

Motivation, willpower

Self-confidence

Self-confidence and awareness

Creative insight

Creative insight

Love

Love for all

Peace and happiness

Inner peace and happiness

Friday, February 16, 2007

Yoga

Yoga is a way of life. It is predominantly concerned with maintaining a state of equanimity at all costs. All yoga schools of thought emphasize the importance of the mind remaining calm, because as the saying goes, only when the water is still can you see through it. Yoga Darshan or Yoga Philosophy also happens to be a valid discipline of Indian metaphysics (Brahma Vidya). It is the result of human wisdom and insight on physiology, psychology, ethics and spirituality collected together and practiced over thousands of years for the well being of humanity.

The basic idea of yoga is to unite the atma or individual soul with the paramatma or the Universal Soul. According to Yoga philosophy, by cleansing one's mind and controlling one's thought processes one can return to that primeval state, when the individual self was nothing but a part of the Divine Self. This is the sense encapsulated in the term samadhi. The aim of the yogi is to be able to perceive the world in its true light and to accept that truth in its entirety.

In Sanskrit, the term 'yoga' stands for 'union'. A yogi's ultimate aim is to be able to attain this 'union' with the Eternal Self with the help of certain mental and physical exercises. It is often said that Hiranyagarbha (The Cosmic Womb) Himself had originally advocated the traditional system of yoga, from which all other yoga schools have evolved. But for all extant knowledge of yoga and its practices such as yogasanas and pranayama, the entire credit goes to Maharishi Patanjali.

Patanjali systematized the various yogic practices and traditions of his times by encapsulating them in the form of aphorisms in his Yoga Sutra. In this momentous work, he describes the aim of yoga as knowledge of the self and outlines the eight steps or methods of achieving it. These are:

• Yamas
or eternal vows,
• Niyamas
or observances,
Yogasanas or yoga postures,
• Pranayama
or breath control exercises,
Pratyahara or withdrawal of the senses from distractions of the outside world,
• Dharana
or concentration on an object, place or subject,
• Dhyana
or the continuance of this concentration-meditation and
• Samadhi
or the ultimate stage of yoga meditation.

The collation of these eight steps is known as Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga.