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Hi! … My name is Shelley and I am a devoted Yoga enthusiast. The practice of Yoga has changed my life completely for the better, and I hope you will have a look around on my site and discover how it can change yours too. In setting up this website for the Yoga Beginner, I have tried to compile all the information I can into a format that is easy to follow and easy to understand, so you can quickly pick up the Yoga basics. By practicing Yoga you are able to improve your health and indeed all areas of your life, there is just so much that Yoga can do for a person.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is not a religion, neither is it any type of cult. It is a Hindu system of philosophic meditation and asceticism that is meant to effect the reunion of the devotee’s soul with God. Yoga is a philosophy that integrates a person into their world – to achieve a basic harmony and equilibrium in the heart and spirit.
Yoga teaches the secrets of successful living and combines very profound, age-old truths with a way of life that is becoming much more acceptable to our modern day world.
Yoga encourages personal health, spirituality and wellness. It doesn’t clash with any religion however, it does have an influence on our spiritual path.
The Spiritual Side of Yoga:
Yoga is considered the ultimate way of attaining “Moksha” (liberation from worldly suffering) and “Samsara” (the cycle of birth and death). Yoga enables a person to have mastery over their body, mind and emotional and also enables them to move above all desires. Yoga is said to lead gradually to knowledge of the true nature of reality.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna describes the following yogas:
- Karma Yoga – the yoga of “action” in the world
- Jnana Yoga – the yoga of knowledge and intellectual endeavor
- Bhakti Yoga – the yoga of devotion to a deity.
- Raja Yoga – the yoga of meditation
In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes the following eight branches of yoga:
- Yama: The five abstentions, these being violence, lying, theft, sex and possessions
- Niyama: The five observances, these being purity, contentment, austerities, study and surrender to god
- Asana: Asana literally means “seat” and the word originally referred mainly to seated positions. With the rise of Hatha yoga in the West, it has come to be used mre as the name for the yoga of postures
- Pranayama: Control of the Prana or vital breath
- Pratyahara: Abstraction – reversal of the sense organs
- Dharana: Concentration – fixing the attention on a single object
- Dhyana: Meditation
- Samadhi: Super-conscious state or trance, the final, perfect state of liberation for all worldly concerns
Hatha – The Yoga Most Westerners Know About
Hatha Yoga or alignment yoga has been around for approximately 5000 years. More and more medical practitioners and therapists are using Yoga as a remedy for many kinds of poor health conditions. The rewards of Yoga practice are numerous and consist of increased strength and flexibility, cardiovascular vigor, healing of injuries, mental clarity and emotional balance.
- Most significantly, yoga is a complete exercise in itself and can replace various exercises such as:
- Weight lifting drills for strength.
- Jogging or aerobics for cardiovascular workout.
- Tai Chi for building awareness of balance and harmony.
- Stretching exercises for flexibility.
- Meditation for relaxation and tranquility of the mind.
Yoga is more than a stretching and relaxation system, it’s the ideal test for your mind and body.
Should You Practice Yoga?
Any one at all will benefit from doing Yoga. Yoga requires the perfect positioning of your body. As you hold the poses you develop your physical strength and stabilize your emotional and mental condition. This does not happen overnight, it takes effort and concentration. Your personal Yoga practice can be made more challenging as you progress or take it easy on days when you are felling so lively. You can use it for meditation and relaxations as well, to sooth your mind.
Yoga is fantastic if your long term goal is to reclaim your energy, health and dynamism.
Familiarize yourself with the various Types of Yoga styles to have a better understanding of what arena will be best suited to you. There are a number of different types of Yoga and each one focuses on a different aspect. Some people start their Yoga practice just with the intention of getting fitter, others to lose weight and still others choose to undertake the more spiritual paths that Yoga provides.You need to be able to choose the correct Yoga style to suit your personal needs and also your starting level of physical fitness.
No matter why you are interested in learning more about starting a Yoga practice, you will certainly benefit greatly from the self-control, breathing techniques and the physical exercise you get while practicing Yoga.
To practice Yoga correctly and to get the most benefit from it, you need to learn to have discipline, concentration and attentive breathing. The effect of serious Yoga practice is an excellent union of mind, body and spirit. No matter your age, knowledge, body shape or physical skills – any one at all can implement a Yoga program.
I love the practise of Yoga and I want to share it with everyone that I can. I hope you will stay, look around this my Yoga site and learn all you can towards a healthier, stress-free mind, body and life.
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