Yoga is commonly associated with stretching exercises, as if it were merely a form of stretching or some other flexibility practice. However, there are few who knows that this is an extremely effective system of working with the mind, and the increased range of movements in the joints is somehow a "side effect" of this practice. By practicing yoga, we learn to use our mind in a conscious way, exerting it with the desired effect on the body and shaping the constructive perception of the world. Of course, the effects of this work are also felt in the physical body, that to my mind experiences the sensation of ease and release. After some time, we also notice the change in the way we perceive reality, ourselves and the surrounding world.
Have you ever had a feeling that life went out of you? You feel so tired that you cannot focus on anything? If that sounds like you - try this yoga asanas before having another cup of coffee! They aresimple, quick and work as an energy shot that brights your mind and fills you up with the power you need!
Simhasana is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Simha(Lion) and asana (posture or pose). The position itself reminds a roaring lion and it connects the physical posture with a specific breathing technique. It’s a truly great practice to relieve tension accumulated in the chest and face as well as it helps firm the muscle on the front of the throat building collagen and preventing the appearing of wrinkles and the pulling down of the corners of the mouth (which is a sign of the mentioned muscle being contracted). In other words, this technique is not only a great fun but it also slows down aging of the skin.
Are you missing another class in your favorite yoga studio? I think many of us is struggling with this issue, lack of time and schedules that are hard to reconcile with work, meals and personal life. My guess is that the perfect time for yoga for some of us would be at 5 am or very late at night.
Have you ever heard about the term 'yogic dream'? It sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Well, to be honest it absolutely is. Yoga Nidra turned out to be one of my favourite relaxation method I've ever practiced. What is a Yoga Nidra and how does the practice infleunce our mind and body - let's put some spotlight on all benefits it brings along. In a nutshell, Yoga Nidra refers to the conscious awareness that happens during the state of a deep sleep. It is a yogic technique of mental sleep; it brings total relaxation while maintaining a state of total awareness. During practice of Yoga Nidra we’re able to turn our thoughts patterns towards those positive ones for ourselves. It is said that 20-30 minutes session of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to about 3 hours of a deep sleep.
Do you remember this fantastic feeling when having a body massage? Well, your digestive system feels the same way after a sequence of carefully selected asanas. Mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine create the digestive system along with the teeth, tongue, liver, gall bladder and pancreas. Throughout the day, your digestive system process food, secretes fluids, digested fiber, absorbs nutrients and removes waste. At least that is the way it should be, if everything works properly.