Shavasana, for many irrelevant part of the yoga practice, for some it may even look like a nap, but the truth is that this asana is the foundation of a deeper yoga practice and first step to the fully conscious relaxation, meditation and understanding of an inner self. Though, this art of relaxation may be harder than it looks! Me myself experienced it and I have seen many yoga practitioners who can attempt challenging asanas, yet struggle with just lying on the floor. Why is this?
Who doesn’t love a good yoga quote?
Either you read them for personal enlightenment, to share with your friends or yoga students I truly hope this collection of sayings will serve you well. Enjoy reading and pondering these quotes as much as I have!
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! It is simple, quick and works as an energy shot that brights your mind and gives you power to live!
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.
Depression, melancholy, lethargy, apathy, fatigue or disorientated states of mood can affect anyone of us. In order to treat this symptoms medicine offers a variety of psychotropic drugs that are about to cure these diseases. Yoga poses on the other hand are said to be a natural way of returning to the emotional balance - through the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises). The practice of yoga, like any other physical activity, increases the level of serotonin (hormone of happiness) and allows us to find the purpose in life and giving it a meaning by creating a desire to experience life more.
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.
Frozen feet and hands, cold air penetrating the whole body. Standing at the top of the Kunjapuri Temple and waiting for the sun to emerge from behind the mountains. Drawing the solar energy from the very morning energized me from within. I feel that my body, mind and soul absorb everything in here. Energy is harmonised and mind is purified. It’s really worth to stop for a minute sometime and reflect on what our head and our thoughts are telling us.
When you own your breath, nobody can still your peace
Breath is a life but also as perceived by many cultures and traditions; is a driving force of life. By Indian called ‘prana’, by Chinese ‘chi’ and by Egyptians ‘ka’. Therefore it doesn’t matter how we call it, the ability of a consciousness breath is a great power to live healthy, interact your body and mind and simply be happy.