May 9, 2012

YOGA IN RESORTS




Resorts are the places where the people come to rest, relax, rejuvenate themself. Normally resorts have a lot of activities like horse riding, camel riding, and body massage etc…to make them more rejuvenating; Yoga is one of the best choices among them.


The visitors normally stay 3-4 days to 1 week in resorts. So it’s a good challenging job to make them refreshing/relaxing yoga in minimum time. Normally some guests have Yoga practice history, some are very beginners, teaching them all together is very interesting. The resorts normally offer group classes and also private classes with different styles of yoga with guest’s choice.




The practice of yoga techniques like Yoga nidra, Pranayamaas in beautiful nature, beach of the resort give additional satisfaction for the yoga Practitioner.
After yoga classes a rejuvenating herbal tea in beautiful nature makes the guest rejuvenate a lot through yoga. In total, a few hours of Yoga practice is very advisable to make your stay happy in any resort.


Apr 6, 2011

YOGA IN GULF COUNTRIES

Gulf is the Oil rich Muslim nations of the Asian continent. Normally the thinking which comes in our mind is, is it possible to teach yoga in religious countries…? But after four years of teaching yoga in gulf I clearly understood that yoga is beyond the barrier of region and religion. It’s a way of life. Every human being has to follow it, and started to follow it.
I am teaching Yoga in Abu Dhabi, which is the Capital of United Arab Emirates. Same like other gulf countries UAE is also filled with expatriates. Eighty percent of the countries population is filled with other nationalities, out of them most being Indians. Each countries people have different mentality, prospectus about yoga. Americans and some Europeans want yoga with most stretching’s, where as Indians and some other nationalities prefer slow poses with breathings and meditation. So it’s a challenge to teach all mentality people in a group.
In Gulf nations religious things are more sensitive, so normally while teaching yoga the main perspective should be on health basis. So while doing soorya namaskara or any other meditations, the chanting of mantras is not preferable. The People of gulf region are mostly in rajasik state of mind. The practise of yoga changes the rajasik mind to satvik state, which is a must for getting peace of mind.
Out of all gulf nations, the people of UAE are religiously bit liberal. Seventy five percent of yoga learners are non-Hindus. Yoga became more popular in the recent years in whole gulf regions due to its enormous benefits… In 2009 Baba Ram dev came to Dubai, which attracted a crowd of 3000 people including all nationalities. Whereas yoga centres, yoga clubs are there in most of the main cities of UAE. The some other branches of yoga like Sri Sri Yoga of Sri Ravi Shankar (art of living), siddhi Samadhi yoga, Raja yoga of Mount Abu, Artistic yoga of bharath taakur etc have their own branches in gulf regions…Even some hospitals have also started Yoga therapy as a part of treatment in their hospital. Yoga has attracted most of the nationalities. Here I have students/patients from around 42 nationalities in past four years, including some Pakistanis, Afghanis, UAE, Saudi nationals too. Yoga therapy worked a lot for most of the health problems. Because of media and internet the awareness of yoga is world spread on these days. Most people are aware of yoga. It’s nice to see people who come for the enquiry of yoga knows much information about yoga during these days…


THE IMPORTANCE OF YOGA PRACTISE IN GULF:

In gulf countries rains are very less and most part of the country is filled with deserts. The most times of the year are hot. Less greenery when compared to India. So the percentage of oxygen in the air is comparatively less. The drinking water is distilled water of the sea. The work pressure is also more and most of the people are away from their families, relatives, motherlands for a long time. People spend most of the time inside the office in Air-conditioned rooms; the work nature is most inside the offices, so the chances of physical workout is also less. Due to hot climate the foodstuffs are keeping in freeze for long time. These all leads to stress, tension, and stress related disorders of body and mind…. Due to all these the obesity, depression, insomnia, back pain, asthma, digestive disorders are most common problem in this region. The climate is too hot out of the offices in most of the regions. So it’s difficult to go for a walk also. The best way to overcome from all these things is yoga, which is an ultimate remedy for the gulf regions health problem. The asana practise of yoga gives good physical workouts for the body; whereas the pranayama practices increases good oxygen supply to the blood. Meditation and relaxations induces the peaceful mind for the follower. Through yoga one can cover the need of everything for good health. Even though yoga is a must for every human being its much more needed for the people who live in the gulf regions…In the busy life of gulf, the practice as well as adapting yoga and yogic life style is the only solution for all the problems.. It has been experienced by lot of yoga followers; they find a new happy life after starting yoga. Because of this yoga is becoming more popular day by day in Gulf…



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Feb 6, 2011

BANDHAS

‘Bandha’ means to hold or lock. In the practise of bandha specific part of the body powerfully contracted or tightened… Normally the bandhas are practice with combination of asana or pranayama. The practice of bandhas effects on the physical, pranic and metal level of the follower.
There are 3 Bandhas…They are
• Jalandhara bandha
• Uddiyana Bandha
• Moola bandha.
When one practised the Asana and pranayama done with bandhas its effect will be more.
All bandhas should be practise in empty stomach; early morning is the best time the practises.

JALANDHARA BANDHA
In Sanskrit ‘Jalan’ means net, ‘dhara’ means stream, the word meaning of ‘jalandhara bandha’ is the Physical lock that controls the network of nadis (energy channels) in the neck.

Benefits:

1. The practise of Jalandhara bandha helps to control the flow of ‘prana’ in the body.
2. The regular practise gives mental relaxation, and makes the mind fit for the meditation…
3. While practising pranayama especially with kumbhaka (holding breath) the jalandhara bandha prevents further inhalation or exhalation. So it’s very helpful to hold the breath for longer duration.
4. It massages the thyroid gland, so helps to maintain the efficiency of thyroid gland.

LIMITATIONS:
People suffering from heart problems or high blood pressure should not practise jalandhara bandha.

MOOLA BANDHA

‘Moola’ means root, ‘bandha’ means lock. Here root refers to the root of the spine, where the mooladhara chakra (one of the energy centre of the body) exists. This is the practise which helps to awaken mooladhara chakra.

BENEFITS:

1. Spiritually the moola bandha have lot value in yoga, mainly it’s helpful to awaken mooladhara chakra.
2. The practise of moola bandha arouses kundalini.
3. It helps to transmute sexual energy.

Note:
During the practise of moola bandha the heat of the body increasing, so there are chances of constipation lot, so one should take appropriate food as directed by the guru.

UDDIYANA BANDHA
The meaning of the word ‘Uddiyana’ is to rise up; ‘bandha’ means to hold. In this practise the diaphragm is raising towards chest. So it’s called as uddiyana bandha.

Benefits:

1. The uddiyana bandha practise helps to prevent abdominal ailments like diabetes, indigestion, constipation, colitis…

2. Helpful to regulate energy level in the whole body.

3. Regular practises improve the efficiency of the lungs.

4. Massages the heart muscles, so good for the health of heart also…

5. For women’s this practise helps to reshape the abdominal area after childbirth.

6. Influences the pranic body, by which expand awareness and induces meditation.

Limitation:
People suffering from ulcers, heart problems, or any serious abdominal problems should not practise uddiyana bandha.

Jan 11, 2011


PRANAYAMA FOR LONG LIFE


With out breath we cannot live for a minute. Breath is the reason and secret behind life. Even though it is so important the most neglected thing in our life is breath. We never aware of how we breathing? Are we breath equally through both the nostrils etc.? All these questions never come in our mind.

The life span and number of breath per minute have direct relation.
If we observe the life span of the animals, birds; it’s clearly shows that the creature which have higher breath rate per minutes have less life span, and which have lesser breath rate have higher life span; for example the birds breathing very speed, around 40-50 per minute they live lesser year where as animals like elephant, tortoise-breathing rate is very less they live longer.

A normal human being breathes 15 times a minute. This means he takes 4 seconds for one complete inhalation and exhalation. So in a day his breaths 21600 times, that complete one day for his body. If one breathes in this speed he will live 100 years. But we breathe more speed when we are under stress and sick etc… Present days due to modern stressful life, the number breathing per minute surely more than 15 when we took the average, so naturally, if one count the life span with respect to breathing one’s life span never reaches 100 years!!..

But imagine if one took 6 seconds for completion of one breath, his life span increases to 150 years! This is the calculation done by elders; one can even stop the breathing also with practise of pranyama. Our elder’s regularly practising pranayama. It was a part of their regular meditation. Their normal breath rate was much slower and systematic than us. So there is nothing strange in hearing the story of all epic heroes who lived 400 years and more…! Bhishma the Great warrior coming in Mahabharata lived more than 400 years… he was a great master of Pranayama… He only taught His grand son Duryodana the Kumabhaka technique (holding the breath) with which he was hided in a well, by holding breath for a long time.

Still there are some yogis in Himalaya they living since 100’s of years with out old age because of use of pranayama.
In simple pranayama one can easily define as proper systematic deep inhalation and complete exhalation. In scientific also when we complete in hale, the whole lungs will utilize and the huge pure amount of oxygen entering to the blood, so immediately each cell of the body will be benefited. In the same way complete exhalation also very important, when we complete exhale the carbon dioxide from lungs will come completely out, and makes space in lungs for the full entry of fresh air. When one regularly practices the pranayama, normally his depth of breathing is going to increase; if one is a newer to yoga he can experience this with in a month. As depth of breathing increases the quality of oxygen entering to the blood also becomes more pure. So each cell, through which each part of the body, mind, gets benefit immediately. So naturally one can maintain the youth, freshness, good health by following pranayama.

Nov 29, 2010

AGNI SAARA KRIYA.

‘Agni’ means ‘fire’, ‘saara’ means ‘essence’, ‘kriya’ means ‘action’. This is a purification process of the body which will increase the digestion.
The long-time motion less sitting office work leads to sluggish digestion, laziness of the entire body. The internal digestive organs become inefficient; the best way to overcome from these entire problems is Agni Sara kriya.


BENEFITS:

1. Agni Sara kriya massages internal organs of the abdomen, stimulates the nerves associated with the digestion. So it leads to proper and normal secretion of digestive juices.

2. The regular practise of this kriya helps to increase the good assimilation of nutrients, there by leads to good health for the follower.

3. Its helps to reduce fat from abdomen, so helps to reduce obesity.

4.One of the best yogic practises to overcome from acidity, gastritis, indigestion, constipation etc.

5. For a healthy person this kriya practise helpful to prevent any type of abdominal disorders’ in future.

6. The regular practise of Agni Sara kriya prepares the body for the practise of Nauli kriya.

LIMITATIONS

The people suffering from hernia, ulcers, high blood pressure, heart problems not suppose to practise this kriya.

NOTE:
1.The best time to do this kriya is in early morning, if you doing this in evening keep at least 4 hours of gap after food.

2. One can do this kriya in Vajrasana (sitting position) or in standing (utkatsana).

3.Try to synchronise your abdominal movement with breathing… beginning days 2-3 minutes of practises in off, gradually increase up to 5 minutes.

Aug 15, 2010

YOGA DURING PREGNANCY

‘Pregnancy’ is a precious and important event in every woman’s life. Today one can well plan to become pregnant when needed and take well care to have a healthy child.
Pregnancy period is very important period to make the Childs growth proper. The healthy pregnant period is very important to have a normal and safe labour… Yoga practise makes an important role for this healthy pregnancy and safe labour.

The physical and psychological status of the women plays major role in pregnancy. Present days the physical work for women is less compare to older days. Earlier days they are used to do lot of sitting works and home routines, which makes their pelvic region stronger, now all those works like, grinding, washing etc, replaced by machines. So the exercises, body movement is less compare to earlier days, so the pelvic region and abdominal muscles are weaker compare to earlier days… Present days most women’s were doing more mental work so the stress levels also more. The yoga practises helpful to reduce stress level, and make the body active, so yoga is a very important practise during pregnancy periods.

Generally the stress leads to psychological, neurological, immunological changes in human’s body. This imbalance or changes leads to lot of pregnancy complications like miscarriage, Improper fatal development etc in pregnant women’s. Generally to overcome from these the pregnant women’s going for painkillers and other medicines, these have a lot of side effects on the embryo, and the mother too.
Recent days the number of surgical labour and miscarriage is increased highly because of these mental stress and lack of physical activity.

The best way to over come from all pregnancy related problem is yoga. With reference to the health the yoga gives the exercises to the body and relaxation to the mind, which is what a pregnant woman really needed noway days.
But during pregnancy all yoga practises should not be done. They need some special asana and breathing exercises which will helpful to strengthen the pelvic region and help to become calm.

The first three month of the pregnancy one should not do any yoga poses, because this is the stage were the formation and beginning the growth of embryo takes place so any pressure to the ovary may leads to miscarriage, so only pranayama can be done during those time. After 3 months of pregnancy one can do yoga asana till 8 months with proper guidance; where as after 3 months of labour one can restart yoga.
The general yoga practises which are more effective during pregnancy are as below.
Tadasana1&2, trikonasana, katiparivartasana, vrkshasana, dhruvasana, arda chakrasana, tiryak tadasana, ardha pada hastasana, partial badda konasana and upavista konasana, marjarasana, vakrsana, balasana, shavasana, yoga nidra. Some simple stretching’s like neck shoulder, ankle rotation also helpful. Pranayamas with out holding breath is helpful during pregnancy. The nadishuddi, ujjayi, sheetali and bhramari are more effective pranayams for pregnant women. The practise of trataka kriya is helpful to overcome from stress. The ‘Om’ meditation is advisable for pregnant women.

Note: Especially during pregnancy one should do yoga with proper teacher’s guidance, other wise it will harm the practitioner. So never try with the help of books or CD’s.


It has proved by lot researches that with good practise of yoga one can overcome from lot of pregnancy related problems…So it’s generally for pregnant women yoga is the best way to have peaceful fearless pregnancy and have an easy labour.

Apr 14, 2010

SOORYA NAMASKARA (SUN SALUTATION)



Sun generates heat and light necessary to sustain life, with out sun, there is no life or world for a single minute. By knowing this the ancient people worshipped sun as god Most of the ancient civilizations developed religions which are based on sun worship. it was identified as different deities. As Mithras by Persians, Osiris as in Egypt, Baal as in Chaldeans, Apollo as in Greek, Soorya as in India.

Even though god is one, its worship in different forms in India.. Out of them sun is one form of god. Sun is worship as Lord since time immemorial in India..Different form of gods has some special method of worship to please them easily. Lord shiva by Abhishekam (Holy water bath), Lord Vishnu by Alankara (Decoration)..
Same way the to please the Sun the best way of worship is Salutation.. So sun salutation is not only part of yoga, it’s a part of Indian culture..
In olden days the daily life starts with saluting to the sun,. Traditionally sun salutation was doing with mantras.. There are 12 mantras are there in sun salutation. if one practise sun salutation with these mantras during the time of sunrise, there is no diseases for the follower, its an ancient belief and effective till present day.

Other than religious belief if one follows the sun salutation as a part of daily routine as part of healthy life, surely he will get good health.
There are different types of sun salutations following in the world, some of them are 17 step sun salutation also called as Yogic soorya namaskar, 9 step sun salutation called as Vedic sun salutation, etc. The most common one is 12 step sun salutation.

This is as below



Benefits:

1. During busy restless present day’s material world, it’s harder to get time for exercises, So Soorya namaskara is a panacea for who lives in cities, who find insufficient time and opportunity to take adequate exercises.

2. Soorya namskara exercises the whole body, its an combination of 12 asanas so it’s an integral exercise that influence the health of whole body. This is the only exercise in which ones whole body get exercise in short period of time.

3. The digestive, system, eliminatory system, endocrine system, like this every system of the body get affected by regular practise of sun salutation.

4. It improves, digestion, inducing good sleep, giving good relaxation for the mind. So for total health very effective

5. Sun salutation is beyond religion, so for getting good health anyone can practise this.

Number of rounds :
The number of rounds depends on the health of the individual and as well as time available. but beginners starts with 3-4 rounds and adding 1-2 rounds each two successive days..In general if one practise 12 rounds its better.

Limitations:
1. Should not try to learn sun salutation with seeing books, or pictures, It has to learn under the guidance of teacher only. Even tough its looking easier, but if one do with wrong there is no use, so always better to learn under a teacher.

2. Do not attempt soorya namskara when you are ill.

3. People with high blood pressure, sciatica, Heart problems should not do soorya namaskara. So better to discuss about health condition with teacher before starting learning

4. Its important to relaxing after completion of practise.

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