Ujjayi Pranayama is a form of breathing exercise which clears toxins out of the body and rejuvenates the body with more oxygen supply. This pranayama technique is mostly used along with other yoga asanas especially that of Vinyasa yoga since during Vinyasa, the focus is more on breath synchronized bodily movements and poses. Ujjayi increases the oxygen consumpion during yoga practice and helps in comfortably maintaining various postures for longer periods of time.
Vrikshasana – The Tree Pose
In sanskrit, Vriksha means a tree and Asana means a pose. The final pose looks like the shape of a tree hence it is known as Vrikshasana or Tree pose. It is an excellent balancing posture where the weight of the entire body is shifted to one leg, strengthening that leg. The entire posture requires a good sense of balance by fixing our gaze on any fixed point in front of us. Once mastered, this asana gives a sense of confidence and steadiness.
The Tree Pose Yoga is beneficial for individuals experiencing postural disfigurements of spine, joint inflammations, shortcomings of legs and shoulders, as well as in bringing overall happiness to the yogis.
In Sanskrit ‘Nauka’ means ‘Boat’ and ‘Asana’ means ‘Pose’. So this asana is called as Naukasana. Since the body resembles a shape of the boat therefore it is named Naukasana or boat pose. It primarily affects the core along with spine, chest, hands and legs muscles. It also has a positive impact on abdominal vital organs.
Naukasana is one of those very few yoga poses that can be practiced by lying on back i.e. - Supine Position and also on stomach i.e. - Prone Position. It requires certain level regular practicing in order to reach the perfect posture.
Some Sukshma Vyayama before we begin with a stimulating session of Yoga!
Kurmasana or the Tortoise Pose looks similar to a tortoise as only the hand And legs can be seen portruding outside the body. Practicing the Kurmasana helps in calming the nervous system and withdrawing from the distractions of the outer world. Kurmasana tones the entire abdominal muscles, removes belly fat and is good for diabetes.
Kurmasana forms part of the primary series of Ashtanga yoga and is popular in a range of styles of yoga because of its physical and mental benefits. Though it is quite difficult to perform, with regular practice it becomes much easier.
The name comes from the Sanskrit words “Parivrtta” meaning “revolved”,"Parsva" meaning "side","Kona" meaning "angle","Asana" meaning "pose". A slightly advanced asana, the Parivrtta Parsvakonasana is a twist on the standing side-stretch. This is a very powerful asana. The Squeezing of the abdominal organs helps in better digestion and increased blood circulation of the abdomen and spinal column. The asana helps to remove waste matters from the colon without strain.
Don’t forget to breathe!
The complexity of this posture demands notable strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination all at once which makes us forget to concentrate on breathing. Deep and continuous breathing calms the nervous system and focuses the mind.
GARUDASANA - The term evokes the regal, bird-like stature of the pose.You need strength, flexibility, endurance and unwavering concentration for Eagle Pose. It is a standing balance pose that requires and develops focus, strength, and serenity. Using your breath and your gaze in this posture will help calm your mind and release distractions, allowing for quiet poise and stability in the pose. The physical balance required for the pose aims to center the spirit by balancing dual forces such as feminine and masculine, support and power, and motion and stability.
Practicing Garudasana is a great way to open your shoulders and back while strengthening your legs. Holding the pose while focusing on your breath and gaze builds grace and calm determination. Work on getting the proper alignment, then work to hold the pose for extended periods. With Garuda’s pose, you can fight and win against the demons of stiffness and imbalance!
Utkatasana or Chair pose is one of the best yoga poses for beginners as it is a simple ‘standing asana’ that improves flexibility and balance. Utkatasana requires determination and focus and this is why it is one of the most commonly recommended yoga postures for beginners as it helps to create the right mental state to perform asanas.
Daily practice of Utkatasana strengthens the immune, circulatory and metabolic systems, fights back and joint pains, and grants a feeling of equalization in the body.
In Sanskrit, “Nata” is dance, Raja stands for king and the meaning of Asana is Pose or posture. Hence, Natrajasana.This asana is a beautiful combination of structure and movement. When we are open to and accept both movement and structure, this asana helps to make you strong, and opens up your body and mind, giving them grace and power. As you bend backwards and your body balances on one leg, you are constantly challenged. When you overcome the challenge, you attain a sense of peace and calm.
Since the difficulty of variations of this posture ranges from intermediate to advanced, with conscientious practice, even a beginner Yogi can master the body balance that plays a key role.
Compass Pose (Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana)
Compass Pose (Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana) Hips Too Tight? Try This Fluid Yoga Posture Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana, or Compass Pose, is a shoulder, ribs, spine, hip and hamstring opening seated pose. It is an advanced level Yoga posture that requires considerable length in the hamstrings, side body, and shoulders in order to comfortably reach the foot. It creates balance in the pelvis and can unlock even the most stubborn hips.
Although Compass Pose may feel unachievable in the initial attempts, yet one should not shy away from staying committed and patient in order to experience the ultimate benefits this asana offers.
When the tiny tots are eager to master the art of Yoga! Yogis in the making, indeed!
Happiness is seeing your little yogis smiling to the joy of Yoga!
Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
THYROID BALANCING YOGA MONTH
OUR POSTURE 3 - USTRASANA Ustrasana, also known as Camel Pose, is one of the important natural remedies to treat thyroid disorders.It is one of our favorite asanas this Thyroid Balancing Yoga month. What we value about Ustrasana is that nearly all the major muscles of our bodies are being stretched and supplied with fresh blood and oxygen, if this asana is performed correctly. This stretching in turn also stretches the neck and stimulates the thyroid glands. Ustrasana works brilliantly to improve conditions of the Thyroid gland and it is highly recommended for people suffering from Hyperthyroidism as well as Hypothyroidism.
Ustrasana is a wonderfully designed posture that benefits the body and mind by working towards opening up the front of your body, especially the thyroid glands, while also opening your pectoral muscles and hip flexors.
THYROID BALANCING YOGA MONTH
OUR POSTURE 1 - SARVANGASANA "Sarva" means whole, "Anga" means body parts, and "Asana”means posture. Sarvangasana (shoulder stand posture) is a complete body Asana. It is the most beneficial Asana for all thyroid gland problems. If the glands are overactive (hyperthyroidism) this posture helps to reduce secretion and if they are under active (hypothyroidism), this asana helps in releasing more thyroid hormones.
It gently massages and opens the thyroid gland, especially when you successfully tuck your chin to your throat. By doing so, you succeed in driving healthy, oxygen-rich blood directly into your neck and strengthen your thyroid glands. Tremendous pressure is put on the gland in this powerful pose and this pressure has drastic effects on its overall functioning resulting in improved circulation of fresh blood and squeezing out stagnant secretions.In addition to its positive impact on Thyroid glands
Sarvangasana is rightly nicknamed as queen of all the asanas!
THYROID BALANCING YOGA MONTH IS ON!
Did you know that improving your thyroid function may be as simple as a few yoga postures?
The thyroid is one of the larger endocrine glands in the body. It is located in the neck and produces hormones, principally Thyroxine(T4) and Triiodothyronine(T3), that regulate the rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of function of many other systems in the body. The hormone Calcitonin is also produced which controls calcium blood levels. Iodine is necessary for the production of both hormones. The most common problems of the thyroid glands are Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). Depending on the severity of the problem, your doctor will probably prescribe a daily thyroid hormone replacement pill. However, before you resign yourself to a lifetime of pill swallowing, experience the healing power of yoga!
YOGIC MANAGEMENT OF THYROID
Like all parts of your body, your thyroid gland also needs healthy blood supply. Some Yoga postures can compress the thyroid and the surrounding tissues to squeeze out the blood and intracellular lymphatic fluids making space for fresh replacements.
The most effective of such asanas are
There are also specific breathing techniques, like UJJAI, KAPALBHATI and BHASTRIKA PRANAYAMA that relax and stimulate the ancient reflex pathways within the throat area which in turn stimulate the thyroid glands.
Yoga practices are positive influences for better health of the thyroid gland. Try it to experience the healing!
Yoga isn't just about bending the body down, its about what you learn on your way down.