Yoga is a sanskrit word meaning Union or Join
Yoga talks about joining body and mind. Yoga is balancing body and mind. Yoga is often known
to reduce stress , improve mood, calm the mind, improve concentration,
and bring relaxation. Basic practices of Yoga include Asanas or yoga poses or postures,
Pranayama or breath control, meditation, mantras, chanting, healthy
food and life style. Yoga postures or yoga poses bring flexibility,
strength and endurance to the muscles, joints and overall body systems.
Pranayama or breathing control increases the stamina of lungs
and improves oxygen consumption and balance the nervous system.
Yoga Types - Different types of Yoga such as Raja yoga or Ashtanga Yoga based
on Yoga sutras of Patanjali, Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga based on
karmas, Jnana yoga based knowledge, Bhakti Yoga based on devotion
and compassion, kundalini yoga originating from Tantras are practiced to
attain the higher dimension of awareness.
Yoga Poses - Yoga poses, Yoga postures or Asana (in Sanskrit)
help achieve physical and mental well-being; improve the flexibility of the body
and increase the vitality. Yoga poses bring flexibility, strength and endurance to the
muscles, joints and overall body systems.
Pranayama - Pranayama is a Sanskrit
word meaning extention and control of prana, prana is vital or life force. Pranayama or yoga breathing
increases the life force, calm the mind. On physical level pranayama increases the
breathing process, strengthens the lungs, improves oxygen consumption and balances
the nervous system.
Yoga Life style - Yoga is a complete lifestyle, which discusses
diet, exercise for body, mind control and guidelines for integrating spiritual life
in to our life. Ayurveda, the science of traditional medicines talks about
healthy life style increasing the quality of life and longevity.