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Hatha Yoga

Ancient exercise originated from India about 5000 years old. Revitalize the whole body & mind with this soothing class. Controlled breathing & stretching postures are held to strengthen, ease muscles tension, stress and increase flexibility. Relaxation included.
Hatha Yoga exercise focus on the vertebral column and work not only on the physical body but also on the subtle bodies.

The twisting, lengthening and bending forward, backward and sideways of Hatha Yoga aim to awaken and balance the subtle energies.

Yoga has been around for many centuries. It originates from India and means union; A union of the body, mind and breath. There are about forty different types of yoga and each is a positive way to reduce these negative factors in our lives. Even if you are practicing only the physical part of yoga you will benefit greatly. Yoga isnt just for the spiritually minded people; everyone can benefit. It seems as though many people feel that there are not great benefits from yoga because one doesnt work up a sweat and get the heart pumping. This is not true, yoga is a calming practice and it works at strengthening the central nervous system and keeping it healthy. If you find that time is a factor for not pursuing yoga, and it is difficult for you to join a class, there are many yoga tapes available. Most of them require twenty to thirty minutes of your time a day. You could practice in the morning or before bedtime. This is a minimal amount of time to give to your body to ensure proper health and a calm state of mind. Yoga is a positive benefit for people who suffer from anxiety. It can teach you to relax and enhance inner peace. Hatha yoga is a popular type; it focuses on breathing control. Mantra yoga focuses on chanting and can be a very spiritual practice. Power yoga is great for building stamina and strength. At any rate they all seem to provide similar benefits for your mind and body. The varieties of poses flow one into another, always breathing through the nose. Lunges, standing poses and floor stretches will make you feel as though you have found muscles you didnt know existed. After the first few times you practice yoga you will definitely feel it in your muscles the next day. Yoga is known for decreasing health problems or fixing existing problems. It is known to help heart conditions, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome and various chronic conditions. It is definitely a holistic approach to healing. Many people swear by it. It is a wonderful way to start the day, especially if the weather is warm and sunny. You can practice outside in the early morning in the backyard with nothing but the birds singing around you. If you practice in the evening, take a hot bath following your yoga session. Drop some Epsom salts in the water to soothe your muscles. When practicing some of the stretches you will need a towel or a belt. A floor mat is a good asset if you are practicing on an area that isnt carpeted. You will be impressed with the results of yoga. It tones the muscles, improves flexibility and it energizes you. It is best to practice yoga in bare feet to minimize slipping out of poses and lunges. Just wear comfortable clothing. Light some aromatic candles, dim the lights and push play on the VCR and you are ready for a peaceful workout.

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Yoga has many forms and traditions. Although they vary in emphasis, they all have the ultimate goal of uniting with the higher Self / God / Divine. The traditions also overlap in their philosophies and a practitioner of one type of yoga is naturally a practitioner of other traditions. People may be drawn to one form more than another based on their nature. The ancient Sanskrit texts that teach us about the types of yoga include The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and the Yoga Sutras. Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion and adoration. People who practice Bhakti yoga believe in the power of love and see God as love. Rituals such as singing, dancing, chanting, making offerings, repeating mantras, praying, and worshiping are all a part of this type of yoga. Hindus who practice bhakti yoga will devote themselves to a deity such as Krishna. Bhakti comes from the Sanskrit root of bhaj which means "to serve. The growing love for the Lord tears down the walls between the human per-son and the Divine. [An emotional person may be drawn to the bhakti path since it teaches acceptance and tolerance.] Jnana yoga is the yoga of knowledge or wisdom. The word jnana means "knowledge", insight, or wisdom. It is the most difficult path because it requires great strength of will and intellect. Jnana tells us that at the current consciousness level, everything is real. But as the consciousness level rises, a person knows that things are not real as separate entities. Activities of a jnana yoga include listening to a teacher who explains old texts, reflecting, discussing the texts with others, asking for clarification, recognizing the truth, and ultimately merging with that truth. [Analytical and scholarly people are often drawn to this yoga since enlightenment is obtained through willpower, study, and inspired reason.] Karma yoga is the yoga of action. The root kri means "to make or "to do. It may be chosen by those with outgoing personalities. This yoga teaches you to act selflessly without thought of gain or reward so that you may purify your heart. Karma yoga allows a person to act without consideration of reward for such actions. It also teaches us how to act in the world so that we are not affected by karma and influence des-tiny in a positive way: to prevent bad karma, we hope to go beyond good karma to no karma. Karma yoga removes egoism, attachment, and selfishness from the mind. All actions have future consequences in this life and/or future ones, therefore a practitioner of karma yoga becomes more giving of him/herself. Mahatma Gandhi is an example of a karma yogi as his actions were selfless. Raja yoga is the science of physical and mental control. It is sometimes referred to as royal or classical yoga. This practice is considered royal or kingly as it allows a follower to become a ruler/master over his/her mind and the Self and to be enlightened. The pieces (or limbs) that make up raja yoga are both physical and mental in nature and offer us a way to observe the internal mind. It includes the eight limbs of yoga that are listed in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. These limbs are sometimes collectively referred to as Ashtanga yoga. They are: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi. Bernard Bouanchaud translates these as respect toward others, self-restraint, posture, breath control, detaching at will from the senses, concentration, meditation, and contemplation. The listing does not imply that we should perform these limbs in order; this is not a step-by-step process, but the limbs are related. The yamas include "non-violence, truth, non-stealing, moderation, and non covetousness. " The nirvanas include cleanliness, contentment, discipline, study of the ancient texts, and surrender to God. Asana consists of postures of the body. Pranayama is mastery of the prana (or breath). Pratyahara is withdrawing from the external senses. Dharana is concentration which may lead to dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (contemplation or a conscious experience). Hatha yoga is considered different things to different people. One explanation of it is hatha yoga is one of the limbs of Patanjali's eight limbs of raja-yoga or a compliment to raja yoga. Some scholars consider it to include only asanas, where other scholars include asana, purification methods, and pranayama as part of hatha yoga. Swami Vivekananda says that the purpose of hatha yoga is to make the physical body strong, to not get sick, and to live a long life. He says it is a physical, not a spiritual path. Others disagree saying that hatha yoga prepares and purifies the body allowing for easier meditation, concentration, and ultimate enlightenment through increased energy, strength, and balance. Svatmarama, a sage, stated that asanas are a way to create a contemplative state of mind and that only one posture is necessary: one for sitting meditation. Authoritative texts on hatha yoga include the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, and Shiva Samhita. Hatha yoga is the most widely practiced type of yoga in the West and has been studied in recent years to understand its health benefits. Many styles of hatha yoga exist with each having its own focus. For example, some emphasize alignment while others emphasize movement. Each style varies the amount it centers on asana, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation. Hatha yoga allows us to open the chakras of the body and awaken the kundalini. It also offers a way to balance of the male (solar) and female (lunar) energies of the body. Many Westerners come to hatha yoga in the quest of better health: increased flexibility, more strength, better sleep habits, reduced pain, relaxation, stress release, etc. After being introduced to this branch of yoga, the other types of yoga (bhakti, jnana, mantra, etc.) may become of interest to students as well.

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* Miss. M Vasantha A/P M Markandu (Shantha) aged 40 is currently an instructor of Hatha Yoga etc, Beautician and make up artist.

 

* Anand utsav - Senior yoga instructor

Why do yoga? There's a short answer and a long answer to that question. The short answer is that yoga makes you feel better. Practicing the postures, breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier in body, mind and spirit. Yoga lets you tune in, chill out, shape up -- all at the same time. For many people, that's enough of an answer. But there's more if you're interested. For starters, yoga is good for what ails you. Specifically, research shows that yoga helps manage or control anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, stress and other conditions and diseases. What's more, yoga: Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina Reduces stress and tension Boosts self esteem Improves concentration and creativity Lowers fat Improves circulation Stimulates the immune system Creates sense of well being and calm. And that's just the surface stuff. In fact, most of the benefits mentioned above are secondary to yoga's original purpose. Developed in India, yoga is a spiritual practice that has been evolving for the last 5,000 years or so. The original yogis were reacting, in part, to India's ancient Vedic religion, which emphasized rituals. The yogis wanted a direct spiritual experience -- one on one -- not symbolic ritual. So they developed yoga. Yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the classical language of India. According to the yogis, true happiness, liberation and enlightenment comes from union with the divine consciousness known as Brahman, or with Atman, the transcendent Self. The various yoga practices are a methodology for reaching that goal. In hatha yoga, for example, postures and breathing exercises help purify the mind, body and spirit so the yogi can attain union. Pranayama breathing exercises help clear the nadis, or channels, that carry prana the universal life force, allowing prana to flow freely. When the channels are clear and the last block at the base of the spine has been opened, Kundalini rises through the spine, through the central channel called the sushumna-nadi, and joins the crown chakra. According to the tradition, the release of Kundalini leads to enlightenment and union. If you do yoga will you become enlightened? Well…you might (of course, it could take a few lifetimes of diligent practice). But then again you might not. But it doesn't really matter because yoga is a process, and there's a lot of good to be had along the way. What if you don't believe in talk about enlightenment, spirit and the rest of it? That's okay, too. Yoga doesn't discriminate. Even if you don't believe in the spiritual side of life, you can still do yoga. Whether enlightenment, nadis, prana and Kundalini is literal truth, metaphor or myth is irrelevant. If you do yoga, chances are that you will feel its psycho-physiological effects. Moreover, the concept of union has a powerful down-to-Earth meaning. Yoga helps us get in touch with our true selves. Between work, home and all of the demands and stresses in between, it's easy to lose touch with who we are, that core essence with which we were born. Rushing around all day it sometimes feels like the "I" inside is simply the result of the things we do all day -- or the effects those things have on our minds, bodies and spirits. Ever say "I am hungry" or "I am stressed"? We identify with our conditions. It's like "hungry" or "stressed" is a name (Hi. I'm Stressed. What's your name?) As a result, our identities shift with our moods and conditions. In truth, however, we are not the conditions we experience or things we do. We are not our jobs or the thousands of tasks that make up our jobs. We are not the sensations or emotions we feel. We are not the car we drive or the house we live in. We are not "S/he Who Must Pay Bills." We are not Mr. and Ms. Stressed. Strip away the emotions, sensations and conditions and somewhere deep down inside you are still there. Strip it all away and you find out who you really are. The techniques developed by the yogis to transcend also help us strip away the things that try to mis-define us -- the emotions, sensations, desires, achievements and failures of daily life. Through yoga we learn to develop a greater awareness of our physical and psychological states. As a result, we're in a position to better manage our reactions to the thoughts, feelings and responses we have to the various situations we deal with every day. With greater awareness comes the sensitivity and skill to find and remove the physical and psychological blocks that often keep us from our true selves. We no longer identify with our conditions. Instead of saying, "I am stressed," we begin to say, "I feel stress," or "stress is present." It's a subtle but powerful difference. Or better yet, we say "I feel anxiety and fear, and that's causing stress and in particular it's causing tension in my neck and shoulder." So we breathe deeply to soothe the anxiety. We review the events that led to the onset of those feelings, and in the process they lose their grip on our nervous system. We intentionally relax our shoulder and neck to prevent the stress and tension from building into a permanent condition. Yoga gives us control of ourselves. It helps cut through the layers of mis-identities that arise in response to our actions, experiences and feelings. It calms the frenzy, clears the clutter and allows us to get back in touch with ourselves. Yoga is union with self. Or, as Patanjali, one of the great yoga sages, said: Yogashcittavrittinirodhah (Yoga stills the fluctuations of the mind). Tada drashthuh svarupe' vasthanam (Then the true self appears.) However, yoga is not about self-absorption. Yoga is about being in the world. Although most books, videos and websites focus on yoga postures, breathing and meditation, the tradition also emphasizes love, compassion, knowledge and right action as paths toward union. Whether you pursue yoga as a spiritual path or for its psycho-physiological benefits, yoga is a methodology for developing a deeper experience of your self and the world. And it makes you feel really good. Comments? There are probably as many answers to the question "Why do yoga?" as there are practitioners. Please feel free to share your views on why you do yoga.It's 3 a.m. You're scheduled to give a big presentation at eleven, only eight hours away. You desperately need to sleep so you will be rested and alert when your big moment comes, but here you are staring wide eyed at the bedroom ceiling. Your mind is agitated and your body won't relax. The harder you work at getting to sleep, the wider awake you are. You've already tried counting sheep, watching the late show, and making yourself a snack-all to no avail. In desperation you reach for a sleeping pill. This is a common scenario in the United States, where approximately one third of all adults suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Insomnia, the most common type by far, is clinically defined as the inability to fall asleep after lying in bed for thirty minutes or the inability to sustain sleep for more than a few hours without waking. Practically speaking, however, insomnia can be defined as unrestful sleep. We've all experienced some form of insomnia at particularly stressful times in our lives. It's normal to have trouble sleeping at these times, and it usually passes after a night or two. Insomnia is a problem only when it becomes chronic. Although it is associated with certain physical illnesses-arthritis, heart failure, and chronic lung disease, for example-most experts agree that insomnia is a symptom, not an illness in itself. So what is it a symptom of? There are two answers-the ancient and the modern. At first glance they seem completely different, but a closer look reveals some remarkable similarities. An Ancient Angle on a Modern Malady Ayurveda, the healing science associated with yoga, tells us that all disease is caused by indigestion. That is, at some level-either physical, mental, or emotional-we haven't completed extracting what is helpful and eliminating what is indigestible. This is one of the keys to understanding insomnia. On the physical level, indigestion is caused either by bad food or by weak digestion and leads to conditions like heartburn (a contributor to insomnia), flatulence, and diarrhea. Mental indigestion is the inability to let go of a certain incident or thought-usually an unpleasant experience. This can be a distant tragedy like the earthquake in Kobe, Japan, criticism from someone whose opinion we value, or a work-related problem we're trying to solve. Emotional indigestion is the recurrence of a feeling, often sadness or anger, long after the precipitating event. The emotion has not been sufficiently digested and remains just under the surface, springing up for no apparent reason. Mental and emotional indigestion are the most common causes of insomnia. Some of us even grind our teeth while we sleep in an attempt to chew and digest recurring thoughts and emotions. The Contemporary Angle Modern explanations for insomnia range from overstimulation and stress to mucking up our waking-sleeping cycle. Stimulants include caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, and some sodas), and sugar, as well as activities such as aerobic exercise, arguing, and watching violent TV shows (or the evening news, for that matter). All these taken (or experienced) too close to bedtime can rev us up so much that it is difficult to fall asleep. This is only another way of saying we are still attempting to digest these substances or events at the same time we are courting sleep. Stress is another form of indigestion. Most of my patients who suffer from insomnia tell me, "My worries keep me awake," or "My mind won't stop. I don't know how to turn it off." Anxiety, worry, depression, unpleasant memories, and fears are the most common cause of sleeplessness. They seem to take on a life of their own and are determined to stay awake, even though it's way past bedtime. The third common cause of insomnia, one which has become prevalent only in modern times, is tampering with the normal cycle of sleeping and waking. This is a mechanical problem of sorts. Human beings have a normal sleep rhythm; in general, we are designed to be awake in daylight and asleep at night. People who work the night shift, or travelers who have recently crossed several time zones, may experience insomnia simply because they are trying to sleep when their internal clock is telling their body to be awake. Our bodies are designed for sleep to come effortlessly. When it doesn't, when we're holding on to the day's stresses and reaching out for tomorrow's too, there are a number of ways of inducing the body and mind to let go and slip gently into a restful sleep. Create an Environment that Will Help You Sleep Your bedroom should be tranquil and inviting. Make it comfortable and conducive to sleep. Eliminate ambient light and any noise that could disturb your sleep. If possible, reserve the bedroom for sleep and sex. Conduct other activities-reading work-related material, watching TV, paying bills, and disciplining your children-in another room. In time, this will create the expectation in your body that the bedroom is where it goes to relax and rest. End the Day with a Calming Routine Go to bed about the same time every night. Create a routine that prepares you for sleep. You may already have some kind of program you follow before you go to bed-locking the house, brushing your teeth, maybe reading a little. A pre-bed routine is a way of telling your unconscious that it's time to sleep. Make sure that this routine is relaxing, not stimulating-winding down before bedtime increases the likelihood that your mind will let you rest. If you find the news disturbing, skip the late broadcast. If you live in a safe neighborhood, take a leisurely stroll. Read something pleasant and soothing-save the suspense novel for earlier in the day. Take a hot bath. Sit for a period of meditation. The trick is to calm your mind and quiet your nerves before you get into bed. And speaking of routines, getting up at the same time every morning will make it easier to fall asleep at night. Attempting to compensate for a night of disturbed sleep by staying in bed longer in the morning will simply further disrupt your sleep cycle. Get up on time, even if you don't feel like you've had enough rest-you'll have a much better chance of falling asleep easily when bedtime rolls around again. Do a Relaxation Exercise Taking a few minutes to do a short relaxation exercise just before getting into bed is an excellent way of letting go. This doesn't have to be elaborate. Great benefits can be gained by simply lying on your back in the corpse pose (hands at your sides, palms upward, feet slightly apart). Close your eyes, and systematically address every part of your body. Start at your scalp and move toward your toes. Begin by softening your forehead, eyes, face, and jaw. Tensing and then releasing each muscle group help tight muscles loosen, especially those in the neck and shoulders. Continue giving attention to each area of your body-the arms, the trunk, and the legs-until you reach your toes. Surrender to gravity. Stay in this relaxed state for a few minutes, letting the floor support you. Focus on your breathing, releasing all other concerns. Let your breath come from deep in your abdomen, and let it flow smoothly, slowly, and evenly. This simple exercise is a way of telling your mind and body that it is OK to stop thinking, working, and struggling. Pay Attention to What You Ingest It's best to eat a light meal in the evening, especially if you are dining late. You will sleep more deeply if you have finished digesting your food before you go to bed. A rich, heavy meal close to bedtime will interfere with your rest and leave you feeling sluggish in the morning. Avoid caffeine, especially after midday. This includes coffee, tea, chocolate, and many sodas. Coffee has a half-life of four to six hours. That means it takes that long for half of the coffee to be digested, and another four to six hours for the next quarter of it to be eliminated from your body. In other words, it takes twelve to fourteen hours for 7/8 of the coffee you have ingested to be eliminated. No wonder you still feel wide awake at eleven when you had your last cup after dinner. Sugar can also cause problems. Consider avoiding refined sugar in the evening because it is absorbed immediately into the bloodstream. That's why it gives you a burst of energy and sometimes makes you feel a little high. Eating sugar near bedtime can make you restless and jittery and can keep you from falling asleep. If you need a treat at bedtime, a glass of warm milk is your best bet. Alcohol and tobacco taken near bedtime can also interfere with deep sleep. It's true that a nightcap will make you sleepy, but the sleep it induces is light, restless, and shot through with periods of wakefulness. Likewise, you may associate tobacco with relaxation, but it actually increases tension. Tobacco is a stimulant that makes the heart race and blood pressure rise. It's best avoided altogether, but if you choose to smoke, avoiding it in the hour or two before bedtime will make your sleep more restful. Get Some Exercise If we polled farmers or anyone else who does manual labor eight to ten hours a day, very few would report a problem with insomnia. But for most of us, hard work is reserved for the mental sphere, so we need to exercise our bodies if we're going to sleep well. Studies of athletes have shown that they do not require more (or less) sleep than sedentary folks, but their ratio of deep to light sleep is higher. Doing some form of aerobic exercise at least three times a week also increases this ratio. Just be sure to avoid strenuous exercise within several hours of bedtime-it can be stimulating. But if you exercise at any other time, you'll sleep better. It's OK to do long, slow stretches near bedtime, however, for they will release muscular tension and prepare you for sleep. Focus on asanas that you find relaxing. Avoid intense backward bends, such as the wheel, as they may prove to be too invigorating at the end of the day. Don't Drug Yourself to Sleep According to a recent article in the Archives of Internal Medicine, approximately 20 million prescriptions are written each year for sleeping aids, a number dwarfed by the quantity of over-the-counter sleep medications sold annually. Although most of these drugs do induce sleep within ten to twenty minutes, they interfere with the deeper stages of sleep. And all of them impair functioning the next day in one way or another. They can be helpful for short-term insomnia resulting from a sudden stressful event, but even the mainstream medi-cal community agrees that sleep medications/sedatives are not helpful in resolving chronic sleep problems. Experiment with Natural Remedies Homeopathic remedies and herbs can help with insomnia. Homeopathic medicines are extremely dilute extracts from natural substances, so they don't have the rebound effects drugs do. They are considered to be non-toxic by the FDA, and many lowpotency remedies are sold over the counter. One of the best treatments for insomnia is homeopathic coffee, coffea cruda. Although coffee causes irritability and sleeplessness in physiologic doses, in homeopathic doses it can cure these states. Valerian root, passionflower, and hops, taken before bedtime in either tablet or tea form, are other alternatives. These gentle, relaxing substances help your body rest, but they don't affect your central nervous system the way prescription sleep medicines do. Both homeopathic remedies and herbal preparations can be purchased at most healthfood stores or through a holistic physician. Don't Panic! Insomnia is a huge problem in this fast-paced, sugar and caffeine addicted country. But if we can first identify the habits we have that contribute to our sleeplessness and slowly change them, and at the same time add more relaxation and deep breathing to our pre-sleep routine, we will sleep better. Above all, don't panic. Insomnia is not life-threatening, although many people respond to it with agitation or fear. The more anxious you make yourself about not sleeping, the more sleep will elude you. So turn the clock to the wall and drop the internal dialogue about what a horrible day you will have tomorrow if you don't get to sleep immediately. The key to sound sleep lies in surrendering, not in trying harder. Once you're in bed, focus on your breath and empty your mind. If you have a mantra, let your mind rest in it. Be kind to yourself. Remember, sleep cannot be forced, but it can be coaxed. It is waiting for you. Allow yourself to come to it, enter it, and let the world spin without you for a whileAny one of several paths of spiritual discipline intended to lead a person to deliverance from samsara and the realization of moksha--i.e., to at-onement with ultimate reality. Specifically, it means a "yoking" of the self by spiritual discipline, a method of training designed to lead to union of the human spirit with ultimate reality and release from the limits of the individual ego. Also called margas (paths to salvation). Normally following a yoga involves apprenticeship to a guru (spiritual teacher or guide). Yoga is an ancient Indian practice, dating back to 2500 BCE, possibly even earlier. It is a scientific system designed to bring the practitioners health, happiness, and a greater sense of Self. In Yoga, the body and mind are linked to create a state of internal peacefulness and integration, bringing the individual from a state of separation to a self-unity that is flexible, accepting and whole. At the practical level, and included in the contemporary definitions of Yoga, are the actual physiological/mental techniques themselves. These techniques concentrate on posture and alignment, as well as creating a higher consciousness. Yoga utilizes stretching postures, breathing, and meditation techniques to calm the emotional state and the mind, and tone the body A combination of relaxation, breathing techniques and exercise which combats stress, and helps circulation and movement of the joints. Union of the lower nature with the higher. Different forms and techniques to gain control of the physical, astral or mental bodies. As far back as the third century B.C., Patanjali, the father of classical yoga philosophy, defined yoga as "the cessation of the modification of the mind." Yoga, which in Sanskrit means "union," focuses on altering the state of a person's mind and using the powers of the mind to generate healing within the body. By assuming a series of asanas (positions) and concentrating on breathing, people who practice yoga keep their spine supple and systematically exercise all of the body's major muscle groups. This in turn strengthens the organs by increasing respiration and blood flow. (2) is an ancient Indian mind/body practice which traditionally prescribes physical postures and movements (asana), breathwork (pranayama), diet, ethics, concentration and meditation in order to live skillfully and to achieve emancipation (samadhi). The many branches of yoga stress various practices, ranging from Hatha Yoga's emphasis on asana, to Raja Yoga's emphasis on meditation, to Bakti Yoga's emphasis on devotion. The many styles of Hatha Yoga popular among Americans include Iyengar, Ashtanga (Power Yoga), Kundalini, and Kripalu. joining, union; the union of the soul with the immortal being and consciousness and delight of the Divine; a methodised effort towards self-perfection by the expression of the potentialities latent in the being and union of the human individual with the universal and transcendent existence; [as opposed to Samkhya]: the concrete and synthetical realisation of truth in our experience; [a system of philosophy systematised by Patanjali, one of the six darsanas]. 1. Hodgepodge of dozens of religious and quasireligious systems and methods, many of which are health-related. The word "yoga" comes from a Sanskrit term that literally means "yoke" and, in Hinduism, implies harnessing oneself to God. But, contextually or with a qualifier (e.g., chakra, Chinese, Polarity, Taoist, or Tibetan), the word "yoga" often seems to mean simply "religious or quasireligious practice or group of practices." 2. Hatha yoga. A Hindu series of mental, spiritual and physical exercises designed to aid in enlightenment. The exercise component of Yoga is often practiced in the West as an aid to healthy living. A Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquillity. A system of exercises to promote integration of body, mind, and spirit. Yoga, to yoke, join, bring together, bring to union.  Indian word for "union." Yoga is a posturing and breathing technique to induce relaxation.  A system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being. Various forms of yoga include poses (or asanas) for building strength and flexibility, breathing exercises for cleansing, and/or meditation for relaxation and stress reduction. Union of the individual soul and the Supreme Soul; also the discipline by which such union is effected. The Yoga system of philosophy, ascribed to Patanjali, is one of the six systems of orthodox Hindu philosophy and deals with the realization of Truth through concentration of the mind.  is a tune-up for the body. Gentle postures stretch and tone muscles, joints, organs, and glands. Yoga helps relieve physical and mental tension. The many forms of yoga can be practiced by anyone to achieve greater health  A means of becoming united with the supreme being, or with the universal soul. ll Philosophical and physical discipline using various postures and controlled breathing to improve muscle flexibility and tone, improve circulation and calm the mind. (Skt.; Tib. = neljor). General term for techniques of meditation and spiritual practice in Indian religions. In Tibet, it usually refers to Tantric practice. pages. techniques of developing and integrating energy; discipline or 'yoking' of the senses and the ego more...  Thank Nixon. After helping him with a chronic knee injury, Bikram Choudhury got a special visa from Richard Nixon to come to the United States in 1972. Choudhury, a three-time national yoga champion of India, established his Yoga College of India in Beverly Hills, Calif. Currently experiencing a full-fledged renaissance, yoga is no longer the exclusive domain of Hindus, Buddhists and hippies; stars and plebeians of all faiths are breathing and stretching toward a new nirvana. Favored by celebrities, Bikram Yoga (referred to as "hot yoga") is done in a 105-degree room to foster stretching and provide a nice cleansing sweat. A type of hatha yoga, this practice emphasizes strength and well-being, not deep meditation. Curious? Try an introductory package of three lessons for $15 (Bikram's Yoga College of India, 5816 SW Hood St., 452-1132). (CM) The English word "Yoke" is derived from this word, and its meaning is "Union" or being connected to something. The understanding is that it is the integration of personal experience into wisdom, both from physical and meditative practices.  the practice in which physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation are used to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and regulate heart rate. (literally, union) The state of oneness with the self, with God; the practice leading to that state.  A philosophical as well as physical way of life emphasizing harmony of body and mind. The philosophy of yoga is based in Eastern Metaphysical beliefs. The goal of the philosophy is to help a person become balanced in mind and body and attain self-enlightenment. Yoga, apart from its metaphysical teachings, is beneficial to the body. An ancient practice for bringing body and mind into harmony using meditation, physical postures, breathing, and exercise. A discipline that focuses on the body's muscles, posture, breathing mechanisms, and consciousness, in order to attain physical and mental well-being through mastery of the body. Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility that is achieved through the three paths of actions and knowledge and devotion  a system of exercises practiced as part of the Hindu discipline to promote control of the body and mind
 

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 Date  : 30th July 2004 Friday (6:30pm -8:00pm)

Organizer : JCI Kuala Lumpur |

 Contact    : Kelly 012-320 3350 & Ang 012-296 5138

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Styles/ Types of Yoga On this planet today there are so many types of yoga being practiced today. The styles all vary and this page gives you a brief overveiw of some of the more popular choices being practiced. Our style of yoga is a combination of various types of yoga however it is very much along the lines with Iyengar and Ashtanga (Power Yoga). We believe that all styles have something to offer so we are open to all aspects, that way we are open to all and there is always something to learn. Postures Section Click image Yoga Styles Overview Iyengar - A softer on the body classical style of yoga, Iyengar is perfect for beginners and those who haven't exercised in a while. It uses props such as chairs, straps, blocks and pillows, and even sandbags, to compensate for a lack of flexibility, which is helpful for anyone with back or joint problems. Iyengar is the most widely recognized approach to Hatha Yoga, it was created by B. K. S. Iyengar. Iyengar yoga is characterized by attention to detail within poses and the aid of the props. The props assist all sorts of people to be able to do the poses comfortably. The key to all styles of yoga is to get the fundamentals and form correct, this is where the props aid the student. There is more focus on symmetry and alignment and also meditation. Each pose is held for a longer amount of time than in most other yoga styles, developing a state of focused calm. Iyengar Yoga is meditation in action. Benefits include toning muscles, eliminating tension and easing chronic pain. When we strengthen weak areas of ourselves and open and stretch tight ones, our bodies return to their correct alignment. Practicing Iyengar yoga will give you a good knowledge of classic yoga poses so that whatever other style you practice, you will have the basic fundamentals of how to do each posture. The teacher focuses on alignment and inner awareness. Awareness starts with the body and expands to other parts of the self as one continues with the regularity of practice. Ashtanga (Power Yoga) the preferred choice for athletes, Ashtanga yoga is light on meditation but heavy on developing strength and stamina. The poses are more difficult than those performed in other styles, students move quickly from one pose to another in an effort to build strength and flexibility. This style is suitable for anyone in reasonable physical condition but should be avoided by those who are new to exercise. Even the "beginners" routines are a physically demanding workout. Ashtanga yoga takes students through a warming up of the body to "activate" the muscles. Students move from one pose to another in a continual flow and combine the inhale and exhale of the breath with movements. This physically demanding yoga was developed to build strength, flexibility, and stamina. Ashtanga yoga is becoming very popular. Expect the teacher to move the students through a sequence of poses, which is practiced, until it is mastered to some degree and the fundamentals completely understood. Then the student moves on to practice another series of poses that are more difficult, but the foundations are the same. The series of poses involves weaving in a combination of standing, seated, backbends, inversions, balancing, and twisting poses into sun salutation poses which include a standing forward bend, upward dog, downward dog, and other poses. There is a focus on breath control and focal point of the eyes as the students do a specific prescribed series of poses, moving gracefully from one to another. It is very beneficial for the body to be warm and/or the room to be heated as one does ashtanga, this will help the muscles to be very flexible, and help the body avoid strains due to the physically demanding style of ashtanga. Bikram done in a hot room that is 38C or higher (to replicate the temperature of yoga's birthplace in India); this style of yoga focuses on 26 postures that are performed in a certain order. The exercises are very physical and the intensity is high. When combined with the heat, makes for a tough workout. This style is recommended for yoga veterans and extremely fit individuals only. Bikram Yoga originates from Bikram Choudhury. The Bikram series is warms and stretches muscles, ligaments and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched. This yoga has been helpful in removing symptoms of disease and chronic pain in the body, which works if the student maintains regular practice. Hatha: This mellow form of yoga focuses on simple poses that flow from one to the other at a very comfortable pace. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace, taking time to focus on the breathing and meditation in their practice. This yoga is ideal for winding down at the end of a tough day. Kundalini, which incorporates mantras (chanting), meditations, visualizations, and guided relaxation. It focuses on healing and "purifying" the mind, body, and emotions. Kundalini yoga is designed to activate the kundalini energy in the spine. This is achieved with poses, breath control, chanting, and meditation. Kundalini yoga is beneficial in dealing with addictions, and many people find it a natural way of releasing endorphins just by breathing and doing the poses. Kundalini yoga consists of poses combined with breath control, hand and finger gestures, body locks, chanting and meditation. You will practice precise postures; sounds and breathing that activate different parts of the body and the brain to produce specific results Kripalu, which is more spontaneous, flowing, and meditation orientated. Kripalu yoga starts with the first stage, postural alignment and intertwining of breath and movement, and the poses are held a short time. The student progresses to the second stage with meditation included and poses held for longer. Finally, the practice of poses becomes a spontaneous dynamic movement. The essence of Kripalu yoga is experienced through a continuous flow of postures whilst meditating, for gentle yet dynamic yoga. Practice would start with meditation and centering, breathing, warm up movements to heat up and prepare for poses, yoga postures, guided posture flows and relaxation. Sivananda Yoga has a series of 12 poses, with the Sun Salutation, breathing exercises, relaxation, and mantra chanting as the basis. These are the elements in a typical class: Relaxation Mantra Chanting Breath control Sun Salutation Leg lifts Headstand Shoulder stand Plough Fish Forward Bend Cobra Locust Bow Spinal twist Balancing posture (which is usually the peacock pose) Standing forward bend Triangle Mantras and Universal Prayer Final Relaxation Viniyoga, a slower more individualized form of yoga. This form develops strength, balance and healing, make it ideal for beginners, seniors, people with chronic pain or who are in rehabilitation from injury or disease. Raja-yoga, which aims for "liberation through meditation." People who are capable of intense concentration mainly practice this form of yoga. Bhakti-yoga, or "devotional yoga," which focuses on self-surrender in the face of the Divine. Mantra-yoga, or "yoga of potent sound," which aims at liberation through the verbal or mental repetition of empowered sounds, such as "om," "hum," or "ram." engineered by integricity.com