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Inner Calling

Feb 17, 2014 at 7:48 PM PDT

 

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I was confused about what I was supposed to do with my life. I was doing my daily practice, listening to weekly knowledge, and doing some small volunteering. I thought I was doing everything necessary to be content, but I was actually sad.

I quit my full time job, for a part time job.  I went back to school to fulfill my dream of a second career in holistic medicine. Small things were going wrong; I wasn’t enjoying my new life.  I cried a lot because I felt lonely …

Skull Shining Breathing Technique (Kapal Bhati Pranayama)

Oct 20, 2013 at 3:42 PM PDT

Kapal = forehead; bhati = shining; pranayama = breathing technique

Here’s a very powerful breathing exercise that not just helps you lose weight but also brings your entire system into a perfect balance. Dr. Sejal Shah, Sri Sri Yoga teacher, explains the importance of Kapal Bhati, “80 percent of the toxins in our body are released through the outgoing breath. Regular practice of Kapal Bhati pranayama detoxifies all the systems in our body. And the obvious sign of a healthy body is a shining forehead.” Kapal Bhati literally translates to ‘the shining forehead’ and this is exactly what happens with regular practice of this 

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Oct 20, 2013 at 3:21 PM PDT

This asana resembles a serpent with its hood raised. Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana is part of the sequence of yoga postures in Padma Sadhana and Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation. Bhujangasana is pronounced as BHU-jung-AAHS-uh-nuh.

Bhujang = Snake (Cobra); Asana = Posture or Pose

How to do Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

  1. Lie on your stomach with your toes flat on the floor and forehead resting on the ground.
  2. Keep your legs close together, with your feet and heels lightly touching each other.
  3. Place your hands (palms downwards) under your shoulders, keeping your elbows parallel and …

Wind-Relieving Pose (Pavanamuktasana)

Oct 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM PDT

This yoga pose, as its name suggests, is excellent for releasing abdominal gas. Pavanamuktasana is pronounced as PUH-vuhn-mukt-AAHS-uh-nuh.

Pavana = wind, mukta = relieve or release, Asana = Posture or Pose

How to do Wind-Relieving Pose (Pavanamuktasana)

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  1. Lie on your back with your feet together and arms beside your body.
  2. Breathe in and as you exhale, bring your right knee towards your chest and press the thigh on your abdomen with clasped hands.
  3. Breathe in again and as you exhale, lift your head and chest off the floor and touch your chin to your right knee.
  4. Hold it there, as you take deep, long breaths …

Yoga during Pregnancy

Oct 20, 2013 at 2:59 PM PDT

This is the period when your body and mind are engaged in the creation of a new life. It can be a unique and valuable experience. Yoga can help you to have an easier, healthier pregnancy and delivery.

Practice slowly and gently and the postures and breathing exercises will:

  • Relax and strengthen your body
  • Help you adjust to many of the temporary physical changes
  • Help you to make the most of your breath

Always consult your physician or yoga teacher before starting the programme to find out the set of suitable yoga postures and yoga regime …

Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)

Oct 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM PDT

 

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Vriksha – Tree; Asana – Pose

The asana is pronounced as VRIK-shAH-sana

This posture replicates the graceful, steady stance of a tree. Unlike most yoga poses, the Tree Pose requires keeping our eyes open in order to maintain body balance.

How to do the Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)

  1. Stand tall and straight with arms by the side of your body.
  2. Bend your right knee and place the right foot high up on your left thigh. The sole of the foot should be placed flat and firmly near the root of the thigh.
  3. Make sure that your left …

A Leaf Out of My Yoga Diary

Oct 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM PDT

A 37-year-old, busy, multi-tasking woman’s account of how yoga adds zing to her life

Married for 12 blissful years, mother of two energetic children, and a bank manager for eight years, I am Nina Singh: a fun-loving, gregarious woman who loves people, exploring new places and looking up exotic recipes. You could see a reflection of me in many women today. The privilege which my life enjoys is the gift of yoga. It has given me peace of mind, the ability to enjoy my multiple roles and walk with a confident step.

September …

Combating Arthritis the Yoga Way

Oct 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM PDT

A 29-year-old software engineer and a 60-year-old homemaker share how yoga helped them resume ‘normal life’ despite being affected by arthritis.

If you thought that a condition like arthritis can only happen at the age of our parents or grandparents and there’s still a long way to go, it’s time to wake up to the reality. Although increasing age is a high contributor to arthritis, it cannot be denied that children, teenagers, young and middle-aged adults can all fall prey to this condition.The primary cause of arthritis is an imbalance of vatta (type of body constitution), …

Sitting Half Spinal Twist

Oct 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM PDT

Ardha Matsyendrasana

ardha = half; Matsyendra = king of the fish matsya = fish; indra = ruler.
Pronounced: ARE-dah MAT-see-en-DRAHS-anna

How to do Sitting half spinal twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

  • 1. Sit up with the legs stretched out straight in front of you, keeping the feet together and the spine erect.
  • 2. Bend the left leg and place the heal of the left foot beside the right hip (optionally, you can keep the left leg straight).
  • 3. Take the right leg over the left knee.
  • 4. Place the left hand on the right knee and the right hand behind you.
  • 5. …

Standing Forward Bend

Oct 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM PDT

Hastapadasana

Hasta- hand; Padah- foot; asana- pose
Pronounced: Has-tah-pada-sanah

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How to practice Standing Forward Bend (Hastapadasana)

  1. Stand straight with feet together and arms alongside the body.
  2. Balance your weight equally on both feet.
  3. Breathing in, extend your arms overhead.1669
  4. Breathing out, bend forward and down towards the feet.
  5. Stay in the posture for 20-30 seconds and continue to breath deeply.
  6. Keep the legs and spine erect; hands rest either on the floor, beside the feet or on the legs.
  7. On the out breath, move the chest towards the …