A few tips by senior Sri Sri Yoga teachers on learning the ‘art’ of yoga asanas or postures.
Remember the first time you started practicing your favorite hobby – photography, music, dance, anything. At first, there was a struggle, an effort to get things right. You were anxious to click the best picture, play the right melody, and have the perfect steps. Then with each practice, it just went on getting better, and as you mastered the art, the act became effortless and graceful! This is exactly what happens …
Like any competitive sport such as gymnastics, yoga postures need grace, style, balance and flexibility. Yet yoga has something deeper to offer. To many it is a spiritual practice, a pathway to a more profound understanding of life.
Dinesh Kashikar, senior Sri Sri Yoga teacher, shares his views about entering yoga pose practice as a competitive sport in Olympics. He feels that this move will attract more people to take up yoga and reap the benefits …
Yoga-Moving Beyond Asanas
We often use the word ‘yoga’ to mean ‘yoga asana’. Most people think of yoga as an act that contorts the body into a human pretzel. However, yoga is much more than just asana. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, regarding the practice of yoga, reflect this distinction clearly. Only three of the 196 sutras (aphorisms) in Patanjali talk about postures (asanas). This means that yoga encompasses much more than just physical exercise.
People across the world are also gradually waking up to this realization. Poonam from Mumbai shares how a session of Sri Sri …
Yoga in Village
Experience some ‘village yoga’ – people in the village naturally perform yoga postures as part of their daily work – activities like filling water from a well, grinding grain, tilling the earth stretches their arms and waist as they breathe accordingly in rhythm. In the village people lead a far more healthy and happy life. Not only is the green environment conducive to such wellness, the chores the average village woman performs in her home or the farmer performs manually in the fields keeps them fit physically and mentally.
A day in the life of a villager is …
In which yoga posture should I sit for meditation?
“If you want to stand on one leg and meditate, that is also fine,” smiled Dinesh Ghodke, senior Art of Living teacher, when replying to this question. “You can meditate in any posture in which you feel comfortable and can hold steadily.”
Surprised? Patanjali Yoga Sutras, an ancient treatise on yoga describes asana (yoga postures) as “Sthiram Sukham Asanam” which means an asana is that which is steady and comfortable.
Here are some important insights about how to sit for a refreshing meditation experience.
When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need.
Yoga and food go together. ‘Isn’t it enough just to practice the Yoga asanas/ poses, do I have to regulate my food?’ wonder many. In itself, practicing Yoga asanas is one of the most beneficial regimes, but when complemented with the right food, it can really create wonders. In fact, eating the right food is an essential part of living a Yogic life.
What we eat, not only influences our physical well being, but also our emotions and thoughts. Yoga, does not dissect …
Yoga and Meditation go together. Many wonder why it is necessary to meditate after practising Yoga asanas/ postures. One of the many benefits of practising yoga asanas/ postures is the fact that it allows us to slip into meditation effortlessly. Meditation being one of the main aspects of Yoga, it’s essential that we sit for meditation after practising Yoga asanas and pranayama; else it is like preparing our dinner but not eating it! In meditation one delves deep into the self. There are many kinds of meditations though they might seem different most of them are, in essence, the …
Yoga and Ayurveda. ‘Ayu’ means ‘Life’, and ‘Veda’ means ‘Knowledge’. Hence, knowledge of our life is called ‘Ayurveda’. This science elaborates many lifestyle patterns.
Ayurveda is conducive to the path of yoga. It helps us to understand the nature of our body – what kinds of foods are suited for us, what kind of a lifestyle is suitable for us. After all, a healthy mind follows a healthy body.
One can eliminate the disease just by following an appropriate diet and lifestyle, even without the help of medicines. But healing …
This yoga posture mimics the movements of a hand-moved wheat grinder, common in the villages of India. It turns out to be a fun and excellent workout for the body!
1. Sit with your legs splayed apart.
2. Clasp your hands and outstretch your arms at shoulder height in front of you.
3. Take a deep breath in and start moving the upper part of your body to the front and right, forming an imaginary circle with your body.
The Superman Pose is similar to a flying superman high in the air. This is where this yoga posture gets its nickname.
viparita = inverted/ reversed; shalabh = locust; asana = pose/posture
It is pronounced as Vip-a-RHEETH-uh shah-lah-BHAAHS-uh-nuh
This posture is particularly helpful in strengthening your lower back muscles.