There are so many reasons why public awareness of Yoga has reached this current pinnacle of popularity. Relaxation of mind, body and spirit are often named, but emotional health is very hard to control when people are under constant pressure to work harder and faster than ever before.
Emotional health must be mastered to live a quality life. Listed below are five Yoga asanas, which should be learned from a competent Guru or Yoga teacher. As you learn to master the following asanas, you should work to calm yourself in every phase of your life.
Paschimottanasana– forward bend: it gives a intense massage to the internal organs, regulating the intestines and the digestive system. It also reinvigorates the nervous system while at the same time calming the mind and releasing the legs and back.
Sarvangasana – shoulder stand: allows the heart and the circulation to rest. The brain and nervous system are replenished with a fresh flow of blood. This is not a beginner’s asana. The mind is also calmed and on an esoteric level, this pose grounds us. Viparita Karani, which is also known as inverted lake, or legs up the wall pose, is also an option.
Halasana – plough: releases the back bringing flexibility to the spine and neck. It also releases tension from the cervical region and the internal organs are also massaged.
Matsyasana – Fish: is a self massage for the neck and shoulders, an area which often holds much tension. The heart is also opened allowing a release of any energetic blockages and it activates the thyroids which regulate digestion, our growth & development amongst other regulating capacities.
Savasana – corpse pose: the final relaxation postures where we allow the nervous system to recalibrate with the renewed energy. Also worth noting that although we tend to ‘rest’ without doing anything, this may be while watching the television, reading a book and so forth and therefore still expand energy. In Savasana, we allow the body, mind and soul to rest fully and to reconnect.
In addition to these poses, Ustrasana (Camel Pose) or Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), would also make good complimentary backbends for those concerned with balancing the spinal structure, while aligning the energy centres. If you are a Yoga teacher concerned with structural alignment, please be sure to follow your Guru’s instructions for balancing the asana sequence to avoid too many forward bending postures.
Halasana and Pashmitonasana would both work on massaging the digestive system and releasing the thyroids where Sarvangasana and Halasana would rejuvenate the upper body with a fresh supply of energy.
Yoga postures alone will help reduce stress, but a complete Hatha Yoga class needs pranayama, relaxation techniques, and meditation for optimum results.
© Copyright 2010 – Bhavan Kumar / Aura Publications
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