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April 27, 2015
Yoga and Asana are two intertwined terminologies that bestow tremendous health benefits to the individual practicing it regularly. Yoga, the Sanskrit word for "union" involves a series of special postures and breathing techniques known as Pranayama to encourage health, vitality and a proper balance between the mind and the body. The benefits are manifold and irreplaceable. Yogic practices help cure serious ailments and help attain endless peace and harmony through the breathing techniques. Asanas and the yogic methodology have the power to calm the mind and flush the toxic substances from the body.
The sages in India knew the magical power of the yogic methods and the pranayama techniques since time immemorial. Their exact birth is unknown because it even surpassed the written history and perhaps evens the wheel of time. The Saints passed on the miracles of Yoga to the generations to come and hence, now it is known to the modern world. Yogic practices are a set of postures to align the perfect shape of the body, which in turn guarantees a perfect physical demeanor. It also engages the breathing techniques, which are known, as the pranayama practices. Pranayama involves a special technique and ratio of exhalation and inhalation. The breath or the "Prana" directed to different parts of the body by these special inhalation and exhalation practices. The pranayama practice controls the "Prana" and directs it to the diseased part of the body, which needs treatment and elimination.
A proper practice and the mastery of the pranayama techniques not only ensure a healthy physical body but it also helps to boost the mental power. The special breathing techniques help to cleanse the body and help one regain immense calm, peace, and solace. The Yogic postures range from simple ones to the complex ones. The young and the old learn the simple ones easily since, the complex postures need a bit of dedicated practice. Hence, it is always advisable to begin early if one aspires to gain the mastery in the particular field. As the proverb states, it's better late than never, it's never late to begin a healthy journey of both body and the soul.
Asanas are a deviated terminology from the main stream of yogic practices. It is a yogic practice that involves special postures, which are practiced while seated in a definite, still, and flexible position for a particular time period. Asana practice became popular due to its colossal effect on health. To be more precise it acted like a health tonic, which ensured a relaxed, vital and glowing physical and mental health. The power of Asana is best felt when practiced regularly. Asanas are extensively known as "Yoga postures" and "Yogic positions".
The Yogic methods, the asanas and the pranayama practices are definitely boons to the human society. It helps in treating various minor ailments and serious diseases. They are the holistic ways of leading a perfect and balanced life. The power of asanas and the yogic methods are manifold, they help to reduce the symptoms of hypertension, they are excellent sleep inducer, they help to cure the lower back ache and shoulder pain by re-aligning the muscles of the body, they help to reduce the symptoms of diabetes, overall they help to maintain the balance in posture and physical demeanor of the person practicing it. The pranayama practices help to gain a balance in the digestive system; it also helps to cleanse the body and frees the mind from a cluster of thoughts. Hence, a mind-body balance is attained with supreme harmony and peace. Modern and fitness yoga teacher training intensives should never forget the traditional roots that created this past time we practice today.
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