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November 30, 2010 - 5:15 pm
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Numbers In Yoga and Practicing At Your Own Pace

By John Severin

The texts of Hatha Yoga state that there are 8.4 million different postures in Yoga and that this number corresponds to the 8.4 million species of living beings on the earth. Furthermore of the 8.4 million postures only 84 of them are good for humans with only 32 of them being important. In Yoga the number 84 has symbolic value and it should be noted that it is the product of 12X7. The symbolic value of the number 12 is the 12 months of the year or the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Furthermore the number 7 stands for fullness such as the 7 energy centers of the human body. That all being said, Yoga is intricately linked to a view of wholeness and when you participate in Yoga you are learning to bring your body and mind together in order to find your full potential.

When participating in Yoga it is crucial that you practice at your own pace. There are some people that are naturally able to bend their body into odd shapes and as such find the positions of Yoga to be very easy. On the other end of the spectrum are those that are rigid and find it difficult to complete even the simplest of Yoga positions. Everyone is different and as such there is no "correct" pace at which to practice Yoga.

This is a question that everyone must answer for themselves. Regular practice of Yoga can increase ones flexibility and muscular strength, but that does not mean that regular practice, aka more then once a week, is a requirement to succeed. On of the great Yoga masters, Krishnamacharya of India, emphasized the importance of tailoring Yoga instruction so that it best suited each students needs. Emphasis was especially placed on taking into account a students age, physical state, emotional stability and job when creating a Yoga routine for a student. It has been said that the best way to practice Yoga is to proceed gently but steadfastly. Or in other words, try to keep a set routine that you are comfortable with, but periodically review your progress to see if an increase is needed.

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Yoga is the easiest and cheapest method of achieving flexibility and toning your muscles. Many health problems arise from sedentariness and women and men begin to experience difficulty in moving and performing physical activities because of their joints and ligaments.

You can prevent agedness and better conserve your body, organs and beauty by simply performing several yoga exercises each day. Just 10 minutes are enough to give you self-confidence, to boost your optimism and positive thinking and to give you the energy you need to successfully fulfill all your tasks.

Breathing is very important during yoga exercises because it enables you to relax and correctly perform your yoga exercises. You begin your daily routine by standing in the mountain pose, that is, an initial standing position with your feet parallel on the ground and your hands clasped in a prayer position in front of your chest. From this position you lift your hands up and you stretch as much as you can towards the sky while inhaling and exhaling for three times.

Once you finish exhaling, you slowly move into a standing forward bend and keep your body as close to the feet as possible. Then you kneel keeping your back straight and your hand and feet parallel to each other. As you inhale you straighten your back and look forwards, then you curve the back and bend the head while you exhale. This exercise has to be repeated three to six times because it gives great benefits to the spine and the back muscles.

From the above posture you lift your body and arch it into a 45 degree angle with your palms and your feet on the ground. This position is called 'downward facing dog' and it is followed by a low lunge, that is, you take the right foot and you bring it close to your arms while you push the left foot on the floor, then you repeat with the left foot.

After you stretch both your feet, you return in the standing forward position and in the initial standing position. If you repeat this exercise day after day, you will feel healthier and you will easily maintain your weight. For a better understanding of this practice, you may go on a holiday at a yoga retreat and let professionals teach you how you can become an expert yourself.

The exclusive and private yoga retreats are the best places to relax and meditate after a hard year.

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There are many great ways to approach fitness. Some methods aim to grant strength, while others have uses in weight loss and gaining speed or agility. One interesting facet of fitness is yoga, which can offer great benefits to those looking to explore it. If this is an interesting idea, take a look at some info on the topic.

This discipline is an approach to both the physical and mental aspects of the human body. It originated in India, but it is also associated with the meditative practices of Buddhism, Hinduism, and many other cultures. The classical techniques associated with this practice have been found to date back as far as 5000 years or so.

The styles of this practice are numerous, but fun to explore. Some are more beginner-friendly, while other styles are more suited to those with more flexibility and strength. The benefits of this practice are only just beginning to become fully realized. It is recommended that beginners start off slow with basics, and progressively increase the duration and difficulty of the various poses.

The overall goals of this discipline include fitness and flexibility, proper breathing techniques, and meditative practices. Many simply try it out for a while and walk away. However, those who develop a love for the system of their choice and stick with it will find a variety of benefits to becoming more advanced.

One of the primary benefits of this activity is the increase in the flexibility of the joints, tendons, and muscles. This can be important for avoiding a variety of injuries. Another important aspect is it's long term strengthening of muscles, which can add overall functional strength to the body.

An increase in strength and flexibility can lead to better posture as well. Many sitting and standing poses work towards developing better core strength, which benefits basic posture. Better posture can help in avoiding many chronic pains that stem for slouching or slumping. This is especially true in avoiding back pain problems, which tends to stem from poor posture.

Perhaps the most important benefit is its affect on stress. The calming, serene breathing and meditation has been shown to calm nerves and reduce overall stress. Stressful situations in everyday life have been linked to a variety of health issues, and the meditative aspects of this discipline can help to overcome the problem. This can also improve overall mood and increase general concentration, which can prove to be very helpful in a variety of ways throughout everyday life.

The long term and short term benefits of yoga cannot be overstated. This ancient practice has been shown to improve the overall quality of life for most who practice it. Those who get involved are quick to cite it's benefits for both the physical body, and the improvement of psychological aspects as well. It is recommended that a beginner take a class with a qualified instructor. There is a possibility of injury for those who are not familiar with the positions, or those who may get overzealous and attempt to take on more than what is reasonable for a novice.

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You have may have heard that Yoga practice has many benefits and you are willing to give it a try. But your inner voice says that it is too expensive for you, that it is only for the young people or maybe you are afraid that you are not that flexible as this ancient practice would require. It is time to put your inner voice to rest as Yoga is an accessible activity for everybody, regardless of financial status, age and fitness level.

Nobody can ever say that they are too old for Yoga classes and instead of making use of machines or weight loss devices, Yoga is able to build stamina, strength as well as flexibility inside your body. You should start with a level that you feel the most comfortable with and perform it at your own pace.

You can end up wishing to intensify the practice, but this decision is merely up to you. Yoga is not competitive and one can do it without keeping an evolution chart. An essential part of Yoga is listening to what your own body needs and has to say. In case you suffer from any discomfort or pain, you should stop making the specific asanas.

Yoga seems to be ideal for people who are more than 50 as with aging many people start suffering from bone fractures due to several falls they confront with.

Once the asanas (postures) are practiced you would soon feel that the center of gravity of your body is in a safe, controlled setting and with a consistent practice all the confused and dizzy sensations disappear. It is recommended that for the first weeks of practicing as a beginner, a daily Yoga practice is preferred for satisfactory results.

Anyone is capable of practicing Yoga, regardless of the fitness level their body is. Many famous athletes 'blame' Yoga practice for their successes into their sporting activities. But what can be said about us, the ordinary people? Practicing Yoga will determine even the most rigid body to become flexible in a short period of time when there is a daily practice of Yoga.

As to affordability, Yoga classes are counted as low cost activity courses as they can be either performed in a group or by yourself with a minimum of investment. The most essential prop into practicing Yoga is the Yoga mat that its costs range from $10 up to $50. But till you will get the chance to learn by heart the asanas, it is more advisable to buy a DVD with guidance.

This one can be chosen in accordance with your own level of preparation - if you are a beginner, an intermediate or advanced. If you still are not sure whether or not to start practicing Yoga, you can go for ordering a book on Yoga and try to perform some of the asanas. Thus you will be able to reduce your inner voice from the pessimist tone to a more positive, constructive one.

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