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Yoga is the oldest known method to acquire good health. Yoga not only gifts you with the overall physical fitness but also maintains your mental, spiritual, and emotional health.

Yoga techniques are so perfect that they initially remove all your body abnormalities and improve your resistance power, so you remain away from the diseases. Depression and tensions can be overcome with the help of many Yoga techniques, such as bandha, yoga nidra, relaxation, mudra, mantra, meditation, asana, pranayama, yama, niyama, and much more.

Yoga should can be enjoyed and practiced according to the traditional eight limbs as descrided by Maharishi Patanjali.

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Be careful my friends. Yoga is normally a healthy pursuit, but there are those who engage in mind control tactics to enslave the free will of the innocent. It has been my general observation that most of the people today try to find real peace of mind and are always in search of a quality yoga guru who sees the true path.

A quality yoga guru is very difficult to find!!!

For instance, at one time Sivananda was a wonderful Yoga lineage. Sri Swami Sivanada was loved and admired by all. The same can be said of Swami Vishnu Devananda and many other noted Swamis such as Swami Krishnananda. There are still many quality gurus from the Sivananda lineage like Dr. Rita Khanna.

Times change, and some new misguided yoga followers bring shame upon their great lineages by engaging in anything to make a fast buck. Including terrorizing the public. If you want to practice yoga for improved overall health that is good, but beware of charlatan pretenders who wish to put shame on all lineages but their own true lineage, which will lead you to the true light.

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Dear Rajank,

I'm not sure what you mean. Are you pointing out that charlatans are bad for your health? It could also be said that if we worry about the behavior of others our overall health will suffer. We are all adults here. If someone falls prey to a fake who is to blame? Watch out for Swamis who see down a tunnel.

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Namaste,

Although this thread isn't for a specific health issue. It is good to have an overall health area for us to make posts because these are the reasons why aspirants have practiced hatha yoga for centuries. Yoga in all forms is needed by each of us. If you don't have good health, what do you have?

Do you want optimum health and longevity? Here is what hatha yoga can give you:

Yama

Niyama

Meditation and all of its levels

Pranayama

Learn your dosha for the best possible eating habits.

Safely learn your maximum potential physical flexibility.

Stress reduction practices

Hatha yoga and meditation can give you a deeper practice.

On the surface these facets of yoga may seem like petals of a flower. In some ways they are because the whole flower is yoga. Hatha yoga is merely the easiest form of yoga to learn. The students is guided by the physical body, but competent yoga teachers should point out that fitness is the beginning of the mind body connection. Many students try it but don't stay long enough to learn how to reduce stress.

This is like training in karate for a week and thinking you can defend yourself at the highest possible level. Yoga has many levels of competence. You can't learn self awareness in a week - at least it is unlikely. But people love to think they have ancient system mastered in a week or a month.

Yoga for overall health has unlimited potential, but you have to apply yourself daily. This is what separates most of us from the rest. Many people just don't continue the journey.

Kind Regards,
Donna

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Taking Yoga Off the Mat - Body, Mind and Spirit
By Chris Lindsay

Yoga is much more than just poses. It is intended to be a way of life, an integral part of our daily routine, thoughts and feelings. Remember that we gain from our yoga practice off our mats as well as on our mats. You can incorporate all the elements of yoga into your everyday life and so continue to enjoy its benefits.

Yoga for your body

Today, why not take time to develop an awareness of where you hold tension in your body. At various times during your day, just stop for a few minutes and scan your body to feel any tight spots or places which have pain. Now try breathing deeply for a few breaths and imagine all that oxygen-rich air going directly into the tight or painful place. Scan again and see if the tension has loosened a little or if the pain has diminished.

Yoga for your mind

Meditation begins with mindfulness. When you're next brushing your teeth, notice your posture: is your back tense or relaxed? Are your arm muscles tense? Is your mouth soft or scrunched up? Focus on the up and down movement of the toothbrush; look at how the toothpaste is frothing; do you like the toothpaste taste? How does the brush feel against your teeth? Do you have any sensitive spots? Watch your arm moving up and down. Is your hand clenched around the toothbrush? Think only of how you are brushing your teeth.

Yoga for your spirit

Select a piece of fruit, preferably obtained from a local farmer or from your own fruit trees or bushes. Using your sense of sight, carefully examine the fruit, noticing its colour, shape and any markings or blemishes. This piece of fruit has 'eaten sunlight' and is full of prana (life force) just waiting for you to bite into it. Eat it slowly and mindfully, and imagine your body absorbing the prana and storing it, ready for you to use.

Chris Lindsay is giving free rein to her creativity by designing mandalas for herself and others to color in. She uses geometric patterns from temari, yantra and kaleidoscope designs as the starting points for her creations.

Whether you want to reduce stress, to quieten your mind, meditate or just to have fun, coloring is a great activity for all ages and all abilities.

Visit https://www.mandalas-to-color.com and set your artistic creativity free.

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With therapeutic applications of Yoga, a student learns a combination of asana, pranayama, and meditation, to heal one's self. Yoga therapy will help the old and young. Yoga teachers must show students specialized methods to lower hypertension levels, reduce stress, and sleep regularly.

The origin of Yoga therapy exercises were created for the purpose of relaxing the central nervous system. This Yogic form of relaxation balances the body, mind, and spirit. With the power of reducing the pains from many ailments, yoga therapy is one of the alternatives for medications in western medical science. Yoga teacher training courses should focus on this aspect instead of focusing on pretzel moves.

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The Inside Scoop - Yoga Can Help You Internally Too
By Lindaa Adams

The external benefits of yoga are sometimes easily seen: a fit body, flexibility and perhaps a peaceful demeanor.

But did you know that you can find internal benefits with yoga as well? No, we don't mean inner peace and mental clarity, though those are certainly benefits of yoga.

No, we mean actual internal changes such as those affecting the bladder, the digestive system, the intestines, kidney, liver, ovaries, pituitary, prostate and thyroid. Yoga, scientists and experts have discovered, has the ability to affect the function and performance of the internal organs and help alleviate some of the problems that may be connected with them.

According to yoga experts, yoga is the only physical activity that has the ability to massage and stimulate the internal organs and improve your internal health. Through the various poses and stretching movements, yoga can increase the blood flow to the internal organs, which cleanses and detoxifies. Yoga has been found to reduce sodium in the system, boost the endocrine, gastrointestinal and lymphatic systems, lower the amount of triglycerides and cholesterol in the system and regulate the production of hormones.

In addition, yoga can increase the red blood cell count and the levels of Vitamin C, both of which help to strengthen your immune system.

Regarding specific movements, yoga positions, or asanas, that invert the body help increase the blood flow to the lungs and brain and lets the heart rest a bit from its constant work. Inversion poses also promote better sleep because they relax the sympathetic system. With twisting poses or asanas, the move massages the organs, improving and increases the blood circulation within them. Forward bending poses massages the abdominal cavity and back-bending poses massaged the adrenal glands and kidneys.

Below are a few internal areas of the body and the yoga poses that can help massage and improve their function.

Bladder - The Half Frog Pose: Lie down on the floor on your stomach and press your forearms to the floor while raising your head and upper body. Flex your right leg and push the heel of your foot to your right buttock. Lean on your left forearm and reach back with your right hand to grab the instep of your foot. Position your elbow so that it is pointing toward the ceiling, then position your hand on the top of your foot and curl your fingers over the tips of your toes, with the palm of your hand on the top of your foot. Now push your food down toward your buttock. If you have the flexibility, you can try to position your foot off the side and try to press it to the floor, being mindful to keep your knee in line with your hip. It the position begins to hurt, release some of the pressure. Switch sides and perform the pose, which is also known as the Half Bhekasana, on the other side of your body for anywhere between two minutes and 20 seconds.

Digestive System - Bharadvaha's Twist: Take a seat on the floor and place your legs straight out in front of you. Shift the weight of your body to your left buttock, bend your knees and position your legs on the right side of your body. Your feet should be on the floor on the outside of your right hip and your right ankle should be positioned on the arch of your left foot. Take a deep breath and lengthen your torso, then shift your weight to your left buttock, swinging your feet to the right in the same position that you had them on the left. Exhale and twist your midsection to the right, making sure to keep your left buttock in touch with the floor. Relax your midsection and lengthen your back. Place your right hand under your left knee and place your left hand on the floor behind your left buttock. Twist your left shoulder and push your shoulder blade in towards your back while keeping your body twisting to the right. Every time you inhale, twist your torso a bit more and hold for no more than a minute. As you exhale, return to your original pose (legs straight out in front of you) and then perform the pose again, this time for the other side.

Sphinx Pose - Intestines: Lie on your stomach on the floor and extend your legs straight behind you. Gently stretch your spine, contracting your tailbone upward and then down toward your feet. Now begin to turn the outer part of your thighs to the floor and continue to stretch your lower back. Position your elbows under your shoulders and place your forearms on the floor so that they are evenly positioned. Inhale and raise the upper part of your torso up from the floor in a moderate back-bend position. You should keep your buttocks firm but not tight and you should attempt to extend your tailbone to your feet to keep the pressure from your lower back. Now slowly raise the lower part of your stomach (the area just above the pubic bone but below the navel) up and in towards your lower back area to create a dome shape. This should be done without tightening or * in your stomach muscles. Hold this position for 30 to 40 seconds and then exhale and relax your stomach area as your lower your torso to the floor. You can repeat the pose if you feel like it.

There are a number of other poses that can also provide benefits to these particular internal organs, as well as poses that can help other internal parts of the body. As your local yoga instructor for details on the right way to execute these positions and others, as well as for information on how yoga can help you on the outside and inside.

Lindaa Adams really loves all things health and fitness related.

One of the most reliable health websites Lindaa has found is Kamloops Yoga Instructors, which is a distinctive blend of yoga and exercise.
For more information, you may also visit Kamloops Yoga Fitness Boot Camp.

The external benefits of yoga are sometimes easily seen: a fit body, flexibility and perhaps a peaceful demeanor.

But did you know that you can find internal benefits with yoga as well? No, we don't mean inner peace and mental clarity, though those are certainly benefits of yoga.

No, we mean actual internal changes such as those affecting the bladder, the digestive system, the intestines, kidney, liver, ovaries, pituitary, prostate and thyroid. Yoga, scientists and experts have discovered, has the ability to affect the function and performance of the internal organs and help alleviate some of the problems that may be connected with them.

According to yoga experts, yoga is the only physical activity that has the ability to massage and stimulate the internal organs and improve your internal health. Through the various poses and stretching movements, yoga can increase the blood flow to the internal organs, which cleanses and detoxifies. Yoga has been found to reduce sodium in the system, boost the endocrine, gastrointestinal and lymphatic systems, lower the amount of triglycerides and cholesterol in the system and regulate the production of hormones.

In addition, yoga can increase the red blood cell count and the levels of Vitamin C, both of which help to strengthen your immune system.

Regarding specific movements, yoga positions, or asanas, that invert the body help increase the blood flow to the lungs and brain and lets the heart rest a bit from its constant work. Inversion poses also promote better sleep because they relax the sympathetic system. With twisting poses or asanas, the move massages the organs, improving and increases the blood circulation within them. Forward bending poses massages the abdominal cavity and back-bending poses massaged the adrenal glands and kidneys.

Below are a few internal areas of the body and the yoga poses that can help massage and improve their function.

Bladder - The Half Frog Pose: Lie down on the floor on your stomach and press your forearms to the floor while raising your head and upper body. Flex your right leg and push the heel of your foot to your right buttock. Lean on your left forearm and reach back with your right hand to grab the instep of your foot. Position your elbow so that it is pointing toward the ceiling, then position your hand on the top of your foot and curl your fingers over the tips of your toes, with the palm of your hand on the top of your foot. Now push your food down toward your buttock. If you have the flexibility, you can try to position your foot off the side and try to press it to the floor, being mindful to keep your knee in line with your hip. It the position begins to hurt, release some of the pressure. Switch sides and perform the pose, which is also known as the Half Bhekasana, on the other side of your body for anywhere between two minutes and 20 seconds.

Digestive System - Bharadvaha's Twist: Take a seat on the floor and place your legs straight out in front of you. Shift the weight of your body to your left buttock, bend your knees and position your legs on the right side of your body. Your feet should be on the floor on the outside of your right hip and your right ankle should be positioned on the arch of your left foot. Take a deep breath and lengthen your torso, then shift your weight to your left buttock, swinging your feet to the right in the same position that you had them on the left. Exhale and twist your midsection to the right, making sure to keep your left buttock in touch with the floor. Relax your midsection and lengthen your back. Place your right hand under your left knee and place your left hand on the floor behind your left buttock. Twist your left shoulder and push your shoulder blade in towards your back while keeping your body twisting to the right. Every time you inhale, twist your torso a bit more and hold for no more than a minute. As you exhale, return to your original pose (legs straight out in front of you) and then perform the pose again, this time for the other side.

Sphinx Pose - Intestines: Lie on your stomach on the floor and extend your legs straight behind you. Gently stretch your spine, contracting your tailbone upward and then down toward your feet. Now begin to turn the outer part of your thighs to the floor and continue to stretch your lower back. Position your elbows under your shoulders and place your forearms on the floor so that they are evenly positioned. Inhale and raise the upper part of your torso up from the floor in a moderate back-bend position. You should keep your buttocks firm but not tight and you should attempt to extend your tailbone to your feet to keep the pressure from your lower back. Now slowly raise the lower part of your stomach (the area just above the pubic bone but below the navel) up and in towards your lower back area to create a dome shape. This should be done without tightening or * in your stomach muscles. Hold this position for 30 to 40 seconds and then exhale and relax your stomach area as your lower your torso to the floor. You can repeat the pose if you feel like it.

There are a number of other poses that can also provide benefits to these particular internal organs, as well as poses that can help other internal parts of the body. As your local yoga instructor for details on the right way to execute these positions and others, as well as for information on how yoga can help you on the outside and inside.

Lindaa Adams really loves all things health and fitness related.

One of the most reliable health websites Lindaa has found is Kamloops Yoga Instructors, which is a distinctive blend of yoga and exercise.
For more information, you may also visit Kamloops Yoga Fitness Boot Camp.

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https://hubpages.com/hub/Yoga-and-Fitness-in-Kamloops-BC

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Yoga for Well Being

By Susan Kersley

oga is a wonderful discipline because it has so many benefits for body mind and spirit. You may be considering starting to do yoga as a physical practice to become fitter and wonder what the benefits of so doing would be or perhaps you have been practicing yoga already, as I have been. After many years you would realise how much better you feel when you do your yoga practice but may not be aware of how vital it is for your general health and well-being too.

The advantage of yoga over many other forms of exercise is that it is more than only exercise for the body, it also exercises and relaxes your mind and your spirit too. So it is holistic in the real sense.

When you practice the yoga asanas or postures on a regular basis you will be stretching and exercising every part of your body. You will be twisting and bending your spine both back and forwards and massaging your internal organs too. When you spend tie in shoulder balance there will be benefits from the stimulation of the thyroid gland.

A major advantage of doing a yoga practice at least twice a week is that it keeps your body and mind flexible and your body relaxed. Since the postures are very precise and you do whatever you can do while trying to stretch a little bit further each time you do the posture you will gradually become fitter and more flexible.

It is not competitive. You do whatever your own body can do and then notice how as weeks go by your body gently adapts to the stretches and you can do more. So the only competitive nature of yoga is with yourself not with others in the class. You have to leave your ego behind as you realise that since everyone's body is different you will find some postures easy to achieve and can therefore push yourself to do more and more, while other positions will be much more difficult for you and you will do just as much as you can do to your own limits. A good yoga teacher will guide you and help you to achieve the most that your body can do. he or she may enable this by encouraging you to use a belt of blocks so that you can feel the correct parts of your body stretching as you do the posture.

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