Ustrasana – How to do it and its benefits

Ustrasana or camel pose is one of the backbend postures which is accessible to most beginners. Though it is not a beginner pose, as it demands a good amount of flexibility of quads, psoas, abdomen and chest, one can certainly work towards it and go for the easier version of getting into this posture as mentioned below. Note that this posture should not be performed to compress your lower back, but instead to strengthen them and the upper back muscles How to do it? Start with sitting in Vajrayana You can bring the knees hip-width apart and feet inline with the knees. Toes can either be pointed or tucked in Hold both your feet with your hands with thumbs facing inside so your shoulders are internally rotated. Tuck the tailbone…
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Hanumanasana: How To Do It, Benefits And Precautions?

Hanumanasana also known as front splits is a great stretch of legs, especially for athletes who are standing, walking, or running for a long period of time and usually have tight hamstrings. This asana stretches the hamstring, calf, and ankles and opens the back of the knees. Hanuman asana refers to the position in which lord Hanumana, son of Vayu, god of winds, from the epic scripture Ramayana was famous for his impressive and powerful leaps. He once jumped taking a huge leap over the ocean to Sri Lanka and for that, he had to take a leg forward and his back leg was straight backward and the same posture is now known as Hanumanasna or front splitHow to do Hanumanasana?Get into a low lunge position : Start with samasthiti…
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Ayurveda: Its importance in the modern age

Ayurveda is the science of life, which is also considered as a manual to one of the most complex machines created by the cosmos called the “Human Body” and it brings us to a path of complete well-being. It is a process of recognising the phenomenal intelligence in every grain, every seed, all life and every living thing. It offers a holistic approach that balances all the three body constitutions which are also called as tridoshas in Ayurveda– Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – to help achieve perfect health. Ayurvedic treatments have been used for thousands of years and have evolved into a complete science and philosophy of living, encompassing our existence’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects. It encourages one to live in harmony with the nature and everything around…
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Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose) : How To Do It, Benefits, Step By Step Instructions & Precautions

BaddhakonasanaAlso known as Bound angle pose or Butterfly pose is a comfortable seated asana. This is a great posture to open the hips and stretch the inner thigh muscles. This posture activates multiple muscles including the core which keeps you from rounding the back and dropping the chest.Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose) Method:Step by Step InstructionsSit with legs straight out in front of you. Exhale and bend your knees, and pull your heels towards the pelvis.Drop your knees out to the sides and press the soles of your feet together.Bring your heels as close the to pelvis as you can.Grab the big toe to each foot with the first two fingers and thumb. Try to keep the outer edges of your feet on the floor.Sit with tailbone in back and pubis…
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Yoga for beginners

If you don’t live under a rock, you have probably heard about yoga. Initially, yoga was founded in India but now it is widely recognised all over the world. In fact, people from developed countries such as USA, Russia, Germany or even underdeveloped countries from middle eastern come all the way to Rishikesh (The yoga capital of the world) to excel in not only the asanas but the yogic lifestyle. Yoga is now adopted by many individuals that come from various different backgrounds and beliefs. One would even say that yoga has brought all these different people together and given them a common ground where everyone is accepted and cherished.From better mental health to a better flexibility, yoga has done it all. Many yogis are often questioned by non-yoga practitioners…
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Yoga & The Vegetarian Debate

The practice of yoga lies far away from controversy, yet some of the practitioners find their way to arise ‘the great vegetarian debate’. It’s a debate not only relevant to the yoga community but to everyone. People often choose the vegetarian lifestyle for several purposes: nutrients, animal cruelty, taste etc. but at yoga schools, we have our own set of values as to why we prefer the vegetarian diet. Yoga is not only an exercise but it’s a lifestyle that is widely adopted by many of the top known yogis and yoga schools. Yogis are committed to their values which include adapting the vegetarian diet. Now some may say that it seems extreme or unnecessary but let’s debunk these myths and debates. In the yoga philosophy, “Yamas” branch out of the 8…
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Asanas for Knee Pain

Many knee problems are a result of the aging process and continual wear and stress on the knee joint (such as, arthritis). Other knee problems are a result of an injury or a sudden movement that strains the knee. Common knee problems are following; - A sprained knee ligament or strained muscle is usually caused by a blow to the knee or a jerky twist of the knee. That can lead to pain, swelling, and difficulty in walking. Cartilage tears can often occur with sprains. Surgery may be required to repair the tear.Inflammation of the tendons may result from overuse of a tendon during certain activities such as running, jumping, or cycling. Tendinitis of the patellar tendon is called jumper's knee. This often occurs with sports, such as basketball, where the force…
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Gomukhasan (Cow face posture) : Its Benefits, Contraindications, Precautions

GOMUKHASAN Gomukhasan is a Cow face posture which is basically a seated yoga posture in hatha yoga .Steps1- Sit on the mat with your straight back and legs should be extended .2- Bend your right leg and place it under the left buttock and simultaneously your left knee should be placed Over the right knee .3- Raise your left arm above your head and bend the elbow towards the back . The same time right arm should be kept behind the back and both the arms should be interlocked at the back .4- Breathe normally and stay in the asana as long as you are comfortable.5- while exhaling, come out of the Asana .6- Same procedure should be done with the opposite leg and arm.Precautions 1- Your body has certain…
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Matsyasana or Fish pose : How to Do It, Benefits, Step by Step Instructions & Precautions

The Sanskrit name for fish pose refers to Matsya who was an incarnation of the Hindu deity Vishnu.The story goes, that long ago, the earth had become corrupt and was going to be overtaken by a flood.Vishnu who was charged with preserving the universe ,turned himself into a fish called MATSYA.He carried the great Hindu sages to safety in a boat, which ensured the preservation of all their wisdom and of mankind itself. Just as Matsya rebalanced earth and ocean, so practising Fish pose can be a way of reestablishing your focus and giving resilience when you feel gravity laden. You will feel this when you burrow into the earth through the strong activities of your legs which in turn bends your chest like a wave and deepens your breath.METHOD…
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Eagle Pose (Garudasana): Step by Step Instructions, Benefits, Contraindications and Cautions

Garudasana Also known as Eagle pose. Garuda was considered King of birds and also represented as Lord Vishnu's vehicle. Garudasana comes from the ancient Hatha yoga practice. It is an intermediate hip-closing pose which requires the practitioner to intertwine their arms and legs and balance all their body weight on one foot. This pose improves balance, calms the mind and strengthens the ankles, knees and calves while gently stretching the hip, shoulders, thighs, upper-back. Method Stand in tadasan, slightly bend left leg and firmly plant it on the floor, slowly lift right leg Place your right thigh high across the left thigh(cross-legged) and aim to wrap your right leg on top of left leg, by taking your right shin behind your left Try to hook your right ankle behind the…
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