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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Chair Pose: Step by Step Instructions, Benefits, Contraindications and Cautions

Chair pose (Utkatasana)Utkatasana is a thigh strengthening posture primarily, which further challenges a practitioner for spinal position and holding arms overhead. This posture resembles a chair or you may assume you are sitting on a chair while holding your arms up.Chair pose (Utkatasana) - Method (step by step instructions)Stand in tadasana keeping both legs firmly together, neutral spine, and arms straight down by the trunk.Holding your knees together and while engaging gluteus and quads bend your knees maintaining them over toes.Raise your hands either sideways or from front, trying to reach the hands high upwards.Now move your heard up to look up to thumbs or third eye.Chair pose (Utkatasana) Alignment cuesKeep feet and knees together.Keep knees over the toes and don’t let them move ahead or away from on top…
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Yoga Asanas for Asthma

Asthma is a chronic condition affecting the airways(wind pipe& branches). It involves inflammation and narrowing inside the lungs, which restricts air supply.A person with asthma may experience:tightness in the chestwheezingbreathlessnesscoughingincreased mucus productionAn asthma attack occurs when the symptoms become severe. Attacks can begin suddenly and range from mild to life threatening.In some cases, swelling in the airways can prevent oxygen from reaching the lungs. This means that oxygen cannot enter the bloodstream or reach vital organs. Therefore, people who experience severe symptoms need urgent medical attention. Asthma can be triggered in people because of many reason such as, smoking , environment , stress , hormonal  factor, most importantly lungs’ health and breathing pattern.Yoga practice is one of the best routine that one must add to ones lifestyle to prevent any coming health issue…
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Veerabhadrasana : How to do Warrior Pose, Benefits & Contraindications

Veerabhadrasana : How to do Warrior Pose, Benefits & Contraindications

How to do Warrior Pose:Stand straight with your legs wide apart by a distance ofat least 3-4 feet.Turn your right foot out by 90 degrees and left foot in byabout 15 degrees.Checkpoint: Is the heel of the right foot aligned to thecenter of the left foot?Lift both arms sideways to shoulder height with yourpalms facing upwards.Checkpoint: Are your arms parallel to the ground?Breathing out, bend your right knee.Checkpoint: Are your right knee and right ankle forminga straight line? Ensure that your knee does not overshoot the ankle.Turn your head and look to your right.As you settle down in the yoga posture stretch your arms further.Make a gentle effort to push your pelvis down. Hold the yoga posture with the determination of a warrior. Smile like a happy smiling warrior. Keep…
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What is Ayurvedic Massage?

Ayurveda means life science that teaches us how to live a healthy life hence it talks about types of people, their nature and their diet accordingly, moreover, it talks about treatments that includes abhyangam which means massage,  Ayurvedic Massage are of different kind, as per the need of body ayurvedic doctor or expert recommends specific type of massage e.g. full body relaxation massage.  Head massage and so on.
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