There are different reasons for people to begin practice of yoga. For some it could be recovering from some ailment or reduce stress, increase physical ability, lose weight, get inspired, or simply relax. Most people do not come to yoga, however, thinking they will change their self-perception; yet in most of the cases it happens.
In some of the bigger cities like Beijing new age ‘Anger Rooms’ are coming up where one can pay to smash glass bottles and other domestic use items to vent their frustration and anger. In New York and some other Western countries people are so sleep starved with crazy schedule and crazier life style that there is a bizarre need for mid-day napping facilities and napping-clubs are coming up where people can pay $10 and buy 30 minutes of nap time in between work.
One of the most common questions that we get by those who want to start their Yoga classes is what we can eat before the session; and what is the time gap between a meal and a Yoga session. Below I discuss the three most popular time slots when people practice Yoga and food choices to be made for the pre-yoga meal.
To make a session of Yoga practice most effective, it is required that we make it as comprehensive as possible. This is different from the amount of time we invest in Yoga practice every day. One can dedicate an hour, 90 mins or on some busy days we may just be able to practice 30 mins; however, the completeness of the session depends on how our bodies have been used during the practice - strength, flexibility, balance and cardiovascular training etc, all aspects necessary for healthy body must be put to work.
Purification (Shaucha) is a central aim of all the yogic practices and is the first principle of self-discipline (Niyama) in Patanjali’s eight-limbed (Ashtanga) approach. We are constantly exposed to toxins from our air, water, cleaning products, processed foods and emotional toxins induced by stress. Yoga purifies the body and mind by stimulating and purifying the lymphatic system, circulatory system, respiratory system, by bringing health to our digestive tract, calming the mind and stimulating the internal organs.
Here we are in 2019, Elon Musk is envisioning Space flight, and at Prayagraj over 100 million seekers are expected to converge to take a holy dip at the confluence of river Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. It seems a little insane but out of this 100 million, may be 20-30% will be investing every rupee that they possibly have to participate in the Kumbha Mela with the hope to purge their sins and attain salvation from misery and suffering that is inherent in the samsara.
Sirshasana or the headstand holds a distinct place among Yoga postures. As a beginner it is a milestone several yoga practitioners want to realize. Known as the king of all postures Sirshasna practice comes with enormous benefits. Sirshasana is not a particularly difficult posture to attain, once the steadiness is achieved it may feel like a basic yoga posture, however this pose should be practiced under guidance till one masters it. The minor adjustments matter a lot and there has to be complete awareness of the body and a very relaxed mind while performing this pose.
It’s very rejuvenating when you have 3-4 days of holiday and most of the time you want to spend the time by enjoying with your family and friends. Work-related worries are also minimal, food is good, everyone is happy, its festivities all around. But like all good things, these festivities also get over. Work catches up and so does our bodies need to exercise. Sharing a few pointers as to how to resume your yoga practice after one has given a break.
The predominant thought that we have just before slipping into the subconscious sea of sleep, brews all night, infecting our consciousness. If we can and if we do use our volition to impregnate our consciousness with vigour and vitality at that hour before slumber, we will have transmitted fresh burst of energy into our psychic self. We innately desire a vigorous body and an agile mind. There is an innate desire to defy the aging process, if not defy then slow down at least.
Whenever we think of being ‘mindful’ other terms that readily flash into the mind is to be focused, to concentrate, to be alert or to be aware... The aforesaid words make the whole exercise of being mindful a little dreary. Being mindful means to willingly participating in the exercise of awareness. The key word here being “willingly” and then the whole exercise becomes an enjoyable experience.
Sankalpa, a Sanskrit word which means vow; a promise you make to yourself. It is an affirmation for you to make changes in your life for a better way of living. You can be completely honest about what you want to change, or the qualities you wish to cultivate within yourself. It is an intention, a will or determination.