Archive | October, 2012

Sanskrit-English Names of the Yoga Poses

31 Oct



Preparatory/warm up poses:


Bidilasana Cat/cow pose

Chaturangha Dandasana (peparation)/Four limbed staff pose (peparation)

Parighasana/Gate pose

Tadasana/Mountain pose

Adho Mukha Svanasana/Downward facing dog pose

Sun Salutations


Surya Namaskar A/Sun salutation A

Surya Namaskar B/Sun salutation B

Standing Poses:


Uttanasana/Intense forward bend

Utthita trikonasana/Triangle pose

Parivrtta trikonasana/Revolved triangle pose

Utthita parsvakonasana/Extended side angle pose

Parivrtta parsvakonasana/Revolved side angle pose

Virabhadrasana 1/Warrior 1

Virabhadrasana 2/Warrior 2

Ardha chandrasana/Half moon pose

Parsvottanasana/Side stretch pose

Prasarita padottanasana A/Feet wide pose


Vrksasana/Tree pose Continue reading

Benefits of Yoga Walking

23 Oct

Yoga walking teaches a person how to get the most out of each moment he/she lives. It is the method which changes the total view towards life. Here we are trying to focus on some benefits of Yoga Walking:

  1. Regular practice of walking yoga can provide enhanced energy and awareness.
  2. Walking yoga can decrease back pain & muscular discomfort.
  3. It shows us how to live in the present moment.
  4. Nurtures connectedness with ourselves, nature & humanity
  5. It helps us losing weight and lowering blood pressure.
  6. Walking yoga increases stamina, elevated energy, creativity, and happiness.
  7. It nurtures positive moods, happiness and appreciation.
  8. It can reduce hypertension and can decrease fatigue.
  9. Walking yoga can cut heart risk by 50%!
  10. This particular yoga system improves immune system, digestion and circulation.
  11. It makes the mind calm, stable and focused.
  12. It can provide mental clarity with greater intuitive capacity.
  13. Enhanced learning & creativity.
  14. It can less fatigue and reduce hypertension.
  15. One can realize own body.
  16. The participant can learn to cultivate a positive mind.
  17. One can get relief from emotional and psychological distress by regular practice of Yoga Walking.

An Introduction to Yoga Walking

23 Oct

In this busy world we can not get time to spend only for our selves, even we hardly manage a little time for our family and friends. But if we start practicing Yoga Walking then our life can be overwhelming and challenging. We will be able to enjoy the company of new friends, fresh outdoors and nature around us with Nature Yoga Walking.

Yoga Walking can change the rhythms of our body on a cellular level working together with the heart rhythm, visual focus, muscle balance, brain activity patterns, and moods. Yoga walking is your daily pilgrimage into the light. If we really pilgrimage, the pilgrimage will turn us into a goddess of happiness. It is the ancient method which has the capacity of producing an overall wellness in our body. There are five types of Yoga Walking: Continue reading

An Introduction to Water Yoga

20 Oct

water yogaWant to lose weight without breaking a sweat? Try Water Yoga, a relatively new idea. New but effective and getting popular rapidly. Water yoga is low impact and gentle on the muscles and joints, making it perfect for the elderly, pregnant women and people with injuries or chronic conditions. Moving through various ranges of motion while submerged in water provides low-impact resistance to your muscles and may help alleviate symptoms of certain medical conditions, including arthritis, osteoporosis and tendonitis.

This fun water workout burns mega calories and tones every trouble spot. Aquatic yoga can burn fat faster. Aquatic exercises can help you heal faster too. Doctors often recommend them for people with joint injuries, infections or surgeries as a way to stay fit and shorten recovery time. The soothing warmth and buoyancy of warm water make it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. Water supports joints to encourage free movement, and may also act as resistance to help build muscle strength. Water therapy exercise is especially helpful in cases where a land-based exercise program is not possible due to the intensity of pain, decreased bone density, disability or other factors

Looking for a great summer workout? Leave your gym shoes in the closet and turn to water yoga instead. Like all water exercises, water yoga is easy on the joints. It provides resistance, which strengthens muscles and boosts cardio intensity. Water provides 12 times the resistance of air, so as you walk, you’re really strengthening and building muscle. But not all the Yoga poses are suitable for Water Yoga. So let’s find some poses that are perfect for Water Yoga.

Floating Forward Bend
Wall Cobra
Floating Boat Pose
Floating Half Bow Pose
Water Handstand
Chair Pose
Corpse Pose

But before practicing these water yoga poses you might try water walking. This will help you get familiar with the water movement and movement in water. In water that’s about waist-high, walk across the pool swinging your arms like you do when walking on land. Make sure that you are NOT walking on your tiptoes. Try to keep balance and keep your back straight.

Yoga Clothes

15 Oct

If you want total relaxation and find your true self through the practice of ancient discipline, then Yoga is the best method to try. But most of the beginners get confused about the yoga clothes. There are different types of yoga. Some of them are fast paced ad vigorous. So you must wear clothes made with cotton fabric. On the other hand, if you are going to attend a Hot yoga class then you need to wear less clothing. There are some other studios which require you put organic clothes.

So before purchasing yoga clothes you must consult with your instructor. Or at least discuss with the officials. Some yoga studios provide clear instructions about the clothing, while some other give you the freedom to chose yours. But make sure that you are  in line with the protocol to get the best experience. Though different yoga traditions need you get different types of clothes, there are some common things you need to ensure while choosing yoga clothing regardless of the types of yoga you are practicing. Let’s explore them. Continue reading

Yoga for Headaches

13 Oct

There are so many reasons behind headache. Some are physiological and some others are psychological. And Yoga is the only way which can work on both. Let’s find the physiological causes of headache. Headaches can be caused by a variety of reasons like tension in your neck, tight shoulders, or back pain. Now let’s see the psychological causes. Stress and depression are the two most common psychological causes behind headache. There are some specific yoga poses which are very effective in fighting headache. Let’s explore one by one. Continue reading

An Introduction to Bhakti Yoga

12 Oct

Bhakti yoga is a sacred way described in Hindu philosophy which is supposed to be for nurturing love, devotion and surrender to God. It is a way to understand God, and is the easiest method for the common person because it doesn’t include extensive yogic practices. It is the most natural path for those who are dominantly seeking emotional fulfillment and well being. The one great advantage of bhakti is that it is the easiest and the most natural way to reach the great divine end in view; its great disadvantage is that in its lower forms it oftentimes degenerates into hideous fanaticism. Bhakti-Yoga is a real, genuine search after the Lord, a search beginning, continuing, and ending in love. Continue reading

An Introduction to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

11 Oct

K. Pattabhi Jois developed a unique school of Yoga called Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Ashtanga Vinyasa is one of the most popular modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. At the age of 12 Pattabhi started his journey with yoga and in 1948, at the age of 32, he established an institute where he can teach his unique way of practicing Yoga. This unique way of practicing yoga is called Ashtanga Yoga. Ashta means Eight and Anga means Limb. So we can call it Eight-limbed yoga. These eight limbs are-Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara. Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. If you’re looking for movement, with a variety of always changing poses, then Vinyasa is probably the right type of yoga for you. Continue reading

Yoga for Athletes

10 Oct

Yoga is an ancient discipline developed in ancient India. Today yoga is known for its preventive and curative effects through the union of mind, body and breath. It’s also helpful to achieve a suitable level of consciousness and achieve sustain attention. Yoga postures help to relax the mind and body using stretching techniques (stretching) designed to provide:

– Tone muscles
– Improve circulation
– Leaning vital energy
– Gain or lose weight
– Improve concentration

But they can also help overcome situations:

– Stress,
– Fears,
– Allergies,
– Headache,
– Blood pressure imbalances,
– Insomnia and depression. Continue reading

Tips to harmonize your mind and body for a more fulfilling personal life.

9 Oct

Tantra Yoga, originated in India more than 5000 years ago, is a discipline that developed various healing techniques to balance the mind, body and sexual potential.

Tantra is composed of a series of postures (asanas), dance, meditation and massage. Its main benefits are increased energy, expansion of consciousness, increased creativity, annulment of stress and moodiness, and assessment of the body.

Tantric Yoga starts as a practice and becomes a way of life in which sex is art, medicine for body and soul, and a door to immortality. Continue reading