Archive | December, 2012

Secrets of Tantra Yoga

31 Dec

tantra yoga

Tantra Yoga is a yogic discipline that explains the universe from the point of view of individual. It explores the whole through the study of minute. Tantra Yoga incorporates the teaching of different disciplines including yoga, astrology, alchemy and chemistry. It also includes bio-mechanics of different body movement. It explores human life through different perspectives and means. But Tantra Yoga does not try to separate and categorize the different areas of human knowledge; rather it tries to implement all the teaching gathered from different disciplines.

Tantra Yoga focuses on the tree of life itself instead of limiting itself to any single branch of the tree. This tree, a great organization of diverse elements linked together by a unifying law, is the key understanding point of human life. Tantra explores each and every aspect of this universal law. There are three states of human consciousness-waking state, dream state or sleep state. Tantra Yoga aims to expand awareness in all states of consciousness. Continue reading

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Utthita parsvakonasana

30 Dec

Utthita parsvakonasana

Drishti

Nasikagra Mudra (nose tip gazing) towards the ceiling

Bandhas

The activation of Maha Bandha is very important, Mula Bandha protects and supports the lumbar spine, Uddiyana and Jalandhara Bandhas support the thoracic and cervical spines and promote length.

Biomechanics

Utthita Parsvakonasana does not rest on a strong triangular foundation supported linearly by the bones of the feet and legs so the stability of this pose is dependent upon the strength of the quadriceps which support the stability of the front knee. It is important to co-activate the muscles of the legs so that the knee joints are supported by all the
muscles that control the knee joint creating strength and stability. It is also important to activate the feet and arches of the feet to create a strong foundation for the postural integrity of the ankles which are the foundations of the legs which act like columns to support the pelvis which is the foundation of the spine and torso. Utthita Parsvakonasana is strengthened, stabilized and made safer for the knee by having the front shin containing the tibia and fibular in a vertical position from the ankle to the knee. Mula Bandha is essential in Utthita Parsvakonasana to stabilize the pelvis and create a strong foundation that is connected to the hard working legs. A lateral vertical line in the body is created through the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, ear, elbow, wrist and fingers and supported by the entire spine.

Doshas

Utthita Parsvakonasana calms Vata Doshas and energizes Kapha Doshas

Chakras

Focus upon Muladhara Chakra the element of Earth, which represents strength, stability, support and balance and Manipura Chakra the element of Fire, which represents creativity.

Moon Salutation

29 Dec

moon salutation

Each and every yoga practitioners- a novice or an old pro, run across the sun salutation in their practice. The sun salutation is one of the most common and popular yoga series. It’s rejuvenating, has a natural flow, and there are lots of fun ways to mix it up by throwing in extra poses.

Moon salutation is a lesser-known series than Sun salutation. But it is as beneficial as Sun salutation. Sun Salutation is a actually an warmup series which revitalizes your body and mind. On the other hand moon salutation is a series of asanas which helps your mind concentrate and your body relax at the end of a long day. People dealing with a lot of stress or have trouble sleeping will find this great yoga practice very effective and relaxing. But do not practice moon salutation right before bed. Take some time before going bed after you finish Moon Salutation. Just meditate for 30 minutes or curl up with one of your favorite books. Continue reading

Biomechanics of Tadasana & Uttanasana

29 Dec

Tadasana

tadasana

Drishti

Nasikagra Mudra to enhance Mula Bandha and to focus the mind. Mula Bandha to create a vertical neutral pelvis. Body weight over heels, not toes. Open eyes gazing towards the horizon past the nose.

Bandhas

Mula Bandha is created during the initial exhalation then held as Uddiyana and Jalandhara bandhas are created during the inhalation combining to create Maha Bandha to strengthen the core, and to connect and align the pelvis with the torso.

Biomechanics

The correct alignment of the feet and ankles because they are the foundation of this standing pose. Co-activation of the muscles of the legs to support the knee and align the legs in a lateral, vertical position. The activation of Mula Bandha and the hip flexors to create a neutral vertical pelvis. The activation of Uddiyana and Jalandhara Bandhas to lengthen and straighten the thoracic and cervical spinal curves. Lift the crown of the head towards the ceiling, lift the chin parallel to the floor and gaze at the horizon. Slide the fingers down the lateral vertical line of this asana towards the knees, stretching the trapezius and drawing the shoulders gently away from the neck. Continue reading

Moksha Hot Yoga

28 Dec

moksha yoga

There are many different types of yoga to practice. Some are very popular, while some others are less popular. With many different types of yoga being practiced today, it may be difficult for you to figure out which style benefits your mind and body the most. so it’s important to find out which type of yoga is right for you. Let explore one of the less popular yet effective yoga method today. It’s called Moksha Hot Yoga.

Moksha Hot Yoga was founded in Toronto, Canada in 2004 by yoga teachers Ted Grand and Jessica Robertson. Though a relative newcomer, this style has quickly gained popularity as over 30 affiliated studios have since opened worldwide, including in Canada, the United States, Switzerland, and the Caribbean. Continue reading

Biomechanics of Triangle Pose & Revolved Triangle Pose

28 Dec

Trikonasana

 

Triangle Pose

Drishtis

Nasikagra Mudra (nose tip gazing) towards the upper hand

Bandhas

Mula Bandha is very important in this asana to protect the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint of the pelvis while Uddiyana and Jalandhara Bandhas support the thoracic and cervical spines and promote length.

Biomechanics

A triangular foundation to support the pelvis in Utthita Trikonasana is created using the feet as the foundation and the legs as the columns. It is important to activate the feet and arches to create a solid foundation for the postural integrity of the ankles and to draw the kneecaps up and co-activate the muscles of the legs to create strong supportive columns. Supported by this strong foundation the torso is able to stretch laterally, releasing tension in the lateral muscles of the inner and outer obliques, latissimus dorsi, quadratus lumborum and serratus posterior inferior. The postural integrity and alignment of the spine is supported internally by the activation of Maha Bandha and the pelvic floor and externally by the transverse abdominals, obliques, and rectus abdominus which are toned and strengthened. Continue reading

Biomechanics of Sun Salutation A & B

27 Dec

sun salutation A

Sun Salutation A

Drishti

To create a flowing sequence that is synchronized with the breath. To complete each asana in the sequence before beginning the next one.

Bandhas

Focus upon all the Bandhas, which are applied to protect the body during this sequence of asanas. Activate and apply the Bandhas as explained for each individual asana in this Asana Manual. It is important to remember that Bandhas may be forgotten or lost while focusing on moving from one asana to the next.

Biomechanics

The practice of Surya Namaskar A creates levers and loads that tone and strengthen the muscles of the entire body. The antagonistic principle of biomechanics creates a contraction and release of opposing muscles that tones, stretches and increases circulation in the muscles. The movement of the joints during this sequence stimulates the synovial tissues to create synovial fluids that lubricate the joints, maintain the cartilage and removes the debris of the joints. The symmetrical use of the physical body creating each asana and then moving to the next one promotes postural re-integration. Continue reading