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Yoga

by Chief OxJuly 6, 2011



Yoga is the new ‘mantra’ for healthy living and when we consider this present age, it becomes all the more vital. There is cut throat competition everywhere and each one is busy in trying to meet deadlines, commitments and targets. Everybody wants to succeed in order to reach the top but we forget that in doing so, we sacrifice all our discipline. We have developed a bizarre lifestyle and weird eating habits but we should remember that the key to success is a sound mind within a sound body. Yet we ignore this fact and as a result the mind and body takes a beating. However, now the people are beginning to realize the value of fitness and Yoga comes up as the best option in this effect.



Yoga is a Sanskrit word originating in ancient India, which means ‘Union’. We can say that Yoga develops a union between mind, body and spirit to provide a state of perfect health, happiness and peace. And it is needless to say that if we have inert peace, we would be in a better frame of mind to work and consequently become successful in all walks of life.



Yoga can be performed by practicing different postures which are called ‘Asanas’. Each ‘Asana has a distinct style which when performed regularly could refresh, repair and provide a perfect balance to the whole system. Here is a list of ‘Asanas’ along with its value: –




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1. Surya Namaskar – A Yoga session usually begins with this Asana. ‘Surya Namaskar’ is a way of greeting the Sun. It provides energy and nourishment to the upper part of the body.
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2. Utthan Pada Asana (Leg Lifting Posture) – The meaning of ‘Utthan’ is to raise up and ‘Pada’ signifies ‘legs’. Therefore in this ‘asana’ the legs are lifted upwards. This exercise is done to strengthen the spinal code and remove any problem of the back.
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3. Paschimothan Asana (The forward bend) – In this exercise, one has to touch the toes while stretching the back. This position provides flexibility and rectifies any disorders of the back.
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4. ‘Bhujanga’ Asana (The Cobra) – This is the serpent or the snake ‘asana’ as the meaning of ‘Bhujanga’ is snake. This exercise is designed for women especially the women who are expecting as it makes child birth easy and provides a youthful look to them.
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5. Salabha Asana (The Locust) – ‘Salabha’ or locust is a type of grass hopper. It is exactly the opposite of the ‘Bhujanga’ Asana. It is a very tiring exercise which can be practiced in the beginning. This exercise enables the activation all the organs of the lower part of the body.
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6. Sarvanga Asana (The shoulder Stand) – Sarva’ denotes ‘all’ and ‘Anga’ signifies ‘body’. Therefore, ‘Sarvanga’ is the exercise of the whole body. In this exercise, the whole body weight rests on the shoulders so we can also call it ‘Shoulder Stand Posture’. This asana provides nourishment, purification and energy to the whole body.
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7. Matsya Asana (The Fish Posture) – One has to float like a fish in this exercise. It is best to do this ‘asana’ after ‘Sarvanga Asana’. It has rectifies all the neck and shoulder problems.
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8. Dhanur Asana (The Bow Posture) – In this exercise, the stance of the body resembles a bow or ‘Dhanur’. It is
the best exercise for the joints of the body. It especially beneficial for women who are down with problems like Arthritis etc.
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9. The ‘Hal Asana’ – In this exercise, the body bends in the shape of a plow. It is really beneficial for the human
body and especially in gaining sexual powers.
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10. The ‘Shava Asana’ – The Hindi word ‘Shava’ means a dead body. In this exercise, one has to lie down like a
Dead body. It is a unique exercise for the relaxation of the whole body and mind.
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Although there are 84 Asanas in all but given above are the most important Asanas which provide complete fitness to the mind and body. The most important fact about Yoga is that it is beneficial for all ages of people. Right from small children to the old grandparents, everybody can practice Yoga and enjoy the fruit of health. The regular practice of Yoga can develop self-discipline and improve physical and mental health of the little one.



The young people can preserve their natural flexibility for many years and for the teenagers, Yoga helps in keeping the youthful flexibility intact. In addition, it also helps them to keep away from negative influence which is very easy in this tender age. Yoga is also beneficial for the old people as gentle exercises help them to retain mobility and relieve problems regarding joints and blood circulation. Most importantly, the old age can be kept away for a long time by the regular practice of Yoga.



Yoga is also beneficial in pregnancy as it enhances good health in both mother and child. Yoga also take cares the worries about backache, over weight and depression. The best part is that regular practice of Yoga can make labor easy. Many life-threatening as well as common diseases such as AIDS, diabetes, Asthma and obesity etc. can be taken care of by Yoga.



Physically also, Yoga is vital as it handles all problems such backache, muscle strain, bad knees, tight shoulders and neck etc. The regular practice of Yoga can improve body balance, release tension and stress and improves digestion and concentration, instilling a state of happiness and peace. And a happy mind can change your perspective and make the whole world look beautiful. So practice Yoga regularly and enjoy the fruits of good health.

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