aja Yoga or Royal Yoga, is based on the history and philosophy of true yoga. That is, the yoga which rests on the thousands of years of Veda Knowledge, the Upanisads, and the Patanjali Sutras. Raja Yoga refers to training the mind so that we can experience direct contact with the inner self. Ashtanga Yoga is derived from the Patanjali system called Raja Yoga.
Having studied some yoga history, the principles of Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar, I started thinking about how to approach the sequencing of postures. Since posture is important I decided to try and aim for feelings of well-being, joy and balance in everything.
In the beginning, my movements and postures tended to be hasty and uncoordinated. After successive…
Niyama is the second stage in the raja yoga. The five rules of Niyama are in the form of Do’s. They are the attitudes we need to take toward ourselves. The rules are:
1. Cleanliness ( Sauca )
2. Contentment ( Santosa )
3. Austerity ( Tapas )
4. Self-study or Introspection ( Svadhyaya )
5. Devotion to the Supreme Lord ( Isvarapranidhana )
184.108.40.206. ASANAS: (YOGIC POSTURES)
In the Yoga sutras of Pathanjali, asana means "to be seated in a position that is firm, but relaxed".…
Cramer, H., Lauche, R., Azizi, H., Dobos, G., & Langhorst, J. (2014). Yoga for multiple sclerosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PloS one, 9(11), e112414.
The purpose of this study was to systematically analyze the effectiveness and safety of yoga on patients with multiple sclerosis. This study reviewed articles from various sources including but are not limited to those studies who have conducted randomized controlled trials (RCT). The trials the have been included on this study were…
Tran, Anh - Assignment #2
Question: What is Yoga? Critically define the four yogas, intention, style, focus, and personality. Which one would you think most suited to your personality? Explain why.
Simply put, yoga is a form of moksha (liberation). It is a spiritual exercise that brings peace, balance, and calmness to oneself.
There are four types of yogas. The first one is jnana or knowledge yoga. This type of yoga is intended for spiritual aspirants who have a strong reflective bent; it is…
Everyone has heard of posture these days, however maybe some are not so aware whether they have good posture or how to correct it. This is where yoga can help you to become more aware of your posture both in your daily life and in your yoga practice.
I am going to share a few simple pointers that I hope will benefit you, your body and life.
Through Yoga you learn how to hold yourself correctly. You will discover how standing properly can make you look taller and slimmer. Yoga postures like the…
Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi together comprise meditation in Yoga. Dharana or concentration is the first step in yogic meditation. Dharana is focusing the mind on one object. Patanjali allows you to choose any object whatsoever. The only condition is that you must be favorably inclined towards the object. The entire effort in the dharana is to keep distractions at bay. Given the nature of the human mind, except for the object chosen everything comes in the mind or again and again the mind is…
Type 4 – A spirited soul
If you are a spiritual person, take a look at the law of attraction principles. Commit yourself to exploring all the ways you can use it. Go to a yoga class and meditate.
There’s nothing to lose, you can only feel better.
Type 5 – A realist
If on the other hand, you stand firmly on the ground, that doesn’t stop you from seeing things from a brighter angle.
One of the dangers of being a realistic person is becoming a pessimist. Don’t let it be you. Maybe it’s one of your…
According to the Oxford Dictionary, yoga is defined as “a Hindu spiritual, and ascetic discipline, apart of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.” Yoga was first introduced in ancient India around the sixth and fifth century, and soon traveled westward by the late nineteenth and twentieth century. In Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, they all teach yoga as a “spiritual discipline” which are…
Organization, (UNO), decided to celebrate the International Day of Yoga on 21st June every year at the behest of Prime Minister NarendraModi. Now that Yoga has been recognized internationally as a tool to attain human values and wholesome lifestyle, more and more common people are joining to learn it. Quoting Sadhguru, who stated - “It is truly revolutionary for United Nations Organization to take up Yoga as a way of bringing transformation in the world. Because, without transforming the…
How Yoga Has Influenced India So Far
What is yoga? “Yoga” is union – the one that connects your mind, body, and soul at once. The term yoga (derived from the word “yuj” of Sanskrit) is used for connection of the individual soul with the universal spirit. Usually, by yoga, people understand some kind of physical exercise that involves stretches, twists, and deep breaths. However, it has a far broader horizon than most people’s imagination. It is an essential science aspect, which contains in…