Posts Tagged ‘Exercise’

Introducing Yoga Chikitsa – Self Help to Better Health

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Although yogic practices of Hatha Yoga are principally used as a method of preventing disease, they extend into the area of self-help.  Most of the disciplines originate in the ancient Ayurvedic system known as Yoga Chikitsa with many similar practices being incorporated in western naturopathic medicine today.

The traditional manner of treating disease by the use of herbs and substances prepared according to Ayurvedic medicine in India has a scientific background with its logic shared by all who recognise the healing powers of herbs and the validity of the homoeopathic system of medicine.

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Yoga – Bandhas and Mudras

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

A bandha is a technique used in Hatha Yoga and associated with the practice of exercises and asanas. Each is a muscular lock and can be practised separately or in combination with various asana as guided by your teacher.

There are three main bandhas plus the Mahabandha which is a combination of them. The technique is to use muscular contractions or locks designed to seal off certain energy flows and to stimulate others. They are fundamentally helpful in reducing tension and stress, muscular strain, functional problems and nervous irregularities. They importantly also assist in balancing the glandular system.

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Yoga Chikitsa

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Although yogic practices of Hatha Yoga are principally used as a method of preventing disease, they extend into the area of self-help therapy or Yoga Chikitsa.  Most of the healing disciplines originate in the ancient Ayurvedic system share many similar practices being incorporated in western naturopathic medicine today.

The philosophy behind the science is a respect for all life. It concedes that the tiniest expression of natural life has its design and purpose within life’s evolution, even the smallest atom, or ion. Within its basic philosophy and in common with the Chinese system of medicine

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Yoga Paths – The Margas

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The eight-fold system of Patanjali known as Asthanga defines the stages by which the aspirant may grow to spiritual enlightenment.  These principles provide the classical guidelines for all spiritual development.

Margas are simply the different paths or approaches towards study and practices of Yoga.

Each offers a variety of techniques and disciplines. They are considered as spokes on the wheel of Yoga with the hub common to all. All the paths aim to lead the student to experience the reality of God.

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21 Yoga Health Asanas

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

The science of yoga positions known as Asanas is based upon the health requirement not only to employ the full capacity of body movement but also to use static positions that will encourage circulation of blood and energy or prana to specific organs. The classical Asanas by tradition, number 84 and of these, there are approximately 21 of most direct general health benefit.

Select 21 of the most appropriate asanas for you to incorporate in your regular daily practice.

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