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Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Vyagraha Pranayama Or Tiger Breath?



The Tiger Breath is a great method to build diaphragm strength for lower and mid-breathing. 


  • This breathing practice, which mimics the breath movement of big cats, is highly recommended for increasing lung capacity, stamina, and physical attractiveness. 
  • The breath of the big cat family has evolved in such a way that it can move quietly yet swiftly, pounce and jump vast distances with powerful, elastic muscles. 
  • The secret to this tremendous strength when on all fours is the diaphragm and the arching of the back. 
  • Take note of how the tamed cat uses the same kind of breathing to retain its lean strength. 

I sincerely hope that via your yoga practices, you develop into a powerful, ferocious "Tiger" or "Lion" like yours truly, rather than a tame and domesticated little precious pussy cat that the world is over populated with. 



  • Take a deep inhale and allow the abdomen sink towards the floor while kneeling on all fours. 
  • Maintain a high head position. 
  • Arch your back as high as you can on the exhaled breath, dropping your head between your arms and shoulders. 
  • Before relaxing back onto the heels in Vajra Asana for some calm, automatic breathing, repeat the whole breath cycle three to six times. 
  • The Tiger Breath is then repeated a second time.


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Yoga And Yoga Asanas - To Invoke With Om, The Universal Sound



The Evolution Of All Sounds - The Vibration Of An Intelligent Cosmos


  • Our ancient Rishis(Sages) progressed from identifying God or naming His characteristics to an experience of At-Onement (Atonement), in which He was Arupa, without form or attributes; Agami, without function or outward expression; and Anami, unnameable. 
  • The futility, confusion, and eventual violence that would result from the dissemination, inissionarising, proselytizing, and violent battles to protect or impose these names and ideas on others was apparent to these Rishis. 


They were, nevertheless, able to tolerate anybody who still needed or used a name in any language for God, His rules, and His manifestation methods. 


  • Some of these Rishis were brilliant scientists who described God in terms of the universe as a whole. 
  • They explained that limiting an infinite power by taking three, four, or any number of words from any language. 
  • If this force is the totality of all feelings and experiences, then He must also be considered the sum of all language, thinking, action, and expression. 

Even man would not even come close to identifying it! or comprehending this power, because naming God would necessitate employing the entire alphabet of every race, in every clime, in all times, past, present, and future, as well as all ciphers, codes, gestures, and meaningful symbols; yet, this could not be the name of God, because God must be more than any of this. 


God must exist beyond the print of this page, as well as the mind that conjures up any notion of God in the form of word, thought, or symbol. 


  • A solitary Prateeka, symbol, remained at the end of futility, the final remnant of human thinking. 
  • This Prateeka served as a guidepost indicating the way higher up; 
  • Thus the name Pranava, which means "that which existing before the ideation, mentation, mentalization, production, or birth of a lorm." 
  • The essence, the source, the aim lies beyond the sign: no words, no actions—stillness-inaudible, ineffable AUM as experience. 
  • Before all ceremonies, rituals, and the usage of any other Mantra, the Pranava OM or AUM is utilized as a universal invocation of this exalted experience. 


It is stated in all of our old Sanskrit scriptures that reciting a Mantra without the Pranav OM results in a curse rather than a blessing. 


  • OM is a Mantra in and of itself, and it is the most global and best of all Mantras in my opinion. 
  • You may say it out loud or just think it in your head. 
  • OM rhymes with the sound of HOME: AUM must be learned carefully, with each component pronounced as an OoMnim. 
  • From one India language to the next, the venue form of OM and AUM varies. 
  • Even in Sanskrit, it may be written in its entirety or in a more condensed version.


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Yoga Diet - Substitutes For Milk



As a dietary source, animal milk is vastly overrated. 


A species-appropriate amount of milk is produced by an animal. 


  • Cow's milk includes hormones that help the newborn calf develop quickly.
  • Hormones like this aren't good for a human infant. 


Of course, the most natural nourishment for a newborn baby is mother's milk. 


  • It is quite different from cow or goat milk in terms of content. 
  • As a baby gets older, the mother's milk alters to suit the child's changing needs. 
  • A woman should keep nursing her bady for as long as she can. 
  • Putting a baby on a bottle is a contemporary trend that is bad for both physical and mental health. 

A woman in India will breastfeed her child for two to three years, supplementing with additional rice and coconut milk in the third and fourth months and solid meals in the sixth month. 

  • Falling pregnant while breastfeeding is considerably more difficult for a woman. 


Soya bean, dhal, and groundnut milk, as well as curds from the same source, malt made from ragi and cholam, roasted Bengal gram to bring out the dextrins and maltose.

  • The use of whole grains, particularly whole wheat, sprouted and unsprouted, are all good sources of all human nutrition requirements. 



Milk made from soy beans. 


  • Soak any amount of soya beans, other grains, or dhals for 2-4 hours in clean water. 
  • Remove with a wooden huller after drying in the sun. 
  • The husked product may be kept for a long time or until it's time to utilize it. 
  • The dhal or bean is then steeped overnight in clean water. 
  • The dhal is re-soaked in warm water (a cup to a pound or 450 grams) with half a teaspoon of cooking soda for three minutes to eliminate any harsh flavor and yellow color. 
  • Drain after rinsing with clean water. 
  • Stone crush the dhal into a fine paste with a little quantity of water. 
  • For every liter of paste, boil for 15 minutes in 15 cups of water. 
  • Allow to cool completely before straining through a mul cloth. 
  • To enhance the flavor, add half a cup of lime water (calcium hydroxide) as well as salt and sugar. 
  • The straining residue may be used to make dosai, vadai, or masala sambar sauces. 



Gram Curds or Soya Curds 


  • To 4 cups of hot milk, add two tablespoons of glucose powder, innocuous sugar, or honey. 
  • After chilling, a tiny amount of cow's milk curds is "seeded" into the soya milk and left to set for 12 hours before usage. 
  • In lieu of the yoghurt or dhai used for "seeding," a seaweed preparation may be utilized. 



Curds and groundnut milk 


  • Remove the shell and red skill by rubbing after a mild roasting. 
  • The spoiled kernels must be removed. 
  • The decuticled kernel (weighing one pound or 450 grams) is awakened for three hours before being drained. 
  • Use a stone grinder to make a fine paste, then add 15 cups of cold, clear water and half a cup of lime water (calcium hydroxide solution). 
  • To stabilize the mixture, a quarter teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (cooking soda) is added. 
  • Reboil for 5 minutes after straining through a mull cloth, adding any sugar required to enhance the flavor. 



Groundnut curds are made in the same way as soya curds. 


  • Other nuts, as well as sesame seed (ginglee), may be substituted. 
  • Curds from any source may be used in rice, dhaivada, buttermilk, rait, or vegetable curd dishes in the same manner as milk curds can. 
  • Vegetable milk and curd have a lower calorie content and therefore are less fattening since they include less fats and carbohydrates. 

Phosphorus and iron levels are more than six times higher, and all B-vitamins are maintained with nicotinic acid that is 10 times more valuable.



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Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Kaya Kriya Or Body Action?


There are many Sanskrit names for the human body, including Shariram, Deha, Kosha, and Vigraha, but Kaya, which refers to the physical body, is the most frequently used in Hatha Yoga. 



Kaya Kriya includes a variety of bodily movements, including one in which body parts arc spin while performing Pranayama. 


  • Kaya Kriya is an effective Yoga Chikitsa, or Yoga Therapy, for releasing traumas, physical pain, or mental stress. 
  • It has been shown to be particularly useful in the relief of the painful aftermath of an accident that results in "whip-lash," a painful ailment of the neck and upper shoulders. 



With regular practice of Kaya Kriya, almost any kind of trauma may be removed. 



  • Stretching out in Shava Asana or Mritya Asana  is the first step.
  • The arms and legs are joined in Shava Asana. 
  • The arms and legs are spread wide apart in Mritya Asana. 
  • In both positions, you should lay supine on your back with your head to the north. 



Begin deep conscious Breathing, and Progress With The Following Stages:




(I) Abdominal Breathing, Or Adham Pranayama,


  • Abdominal Breathing, Adham Pranayama, by rolling the legs inwards until the toes touch each other and then down to the floor. 
  • The legs move outwards on the outgoing breath, till the tiny toes touch the floor



(2)  Madhyam Pranayama, Or Mid-chest Breath,



 Madhyam Pranayama, Mid-chest Breath, where the arms are rolled outwards on the incoming breath and rolled back in against the side "rolling pin manner" on the outgoing breath, repeat ten to twelve rolling movements of the feet and legs. 


  • During the rolling motion, the elbows may be lifted fully off the floor, but the hands stay on the floor. 
  • Rep the process ten to twelve times more. 



(3) Adliyam Pranayama, Or Clavicular Breath. 



The head is gently rotated from side to side while performing Adliyam Pranayama, Clavicular Breath. 


  • The breath is coordinated with ten to a dozen movements. 


then, 



(4) Conclude With Mahat Yoga Pranayama



Do all three motions, legs, arms, and head, while performing Mahat Yoga Pranayama, the Grand Yoga Breath, until you feel totally relaxed and tempted to just lay still, enjoying the "release from stress" condition. 


  • This Kaya Kriya may be used to calm the body, focus on the breath, or even meditate the body.



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Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Sharaba Asana Or The Griffin Pose? What Is Chiri Kriya?

 

Chiri Kriya and Sharabha Asana 


There was once a fantastic beast that had eight legs, was as large as an elephant, as powerful as a rhinoceros, and as ferocious as a lion. 


  • It was known as "Sharabha." This term is often mistranslated as griffin, although it does not refer to the Greek animal with an eagle's face and wings and a lion's body. 
  • Simhaghati is the Sanskrit word for this. 
  • There is no question that such a monster previously existed for rre sec on temple fascades to this day. 
  • The phrase has slowly been perverted to signify everything from a stickbug to a praying mantis to a cricket, despite the fact that the name for a cricket is Chiri. 

Along with Vyaghrah Asana, the Tiger Pose, Sharabha Asana and Chiri Kriya provide flawless, full breath. 


  • There is a propensity to hold your breath in certain positions. 
  • One lung gets more oxygen than the other. 
  • This is a fantastic Yoga Therapy option. 
  • Those who have grown one lung at the cost of the other should be avoided. 
  • The lungs will now work collectively as if they were a team of oxen. 


Chiri Kriya is a Hastikam (Forcing Technique) that aligns the spine and diaphragm in perfect harmony.




THE GRIFFIN POSTURE, SHARABHA ASANA




  • While crawling on all fours. 
  • Take a deep, calm breath in Chatus Pada Asana 
  • Stretch your right leg straight back on the floor and raise it as high as you can 
  • Return to a regular kneeling posture after exhaling. 
  • Alter your legs. 
  • With the following incoming breath, go to the left side. 
  • Repeat at least three times on each side. 
  • It should be noticed that while performing this exercise, the breath tends to come in deeper on one side than the other. 


CHIRI KRIYA OR CRICKET ACTION



  • When performing Sharabha Asana, 
  • Add a high back arch to the out•going breath. 
  • Draw the free knee in close to the chest, bowing the head down until the brow reaches the knee cap 
  • Do this Kriya three times on one side before switching to the other leg and repeating the process three times.


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Yoga Props - Recommended Props And Benefits



    ASANAS WITH PROPS 


    To assist them practice asanas efficiently, ancient yogis utilized logs of wood, stones, and ropes. 

    We can extend this concept by inventing supports that enable asanas to be held more comfortably and for longer periods of time without strain. 

    • Yoga asanas need bodily expansion and effort, as well as rest. 
    • More significantly, the motions are designed to position the body properly. 
    • This also involves mental alignment, in which the mind is equally distributed throughout the body. 


    Yoga demands that you be in excellent mental and physical shape to practice. 

    • Nonetheless, in my many years of yoga, I've discovered that even in excellent health, certain postures may be difficult to hold for the necessary amount of time. 
    • Some asanas, however, require body movements that are too difficult for even the healthiest pupils to undertake without assistance. 
    • It is for this reason that I created the practice of using supports in yoga. 


    The practice of asanas has never been simpler, less exhausting, or more pleasurable thanks to these props, which make each asana equally accessible to all yoga students, whether they are weak or strong, young or old, beginners or experienced, or those who need to save energy due to tiredness or injury. 




    HOW PROPS CAN ASSIST. 


    A yoga prop is any item that aids in stretching, strengthening, relaxing, or improving body alignment. 

    • It allows you to do asanas for extended periods of time while conserving energy. 
    • These props enable asanas to be practiced in a more comfortable manner, actively as well as passively balancing the body and mind.
    • One can assist students throughout their practice with the body, but this depletes one's own stores of energy and can prove exhaustive, ineffective and inefficient as numbers grow or while being alone at home.


    To assist in achieving the ultimate posture, we can start by experimenting with common, everyday items like as walls, chairs, stools, blocks, bolsters, blankets, and belts. 

    • We see the importance of props when dealing with individuals who were afflicted by sickness or disease. 
    • By adding additional height, weight, or support to the body, I found that props helped me remember essential motions and minor changes. 
    • The usage of props also enhanced my blood circulation and respiratory capacity. 
    • This prompted me to design props that could be customized to meet the requirements of any person. 


    Yoga asana with props is unique in that it is the only type of exercise that allows for simultaneous movement and rest. 

    • It works by activating muscles, toning the body's organs, and relieving mental and physical tension.
    • Props aid in increasing flexibility and stamina while also relaxing slack and weary muscles. 
    • They aid in the rejuvenation of the whole body while reducing physical weariness. 
    • Yoga students find the practice of asanas with supports to be a highly energizing activity. 
    • It provides them the courage to try harder asanas and guarantees that they are practicing correctly. 
    • Props assist to improve and deepen knowledge of each asana by providing a sense of direction and alignment. They act as silent educators.




    THERAPY AND PROPS. 



    When the body is tired, sluggish, or lethargic, practicing with supports may help. The nerve system calms down, the brain relaxes, and the mind is comforted. 

    • Props in asanas help to develop emotional stability and willpower. 
    • Anxiety, worries, and sadness fade away when stress is lessened, allowing people who are emotionally stressed to deal better with all areas of their life. 
    • The heart, as well as the respiratory, abdominal, and pelvic organs, are relaxed and revitalized as blood circulation improves. 


    Setubandha Sarvangasana, for example, when performed on a wide wooden bench, improves coronary blood flow by relaxing and invigorating the heart without putting any physical pressure on it. 

    • This makes it suitable for those who have heart problems. 
    • Many common illnesses may be relieved by asanas performed with the assistance of bolsters, blocks, stools, or chairs. 
    • They relieve rheumatism and arthritis by regulating blood pressure, easing dyspnea and asthma, and removing stiffness in the back, hips, knees, and feet. 
    • Yoga with props liberates the soul by releasing connection to the body. It aids with the improvement of posture and balance while also enabling you to stretch and relax while practice. 

    Finally, yoga with supports provides a sense of calm and serenity, resulting in a new perspective and renewed strength. Some of the items on the next pages were designed especially for your practice. Others are things you'll discover in your own house. 



    PRACTICE IN FRONT OF A WALL. 


    Standing and inverted asanas benefit from the assistance of a wall to help maintain balance and alignment. 

    • It offers you the assurance that you won't get hurt or overworked while practicing. 
    • In the practice of Tadasana, the wall is very useful. 
    • Make sure you're doing your standing asanas on a flat, level surface. 
    • Do not practice on a mat or blanket, and do not wear socks to prevent sliding. 
    • Shoes limit mobility, cramp the toes, and decrease sensitivity in the soles, reducing your ability to feel all the changes in the posture. 
    • Always practice Tadasana and its variants with bare feet. 




    LIST OF RECOMMENDED YOGA PROPS. 



    The props you see here are likely to be found in your own house. When practicing with props, utilize them in the manner that suits you best.

    I've given some basic recommendations, but the most essential thing to remember is that while practicing an asana, you should feel comfortable and calm. 


    When you practice the asana, the props mentioned below support your whole body, providing you the height you need to better coordinate your movements and maintain balance in the position. 



    1. YOGA PROP - CHAIR. 




    The open back rest of this foldable metal chair enables you to put your legs through it. This allows for a simpler, yet still efficient, torso rotation in sitting twists like Bharadvajasana. 

    When entering Salamba Sarvangasana and Halasana, you may keep your balance by holding the sides of the back rest. Back bends like Viparita Dandasana benefit from it since it supports the torso. 

    Ascertain that the chair is fully stable and that it is securely planted on the ground. 


    2. YOGA PROP - BENCH MADE OF WOOD. 



    This bench should be wide enough to comfortably support your torso and about 60cm (2ft) high. It has to be securely planted on the ground. 

    Cardiac patients, as well as those suffering from migraines or respiratory problems, would benefit from using this bench in their Setubandha Sarvangasana practice. 


    3. YOGA PROP - HALASANA STOOL 



    To support the back and feet in Paripurna Navasana, and the back in Ustrasana, this stool should be 30–45cm (1–1.5ft) high. This stool aids in the practice of asanas that require back, abdominal, arm, and leg flexibility and strength. 


    4. YOGA PROP - STOOL IS LOW AND OPEN. 



    A stool with open sides supports the body in back bends like Ustrasana, making it easier to raise and arch the torso. The stool should not exceed 45cm (1.5ft) in height and should be securely planted on the ground. 


    5. YOGA PROP - HIGH STOOL. 



    This mid-thigh-height stool is useful for practicing standing twists like Utthita Marichyasana. The stool enables you to properly twist your spine and torso without putting any pressure on your back. 

    Make sure the stool is securely attached to the ground and has a broad enough top to comfortably put your whole foot on. 

    The props listed below support certain areas of the body and enable asanas to be sustained for extended periods of time without strain. 

    Beginners, individuals with tight joints or muscles, and people with high blood pressure who require head support in forward bends can benefit from these. 


    6. YOGA PROP - BOLSTER. 




    Bolsters provide support for your body while allowing you to stretch and rest comfortably. The bolster should be filled with thick cotton and weigh about 3kg (7lbs). 

    The bolster should be approximately 60cm (2ft) long and 23cm wide (9in). It should ideally have a cotton cover that can be removed. 


    7. YOGA PROP - BLOCK OF FOAM. 


    To support the head in forward bends and the back in pranayama, a foam block is put underneath stacked wooden blocks. Its measurements are about 30cm (1ft) x 18cm (7in) x 5cm (2in). 


    8. YOGA PROP - BLOCK MADE OF WOOD. 



    In all kinds of asanas, wooden blocks are often utilized for support. They provide support for the legs, knees, or palms in sitting and standing asanas, as well as height to seated twists. 

    A block is used in Ujjayi Pranayama to support the back and open the chest. Blocks offer support for the head and hands in forward bends like Uttanasana. 

    The block should be approximately 23cm (9in) × 12cm (4.5in) x 7cm in size (3in). It may be put on the short side (a), the long side (b), or the wide side (c), depending on your needs. 

    While several asanas in this chapter have a recommended height, you should put the block at the height that is most comfortable for you. 


    9. YOGA PROP - WOODEN BLOCK WITH A ROUNDED TOP. 





    In the standing twist, Utthita Marichyasana, a small block is utilized to increase height. 

    It allows you to twist your body more efficiently and without exerting too much effort. It measures about 5cm (2in) in height and 10cm (4in) in length. 


    10. YOGA PROP - BLANKET THAT HAS BEEN FOLDED. 



    In reclining asanas and pranayama, folded blankets are utilized to support the back, expand the chest, and support the head and shoulders in inversions like Salamba Sarvangasana. 

    In sitting asanas, they offer height, which helps to maintain the torso and spine upright and corrects bad structural posture. Cotton blankets with a size of 2m (6.5ft) × 1.2m (4ft) are ideal. 

    When using one to soften the impact of a chair or a bench on the body, fold it in half three times. To add height to sitting asanas and seated twists, fold in half four or five times. 



    11. YOGA PROP - BLANKET WITH ROLLED EDGES. 



    In reclining asanas and back bends, this is utilized to support the neck, as well as the small of the back in back bends like Viparita Dandasana. 

    In Virasana and Adhomukha Virasana, it helps to alleviate tension on the chest, thighs, and ankles. Four times fold a cotton blanket in half, then wrap it up firmly (see above). 

    Some asanas benefit from the use of these two props. The stretch is enhanced by the belt, which avoids muscle or joint tension. 

    The bandage facilitates total relaxation by allowing you to focus your thoughts within. 


    12. YOGA PROP - BELT FOR YOGA. 



    In the last stretch of Supta Padangusthasana, Urdhvamukha Janu Sirsasana, and Paripurna Navasana, the belt assists in providing the necessary tension without strain. 

    The belt is about 60cm (2ft) in length and is constructed of a sturdy woven cloth with buckles on both ends. 


    13. YOGA PROP - BANDAGE MADE OF CREPE. 



    The eyes retreat into their sockets with the assistance of the blindfold, which is 2.5–3m (8–10ft) long and 10cm (4in) wide. 

    In Savasana and Pranayama, this cools the brain and relaxes the face muscles and neurological system.


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    Yoga For Stress Relief



      STRESS AND ASANAS 


      The most natural treatment for stress is the practice of asanas and pranayama. 


      • Practicing asanas using props increases your stamina and helps you to get the most out of the position without putting too much pressure on your body. 

      Many individuals use tranquilizers, alcohol, nicotine, or comfort food to cope with stress.


      • These may provide immediate comfort, but as we all know, they are just transient fixes that are really counterproductive. 
      • They also have severe side effects that make people feel more stressed. 

      Simple relaxation methods may temporarily reduce stress levels, but they do not address the root causes of stress. 


      • Past yogis and sages have stressed the need of confronting emotional turbulence or worry with serenity and steadiness. 
      • Yoga may assist you in internalizing the good attitudes that enable you to deal calmly with difficult circumstances. 



      DEVELOPING STRESS MANAGEMENT SKILLS. 


      Every person has the ability to distinguish between good and harmful habits and to acquire a sense of ethical behavior. 


      • You may reduce stress that depletes the body's bioenergy by developing healthy habits, such as frequent yoga practice. 
      • The practice of asanas and pranayama is not only the most effective, but also the most natural treatment for stress, with no risk of negative side effects, unlike many other therapies. 
      • Relaxation alone is insufficient to counteract the harmful consequences of stress. 
      • Regular yoga practice, along with a healthy food and way of life, aids in the generation of massive quantities of energy in the body, activating cells and relaxing tight muscles. 

      While the mental effects of asanas and pranayama take time to manifest, with patience and commitment, you will soon notice a sense of mental equilibrium and well-being both during and after your practice. 


      • The five senses of awareness that distract the attention to the external world are pulled inside when practicing asanas and pranayama. 
      • When your mind's restlessness subsides, your whole being becomes quiet and stable. 
      • Negative stress is decreased, while good stress advantages are increased, increasing the resilience and flexibility of the nerves, organs, senses, intellect, and intelligence, resulting in a healthy mind and body. 
      • Clarity, determination, self-discipline, and ethical and moral sensitivity emerge naturally, allowing you to live a peaceful, stress-free life in tune with your surroundings. 



      PRACTICE, ACTIVE AND PASSIVE YOGA POSTURES


      We deal with many various kinds of stress on a daily basis, including physical, psychological, and physiological stress. 


      Only a balanced mix of active and passive practice may successfully counteract the harmful consequences of this. 


      • When talking about yoga with props, I use the phrase "passive practice" since it helps to develop mental serenity, patience, and endurance. 
      • As the name implies, "active practice" is more energetic and usually relates to traditional postures without the use of props. 


      These postures, particularly those involving back bends and standing poses, aid in the development of endurance, energy, and flexibility. 


      • The proportions of active and passive postures will vary from person to person, and even season to season. 
      • On a hot day, reclining asanas, inversions, and resting asanas, for example, are very helpful. 
      • These asanas save energy by slowing the metabolism. 
      • Standing, back bends, and inverted asanas activate the body's systems throughout the winter months, helping to combat common illnesses including colds, coughs, chest congestion, and sinusitis. 



      TIMING AND SEQUENCING OF YOGA ASANAS


      Sequencing refers to the practice of asanas in a certain sequence in order to optimize their efficacy. 


      • Excessive vigorous practice may lead to egoism and exhaustion of the body's systems. 
      • Too much passive practice, on the other hand, may lead to melancholy, lethargy, restlessness, and irritation. 

      As you learn more about yoga and your own body, you'll be able to fine-tune your practice's sequences to reach the perfect balance of energetic and passive postures. 


      • You'll be able to hold postures for longer periods of time as your endurance and flexibility improve. 
      • An asana's impact cannot be achieved in a matter of seconds, and time is determined by energy, intellect, and awareness. 



      ASANAS WITH PROPS 


      If you're stressed out, have a small injury, or are tired in any manner, it's better to practice yoga with supports. 


      REDUCING STRESS


      The use of basic props reduces tension and allows you to maintain the position for extended periods of time.


      Yoga asanas with props are unusual in that they are the only type of practice that allows for both movement and rest at the same time. 


      • It works by activating muscles, toning the body's organs, and relieving mental and physical tension. 
      • Props aid in increasing flexibility and stamina while also relaxing slack and weary muscles. 
      • They aid in the rejuvenation of the whole body while reducing physical weariness.
      • Yoga students find the practice of asanas with supports to be a highly energizing activity.
      • It provides them the courage to try harder asanas and guarantees that they are practicing correctly. 
      • Props assist to improve and deepen knowledge of each asana by providing a sense of direction and alignment. 
      • Invariably props as simple as a wall can act as silent educators and guides.



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      You may also want to read more about Yoga Asanas and Exercises here.




      What Is Stress According To Yoga?



        STRESS: A YOGI'S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING IT. 


        Stress has existed since the dawn of humanity. The ancient sages recognized the effect of everyday life's tumult on the mind and body. 


        Yoga may help you separate your thoughts from this turbulence and confront the consequences of stress with calmness. 


        • We are exposed to stress from birth and spend our lives adapting to it. 
        • For a number of reasons, some of us manage better than others. 
        • It may be due to a person's personality, surroundings, or physical state. 
        • But, at some point or another, everyone must cope with the consequences of stress, and in order to do so, they must develop and discipline their intellect, physical body, psychological body, and spiritual body. 
        • With different degrees of effectiveness, we all develop methods of dealing with stress, monitoring and limiting its effects. 


        Yoga is one of the most complete and effective ways to address this issue. 


        • Stress isn't a new phenomena; it's been there for a long time. 
        • Even if our forefathers did not face the same pressures as those of us who live in contemporary, technologically sophisticated societies, even mundane occurrences may create inner anguish.
        • Since the dawn of civilization, people have looked for ways to relieve stress. 


        Because of Patanjali's knowledge of stress, the Yoga Sutras begin with the statement "Chittavritti niruddha." 


        • This translates to "managing the stress-inducing thought waves or mental swings." 
        • He goes on to explain how yoga may assist in coping with difficult circumstances.




        THE REASONS FOR STRESS. 



        We all seek temporary solace in fleeting pleasures. 

        Our wants, needs, and demands are never-ending. 

        We are often pushed in two ways: 


        • On the one hand, the external world entices our minds and draws our attention inexorably to it. 
        • On the other hand, we want to gaze inside, to uncover our inner selves and the essence of our existence. 
        • This struggle entangles us in a web of want, discontent, and wrath, manifesting as pain, fatigue, and shortness of breath.




        THE SENSES WHEN CONTROLLED. 



        The mind has direct influence over the senses. To control the senses, you must first master the intellect. 


        • We may separate our senses from the intellect by relaxing them and directing them inside. 
        • The senses are under control when a person is tranquil and in a meditative frame of mind. 
        • External events no longer create stress at this stage. 
        • Only then can one reflect on the emotional forces at work in one's life and choose what should be discarded or changed. 



        Yoga brings your body and mind into balance. 


        • Breathing at a steady speed and rhythm calms the body and detaches the mind from the stresses of the outside world. 
        • When regular tasks are completed efficiently and effectively, this therapeutic impact may be felt in your daily life. 



        The dynamic energy of a calm individual does not diminish. 


        • There are no typical stress symptoms like migraines, tiredness, or hypertension while you're in this condition. 
        • Regardless of the external circumstances, the mind stays calm and collected, and the body remains disease-free.




        OUR COLLECTIVE HABITAT - THE WORLD OF TODAY. 



        The contemporary world's technical and scientific advancements do not guarantee happiness. 


        • People are unthinkingly caught up in the chase of money, success, and worldly pleasures, which has resulted in higher levels of stress in contemporary life. 
        • More knowledge is currently available than ever before thanks to the information explosion. 
        • Surprisingly, rather of reducing stress, such scientific and technical advancements have exacerbated it. 


        Financial security demands, the need for fame and achievement, and the desire for worldly pleasures all contribute to a state of worry and hurry. 


        • Our spiritual life, mental tranquility, and physical health will all suffer as a result. 
        • You lose your capacity to see reality clearly if you are caught up in a whirlwind of continuous challenges and rivalry. 
        • You may unconsciously distort the truth to fit your own personal objectives, missing out on friendliness, honesty, and compassion in favor of deception, dishonesty, or pride. 



        A mind that is disconnected from the heart is an uncultivated mind. 


        • To enable the emotional center to arise, the head's intellect must be regulated. 
        • Peace of mind, stability, and happiness can only be attained when the brain and the heart are in harmony. 
        • Egoism and pride lead a person to lose touch with their emotional center. 
        • You must grow emotionally as well as intellectually to attain a completely integrated personality. 


        Only then will you be able to manage the pressures and strains that sometimes throw you off balance. 

        Stress will emerge physically and emotionally via tightened bodily muscles, stiff facial expressions, and unpleasant behavioral patterns as long as your heart and mind stay apart.





        CHANGING FORMS OF NOURISHMENT, DIETS AND FOOD 



        The food we consume and the environment we live in must both promote stress-free life. 

        We will be on our way to a healthy lifestyle if we increase our consumption of fruits and vegetables and feed our senses with soothing smells, sounds, and sights. 


        Food is divided into 16 categories in the Upanishads, ancient Indian texts written between 300 and 400 BCE. 

        • Ten parts are considered waste, five parts influence mental energy, and one component is essential for intellect. 


        Food may have both good and bad impacts in this system, depending on the surrounding environment, geographical and climatic circumstances, and a person's constitution. 



        Food has three characteristics according to yogic science: sattva, rajas, and tamas:


        • Sattva is the well-balanced and contemplative element; 
          • Sattvic cuisine is clean, healthy, and fresh, and contains fruits and vegetables. 

        •  Rajas is the energy that wants to accomplish, achieve, or create;
          • Onions, garlic, and pungent spices, which are found in Rajasic cuisine, are stimulants. 

        • Tamas is the energy of lethargy and decay. 
          • Heavy and enervating substances, such as alcohol and meats, are said to be tamasic. 
          • Junk food is a relatively recent word, but its characteristics are unmistakably tamasic. 



        Every action in our contemporary society is quick, including activities involving food and how we consume it. 


        • Junk food, as well as food from cans and packets, has a significant detrimental effect on the human body. 


        The mind is as alert after a meal of sattvic food as it was before it was eaten, while the mind becomes dull and sluggish after meals that are mostly rajasic or tamasic in character. 


        It is equally essential to maintain a healthy mind and a well-nourished body. 


        • The eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin are the five sense organs that lead to the mind. 
        • The senses need proper nutrition in order to have greater mental control. 
        • The mind is nourished by soothing music for the hearing, soft, natural light for the eyes, or beautiful, tranquil landscape for the eyes, and fresh clean air and the smell of flowers for the nose. 
        • The tongue requires meals that are nutrient-dense and finely flavored. 
        • It is necessary to keep the skin clean, smooth, and supple. 


        Finally, the mind must be nourished by cultivating mental clarity.





        STRESS, BOTH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE 



        Individuals who are stressed are more likely to generate innovation and strive for success. This is a good kind of tension. 


        • Negative stress may cause health problems, sadness, and inaction. 
        • Yoga teaches you how to turn negative tension into a pleasant experience. 

        The cumulative impacts of stress may be harmful to your health and mental well-being. 


        • Today, there is a rising understanding that stress is harmful to one's health. 
        • It has the ability to paralyze you and make you feel disjointed and unbalanced. 

        Stress, on the other hand, may increase desire to create and accomplish.


        • This kind of stress may be both beneficial and not so beneficial in the long run.




        STRESS IN ITS MANY FORMS. 



        Positive and negative stress must be distinguished properly. 


        • Negative stress makes it difficult to cope with sickness or emotions of insecurity. 
        • It may be latent, like other illnesses, but it can cause physical signs like tremors or labored breathing. 

        Despite the fact that positive and negative stress are two sides of the same coin, one kind typically takes the lead. 

        Every individual must discover a method to convert negative stress into good energy, which can then be used to cultivate a healthy mind and body. 


        1. Physical, physiological, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual stress have an impact on the mind, body, and emotions.

        2. The consequence may be tight or stiff muscles and joints, skeletal bone atrophy, body system slowness, or essential organ sluggishness. 

        3. Continuous stress produces muscular contraction, severe muscle and joint pain, and stiffness in the jaw or face muscles, which are all linked to emotional and physical strain. 

        4. Indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, migraines, a sensation of tightness in the diaphragm, dyspnea, and sleeplessness are all symptoms of stress.




        THESE ARE THE WAYS WE REACT TO STRESS. 



        Varying individuals have different degrees of intensity when confronted with a stressful circumstance. 


        • Some people get enraged, while others become confused or sad; in the end, stress causes disease, premature aging, and even death. 
        • The link between the body, mind, and emotions has been proven by the study of psycho-neuro-immunology, but ancient yogis understood it millennia ago. 
        • The health of the mind is mirrored in the body, according to yogic science. 
        • Psychological stresses put a strain on all of the body's systems.





        STRESS REDUCTION. 



        The body and mind must be treated as one in order to decrease stress. 

        The muscles, the diaphragm, and the neurological system store the tension associated with stress. 


        Stress is lessened when these regions are relaxed. 


        • Physically, stress affects the organs of perception and the central nervous system. 
        • Yogic deep relaxation techniques have a significant impact on all bodily systems. 
        • When a portion of the body is tense, blood flow to that region of the body is reduced, which lowers immunity. 
        • Yoga focuses on that region to release stress and increase blood flow throughout the body, which helps to keep the heart rate and blood pressure in check. 
        • Rapid, shallow breathing becomes deep and slow, enabling the body and mind to take in more oxygen and eliminating tension.



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