Why Yoga Should Be A Part Of Your Daily Life?
In the great book of Yoga, Patanjali Yoga Darshan, it has been said about Yoga “योगश्चित्तवृतिनिरोधः” that is, controlling the instincts of the mind is yoga. Patanjali believes that yoga is necessary to get rid of all sorrows and to know or interview the seer in his real form. Asana destroys all kinds of diseases. Yoga is a special body structure that stabilises the mind through static stretching. In this article, we will discuss Ashtanga Yoga.
The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning the union of the soul with the universal consciousness. The practice of yoga has a history of more than 10,000 years. Yoga believes in and encourages the practice of Ashtanga Yoga to remove ignorance from the mind and bring awareness. With the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, all impurities are destroyed and knowledge is gained. Asana is the first step in Hatha yoga. ‘Ha’ represents ‘the sun’ (Pingala), ‘sa’ represents the moon (Ida), and the union of Surya and Chandra is called Hatha yoga.
Main Goals Of "Yoga In Daily Life"
- Physical health
- Mental health
- Social health
- Spiritual health
- Self- realisation
Ayurveda And Yoga
The purpose of Ayurveda and Yoga is the same, it is liberation.
Health is important to salvation. All reflexes of meditation are blocked by yoga.
"Ashta + anga" in Sanskrit is Ashtanga. "Ashta" means eight and "Anga" means limbs, thus denoting Ashtanga Yoga, the eight-limb path based on Patanjali's philosophy of yoga. The asanas, breathing methods, meditation, control and safety methods are all based on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
यमनियमासन प्राणायामप्रत्याहर धारण ध्यानसमाधयोऽष्टवंगनि॥
Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi are the eight stages of Yoga.. The first five of these are called bahiranga (outer), and the last is called antaranga (inner).
The eight aspects of Ashtanga Yoga are:
- Yama (Ethics) - There are five yamas: Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (righteousness), Asteya (no stealing), Brahmacharya (celibacy), and Aparigraha (No desire for the wealth of others).
- Niyama (Obedience) - There are five types of niyamas: Shaucha (purity or cleanliness), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (repentance or atonement), and Svadhyaya (self-study).
- Asanas (mind-body poses)
- Pranayama (control of life energy through breath)
- Pratyahara (sensory withdrawal)
- Dharana (concentration)
- Dhyana (Meditation)
- Samadhi (Absorption or State of liberation)
Yogasana (Psycho-Physical Postures)
Movements in which a person can sit silently for a long time, without strength or pain, are called asanas. Yoga asanas are psychophysical. Yoga asanas are psychophysical. They play an important role in strengthening the body's neuromuscular and glandular systems.
The Importance Of Yoga
- Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility.
- Yoga can help relieve back pain.
- Yoga is good for the heart and mind.
- Yoga can help you manage stress.
- Yoga connects you to a supportive community.
- Yoga can provide better self-care.
Best Time For Yoga For You
Doing asana first thing in the morning after meditation is a great way to clear your mind and prepare your body for the next day. You will also benefit from exercising on an empty stomach and all joints and spine will move more easily.
Some Asanas And Their Effects On The Health
This pose boosts back flexibility and can help relieve stress.
Sit cross-legged on the yoga mat with your hands on your knees and palms facing each other. Keep your spine as straight as possible. Push your sitting bones toward the floor—the "side bones" in yoga. Close your eyes and breathe.
It keeps the pubic region healthy. Relieves stiffness in the knees and ankles.
- Sit on the floor with your legs stretched.
- Bend the left leg at the knee. Hold the left foot with the hands, keep the heel near the perineum (the area between the anus and the scrotum or genital area), and keep the sole of the left foot against the right thigh.
- Bend your right knee and place your right ankle on your left ankle, with the right ankle over the pubic bone.
- Keep the sole of the right foot between the thigh and the calf of the left leg.
- Do not rest your body on your heels.
- Returned to the old position after sitting comfortably in this position for a while.
It is the best posture for meditation. Makes the mind attentive and alert. It enhances blood circulation in the lumbar and abdominal regions.
- Sit on the ground with stretched legs.
- Bend right knee, hold at the base of left thigh, and bring right heel closer to ankle.
- Bend the left leg at the knee and keep it on the root of the right thigh and heel near the umbilicus.
- Place your hands one above the other and sit comfortably in the position.
- The back should be straight.
- Change the position of the legs after some time and oppositely perform the posture.
It strengthens the abdominal muscles. It helps to relieve the gaseous distension of the abdomen. It also helps reduce fat in the belly. It is useful for Hypertension.
- Lie down in the supine position (the individual is lying on their back, with their face and abdomen facing upwards.).
- Slowly bend the knees with the inhalation, bring the thighs above the abdomen, and place them on the stomach so that they press the abdomen below.
- Encircle the upper arms below the knee joint and slowly lift the head and upper part of the back above the ground with exhalation.
- Remain in the position for some time, slowly release the hands, and come back to the earlier position.
5. Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
To improve your balance.
Start by standing upright in this pose. Bring your hands together in a prayer position and raise them above your head. Balance on your right side. Bend your left knee to the left and press your foot into the inner thigh of your right side. Hold for 30 seconds.
6. Ardhakati Chakrasana
Ardhakati Chakrasana is a standing yoga pose that is bent to the side. Because it is associated with leaning back; This pose is also called "side bow". The name "Ardhakati Chakrasana" is derived from Sanskrit, "Ardha" means half, "Kati" means waist, and "chakra" means wheel. Strengthen the muscles of the spine, lower back, and abdomen.
- Stand upright with your toes together and your heels slightly apart.
- Relax your shoulders and place your hands near your hips.
- Then take a deep breath, raise your right hand to shoulder level, and continue to raise your right arm until it touches your ear.
- Exhale and inhale deeply, stretching the right side of the body as you lean to the left. Hold this shirt for 30–60 seconds.
- Now take a deep breath again, slowly return to the starting position, bring your right arm back to the thigh, and relax.
- Repeat on the other side.
It is best for lower back aches and slight displacement of discs. helps reduce the fat in the belly. The spinal region gets strengthened, and the chest gets expanded.
- Lie down in the prone (position of a shooter lying face down on the ground) position.
- Extend both legs, toes pointing backwards.
- Keep the palms by the side of the waist.
- Inhale and lift the trunk like the hood of a serpent. The weight should be on the legs and palms.
- Maintain this position for some time.
- Exhale, bend the elbow and place the body on the ground slowly.
Relieves stiffness in the joint. Herbs for improving concentration.
- Sit erect with the legs straight.
- Bend at the knees and place it by the sides of the thighs.
- Tighten the thigh and breathe normally.
- This is the posture, which can be practised even after taking meals.
It is beneficial for Thyroid abnormalities. Pelvic joints become more elastic.
- Sit in a vajrasana posture. Then cross the upper extremity and hold the greater toe from behind, as in Baddha Padmasana.
- Exhale, lift the knee and thighs from the ground and bend backwards.
- Stretch the neck and touch the head to the ground.
- Without releasing the toes, slowly keep the thighs on the ground.
- Then slowly release the hands and sit up in Vajrasana again.
It has a soothing effect on the body. It relaxes the body completely. It calms the mind and reduces tension.
Lying down on the ground in the supine position like a dead body.
It enhances digestive power. Tones up the abdominal organs like the kidney, liver, spleen, etc. It strengthens the spine. It increases vitality, helps cure impotence, and helps gain control over sex.
- Sit straight with your legs extended forward.
- Hold the great toes of the foot with their respective hands.
- With exhalation, bend forward and touch the head to the knee joint.
- The elbows should touch the ground.
- Be in this position for 30 to 60 seconds.
- Release the hands and, with exhalation, come back to the earlier posture.
In conclusion, the principle of "Yoga for Everyday Life" is freedom of belief. This is freedom of religion. Yoga transcends religious boundaries and teaches unity.
Humans are the most powerful beings in the world, they can know their true selves. The spiritual purpose of yoga is to understand the unity of the self with God. Accepting who we are and connecting with God is the first step. The decisions about your health and well-being and about a free and happy life are in your hands. Practice often, as long as you persevere, you will succeed.