Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.
When we see people in an impossibly weird and twisted pose then we get an idea of what yoga is but It’s not that all. Yoga is much more than these poses. It is a practice of integration of our mind, body and soul. It is a 5000 years old ancient Indian knowledge that harmonizes the body with the mind and breath by means of various breathing techniques.
Yoga is not alien to us infect we have been doing yoga since we were baby. In our day today life we can see yoga in one form or other. Yoga is for everyone and it benefits the people on desk jobs to the people who are heavy body builder. Yoga can improve the quality of life of people who practice it.
Effective Yoga poses for beginners
Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving pose)
In this pose the abdominal muscles are tensed an the internal organs are compressed. This result in the increase in blood circulation and stimulation of the nerves, which increases the efficiency of the internal organs. The pressure on the abdomen releases any trapped gas in the large intestine and so the name pawanmuktasana. This asana also strengthens the back, tones the leg and arm muscle, strengthens the hip joints and eases the tension in the lower back. This yoga posture has its therapeutic applications in flatulence, constipation, menstrual disorder, sterility and impotence. During the asana practice this posture should be among the first few that should be practiced.
Dhanurasana (Bow pose)
This yoga posture is named so due to the shape of the body it takes-that of a bow. In this posture the body weight is balanced on the abdominal muscles so that a pressure is formed on the internal organs giving them a massage by the change in pressure. This posture helps in improving the secretions of the organs and also the blood circulation in these organs is increased. Its regular practice reduces the fat around the abdomen and thigh areas. This posture also helps in re alignment of spine, strengthening of backbone and spinal cord. This posture has its therapeutic applications in diabetes, colitis, menstrual disorders, asthma and constipation.
Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
In this asana the body posture resembles a serpent with its hood raised. This asana is a great workout for firming the hips and toning the abs. In this posture the muscles at the backside of the body alongside the spine are strengthen. The breathing in the posture creates a good pressure to massage the intra-abdominal organs thus increasing their efficiency. This asana focuses on the entire back ,neck and shoulders. It improves the flexibility of the upper and middle back, expands the chest, and reduces fatigue & stress. It has its therapeutic application in weak digestive system, respiratory disorder and poor body posture.
Veerabhadrasana (warrior pose)
It is one of the most graceful yoga posture that reflect your strength. The term warrior must not be confused with being violent but its idea is about being a spiritual warrior who battles the universal enemy “self-ignorance”. This pose strengthens and tones the arms, legs and lower back. It also improves the balance in the body and helps in increasing the stamina. It has been extremely helpful for the people with frozen shoulders or those who are bound to sedentary or desk jobs. The warrior pose releases the stress in the shoulders very effectively in a short span of time and brings auspiciousness, courage, grace and peace.
Garudasana (Eagle pose)
In ancient Indian scripts garuda means “King of birds” and the vehicle of lord Vishnu and this pose symbolize the commitment to Garuda. In this pose you have to stand on one leg while performing the pose and hence this asana is so normed. This pose involves several health benefits other than correcting structural and prostate faults. This pose has its therapeutic application in arthritic disorder or joint pain throughout the body, especially in the feet and knees. Through this pose the fatigue produced from walking is also relieved therefore this asana is especially beneficial for those who have to stand or walk for a long period of time.
You can go on doing asanas – that is not yoga. Yoga is an inward turning. When you are not moving into the future, not moving into the past, then you start moving within yourself. – Osho
Yoga practice provides a lot of health benefits and has been known to regulate energy in the most beneficial paths but still it should not be considered as a substitute for medicine. It is important to learn and practice yoga postures under the supervision of a trainer. Finally in the case of any medical condition, practice yoga after consulting to a doctor. Yoga is a discipline to keep your body fit and mind happy. Please read the post on-How does exercise makes you fit and a happier person.