Yoga: A Definition
Dec 9th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Article by Shovan Adhikary

A Definition

What does Yoga mean?

Yoga means Joined together. The word comes from Sanskrit root word yug, which means to unify. A Yogi is one ho consciously unifies the body, mind, emotions and spirit so that they work in harmony. Yoga is designed to enable people to begin from their present state of consciousness and move forward day by day, into a state of wholeness, well being and enlightenment.

How do most people live?

* The average person lives in a mental hurricane with a mind so turbulent that the usual concentration span is limited to only six seconds!

* Most people live in a storm of ideas: Constructive thoughts fight against biases, superstitions, fantasies, unremitting memories, dreads, doubts and occasional frustrating blankness. People become so accustomed to this mental turbulence that they think it normal!

* Almost everyone is influenced by emotions such as anger, jealousy, grief, fear and guilt. These invariably create anxieties, which often deprive oneself from peace, joy and love.

Kinds of Yoga

* Hatha Yoga

* Mantra Yoga

* Bhakti Yoga

* Karma Yoga

* Jnana Yoga

* Kundalini Yoga

* Kriya Yoga

* Raja Yoga

Hatha Yoga

* The term Hatha Yoga has been commonly used syllable "ha" denotes the pranic (vital) force governing the physical body and "tha" denotes the chitta (mental) force, thus making Hatha yoga a mean to awaken the two energies that goven our lives.

* The techniques described in the hatha Yoga harmonize and purify the body systems and prepares the mind for more advanced charka & Kundalini practices.

Mantra Yoga

* Mantras are actually the verses in Vedas and it is said that any person who can recite Vedas can achieve salvation or union with supreme consciousness. Mantra Yoga precisely aims to achieve that.

Bhakti Yoga

* Bhakti is a yoga of devotion or complete faith. This faith is generally in God and supreme consciousness in any of the forms. It may be lord Rama, Krishna, Christ, Mohammed, Buddha etc. It may be a Guru for disciples.

Karma Yoga

* Karma Yoga is a path of devotion to the work. One loses his identity while working only selfless work remains. This state is very difficult to achieve. Generally, one is attached to some rewards or incentives that follow the work. This is not karma Yoga. Non-attachment with the work and becoming the perfect instrument of the super consciousness in this manifested universe is the ultimate aim of Karma Yoga.

Jnana Yoga

* Jnana Yoga is the process of converting intellectual knowledge into practical wisdom. Jnana literally means knowledge but in the context of yoga it means the process of meditation awareness which leads to illuminative wisdom. It is not a method by which we try to find rational answers to eternal questions, rathu it is a part of meditation leading to self enquiry and self realization.

Kundalini Yoga

* This system of Yoga is concerned with awakening individual. There are six main charkas in the human beings. The mind is made of different subtle layers. Each of these layers progressively is associated with the higher levels of consciousness. Each of these levels is related to the different charka or psychic centre located throughout the psychic body. There are a number of other charkas apart from the main, which are associated with planes below the human level. In all, we have charkas that connect us to animal levels of mind, to the instinctive realms of being or to the sublime heights of consciousness.

Kriya Yoga

* The word Kriya means activity or movement and refers to the activity or movement of consciousness. Kriya Yoga does not curb mental fluctuations but purposely creates activity and awakening in consciousness. In this way, all faculties are harmonized and flower into their fullest potential.

Raja Yoga

* Raja Yoga usually refers to the system of Yoga that is described in the Yoga sutras of sage Patanjali. Raja Yoga is a comprehensive Yoga system, which deals with the refinement of human behaviour and personality through the practice of Yamas (restraint) and niyam (discipline), attainment of physical health and vitality through asanas (postures) and pranayamas, management of mental and emotional conflicts and development of awareness & concentration through pratyahara (sensory withdrawal) and dharana (concentration), developing the creative aspect of consciousness for transcendental awareness through dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (absorption) in the universal identity.

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The Different Styles of Yoga
Sep 4th, 2011 by Aldouspi

There are many different styles of yoga being taught and practiced today. Although all of the styles are based on the same physical postures (called Asana’s), each has a particular emphasis or path. Here is a quick guide to the most popular types of yoga that can help you decide which style is right for you.

However, I am strongly advising that you try as many different styles, classes and teachers as possible.  It is crucial for your development, that you have a rich and varied experience of Yoga. 

Hatha is a very general term that can encompass many of the physical types of yoga. If a class is described as Hatha style, it is probably going to be slow-paced and gentle and provide a good introduction to the basic yoga postures.  Highly recommended as a standard experience in the basics of yoga. This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga.

Like Hatha, Vinyasa is a general term that is used to describe many different types of classes. Vinyasa, which means breath-synchronized movement, tends to be a more vigorous style based on the performance of a series of postures called Sun Salutations, in which movement is matched to the breath. A Vinyasa class will typically start with a number of Sun Salutations to warm up the body for more intense stretching that's done at the end of class. 

Ashtanga, which means "eight limbs" in Sanskrit, is a fast-paced, intense style of yoga. A set series of postures are performed, always in the same order. Ashtanga Yoga is very physically demanding because of the constant movement from one pose to the next. In yoga terminology, this movement is called flow. Ashtanga is also the inspiration for what is often called Power Yoga.  If a class is described as Power Yoga, it will be based on the flowing style of Ashtanga, but not necessarily keep strictly to the set Ashtanga series of poses.

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Based on the teachings of the yogi B.K.S Iyengar, this style of practice is most concerned with bodily alignment. In yoga, the word alignment is used to describe the precise way in which your body should be positioned in each pose in order to obtain the maximum benefits and avoid injury. Iyengar Yoga usually emphasises holding poses over long periods versus moving quickly from one pose to the next (flow). Also, Iyengar practice encourages the use of props, such as yoga blankets, blocks and straps, in order to bring the body into the most perfect alignment.

Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini Yoga to the US in 1969.  Now the practice is world wide and growing. The emphasis in Kundalini Yoga is on the breath, internal concentration, mantra (words or sounds) in conjunction with physical movement, with the purpose of freeing energy within the body and allowing it to move upwards. All asana practices make use of controlling the breath. But in Kundalini, the exploration of the effects of the breath (also called prana, meaning life force energy) on the postures is essential. Kundalini uses rapid, repetitive movements rather than poses held for a long time.

Pioneered by Bikram Choudhury, this style is more generally referred to as Hot Yoga. It is practiced in a 95 to 100 degree room, which allows for a loosening of tight muscles and profuse sweating, which is thought to be cleansing. The Bikram method is a set series of 26 poses, but not all hot classes make use of this series.

Anusara Yoga

Founded in 1997 by John Friend, Anusara combines a strong emphasis on physical alignment with a positive philosophy derived from Tantra. The philosophy’s premise is belief in the intrinsic goodness of all beings. Anusara classes are usually light-hearted and accessible to students of differing abilities. Poses are taught in a way that opens the heart, both physically and mentally, and props are often used.

This style of yoga emerged from one of New York’s best-known yoga studios. Jivamukti founders David Life and Sharon Gannon take inspiration from Ashtanga yoga and emphasise chanting, meditation, and spiritual teachings. They have trained many teachers who have brought this style of yoga to studios and gyms, predominantly in the U.S. These classes are physically intense and often include some chanting.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and gaining popularity around the U.S., Forrest Yoga is the method taught by Ana Forrest. The performance of vigorous asana sequences is intended to strengthen and purify the body and release pent-up emotions and pain so that healing can begin. Expect an intense workout with an emphasis on abdominal strengthening and deep breathing.

The name Kripalu is associated both with a style of hatha yoga and a yoga and wellness centre in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Both were founded by yoga guru Amrit Desai, who came to the United States from India in 1960. Kripalu is a yoga practice with a compassionate approach and emphasis on meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation that overflows into daily life. Kripalu also focuses on looking inward and moving at your own pace.

Integral yoga follows the teachings of Sri Swami Sachidananda, who came to the U.S. in the 1960s and eventually founded many Integral Yoga Institutes and the famed Yogaville Ashram in Virginia. Integral is a gentle hatha practice, and classes often also include breathing exercises, chanting, kriyas, and meditation.

Swami Vishnu-devananda, a disciple of Swami Sivananda, founded the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in 1957. There are now close to 80 locations worldwide, including several ashram retreats. Sivananda yoga is based upon five principles:

1. Proper exercise (Asana, focusing on 12 poses in particular)
2. Proper breathing (Pranayama)
3. Proper relaxation (Savasana)
4. Proper diet (Vegetarian)
5. Positive thinking and meditation (Dhyana)

Siridatta is an International Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer. Author of Open Your Heart with Kundalini Yoga and the Raw Food and Yoga BIBLE, Mini Size Me.

She can be connected with at jeshoua33@aol.com and her site is www.anaharta.com or through Raw Food www.minisizeme.co.uk

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Questions and Answers About Yoga
Aug 15th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Questions and Answers About Yoga

What is Yoga? Yoga is an ancient philosophy that came from India that promotes personal health, grown and wellness. It doesn't conflict with any religion but has impact on our spiritual path. Yoga is not just lying around relaxing, a religion, contortionism, staring at a candle and breathing incense, and not just for young people who are thin and supple. It does need concentration, focused breathing, and discipline. A greater union of mind, body, and spirit is the result of practicing Yoga and anyone regardless of age, experience, body type, or physical abilities can practice Yoga.

Hatha based or alignment Yoga has been around for over 5000 years and becomes increasingly popular with many medical practitioners and therapists as a treatment for a large variety of illnesses. The benefits of Yoga practice are many and include more flexibility and strength, cardiovascular health, helps in healing from injuries, creates mental clarity and focus, and creates emotional balance in your body.

More importantly, it's an all in one practice. There are many different types of exercise. There are various exercises for different health benefits. These exercise options can be ended when you start practicing Yoga.
1. Weight training for strength.
2. Jogging or aerobics for cardiovascular workout.
3. Tai Chi for developing a sense of balance and harmony.
4. Stretching exercises for flexibility.
5. Meditation for relaxation and peace of mind.

Yoga is more than stretching and relaxation techniques, it's the perfect challenge for your mind and body.

Who should practice Yoga? Anyone from the people who currently get no physical exercise at all to Olympic athletes can benefit from Yoga. Purna Yoga is a careful alignment of your body as you hold poses and leads to growth physically, emotionally, and mentally. Yoga does require work, determination, and practice. If you are looking for a quick fix or just temporary relief of surface symptoms, then you will probably want to look at another form of exercise. If your goal is to regain vitality, health, and vigor; and feel stronger and younger, consider Yoga as your exercise of choice. If you are looking for a form of exercise that is balanced and can be started by anyone over seven, Yoga may be for you. If you want a program that gets more challenging as you advance, can start no matter what condition your body is in, Yoga should be your choice.

You can start looking for a Yoga studio, but first you need to become familiar with the different types of Yoga, so you will know which one to ask about when you begin phoning studios. Remember there is several different types of Yoga and different styles have been developed over the years. You can choose your Yoga practice according to your fitness level, which are just for exercise and which is for the union of the physical with the spiritual.

Therefore, whatever your reason for looking into the practice of Yoga, be assured that you will benefit from the discipline, breathing techniques and the physical exercise you get in practicing Yoga.

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