Benefits of Yoga Breathing Exercises (Pranayama)

Posted on April 27th, 2010 by admin in benefits of yoga | No Comments »

Yoga evolved in ancient India more than 4000 years back. The word “Yoga” originates from the Sanskrit language and means, to join or integrate, or simply union. The meaning of Yoga is union of the body, mind and spirit with truth. Yoga encompasses the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life.The benefits of yoga breathing (pranayama), Yoga postures or poses (asanas), and meditation (dhyana) are really and truly immense.

In spite of all its greatness and goodness though, Yoga was never practised on a large scale in India in the sense that the common people were not in its ambit. It is only in the last decade or so that Yoga has spread among the masses, thanks to Yoga Gurus like Baba Ramdev and literally tens of millions of people in India and elsewhere are coming within its fold and benefitting from it in a very real sense. You just speak with anyone who practises yoga and they will quickly extoll an endless list of its benefits and sing its praise. Housewives, businessmen, sportspeople, teenagers and the aged are all practising a variety of yoga asanas (postures), dhyana (meditation) and pranayama (breathing exercises). For many, yoga becomes a way of life – often giving a more spiritual side to their lives.

The modern world scenario with its stressful life and cut-throat competition is providing a very fertile ground for the growth and spread of Yoga. Medical practitioners always questioned the efficacy of Yoga, but now it is being prescribed even by doctors for health ailments and illnesses, as a stress reliever and to complement other fitness programs. There are numerous documented cases of yoga relieving or curing serious illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses like asthma, diabetes, bloodpressure, etc.

The sphere of Yoga is very very big. However, for the common man practising Yoga, the problem is of shortage of time because of which he cannot go into all aspects of Yoga. So two aspects become very important for him for good health, physical fitness, flexibility and mental relaxation, viz namely asanas (physical exercise) and pranayama (breathing exercises). Here, I will concentrate on Pranayama.

As you all know, oxygen is the supreme necessity for our bodies and without it we cannot survive perhaps even for a couple of minutes. There is almost unlimited oxygen all around us. But we do not know how to get its benefits fully as we never utilize our full lung capacity. Consequently our body is sort of starved of oxygen. Pranayama is a technique to govern the breathing process. Breathing is normally an unconscious process. Through Pranayama, a person learns to consciously govern the breath to bring harmony into the body, mind and spirit. Regular breathing exercises tremendously increase the capacity to inhale and absorb life-giving oxygen. The capacity of the lungs even during unconscious breathing increases. There are four breathing exercises which are particularly helpful :

1)BHASTRIKA PRANAYAMA : In this you repeatedly breathe in to the full capacity of your lungs and then breathe out completely. Should be done for minm. 2minutes ; maxm is 5 minutes Helps heart, lungs, brain, nervous system, and in migraine, depression, paralysis, etc.

2)KAPALBHATI PRANAYAMA: In this breathing exercise, you exhale completely and with force while pulling in your abdomen. Inhaling is done in a normal manner. Should be repeated 30 times, maxm 10 minutes.    Helps in diabetes, constipation, gastric problems, hepatitis B, obesity, cholesterol, asthma, snoring and even in cancer and AIDS.

3)ANULOMA VILOMA PRANAYAMA: This pranayama is slightly more complicated but the benefits are enormous. (a) Close your right nasal orifice with your thumb and breathe in deeply with your left nose. (b) Now open the right nose, close the left nose with middle and ring fingers, and breathe out completely with your right nose. (c) Next, breathe in deeply with the right nose, close the right nose with your thumb, and breathe out completely with the left nose. Start again with (a), then move onto (b) then (c). Repeat for at least 10 minutes. Helps in heart, high blood pressure, heart blockages, arthritis, migraine, depression, neural system, paralysis, asthma, sinus, allergy, Parkinson’s disease, etc

4)BHRAMARI PRANAYAMA: Here you close your ears with thumbs, keep index fingers on your forehead and rest three fingers should cover both eyes. Breathe in deeply and then breathe out through the nose while making a humming sound like a honey bee. Should be done seven to ten times. Helps in cases of tension, hypertension, high blood pressure, heart, heart blockages, paralysis, migraine pain, etc. Improves concentration and confidence.

Now let us summarise the benefits that accrue if a person does Pranayama every morning (or evening) for a period of 20 to 25 minutes

It increases lung capacity and improves breathing efficiency,

It improves circulation, helps normalize blood pressure and improves cardiovascular efficiency,

It boosts the immune system and enhances immunity,

It increases energy levels and gives lots of positive energy,

It strengthens and tones the nervous system,

It combats anxiety and depression and improves sleep,

It improves digestion and excretory functions,

It provides massage to the internal organs, stimulates the glands and enhances endocrine functions,

It normalizes body weight and provides great conditioning for weight loss,

And lastly it improves skin tone and complexion


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How to Start Beginner Yoga Exercises

Posted on April 19th, 2010 by admin in beginners yoga poses | No Comments »

Learning yoga has many heath benefits apart from increasing your flexibility. Yoga is a lot of fun and its healthy and very calming of the mind. Just a little practice will bring you freedom and peace of mind. Yoga has been handed down over several thousands of years and has a very long tradition.

Most beginner yoga poses are easy to learn and you can get audio or video tapes that teach yoga along with the breathing instruction and teach yoga relaxation techniques at health food stores, bookstores, online and by mail order. It’s probably fine to learn basic yoga poses and the yoga relaxation from a tape or booklet, but don’t try the advanced yoga exercises without a skilled teacher. He or she can make corrections to your mistakes and caution you when necessary, and help you to adapt poses, if you are dong them unsafely.

It will be worth it to you to spend a little time finding an instructor who is right for you. Your doctor or other health care professional may be able to recommend a yoga instructor. Get referrals for a yoga instructor as you would for any professional you might wish to consult. Word of mouth is the best advice to find a good yoga teacher.

Yoga instructors aren’t required to be certified at this date, but many now are, through many different yoga teaching programs available in the USA now. Ask prospective teachers if they are certified. A certified teacher isn’t necessarily better than someone who isn’t certified, but it’s something to look at.

Take a class with a few different instructors as their are many ways to teach yoga. Hot yoga is a new fad, and this involves you dong yoga poses in a heated room. This allows the body to become more flexible and also the sweating purifies the body.

Although most people can exercise safely and start a yoga program, any exercise can involve some risk. If you are totally out of shape and have had no yoga experience then is is good to take precautions.

It is a really good idea to obtain a medical test before you begin your yoga program if you have any areas of concern. Discuss this with your doctor and this could include an exercise test with ekg monitoring, especially if you have cardiovascular disease, you are over 35, you have high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol levels, you smoke, or you have a family history of heart disease.

Discuss with your doctor any unusual symptoms that you experience during or after yoga or any exercise such as discomfort in your chest, neck, jaw, or arms; nausea, dizziness, fainting, or excessive shortness of breath; or short-term changes in vision.

Always warm up and cool down after a yoga session. It’s good to not to exercise outdoors when the weather is too hot and humid, or too cold.

Follow these simple tips and start your yoga practice for the great benefits today.

Maurice Tate has been doing yoga and meditation for over 25 years. Learn to beginner yoga exercises.

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Three Exercises #4 Pilates and Yoga

Posted on March 23rd, 2010 by admin in yoga pilates | 5 Comments »

Video number 4 in the exciting workout series designed by master instructor Sean Vigue that takes 3 exercises and combines them into 1 SUPER EXERCISE! Modify as needed. To see all the videos in this unique series go to:

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The 6 Key Benefits Of Yoga That Are Better For You Than Regular Exercises

Posted on March 21st, 2010 by admin in benefits of yoga | No Comments »

The benefits of yoga are many, and through meditation works remarkably to achieve harmony and helps the mind work in synchronization with the body. How often do we find that we are unable to perform our activities properly and in a satisfying manner because of the confusions
and conflicts in our mind weigh down heavily upon us?

Stress is the number one killer which affects many parts of our bodies. And with the help of yoga this things can be corrected. One of the benefits of yoga is it’s physical level which has proven to be very helpful for many types of disorders.

As you discover all the many benefits of yoga below, you will soon realize why yoga benefits us much more than just regular exercise.

Here are some of the benefits of yoga that will improve your health.

1: Yoga is known to increase flexibility; yoga has postures that trigger the different joints of the body. Including those joints that are not acted upon with regular exercises routines.

2: Yoga also increases the lubrication of joints, ligament and tendons. With all the yoga positions that are used it helps benefit the tendons in our body.

It helps with the flexibility of our joints which seem to always give us problems.

3: Yoga also massages all organs of the body. Yoga is perhaps the only exercise that can work on through your internal organs in a thorough manner, including those that hardly get externally stimulated during our entire lifetime.

4: Yoga acts in a wholesome manner on the various body parts. This stimulation and massage of the organs in turn benefits us by keeping away disease and providing a forewarning at the first possible instance of a likely onset of disease or disorder.

5: Yoga offers a complete detoxification of the body. It stretches the muscles and joints including various organs which ensures blood supply to different parts of our bodies.

This helps in the flushing out of toxins from every nook and cranny of your body as well as providing nourishment up to the last point. This leads to benefits such as delayed aging, energy and a remarkable zest for life.

6: Yoga is also an excellent way to tone your muscles. Muscles in our body which haven’t been used very often are being helped by being stimulated.

It is now proven that the benefits of yoga have enabled people to achieve extraordinary physical feats, which proves beyond doubt the mind and body connection. Meditation through yoga helps relieve the daily stress in our lives.

This in turn creates a remarkable calmness and a positive outlook, which also has tremendous benefits on the physical health of the body.

Now you too can take advantage of the health benefits of yoga including how it will help you lose weight with my
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Yoga exercises help you stay fit and healthy

Posted on March 12th, 2010 by admin in beginners yoga poses | No Comments »

Yoga exercises make your body more flexibly and strong. These exercises are quite effective in calming the mind while giving more energy. There are many forms of yoga exercises that are performed by thousands of people all over the world. After performing yoga poses and sessions people feel more relaxed and energized.

You should start with a steady and slow motion, holding a pose for a few seconds to a few minutes while being totally focused. You need to stay focused and relaxed during the yoga exercises. To avoid any injury or damage to muscles, you should always perform a posture gently. Do not repeat any asana too many times, or push your self too hard

First you should stretch to the left, and then to the right. Performing a posture is all about balance. You should start with beginner’s exercises. Doing these preliminary exercises helps you bring both balance and harmony into your yoga practice.

Yoga exercises can be done by individuals of all ages, and can be easily customized as per your physical condition. Although a yoga practice can be tailored to your needs, but if you find a posture of exercise is too difficult for you, don’t do it.

Yoga poses are quite helpful in relieving stress and increasing strength and flexibility. It brings a complete harmony and peace between body, mind and spirit while adding physical beauty, youth and vitality. Yoga is not a new concept; it has been practiced for thousands of year and now once again gaining popularity all over the world.

Divine Wellness is an interactive health portal that provides interactive online yoga classes through High Definition video conferencing and also helps you learn yoga exercises and yoga poses to achieve holistic health. The portal also talks about different kinds of alternative treatments available to take care of your wellbeing.

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Start with beginner yoga exercises then move on to the more complex ones

Posted on February 24th, 2010 by admin in beginners yoga poses | No Comments »

The benefits of yoga are innumerous and it’s a well-known fact that yoga exercises have brought amazing balance to the lives of many people all across the world. A personal yoga practice helps you maintain a balance in personal and spiritual life. You should start with some beginner yoga exercises and then gradually move onto perform complex exercises. The basic exercises can be done by anyone regardless of age or level of experience. This way you can work on some very important aspects of your body while achieving complete holistic health. In fact, these poses are so key to yoga and beneficial to the body, that yoga recommends these exercises by done every single day.

Forward Bending Yoga Posture is a basic yoga posture that is quite helpful for improving health and longevity. It also promotes spontaneous healing and strengthens your nervous and digestive systems. It also improves flexibility in the back, calves and hips.

There are few other famous beginner yoga exercises such as Butterfly Pose. While performing this exercise you have to sit straight and bring the soles of your feet together in front of you. Keep your back straight and lean forward from the waist as far as you feel comfortable. It improves the flexibility in hips and groin and helps you achieve an overall holistic health.

But remember, as a beginner do not overstretch or over strain while performing these exercises and just reach as far down and possible. Slowly over time the flexibility will improve. It is more important to keep your legs straight and not bend your knees to reach your toes.

Divine Wellness is a leading healthcare portal providing interactive online yoga classes and information on beginner yoga exercises to help you gain maximum health benefits and achieve holistic health.

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Pilates Exercises & Equipment : Pilates vs. Yoga

Posted on December 31st, 2009 by admin in yoga pilates | 3 Comments »

Pilates is a standard exercise routine while yoga focuses on exercise as well as and spiritual meditation. Find out more about the differences between yoga and Pilates with expert tips from a fitness instructor in this free workout video.

Expert: Ashley Ludman
Bio: Ashley Ludman is co-owner and director of Seaside Yoga. She supports students of all levels and abilities through individual teaching.
Filmmaker: Reel Media LLC

Duration : 0:1:33

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Yoga Hip Opening Poses for Beginners : Yoga: Baby Cradle Pose

Posted on December 31st, 2009 by admin in beginners yoga | 1 Comment »

The baby cradle pose, in yoga, is a great hip opening exercise that beginners can perform with the aid of a blanket or block. Learn more about the baby cradle pose from a professional yoga instructor in this free yoga video.

Expert: Cathie Ryder
Bio: Cathie Ryder has been teaching yoga since 1983, and is the owner and operator of Yogamatters in New Hampshire.
Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso

Duration : 0:1:36

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Beginning Yoga Poses : Yoga Child Pose

Posted on November 25th, 2009 by admin in beginners yoga poses | 14 Comments »

The yoga child pose is a great beginning yoga pose for newcomers to yoga exercises. Learn the child pose in this free yoga video.

Expert: Carole Childers
Bio: Carole Childers has been a physical fitness trainer for more than 23 years. She is experienced in yoga, Pilates, sports conditioning, core strength training and nutrition.
Filmmaker: Reel Media LLC

Duration : 0:2:3

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