The word Yoga means "union". Yoga is a form of exercise based on the belief that
the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind. The art of right living was
perfected and practiced in India thousands of years ago but, since Yoga deals with
universal truths, its teachings are as valid today as they were in the ancient times. Yoga
is a practical aid, not a religion and its techniques may be practiced by Buddhists, Jews,
Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and atheists alike. Yoga is has union with all.
Namaskar ( Sun Salutation)
All sessions of yoga Asanas begin with Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation. This excellent
warming-up exercise consists of a sequence of 12 positions that move the spine in various
ways and promote flexibility in the limbs. It is of special benefit to beginners, to stiff
people & to the elderly, as it helps the body to regain flexibility. It also regulates
the breath and focuses the mind.
Asanas are the primary treatment, as they form the first stage of Hatha yoga. One should
practice Asanas to make one firm, resistant to disease and light of limb.
The yogic breathing exercise, or Pranayama, is seen as important link between our physical
and mental aspects. Pranayama cleanses and strengthens the physical body, but its most
important benefit is for the mind, which it calms, steadies and clears.
Kriyas ( Purification Techniques)
As purity of body encourages purity of mind, yogis have developed the six cleansing
techniques or "Shad Kryas", for purification of the physical body. Through this
simple exercise, nature is assisted in the elimination of waste products. Also, many
mental and physical complaints are alleviated.
Meditation is natural state of consciousness that isn't "learned", any more then
you learn to sleep. When the mind becomes directed and steady, it will naturally go beyond
normal mundane awareness into the state referred to as meditation.
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