Yoga Guide to Happiness

Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within – by BKS Iyengar

Yoga is a term derived from the Sanskrit word Yuj which means to yoke or to unite. Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science of healthy living. According to modern scientists, everything in the universe is just a manifestation of the same quantum firmament. One who experiences this oneness of existence is said to be in yoga, and is termed as a yogi, having attained to a state of freedom referred to as mukti, nirvana or moksha. Thus, the aim of Yoga is Self-realization, to overcome all kinds of sufferings leading to ‘the state of liberation’ (Moksha) or ‘freedom’ (Kaivalya).

The term “yoga” in the Western world often denotes a modern form of hatha yoga and a posture-based physical fitness, stress-relief and relaxation technique, consisting largely of the asanas, in contrast with traditional yoga, which focuses on meditation and release from worldly attachments. It was introduced by gurus from India, following the success of Vivekananda’s adaptation of yoga without asanas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who introduced the Yoga Sutras to the west. The Yoga Sutras gained prominence in the 20th century following the success of hatha yoga.

Yoga is all about poses, asanas, meditation and relaxation techniques. Every pose that you do has their technique and benefits. There are different yoga poses like yoga poses for kids, yoga poses for beginners, yoga poses for weight loss, etc. Here are a few yoga poses with the technique and their benefits:

  1. Plough Yoga Pose (Halasana):

How to perform: Lie on your back with hands placed firmly on each side. Now lift both the legs and slowly make a 90 degree angle and then gradually make a 180 degree angle.

Benefits of Plough Yoga Pose: It stretches the spinal muscles and opens up the spinal disc hence, working on the entire spinal system. It also releases the tension from your arms, spine and shoulders. Apart from that, it is great for fighting obesity, curing indigestion and constipation.

  1. Bow Yoga Pose (Dhanurasana)

How to perform: Lie straight on your stomach. Keep hands on feet and pull backwards. As the name suggests, the body should make a bow-like posture.

Benefits of Bow Yoga Pose: It stretches your entire body and makes your back flexible. While aiding in weight loss and digestion, it also improves blood circulation.

  1. Cow Face Yoga Pose (Gomukhasana):

How to perform: Sit with straight legs and bend your left knee under your right leg. Bring the left foot beside your right hip. Now bend the right knee over the left one. Try to keep the knee over the knee. Try to place your right foot beside the left hip. Bend your right elbow while bringing the right palm behind the upper back (palm facing backward). Keep your left arm down only and bend the elbow bringing the palm to the mid-back. Try to hook your fingers.

Benefits: It stretches the hips, arms, thighs and back. It also helps in muscle relaxation.

Yoga offers physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. If you’re going through an illness, recovering from surgery or living with a chronic condition, yoga can become an integral part of your treatment and potentially hasten healing. Every yoga poses or asana that you perform has different benefits and effects on your body. Here are a few benefits of yoga:

  • The first yoga benefit is that it improves your strength, balance and flexibility.
  • The second yoga benefit is that it reliefs your back pain.
  • The third benefit of yoga is that it relaxes you, to help you sleep better.
  • The fourth is that it helps you manage your stress levels.

Introducing the concept of yoga at an early to your kids helps in establishing healthy habits in them. The practice of yoga for kids helps them improve their strength, flexibility and co-ordination while encouraging body awareness and self-esteem. The ideal age to start the practice of yoga for kids is 4years and above. At the age of 4, your child starts understanding the instructions in their own way and eventually gets mold with practice. Here are a few tips to start yoga for kids:

  • Prepare a flexible lesson plan
  • Dial in your teaching tempo.
  • Playfulness is key
  • Use kid friendly positive feedback

There is a small yoga routine that I follow to kickstart my day and get myself charged up with positivity. Well at times I perform all the yoga poses and asanas but there are times when I don’t feel like performing all the poses and asanas. So in that case the best practice that I follow is of performing at least 6 to 12 repetitions of Sun Salutation (Suryanamaskar). The ideal time to perform Sun Salutation is early in the morning, facing the rising sun. There are total 9 poses in Sun Salutation which are the Pranamasana (Prayer Pose), Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute), Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge), Plank Pose, Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose), Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog Pose), Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). Following a Morning Yoga routine of Sun Salutation has various benefits such as improves flexibility, helps burn excess fat, helps build mental focus, etc.

After improving your flexibility, concentration power and muscle strength you also need to have a glowing and radiant skin. So I am going to suggest you some Face Yoga for Glowing Skin.

  1. Yogic Breathing Exercise
  2. Pout and Smile
  3. Puffer Fish Face
  4. Puff your cheeks
  5. Shitali
  6. Shitkari
  7. Matsyasana

There are many more such Face Yoga for Glowing Skin but the best remedy to have glowing skin is to drink as much water as possible, eat raw vegetables and fruits, etc.

Following a healthy routine is of utmost importance in today’s sedentary life. If we do not set-up routine for ourselves there will be time where we all would be facing some or the health issues. Yoga is a slow process of healing you from within unlike other workout regimes. But the effects that yoga creates on one’s mind, body and soul is ever lasting.

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