International Yoga Day : India is witnessing great change
Today is International Yoga day. By the way what do we think of Yoga ? How can one define Yoga ? What are the key benefits of doing yoga ? Please read What Is Yoga to understand Yoga as described by Patanjali. Today is the first ever International Yoga Day and 21st June is the Yoga day. There are overall 50 nations all around the world including china, US, back Narendra Modi’s call to celebrate 21st June as International Yoga Day.
Why 21st June As International Yoga Day?
The first yoga practitioner (Adi Yogi) is said to have begun imparting the knowledge of yoga to the rest of mankind on this day and became the first guru (Adi Guru) (Wiki) and from the perspective of yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana, the first full moon after summer is the lengthiest day.
Let me explain few asanas
Sarvangasana –Mother of all asanas
Let me start with Sarvangasana , One asana which takes care of entire body, those who practice Sarvangasana daily will feel young and energetic always. Like how mother strives for harmony and happiness in the home, Sarvangasana strives harmony and happiness in human body.
There are several endocrine organs or ductless glands in the human system which bathe in blood , absorbs the nutrients from the blood and secrete harmones for proper functioning of balanced and well developed body and brain Many asana have direct effect on the glands , Sarvangasana take care of thyroid and parathyroid glands
Venous blood flow to the heart without any strain due to gravity helps for Healthy blood circulation around neck and chest. As a result person suffering from breathlessness , palpitation, asthma, bronchitis, throat ailmens get relief.
Nerves will be soothed and headaches even chronic ones disappear
Continuous practice will eradicates common colds and other nasal disturbances
Those suffering from hyper tension , nervous breakdown, insomnia are relieved
Bowels moves freely and constipation vanishes , as a result the system frees from toxins and feels highly energetic
Recommended for urinary disorder an uterine displacements, menustrual trouble , piles and hernia
It helps to reveal epilepsy low vitality and anaemia If a person practices sarvanagasana daily will feel new vigour and strength and will be happy and confident
It activates the abdominal organs and relieves people suffering from ulcers
More Asanas –
1. Vajrasana : Start your daily Yoga with this asana, this is the only asana which you can do after having food also.
Calms the mind
Brings strength in back
Improves digestion and removes constipation
Good for urinary problems
Increases sexual organs
Good for digestive organs
Tones the legs muscles
Brings strength in legs
Improves concentration – Very very good for concentration
3. Utthita Trikonasana
Tones up legs muscles and removes stiffness in legs
removes stiffness in hips and reduces fat around hips
Corrects minor deformity in legs and allows them to develop evenly
Relieves backaches and neck sprains
Strengthen the ankles and develops the chest
4. Parivrtta Trikonasana
Tones the thigh, Calf and hamstring muscles
The spine and muscles of the back gains strength and function properly
Increases the blood supply around lower part of spinal region and hence functions normally
Relieves pain in the back, viggorates the abdominal organs and strengthens the hip muscles
5. Virabhadrasana I
In this pose chest is fully expanded and helps deep breathing
Relieves stiffness in shoulders and back
tones up the ankles and knees and cures stiffness of the neck
Reduces fat round the hips
The pose aids digestion and relieves gastric troubles and flatulence
Spine is stretched back it becomes elastic
Relieves pain in the sacral and lumbar regions
Persons suffering from slipped discs will be benefited more
Bladder and the prostate glands also benefited
7. Maha Mudra – Very powerful Asana should not be practices without a Guru
Tones up abdominal organs
Very good for kidneys and adrenal glands
Women suffering from prolapsed womb find relief as it pulls the womb up.
Person suffering from spleen alignment and from enlargement of the prostate gland will be benefited
Maha mudra destroys the death and many other pains. There is nothing that one cannot eat or has to avoid. All foods regardless of taste and even when deadly poisonous is digested. He who practises Mahamudra, overcomes consumption, leprosy, piles, enlargement of spleen, indigestion.
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It is sad to hear that people giving religious touch to Yoga and finally decided to leave Suryanamaskar one of the powerful Asana. Those who are arguing as India is accused of pushing ‘Hindu agenda’ on Muslims. Please grow-up.
Patanjali describes Yoga as ‘ Chitta vrtti nirodhah’, it is translated as suppression (nirodhah) of the fluctuations(vrtti) of consciousness (chitta). Chitta denotes that the mind in its total or collective sense and it is composed of three important categories.
a) Mind – Manas, that is the power and faculty of attention, selection and rejection.
b) Intelligence or Reason – Buddhi, that is the decisive state which determines the distinction between things
c) Ego – (ahamkara, literally the I maker ).
The driving force for a human life is ‘ I ‘ factor, I know , I made. Without the self there is no life, but the I factor should not grow within you we should try to suppress it as much as possible to make the life beautiful.
Yoga is the method by which the restless mind is calmed and the energy directed into constructive channels. Shri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita sixth chapter, describes yoga to Arjuna as – The meaning of Yoga as a deliverance from contact within pain and sorrow. ‘ When the mind, intellect and self (ahamkara) are under control, freed from restless desire, so that they rest within yourself, a man become Yukta – one in communion with God.
The Stages of Yoga
Patanjali enumerates eight limbs of Yoga.
1. Yama – Universal Moral Commandments
2. Niyama – Purification of self through discipline
3. Asana – Posture
4. Pranayama – Rhythmic control of the breath
5. Pratyahara – Withdrawal from the domination of the senses and exterior objects
6. Dharana – Concentration
7. Dyaana – Meditation
8. Samadhi – A state of super consciousness brought about by profound meditation.
Yama and Niyama control the yogi’s passion and emotions. Asanas keep the body healthy and strong. Finally the yogi becomes free of body consciousness.
Pranayama and Pratyahar, teach the aspirant to regulate the breathing and their by control the mind. This helps to free the senses from the objects of desire.
Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi take the yogi a state of super consciousness brought about by profound meditation.