Yoga – “Union, To Yoke Together, Oneness”

Yoga has been described as an art, a science, a philosophy. It has been around since the beginning of civilization. One can be of any faith to practice Yoga as religion does not matter.

For many people, the initial draw to Yoga is to feel better, look better, or be less stressed. Those things may very well occur as a result of practicing Yoga. Yet people who stay with a yoga practice for any length of time may realize that the benefits are far greater than looking and feeling good.

Back aches may improve. A higher fitness level and increased energy may occur. Sometimes blood pressure lowers, skin problems clear up, and sleep improves. There may be less agitation, less depression. In some, asthma improves, cholesterol levels lower, blood sugar balances out, arthritic aches and pains may lessen …

So what is it about Yoga that can help bring about these changes? Asanas, (postures), pranayama (breathing practices, and meditation have the following benefits:

  • cleanse, strengthen, and stabilize the physical body including the nervous and glandular systems
  • Balance the internal energies
  • promote flexibility and fluidity
  • quiet the mind
  • open the heart

The ancient Yogic philosophy states that by stilling the mind we will be able to clearly see who we really are beyond this body and personality. It reminds us that we are a part of everything that exists. We can call it God, Consciousness, Energy, Spirit; it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we feel connected to and not separated from all that there is. What matters is that we not feel alone. Therefore, the traditional teachings of Yoga provide guidance on ways to help us to be free of suffering, to be more at peace, to be more loving, to feel happy, and to live with a kind, open heart.

“The regular practice of Yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and stability.”

B.K.S. Iyengar

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“Here in this body
are the sacred rivers:
here are the sun and moon
as well as all the pilgrimage places.
I have not encountered another temple
as blissful as my own body”
-Saraha

“Go inside and listen to your inner voice. Every question has an answer. Your soul is full of wisdom and knows the way”
– Yogi Bhajan

Yoga - Vata

Yoga for Vata Imbalances

Ground, Stabilize, Soothe, Calm

Yoga -  Vata

Emphasize gentle to moderate pace; alternate rhythmic movements, (vinyasa), with moderate holding of postures

  • Emphasize – slow, steady, meditative approach
  • Practice in a warm environment,
  • Longer warm-ups- sun salutations practiced in a slow, gentle way
  • Avoid jumping between poses
  • Standing poses to ground and give strength to the base
  • Balancing poses  to increase concentration and stability
  • Squats to encourage downward movement of energy
  • Core strengthening poses
  • Build heat
  • Use props
  • Restorative postures
  • Lying down knees to chest
  • Long rest – shavasana
  • Focus on slow, steady breathing in the poses
  • Pranayama – breathing – calming, balancing, ujjayi, (ocean sound), nadi shodana (alternate nostril)

Pitta - Yoga

Yoga for Pitta Imbalances

Relax, Reduce Agitation, Calm and Cool

Pitta - Yoga

Emphasize- moderate pace, work at 75% capacity, easy flowing manner, work without strain

  • Moon Salutation with a soft gaze, and awareness on balancing relaxation with effort
  • Standing and sitting poses that focus on legs open out wide to release the inner heat
  • Poses to open hips
  • Cooling poses including forward bends and lateral bends which reduce excess fire in the mind and belly
  • Cooling inversions such as  Viparita Karani – legs up the wall pose
  • Soft cooling gaze or eyes closed when appropriate
  • Focus on exhalation and release as you practice
  • Pranayama –cooling -sitali, sheetali, nadi  shodana

Kapha - Yoga

Yoga for Kapha Imbalances

Stimulate, Motivate, Energize

Kapha - Yoga

Emphasize heat, lightness, upward movements

  • Sun Salutations practiced with the intention of “get going”
  • Standing poses with the arms raised up to open and clear chest
  • Backbends open the lungs to help clear congestion and are stimulating
  • Inversions that require some effort and effect the thyroid gland and the throat such as sarvangasana (shoulder stand) and halasana (plow), simhasana (lion pose)
  • Supta virasana (reclining hero pose) to open the abdomen and the chest
  • Focus on inhalation during the poses
  • Pranayama- heating – bhastrika (bellows breathing), Kapalabati (skull polishing) and surya bhedana (right nostril)

“The true purpose of yoga is to discover that aspect of your being that can never be lost.”

Deepak Chopra

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