Wednesday, September 29, 2010

yoga & me

as tweeted earlier this week, i started to follow "yoga for you" on zee tv (astro #108) from monday. its an excellent program for exercises and different ayurvedic cures. although its only 3 days now (yes, i practiced yoga 3 mornings continuosly myself) but it has helped me a lot in my daily life...

i understand that yoga is the union of body, mind, and spirit. this five-thousand-year old practice is believed to provide inner peace, increased body awareness, strength, flexibility, and other health benefits.

practitioners should have enough knowledge and understanding of the various yoga principles. they should keep in mind that yoga is a serious discipline. also considered as a philosophy in life, the goal of yoga is to achieve balance between mind and body.

yoga involves an overwhelming number of forms, styles, exercises, and poses. each has its own unique features and benefits.

get relaxed with shavasana or corpse pose~

it is done at the end of all asanas, pranayama and other kriyas for 10-15 minutes daily.

explanation: 'shavam' in sanskrit means a corpse and this asana resembles the position of a dead person. this posture is basically meant for relaxation after doing any other difficult asanas.

direction: lie flat on the back with the legs straight, palms facing upwards. let the body be as comfortable as possible. the head and back should be in a straight line.

kuE' footnote: the best part about doing shavasana for the first time was when i 'accidentally' went in to a quick sleep (or nap) i guess... and when i realized it, i wondered of why i was lying straight on the exercise mat with my hands nicely placed by my side... hiks! i told this to mom later then we both laughed like 'syaitooonnnnn' ;)