FIVE POINTS OF YOGA

1.PROPER EXERCISE (ASANA)


 Yoga poses help develop a strong, healthy body by enhancing flexibility and improving circulation.Asanas are beneficial for the muscles, joints, cardiovascular system, nervous system and lymphatic system, as well as the mind, psyche and Chakras (energy centres). They are psychosomatic exercises, which strengthen and balance the entire nervous system and harmonise and stabilise the practitioner’s state of mind. The effects of these exercises are a sense of contentment, clarity of mind, relaxation and a feeling of inner freedom and peace.

Proper Exercise

Proper Exercise

2.PROPER BREATHING (PRANAYAMA)


Deep, conscious breathing reduces stress and many diseases.The breath plays an important role in the Asanas. With coordination of breath and movement, the Yoga practice becomes harmonious, the breath deepens of its own accord and the body’s circulation and metabolism are stimulated. Use of the breath greatly enhances muscle relaxation by concentrating on tense areas of the body and consciously relaxing those parts with each exhalation. As most people are in the habit of breathing quite shallow, inadequately filling the lungs, correct breathing is fundamental for the body’s optimum metabolic function. With regular practice, the Full Yoga Breath becomes the habitual and natural way of breathing. Slower and deeper breaths improve circulation, nerve function and one’s whole physical condition. It also develops a calm, clear mind.

Proper Breathing

Proper Breathing

3. PROPER RELAXATION (SAVASANA)


Prevents the body from going into overload mode, easing worries and anxiety.Proper relaxation is an excellent cooling system, comparable to that of an automobile. It’s the most natural way of re-energising the body. Relaxation is so important because the body and mind cannot perform well under constant stress.To control and balance body and mind, one has to use the body’s energy efficiently. This is the main motivation for learning how to relax.

Relaxation doesn’t come easy…

Proper Relaxation

Proper Relaxation

In our modern world, many people find it difficult to relax or to conserve their energy while working. By keeping our muscles in a constant state of readiness, we expend a lot more energy than we would if we used only those muscles needed for the job at hand. Unnecessary physical and mental tension uses up great amounts of energy, even in periods of rest, and wastes a huge amount of our vital energy. Have you ever returned from your holiday feeling exhausted? It can happen, despite the fact that our body produces a surplus of energy each day, enough to last us for the next day. The problem is that negative emotions like anger or irritability can deplete these energy stores in just a few minutes.

Perfect relaxation with yoga

The yoga practice replenishes the energy stores of the body. That’s why you never feel drained after a yoga class. Instead, you feel charged up with positive energy. At the end of the yoga class is ‘deep relaxation’. In this state, only a very small amount of life energy (prana) is used, just enough to maintain vital metabolic activities. The rest of the energy is stored. This deep relaxation includes three levels: physical, mental and spiritual relaxation. Complete or perfect relaxation is possible only when all three levels are involved. So a few minutes of yoga relaxation can recharge us more effectively – and give us much more inner peace – than several hours of restless sleep.

4. PROPER DIET (Vegetarian)


Eating simple, healthy and vegetarian foods that are easy to digest notably have a positive effect on the mind and body, as well as the environment and other sentient beings.

Eat to live…

“Eat to live, don’t live to eat” – that’s the yogic attitude towards nutrition. The yoga practitioner chooses food products that have the most positive effects on the body and mind, and the fewest negative effects on the environment and on other creatures. As a vegetarian, the yoga practitioner eats the primary producers of the food chain: Plants get their nutrients directly from the sun, the energy source for all life on our planet.

Proper Diet

Proper Diet

Wholesome and well balanced

The yogic diet is lacto-vegetarian and consists mainly of grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and dairy products. A vegetarian diet is wholesome, easy to digest and supplies the body with a maximum amount of nutrients and energy. In general, we should select food items that are as fresh and natural as possible (no preservatives or artificial flavours), ideally organic and non-GM foods. Careful preparation of the food is essential to retain a maximum amount of nutrients. Long storage, refinement or overcooking destroys many vital components of our food.

The mind eats too!

We literally are what we eat. Most people are unaware that foodstuffs form the substance of the mind as well, thus influencing it in a very subtle way. So impure foods like meat not only stiffen the joints, but also leave behind a sense of heaviness and lethargy. They create fertile ground for the emergence of chronic diseases or depression. The yogic diet consists of pure food products and helps us keep both body and mind healthy and fit.

5. POSITIVE THINKING (VEDANTA) AND MEDITATION (DHYANA)


These are the true keys to achieving peace of mind and eliminating negativity in our lives.

The keys to peace of mind

Positive thinking and meditation are the keys to peace of mind. Meditation is the method used to calm and focus the mind. Regular practice promotes not only mental equanimity, but physical and spiritual well-being as well. Before we can meditate, though, we need to centre the mind through concentration techniques and positive thinking. A mind full of negative thoughts and feelings is hard to calm down. 

Positive Thinking and Meditation

Positive Thinking and Meditation

Union with the Supreme Self

By controlling the movements of the mind, we can eliminate negative thought patterns and reach the meditative super-conscious state (Samadhi). Samadhi is the blissful union with the Supreme Self and leads to direct, intuitive experience of the Infinite. It is a deep spiritual experience that cannot be put into words or even grasped by the mind. In Samadhi, the senses, the mind and the intellect cease to function. The consciousness expands, going beyond time, space and causality. One realises the divine presence pervading all life forms and experiences profound peace and joy and a feeling of oneness with the universe.