Ustrasana : Yoga Pose

Ustrasana is a back bending asana. In Sanskrit, Ustra means camel and hence this asana is known as camel pose. Since many of us are not accustomed to any activity related to bending backwards, most backward bending asanas will be difficult to perform, but they are highly critical in yoga asanas, since they are the most beneficial to humans. Procedure of Ustrasana You should first sit in a kneeling position, with legs apart by about 1½ feet the toes of…

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Setubandhasana : Yoga Pose

Setubandhasana is known as the bridge pose. In Sanskrit, Setu means bridge and bandha means binding. Hence, this asana is believed to be a binding bridge between the human body and mind, powerfully uniting the polarities in both. Yoga masters point out that four out of our five senses, namely seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting are located in our face. This makes us forget about our connection with the body below the head on most occasions to an extent that…

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Dhanurasana : Yoga

Dhanurasana is known as bow posture, since Dhanur means bow in Sanskrit and asana is posture. This asana is also termed as Urdhva Chakrasana or upward wheel pose by a few yoga masters. Procedure of Dhanurasana You should lie down flat on your belly. You should grasp each foot with each hand at ankle level after folding the legs at the knee level. Then you should slowly lift the legs as well as your torso and head from the ground,…

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Bhujangasana : Yoga

Bhujangasana is known as cobra pose since Bhujanga is snake or serpent in Sanskrit. Procedure of Bhujangasana You should lie down on your stomach, keeping the forehead resting on the ground. The toes should be kept flat on the floor. You should keep both legs very close to each other, with the feet and the heels touching each other lightly. You should place your hands under your shoulder with palms facing downwards, while keeping your elbows close to and parallel…

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Trikonasana : Yoga

Trikonasana is known as triangle pose since Tri in Sanskrit means three, Trikona means triangle. Meaning of asana is pose or seat. The various yoga schools have marginally differing views on Trikonasana and its performance procedure. An article appeared in Yoga Journal on Trikonasana, with five leading Hatha yoga tradition teachers giving instructions on the asana. The five were from Shivananda Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Bikram Yoga. The instructions from each one varied slightly regarding…

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Chakrasana : Yoga

Chakrasana is generally termed as wheel pose. It is also known as Urdhva Dhanurasana or upward facing bow pose. Chakrasana is a back bending pose, and it is invariably part of the finishing asana sequences in the main series of Ashtanga Yoga. Chakra means wheel in Sanskrit and asana is a pose, seat or posture. Chakrasana is highly recommended for a flexible spine. Procedure of Chakrasana In the general form of Chakrasana, you should have your hands and feet on…

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Yoga : Virabhadrasana III

Procedure of Virabhadrasana III Subsequent to our article on Virabhadrasana II, we are presenting here the third variation in that asana, namely Virabhadrasana III. You can start Virabhadrasana III either from Tadasana or Adho Mukha Svanasana using certain vinyasas. The procedure of Virabhadrasana III is similar to Virabhadrasana I and Virabhadrasana II, but the position of the hands differ. The steps of performing Virabhadrasana III when you start from Tadasana are as below: Stretch your arms straight up above your…

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Yoga : Virabhadrasana II

Subsequent to our article on Virabhadrasana I, we are presenting here the other variation in that asana, namely Virabhadrasana II. Procedure of Virabhadrasana II You can start Virabhadrasana II either from Tadasana or Adho Mukha Svanasana using certain vinyasas. The procedure of Virabhadrasana II is similar to Virabhadrasana I but the position of the hands differ. The steps of performing Virabhadrasana II when you start from Tadasana are as under. Stretch your arms to the side of the body, with…

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Yoga : Virabhadrasana I

Virabhadrasana I is also known as Warrior 1 pose since it is believed to commemorate the exploits of an ancient and mythical warrior. Unlike many other asanas, Virabhadrasana has got a mythical root in Hindu mythology. A mighty king, Daksha gave away his youngest daughter Sati in marriage to Lord Shiva. However, due to false arrogance, he did not invite Lord Shiva and his daughter, Sati to a grand Yagna (a Hindu ritual sacrificial ceremony) that he conducted with great…

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Yoga for a beautiful and healthy skin

Your skin reflects the state of your overall health. If you are physically fit and mentally calm, your skin will naturally be supple, flawless and glowing with life. If on the other hand, you are suffering from some physical disease, or are mentally stressed out, your skin will also lack the luster of life. Unhealthy dietary practices including intake of junk food and aerated beverages, exposure to various pollutants in water as well as air, and over exposure to the…

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Yoga to improve Memory Power

Memory: A Dynamic Process of the Mind Memory goes beyond merely retaining information and recalling it when the need arises. It is a dynamic faculty of the mind that actively analyzes the assimilated information and processes it to be used by us and our body, consciously or unconsciously. For example, out of the vast mass of information we come across daily in our lives, it sieves out the irrelevant part and retains only that part which is, or may be,…

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