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Yoga is a generic term for the physical,mental,and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace.Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means "union" and is interpreted as "union with the divine".Generally put,yoga is a disciplined method utilized for attaining a goal.

The ultimate goal of Yoga is moksha though the exact definition of what form this takes depends on the philosophical or theological system with which it is conjugated. In Shaiva theology,yoga is used to unite kundalini with Shiva.Mahabharata defines the purpose of yoga as the experience of Brahman or Atman pervading all things.

Yoga Asanas

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Asana is a body position, typically associated with the practice of Yoga,originally identified as a mastery of sitting still.In the context of Yoga practice,asana refers to two things: the place where a practitioner,yogi,or yogini sits and the manner in which he/she sits.However,in the Yoga sutras,Patanjali mentions the execution of sitting with a steadfast mind for extended periods as the third of the eight limbs of Classical or Raja yoga.

Traditional practices for performing asanas:

  • The stomach should be empty.
  • Force or pressure should not be used, and the body should not tremble.
  • Lower the head and other parts of the body slowly; in particular, raised heels should be lowered slowly.
  • The breathing should be controlled. The benefits of asanas increase if the specific pranayama to the yoga type is performed.
  • If the body is stressed, perform Corpse Pose or Child Pose.
  • Such asanas as Sukhasana or Shavasana help to reduce headaches.

Surya Namskara

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Surya Namaskara which is very commonly practiced in most forms of yoga,originally evolved as a type of worship of Surya,the Vedic solar deity.Surya,the Hindu solar deity by concentrating on the Sun,for vitalization.The physical aspect of the practice 'links together' twelve asanas in a dynamically expressed series.A full round of Surya namaskara is considered to be two sets of the twelve asanas,with a change in the second set where the opposing leg is moved first.The asanas included in the sun salutation differ from tradition to tradition.And if you want a good start to your day,what better than the Surya Namaskar,which is known to have a host of health benefits.