Shavasana is an asana usually done at the end of a yoga practice in which practitioners lie flat on their backs with the heels spread as wide as the yoga mat and the arms a few inches away from the body, palms facing upwards.
Prenatal yoga is a style designed for pregnant women to practice, regardless of their due date. The mixture of stretching, controlled breathing, and mental focus offers a variety of benefits to expectant mothers. This form of yoga can also increase strength and flexibility in the muscles used during childbirth. Prenatal yoga may reduce stress levels and improve sleep patterns during pregnancy. It may also alleviate physical discomforts such as nausea, headaches, and lower back .
The Universe is made up of five elements, Earth, WaterFire, Air, and Space. In the same way, a human body is also made up of these five elements called panchamahabhuta. The knowledge of these five elements is an essential pre-requisite for someone advancing in Yoga practice. Whether we know it or not, all yoga practices work on the five elements. The foundation of yoga therapy and of Ayurveda is also a knowledge of these elements (tattwas). Ayurveda uses these .
Anusara yoga is a modern school of Hatha yoga founded by John Friend who is known as an American yogi. In Sanskrit, Anu means “with” and Sara means “flow.” Therefore, Anusara may be translated as “flowing with grace” or “natural state.” Anusara Yoga is rooted in a non-dual Tantricphilosophy that we are all inherently good. It draws from this that life is a gift that we are invited to remember and celebrate in .
The root chakra is also called Muladhara in Sanskrit which is primary energy storage. It is located at the base of the spine in the vicinity of the coccygeal plexus beneath the sacrum. It is associated with your most basic survival needs. Where is root chakra is located on the body? Muladhara is located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae, the root chakra is responsible for .
While the great majority of the asanas have a curative or therapeutic value, there are several which are purely for the purpose of relaxation. Relaxation should not be mistaken for inertia. It is not a state of lethargy; rather, it is rest after effort or, perhaps, conscious rest after the conscious effort. One definition of relaxation is “a complete resignation of the body to the power of gravity, surrender of the mind to nature, .
While the asanas or postures which will be described later are a basic part of the practice of Yoga, we should continue our study of Raja Yoga, the non-physical phases of this practice. Some readers may find they cannot follow the rigid discipline of a full Yogic life; others may be seeking an easier path to relaxation and may feel that they are less concerned with their physical than their mental states. Breath control .
The Himalayan Mountains have been the home of sages for millennia. These great sages have lived and passed on knowledge of the yogic teachings to disciples who then became masters passing on the teachings in an unbroken lineage since the Vedic period. Twelve hundred years ago Shankaracharya organized his teaching into five centers of the Himalayan Tradition. As one of those five, our tradition is the Bharati lineage connected with the Shankaracharya at the .