Based in the teachings of Swami Sivananda, Swami Vishnudevananda summarized the yoga philosophy in 5 principles or the Five Points of Yoga which make the complex teachings of yoga easier to understand.
- Proper Exercise (Asanas) - Yoga poses help develop a strong, healthy body by enhancing flexibility and improving circulation.
- Proper Breathing (Pranayama) - Deep, conscious breathing reduces stress and many diseases.
- Proper Relaxation - Helps keep the body from going into overload mode, easing worry and fatigue.
- Proper Diet - 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 living beings
- Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana) - These are the true keys to achieving peace of mind and eliminating negativity in our lives.
Asana is one of the eight limbs of classical Yoga, which states that poses should be steady and comfortable, firm yet relaxed helping a practitioner to become more aware of their body, mind, and environment.
The 12 basic poses or asanas are much more than just stretching. They open the energy channels, chakras and psychic centers of the body while increasing flexibility of the spine, strengthening bones and stimulating the circulatory and immune systems.
Along with proper breathing or pranayama, asanas also calm the mind and reduce stress. With regular practice one can ensure overall physical and mental health and the possible prevention of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and arthritis.
In time, performing the poses slowly and consciously, becomes a mental exercise in concentration and meditation.
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Yoga accompanies us throughout our entire life. It is a universal science that can be adapted to all life stages and circumstances.
The individual yoga poses (also called yoga asanas), as well as the particular sequence of yoga exercises, are perfectly designed to relieve tension in the body. Yoga poses systematically contract or stretch the muscles of the body, releasing tension and leading to a profound feeling of relaxation.
Our modern lifestyle in this hi-tech computer age poses great challenges to our health. We experience high levels of stress in nearly all areas of life, which is exacerbated by a lack of exercise and too many conveniences. As a result, the spine is subjected to tremendous pressure and strain, leading to back painin an ever increasing number of people. Yoga exercises work preventively and can even help with existing back problems.
You will soon notice that you are able to cope better with daily stress integrating yoga in our live.
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