Sarvangasana | Yoga Poses

Sarvangasana | Yoga Poses

Sarvangasana

Technique

  • Lie on the back and relax completely. 
  • Inhale as in complete Yogic breathing, then whilst inhaling slowly, raise the legs, hips and trunk in a continuous movement until vertical. 
  • Take normal breaths here. Then raise the legs (knees straight) and hips by supporting the arms on the ground then bend the elbows and hold the trunk in the hands. In this position the chin is buried in the sternum (upper chest).
  • Practice abdominal respiration and retain the position for as long as is comfortable.
  • Direct the attention to the thyroid gland.
  • To return to the starting position, gently lower the trunk, pelvis, and legs, and relax on the ground. 
  • Do not get up to the standing position immediately after Sarvangasana or any other inverted posture. Relax in Savasana, allowing the blood circulation to return to normal

Counter Pose: Matsyasana

Precautions

  • Those with high blood pressure should avoid doing this asana. Before performing this Asana, one should completely relax.  
  • Persons suffering from eye trouble should avoid this asana
  • Women should not do it during menstruation as the blood released at this time is often very acidic and a back-flow could damage the womb. 
  • Do not practice it if you feel dizzy or have palpitation while performing it.

Benefits:

In this posture, the thyroid receives an abundant supply of fresh blood. Regular practice of this Asana will make the symptoms of premature aging, produced by thyroid disorders, completely disappear. One regains youthful vigour, wrinkles soften, and the body stays supple to a very great age. 

Common Yoga Protocol Session | Video & PDF in English Version

Common Yoga Protocol Session | Video & PDF in English Version

Yoga brings peace to body mind and soul. International Day of Yoga is celebrated every year on June 21.

 

Common Yoga Protocol has been designed by AYUSH (Government of India) with the consensus of all the experts. CYP comprises day-to-day Yoga practice for the masses to reap all the benefits of Yoga. The protocol intends to create general awareness among the masses to attain peace, harmony and well-being through Yoga practices e.g. Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Dhyan, etc. Download the PDF version of the Yoga Protocol (link given below) and enjoy watching the video of the Yoga Protocol and keep learning and continue to reap the benefits of Yoga practices. You can watch the video and follow the instructions.

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Why Hatha Yoga?

Why Hatha Yoga?

If we take Yoga as a philosophy (Darshan) then sage Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s are the final authority on the topic which includes 8 limbs of Yoga; Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyan, Samadhi. There are 5 Yamas & 5 Niyamas which are basically codes of ethics & personal practices and require control over mind and strong will-power.

Controlling the mind is not an easy task even for advanced practitioners of Yoga that’s why Hatha Yoga was suggested which starts with physical cleansing. Hatha Yogis realized it is easy to control the physical body through which they can also control the mind. Thanks to Swami Swatmarama who codified Hatha Yoga and wrote Hatha Yoga Pradipika. “True Yoga” is to realize the SELF while living in the body and connect Atma (Soul) to Pramatma (Super Consciousness), it does not matter which path we take.

Most people practice Hatha Yoga for better health which is a byproduct of practicing Hatha Yoga (mainly Asana, Pranayama, & meditation).

Total health ignites spirituality. My personal belief is once people start practicing Yoga (Postures & Breathing Exercies) the quest arises to go deeper and know who I am?

Hatha Yoga which includes Asana, Pranayama, Shatkarma, Mudra, & Bandha not only provides you good health but awakens the vital energy channels within you. As per Swami Muktibodhananda “Hatha Yoga is not just a physical practice but a process of cellular transmutation from gross to subtle to divine. Thus Hatha Yoga was considered the foundation of all Higher Yogas”.

Since Hatha Yoga provides a foundation, we should encourage more people to do Asana & Pranayama. Hari Om Tat Sat!

Arogya Canada Celebrating International Day of Yoga

Arogya Canada Celebrating International Day of Yoga

I am very passionate about Yoga and always support the initiatives taken for International Day of Yoga since its inception in 2015. This year I am supporting Arogya Canada in their endeavor to celebrate International Day of Yoga 2022 which will be celebrated at 2nd floor of the Burnaby Hindu Temple located at 5420 Marine Drive, Burnaby, BC on Saturday, June 11, 2022; 9am-11am. It is a free event and all are welcome to attend but prior registrations is required. Visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/arogya-canada-celebrates-international-day-of-yoga-2022-tickets-351376104387 to register for this free yoga event.

Please visit https://www.yogadayvancouver.ca/locations/ to view the list of International Day of Yoga 2022 events in Metro Vancouver.

How to incorporate Yoga at work

How to incorporate Yoga at work

Companies have now started to realize that their human work force needs something extra to keep them at their optimal capacity. Work stress and deadlines can have a negative impact on health. Studies have shown a steady decline in performance and poor quality of work if the health of the professional is affected due to working conditions.

A study by Cahl´ıkova, Cingl and Levely talks about how stress and competitive work environment across gender affects performances at work. Since work performance affect career trajectories and promotions, it was concluded that men and women are affected by stress at work more or less equally based on various categories and it affects their overall health.

Organizations are now hiring Yoga professionals or Wellness consultants to provide breaks and ergonomic relaxation techniques to keep their workforce performing to their best capacity. A 10 Minute Yoga session between work hours has proven to relieve stress and provide a sense of calmness during and after work.

When you think of yoga, you might be apprehensive of the intimidating poses and stretches you may have seen on tv or videos. But Yoga is as simple as it can be when you are guided by the right professional. Calming the mind during work hours can be a challenge. Here are some things you can do to incorporate a relaxing session in your workday:

Let the calendar take care of you:

  • A 10-minute break to yourself may seem impossible at first, but try to schedule it in your calendar to let yourself relax and also let others know to not disturb you during the session.

Make HR your Yoga Buddy:

  • Talk to your superior or HR about the benefits of adding a Yoga break at work. With them on board and by communicating with your colleagues, a group session will work as a motivation for you to get some tranquility in your busy day.
  • Discuss with your HR to hire a wellness professional or Yoga Instructor. This will provide a professional consultant to make sure there are no injuries or issues during the sessions. If some Yoga positions are difficult for some people based on their health and limitation, a professional will help your group customize an exercise plan and optimize the time your company allots for these activities.

Know your team better with Yoga:

  • Yoga at work can be a team building activity. Many people struggle with health ailments and may find some peace with knowing that their employer cares about them and will be able to find a common ground with health discussions.

As a working professional, I have realized that giving yourself a break in the day will not only make you calm and provide better health benefits, but it can also inspire and help others around you. Yoga has variety of benefits when added to your life, weather its at work or home. In a stressful work environment, try these above tips and make your professional space a better place to be.

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