Yoga has varied meanings, however broadly it means ‘union’. Union with God or union with oneself or union with a higher reality. It could also mean total and complete awareness of oneself and the meaning of existence.
It can also be defined as stoppage of the mental modifications of the mind or the personality complex for a perfectly balanced and natural existence. Yoga is complete control of the human personality. Whichever definition is looked at, it all means the same and the purpose is one – harmony or union with nature, with oneself, with a higher reality.
Everyone can do Yoga in all age groups. Since it is about leading a holistic lifestyle it is not restricted to physical abilities. Even bed-ridden or physically challenged persons or persons with terminal illnesses could be practicing Yoga.
It could be physical in nature, lifestyle related or mind related. All that is required is a genuine desire to improve and be a little more spiritual.
Asanas are poses or postures. Further, the Yoga Sutras also give a definition of asana. Asana is any posture which is steady, which can be held for a certain length of time and there is no discomfort in holding the posture steadily. Learn how to do the appropriate asanas in the correct way by opting for one of our programs.
There are four types of benefits which would accrue to anyone practicing Yoga for a longer duration.
a) External physical condition – you look much younger than your age. Complexion improves a lot and ageing of the skin slows down. The body balances out at its own natural state which not only looks healthy but is also actually healthy. Yoga is not for 6 pack abs and toned thighs. It takes you back to your own natural state which is ideal for you.
b) Internal Health – Immune system becomes very strong. Common colds, fevers, allergy attacks, respiratory problems, etc., all become a thing of the past. Eyesight improves so does functioning of the nose and ears. Internal organs become strong keeping respiratory, cardiac and gastric problems away. Musculo – skeletal system strengthens and becomes more flexible.
c) Mental health – A state of emotional stability is achieved. Anxiety, aggression, anger and depression are replaced by calmness, equanimity, confidence and a sense of well being.
d) Spiritual progress – With good health, confidence and calmness come the sense of being more spiritual.
The best part about Yoga is that one need not work on these separately as a target. They all happen automatically and effortlessly. All that is required is discipline.
A medical check-up is advisable prior to starting Yoga. This enables you to avoid practices which you should not do.
Perseverance and patience - You require a lot of perseverance and patience. You will start feeling the true benefits of yoga only after 2 to 3 month to a year of regular practice.
Regularity is the key. Being regular does not mean doing asanas 2 or 3 times a week. It should become part of your daily routine. One must practice daily or at least 5 times a week.
No Competition, Practice Alone - There should be no concept of competition. Yoga is about your continuous awareness and improvement. It has nothing to do with anyone else. Ideally it should be done alone. Even if you are practicing in a group, you should not look at others or compare or compete. You have to focus only on your own practices in a slow and gentle manner.
Classes or Teachers - Do not go to classes or teachers who ‘push’ you to do more or give goals. This is an entirely wrong way to practice yoga. Do not try to compete, even with yourself.
Fatigue - When you feel tired during an asana session, please do savasana in-between, whenever you feel like, in addition to doing it at the end. If you feel very tired or fatigued on a certain day then only do some concentration and relaxation practices.
Accuracy is the key - Accuracy of practices lead to benefits and not the number and types of practices you do. Doing wrong practices or doing the right ones but in an incorrect may lead to various problems. If yoga is being practiced to address a certain problem, it may also aggravate the problem, if done incorrectly.
Blood Pressure – Persons with high b.p. should not get on their toes for any asana. E.g. tadasana, or utkatasana. Persons with high bp should not do kapalbhati or hold their breath. So no pranayama requiring holding of breath should be done by them. Persons with low or high bp should avoid inversions, i.e. topsy turvy postures like sarvangasana, shirsasana, halasana, etc.
Heart ailments – Persons with any kind of heart ailments should not do any strenuous asanas or get on their toes. They should avoid all topsy turvy poses and should not do kapalbhati or hold their breath. So no pranayama requiring holding of breath should be done by them. Please take clearance from a doctor before starting Yoga and continuously keep monitoring.
Respiratory Disorders – There are no specific practices which are not to be done. However, care should be taken to do only simple asanas for the first few months. In case of any kind of strain or breathlessness, one should discontinue those practices which cause discomfort. Initially, do simple breathing techniques for a few months. Do not practice if you feel that you are getting an asthma or bronchitis attack or there is one underway. Always consult a doctor prior to starting Yoga and keep monitoring at regular intervals.
Ear or Nose problems – persons with some ear infection or retinal problems should not do inversions or topsy turvy postures. Persons with retinal problems or eye number greater than 5 should not do trataka. While doing any asana, pranayama or kriya, please remove your spectacles.
Surgery – One should not commence yoga practices 6 months after a major surgery and 3 months after a minor one. This should be done only after consulting your doctor.
Disease – if you are able to go to work and carry out other activities, you can also practice yoga. However, you may consult a doctor depending on the nature of the ailment. E.g. if you have a flu or fever, you may be forcing yourself to go to work but you should not be practicing yoga. So it is best to ask your doctor. However, the best judge is you.
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