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What type of yoga are you practicing?

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What is Power Yoga?
What is Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga?
What is Asthanga Yoga Marg?
What is traditional yoga?
Can traditional yoga (hatha yoga) help you to lose weight?
What is Iyengar Yoga?
What is Hot Yoga/Bikram yoga?
What is Yoga Therapy?

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What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha Yoga works on physical, psychophysical and psychological aspects and also known as the Physiological Yoga the Ghatsya Yoga. Gorakshnath, a disciple of Matsyendrantah is considered as the reformist Hatha Yogi of his era. He travelled across India to teach systematic Yoga—now known as the system of Hatha Yoga.  Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Sanskrit manual on Hatha Yoga was written by Gorakshnath’s disciple Swami Swatmarma. Lord Shiva, however, is regarded as the originator of Hatha Yoga. The term Hatha is derived from two Sanskrit root sounds ‘ha’ and ‘tha’. The sound Ha represents the solar flow in the right nostril (Pingla Nadi) whereas Tha stands for lunar flow in the left nostril (Ida Nadi). These sounds signify two opposite forces; positive and negative respectively.  Asanas, Pranayamas, Mudras, Bandhas and Satkarmas are together forms the system of Hatha Yoga. It is said that with the mastery of each asana, the body and the mind both experience a rebirth. Asanas (comfortable body postures) are developed to induce a new life and energy in every cell, glands, joint, muscle, gland and organ of the body. According to HathaYoga Pradipika, asanas should be practiced gaining steady and correct posture, health and lightness of the body.  It is said that with the mastery of each asana, the body and the mind both experience a rebirth. And that’s why individuals practicing Yoga regularly look and feel more younger than their peers. Asanas improves concentration, co-ordination, and body awareness. Gorakshnath,...

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Yoga For Thyroid Disorder

Butterfly shaped thyroid glands Thyroid disorder has become common like cough and cold. You are either a person having some issue with your thyroid gland or you know at least a half dozen of women in your social circle with thyroid problem. Even men can have issues with their thyroid but women are more prone to it than men. Why thyroid is so rampant today? Medical specialists believe that this is a by-product of our wrong lifestyle and habits. The blame, off course, has to put on sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices. Thyroid is a very important endocrine gland that regulates our both physical and mental health. This butterfly shaped gland, located in front part of the neck, secretes T3 and T4 hormones which regulates our metabolism and also secretes important brain chemicals like endorphin, dopamine and adrenaline. The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, situated in the brain, control the thyroid. Pituitary gland, in turn, produces Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). The thyroid gland and TSH shares an inverse relationship—the high level of TSH results in an under active thyroid gland (Hypothyroid—the gland produces too little hormones) that slows down the process of metabolism resulting in weight gain among people suffering from it. And the lower level of TSH induces hyperactivity in the gland (Hyperthyroid—the excess secretion by the gland), means extreme weight loss. Hypothyroid is more prevalent than...

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Navel: Your Connection To Cosmos

“You may be right but my gut feeling says that I shouldn’t trust that person.” Does this statement sound familiar? Most of us take decisions through brain logics. Many times we make wrong decisions with the help of rational mindset. But the decision taken out of gut feeling, most often turns out to be right. What’s this gut feeling? And from where does it arise?  This gut is nothing but your navel plexus, called nabhi in Sanskrit. According to Hathayogapradipika there are 72,000 nadis in the navel centre so it has a very close connection to nervous mechanism. It...

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