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In following paragraphs you would find answers to basic questions generally asked by the students, but if you have any specific query please feel free to give me a call on - +91 9871631276 or drop in a email here and I would try my best to answer your query to best of my knowledge.

What is yoga?

Yoga is one of the six philosophies (Darshan) of Indian System. The word "yoga" originates from the sanskrit root yuj which means Union. On the spiritual plane, it means union of the Individual Self with the Universal Self. Yoga is the union of the body, mind, emotions and intellect. Maharishi Patanjali has described yoga to be astanga (eight limbic) system in his authoritative treatise known as Yoga Sutras. The eight stages of yoga are:

1.      Yama: five restraints (Ahimsa or non-violence, Satya or non-lying, Asteya or non-stealing, Brahmacharya or sensory control and Aparigraha or non-possessiveness.
2.      Niyama : five observances (Saucha or purity, Santosa or contentment, Tapas or zeal, Svadhyaya or self-study and Isvara pranidhana or Surrender to Gods will)
3.      Asanas : Poses to ensure physical health and mental harmony
4.      Pranayama : regulation of breath and thoughts
5.      Pratyahara : internalization of the senses of perception
6.      Dharana : concentration
7.      Dhyana : meditation
8.      Samadhi : the ultimate state of self realization.

But of these 8 limbs Aasan pranayama and now dhyaan, due the health benefits offered, have become synonymous with Yoga. Most of us when say we practice yoga mean that we are practicing aasan and some pranayama and meditation. But as the practitioner advances on his journey other aspects automatically starts seeping into the persona of the practitioner (saadhak).

Why should I seek out private yoga instructions?

Please ask yourself if you are… so busy, you cannot find time to attend a scheduled class at a gym or Yoga center? new to Yoga, and you need help to get started? easily distracted or do you feel competitive in a group class? recovering from an injury or illness? at a plateau in your Yoga practice, and feeling the need for individual attention to progress? Then the personalized Yoga instructions could be the difference you've been looking for. But you don't need a reason beyond the simple desire to practice in comforts of your home and attention of teacher focused on only you.

What Are the Health Benefits of Yoga?

Benefits of Yogaasan practice are improved flexibility/ rage-of-motion, improved strength and muscle tone, fighting against common ailments, de-stressing, improved concentration, self-awareness and self-realization etc. Apart from promoting overall health and well being Yoga also stands foremost as preventive and promotive therapy for ailments and supporting physical, mental and spiritual well being. So far as the therapeutic aspect of Yoga is concerned the clinical studies have lucidly demonstrated the therapeutic potential of yoga practices in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases like Asthma and Bronchitis. Similar effects have been found out in low Back pain, Diabetes, Migraine, stress related psychosomatic disorders. For experiencing these benefits start with any kind of Yoga programme.

When is the best time to do yoga?

Twilight (sunrise/ sunset) time is the best time to practice Yoga because you are calmer in mornings and warmed up in the evenings. However given the pace of modern world, you could safely practice yoga any other time of the day – the body movements, stretching, contracting and twisting of muscles; breathing exercises and meditation have their own plus points.

Is Yoga (yogaasan practice) just Stretching?

Yogaasans, or the physical practice of postures, is only one aspect of a yoga practice, albeit the most well-known one these days despite the fact thatPranayam (focussed) and Dhyan (Meditation) are more important part of Yogic practice. Although, yogaasan practice also involves stretching your muscles, it is a whole different ballgame than the few warm-up stretches you might do at the gym. Yogaasana practice lay equal emphasis on resistance training, areobic conditioning and flexibility training; all core constituents any sucessful fitness program.

Yogaasans are really about creating balance in the body, sprit and mond through, focus on alignment and breath and complete awareness thus developing strength and flexibility not only in body but in thoughts and actions also. The yogaasans can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement (vinyasa approach) or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect the alignment of the pose (Iyenger/ traditional Hata way).

Will Doing Yoga Make Me Sore?

It is not uncommon to experience sore muscles after doing yoga, especially if you are just starting out, or practice infrequently. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS is muscle soreness that is usually felt within 12-48 hours of exercise and often happens when you're first beginning a workout program or when you significantly change your program. Experts believe we get sore because of microscopic tears in the muscle fibers) usually occurs a day or two after exercising, which differentiates it from the sudden and immediate pain you would feel from pulling a muscle. Yoga can cause soreness, even if you are in good physical shape, because it encourages you to use muscles that are otherwise neglected. A good massage followed by hot bath and rest can help relieve soreness.

Can I Do Yoga Even Though I'm Not Flexible?

Yoga has something for all ranging from a toddler to a 90 year old and Olympic athlete to terminally ill person. A regular yogaasan pranayaam and dhyaan practice is just the thing to loosen you up while enjoying other benefits. To help the not-so-flexible practitioner, props are used to get the full benefit of a pose without compromising on alignment.

Will doing yoga help me lose weight?

A regular practice of yogic exercises, asans (vinyasa style vigorous practice is more helpful) and pranayaam (especially the hot ones like kapalbhati, bhastrika and ujjayi, provided they suit your body type) coupled with moderation in your eating habits would surely help in loosing weight while gaining all the health benefits. It may however be noted that wholesome & balanced diet is a very important of any sucessfull weight loss program.


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