There is a lot of
confusion about what yoga must actually do. Yoga is the best weapon to
use to train yourself as a spiritual warrior, adept in the
battle waged between your ego and higher intelligence. The
reason this is so is because practice of yoga helps you cultivate a
or longevity is also imparted, it is because they are
essential for you to achieve this inner conquest. However,
these are inevitable side-effects to a solid, disciplined, and
stringent practice. To have a loose or vapid practice, defies
How do you do such a spiritualised, focussed, and strong
practice? Regularity is the first requirement, calling for a
military-level discipline. Also important is to constantly
grow from strength to strength. Interestingly, every pose has
an emotional impact, helping you cultivate emotional
strengths. The backbends make you fearless, the forward bends
make you humble and accepting, while the standing poses ground
and help you balance yourself. Therefore, using the body to
grow in the mind should be the fulcrum of the practice.
Awareness is the most important ingredient in becoming a
spiritual warrior. Here the meditative state comes not from
switching off when you hold a pose, but tuning in to
everything that is happening within the body. Often this may
be experienced when you enter a pose with strength, stay in it
with grace, and settle down into a duration that can challenge
the muscles to exquisite effort. Interestingly, this can
happen even with simple poses, held with meditative focus, to
challenging lengths of time, where the body squeals, but the
mind kicks in to help you hold. In addition, in the stepping
back from pain, something falls in place, that is courageous,
strong, and pure. It is the yoga zone. A state of
heightened awareness that is supremely calm. Not switching
off, but tuning in. Then the spiritual aspect of yoga falls in place, and
with it, what it must do to you.
Basic Breathing (Pranayama)
Yogic breathing or pranayaam revitalises the body steadies
the emotion and creats great clarity of the mind. Yoga
breathing exercises are performed sitting down with the spine
neck and head in a straight line in the lotus pose.
Kalpabhati is a kriyas of purification besides being a
pranayama. The forced exhalation rids the lower lungs of the
stale air making way for a fresh intake of oxygen rich air in
cleansing the entire respiratory system. This is a wonderfully
invigorating exercise to begin your pranayam. By increasing
the amount of oxygen in the body its effect is to clear the
mind and improve concentration.
- Effective for cardiovascular problems.
- To clear the mind and improve the concentration
Description of the asana
- Sit in ardha
padmasana (lotus )--But if you have knee ache,sit
on a bench or chair.Keep the feet crossed on a rug or a
- Take two normal breaths.
- Inhale, Now exhale, pulling in your abdomen and inhale,
relaxing your abdomen.
- Repeat 20 times, keeping a steady rhythm and emphasising
the exhalation each time.
- Inhale fully and hold your breathe as long as you can.
- Slowly exhale.
alternate nostril breathing exercise, you inhale through one
nostril, retain the breath, then exhale through the other
nostril in a ratio of 2:8:4. If you are really healthy, you
the will breathe predominantly through the Ida nostril for
about one hour and fifty minutes, then through the other
nostril. But in many people this natural rhythm is disturbed.
Anuloma Viloma restores an equal flow, balancing the flow of
prana in the body.
Description of the asana
- Close your right nostril with your thumb and keeping it
closed breathe in through the left nostril counting up to
- Hold your breath and count to sixteen while opening the
right nostril and closing your left with your third
- Breathe out slowly through the right nostril to a
- Repeat the exercise but breathe in through the right
nostril and out through the left.