Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self –
The Bhagavat Gita
September 2014, when the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi visited to the united State of America; he had put up the proposal to declare official International day of Yoga. More than 177 countries signed up for co-sponsorship of a draft resolution for declaring international Yoga day and this month whole world celebrating first ever International Yoga day on June 21st.
Yoga has nothing to do with religion although practicing of Yoga improves one’s health and personality. Scientifically it is proved that people of any faith can, prejudice, practice Yoga to discipline themselves, both in mind and body. It is a science expounding certain exercise techniques, practiced for the development of person’s entire being mental, emotional and physical.
In Feb 2013 I have successfully completed my train the trainer certification course, designed and conducted by great Yoga Master Dr. G Francis Xavier, Ph.D. in Mumbai City, India. Dr. Xavier has been practicing Yoga for many decades. He has written numerous books on brain power, yoga and personality development.
You can visit – http://www.drxavier.in/www_drxavier_default_2.html
During 6 days training workshop Dr. Xavier thought us many mind power memory techniques along with practical aspects of Yoga like practices of Asanas, Pranayama, Shatkarma and meditation along with how to develop your personality to become a successful trainer. On the occasion of first International Yoga Day I would like to share couple of pranayama and Asanas which I am also practicing since last 2 years.
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This Surya namaskar Asanas itself gives you benefits of all yogic practice. It is so powerful because it is a combination of 12 Asanas. This Asanas is preferably done in morning. Starts doing it thrice and gradually increase the numbers. There are 12 spinal positions.
Boosts blood supply to the entire spinal area and thereby strengthens the heart, lungs, liver, stomach, kidneys and bowels.
It Increase chest size and decreases abdominal girth.
It activates sluggish glands. and strengthening the back, neck, arms, shoulders, thighs, knees, waist, calves and ankles.
After performing this Asana it is necessary to relax by doing Shava Asana.
There are over 100 pranayama techniques, but I am going to share with you only 2 techniques which I am doing every day before breakfast. It increases my energy level and enhance my creativity.
NADI SHODHANA PRANAYAMA (Alternate Breath Pranayama):
Sit in Vajra Asana with the left arm on the left thigh. The thumb and ring finger of the right hand should gently touch each side of the nose, with the index and middle finger on the forehead. Also refer this site for more detail
Close the right nostril with the thumb and inhale through the left nostril for a count of three. After inhalation close both nostrils and hold the breath for a count of six. Then close both nostril and have outer retention for a count of three. Now inhale through the right nostril for a count of three. Close both nostrils and have inner retention for a count of six. Then exhale through left nostril for a count of six and have outer retention for three counts. It completes one round of this Pranayama.
Have three rounds initially and increase the number according to need and time available.
You can find some more detail information here – http://www.livecreatedecorate.com/right-left-left-right-nadi-shodhana/
Brings calmness and tranquillity and purifies the nerves. The bloodstream is purified of toxins and the blood receives a larger supply of oxygen than in normal breathing.
Due to alternate breathing the flow of prana in the Ida and Pingla Nadis is equalized. Right nostril breath stimulates the left hemisphere of the brain and left nostril breath activates the right hemisphere. This is one of the best Pranayama techniques that make optimum use of both brain hemispheres. Most geniuses use both hemispheres of the brain.
KAPALABHATI PRANAYAMA (Brain Stimulating Pranayama):
Sit in Vajra Asana. Close fists of both hands with the thumb inside and place them on the thighs touching each other. This is Maha Mudra.
Inhale in a mild, slow, long manner and exhale quickly and forcibly by contracting abdominal muscles with a backward push for as many times as possible. Inhalation and exhalation occur simultaneously. Inhalation is mild and silent and exhalation is forceful and vehement. There is no retention in this Pranayama.
Beginners can do it 20 to 30 times. This should be increased gradually. Dr. Xavier does it every day for 500 times at a stretch without break. I do it every day for 300 times but with break at every 75.
It cleanses respiratory system and nasal passages.
Asthma is relieved. Carbon dioxide is eliminated. Aids proper heart functioning.
Every single cell in the brain is stimulated to an extraordinary level. This is one of the best techniques to improve intelligence and creativity.
About Yoga there are so many techniques and information available on Google. I personally recommend this books which is written by Dr. G Francis Xavier.
You can also get more information on Yoga at this site
I wish all my reader a healthy better than good life.