Since its origin, yoga has been giving refuge to many across the world. The benefits of yoga poses are for everyone, from fitness freaks to seekers of a calmer and focused mind, from enjoyers of yogic bliss to those who wish to attain a higher state of consciousness.
Interestingly, we all have done yoga poses as babies. Since birth, babies tend to get into different positions while lying down, learning to stand or walk, in fact, babies even breathe as yogis and their mind is also like yogis – always in the present moment. So, yoga for beginners is nothing but reminding ourselves the wonder poses that we did in our childhood.
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Plank exercises usually fall under the beginner’s yoga pose and have multiple benefits. For beginners, the yoga plank pose and its variations are strongly recommended to help build stamina and core body strength for practicing the advanced yoga poses. Plank pose forms an essential part of Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) too.
Initially, it may be difficult to hold the plank poses, but with practice it can do wonders in helping you build bodily as well as mental strength. The basic plank exercise, along with its variations, is a good workout for your spine too. Its regular practice, by holding the breath for few seconds to minutes, also helps tone the nervous system.
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Like a flower bud, human life has the potential to blossom fully. The blossoming of human potential to fullness is yoga.
~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
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On International Yoga Day, India Today brings you an exclusive interview with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder Art of Living to understand yoga and its unexplored secrets which can benefit you in everyday life.
Lets start the journey of Yoga with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
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When you hear the word ‘yoga’, chances are that an image of people twisting in presumably painful poses might pop up in your head. Yes, postures or asanas are an important part of the teachings of yoga, but they are not all that there is to it. So, how well do you really know yoga? As the world gears up to celebrate the first ever-International Day of Yoga, let us try and unravel the mysteries surrounding this ancient technique.
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Yoga is that which gives you pleasure and comfort.
The definition for ‘asana‘ is a posture that is stable and pleasant. You should feel comfortable when doing yoga asanas. What is the definition of comfort? When you don’t feel the body. If you are sitting in some odd positions then you feel those parts of the body, painfully. Your focus is more on the discomfort there. When you do any asana, what you feel first is discomfort. But if you take your mind through it, you will find that in just a few minutes the discomfort has disappeared and you don’t feel the body. You feel an expansion or infinity in the postures.
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Like any other Friday, a couple of my friends and me whatsapp chatting on what plans to make for the weekend. The suggestions ranged from quite dinner, clubbing, morning walk to movie. One of them suggested we go participate in the world yoga day. Most of us replied “is there a day for yoga!!!! Booooring ” . The friend who made the suggestion said “Go Google it”.
As the discussions resumed about the weekend plans I got curious and actually Google searched “International Day of Yoga“. Wikipedia told that June 21, has recently been declared as the world yoga day by the United Nations and it is going to be celebrated for the first time in the world this Sunday.
The enthusiast in me woke up, I immediately asked my friends and family if they were aware of the world yoga day and what are they doing this Sunday morning. I was surprised about how ignorant I had been and how aware and active my friends and family was. I went around asking what their perspective about yoga was. Following are a few responses I got.
- Grandma and Grandpa – ” Sunday morning we are going to go to the quite lake side and sit by watch the sun rise, the birds chirp and the winds rustle, for us yoga is not so much of a bodily exercise but a state of mind which is calm and alive, like Nature, for us being with nature is Yoga”
- Mummy – ” I have been going to yoga classes , but this Sunday all our yoga class ladies are going to take an off and see how we can apply yoga in daily life, for me if I am able to maintain the house clean and neat, handle the finances , feed and nurture the family , my mind is at peace. Like doing the postures in yoga requires a skill, this skill in action I get to do in my daily life is Yoga”.
- Daddy – “I am going to run for a marathon to raise awareness amongst the people about yoga, helping and serving others in whichever way I can is yoga “.
- House maid – “Ha-ha, there is a day for yoga too… I do yoga daily, sweeping the floor, washing clothes, doing the dishes, all this is similar to yoga”.
- Kids in the colony – “We are learning to dance yoga, going to perform it in our school, for us, yoga is fun”.
- Friends – “If I am able to look as hot as the model who comes on TV and shows the yoga postures and gracefully moved her hands and feet around, then I definitely will celebrate world yoga day daily, for me physical fitness is yoga”.
After Listening to all these I thought this weekend I should go and check out what is happening on the International yoga day. Hence I arrived at my own definition of yoga, for me “A spirit of enquiry is yoga”. So I am going to go on a date with yoga.
Go find your own definition and join the celebration of first ever International Day of Yoga on this June 21, 2015.