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Yogasana

Yoga is a practice which primarily aims at restoring and maintaining flexibility as well as vitality of the practitioner. On the overall, it aims at the improving the general health of the person who practices Yoga.

Yogasana is body position wherein the person sits in particular manner for maximum body benefits. In general, Yogasana refers to firm yet relax body position. Whilst the basic Yogasana structure implies a sitting posture but with the modern dynamics and adaptations you could even try out various positions which involve lying down on the stomach or on the back and other alternates.

Regular Practice of Yogasan is known to have wonderful effects on human body as well as mind. It is through Yoga, one can lose weight naturally and effectively with causing any harmful side effects to the body – neither physically nor mentally.

Over the period of time, there have been many adaptations and variations in Yogasanas and practices. Each Yoga practitioner has developed a special set of yoga exercises and yoga programmes which could be tried out under their guidance.

Beginning with Bikram Yoga, you have Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Hot Yoga as some of the most popular and privileged Yogasnas schools of thought across the world.

Founder of Bikram Yoga is none other than Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury who has founded the worldwide Yoga College of India. Currently based in Los Angeles, USA, Bikram Yoga is scientifically designed to tone muscles, ligament and tendons in the right manner. In all Bikram Yoga comprises of 26 postures and 22 breathing exercises which are done in a hot room. Hence, Bikram Yoga is also called as Hot Yoga

Hatha Yoga means the “union of the pairs of the opposites”, if the word “Hatha” is literally translated, “Ha” means sun and “tha” means the moon. Most popular and followed all over the world, Hatha Yoga is has many variations to it. On the overall, Hatha Yoga primarily emphasizes on postures and breath controls in order to energize the subtle channels. By practicing Hatha Yoga, yogins can increase the concentration – Dharana, Meditation – Dhyana and even Balance - Samadhi

Kundalini Yoga aims at bringing about a psycho spiritual growth of the human being. While emphasizing on the spine and endocrine system of the human body, the yogin and effectively take advantage of union of the body and mind. Thus, Kundalini Yoga brings about the confluence of the mind, body and the sense for enhancement and superior performance of the human being in general.

Ashtanga yoga as the word “Asht” means the number eight, Ashtanga Yoga aims to purify the mind through eight steps which are almost incorporated in all traditons of Yoga. The eight steps of Ashtanga Yoga being Yama – control, Niyama – Rules of Condutc, Asanas – postures, Pranayama – control of breath, Pratyahara – withdrawal of sensory perceptions, Dharana – concentration, Dhyana – uninterrupted meditation, Samadhi – complete equilibrium.

Iyengar yoga has been put forth by K.S. Iyengar who has gained tremendous experience by teaching Yoga for over six decatdes. The Iyenger method of Yoga contains over 200 classical yoga Asanas and 14 different types of Pranayamas. The Iyengar method of Yoga also uses props such as like wooden blocks, chairs, blankets and belts for support and attaining correct body posture.