Monday, April 20, 2009

Connect with yourself

Yoga, the ancient Indian school of exercises can establish harmony between your mind and your body.

Yoga a Sanskrit word means "connection". To the layman it means striking strange postures with closed eyes. However, the connection is of the body with the mind and of the mind with the soul. Let us now understand the effects of some yogic postures on some of the most vital organs of our body.

For the HEART:
People suffering from heart ailments should give adequate rest to the heart. Bringing down the pulse is of utmost importance, as the heart gets rest only between two successive beats.
  • Stand straight.
  • Lift toes and stretch arms above the head till the point where the shoulder hurts and look up.
  • Stand on the left leg and place the heel of the right leg on the inner thigh joint.
  • Join the palms and lift them above the head with fingers pointing upwards upper arms should be paced behind the ears
  • Straighten the elbows.
  • Breathe normally.
  • Maintain the posture for 20 seconds.
For the BRAIN

The brain gets affected by tension and high blood pressure. Tension damages brain tissues. High blood pressure causes brain capillaries to become thin. This organ can be protected by doing asanas that increase blood supply to the brain.

  • Sit in vajarasana.
  • Exhale and bend forward to place the forehead on the ground.
  • Lift hips up and roll head forward.
  • Breathe normally (gradually increase to twenty breaths )
  • Exhale and roll the head back while lowering the hips to the heels.
  • Inhale and lift your head ; sit up .
  • The asana is practiced only once for one minute .
One should remove extra mucous from the respiratory system to make it truly healthy.

  • Hold up your right hand and fold your index and middle fingers towards your palm.Place your thumb next to the right nostril and your ring finger and middle finger by the left one. Close the right nostril by pressing gently against it with the thumb and inhale through the left nostril.
  • Close the left nostril by pressing gently against it with the ring and middle finger.Open the right nostril by relaxing the thumb and exhale fully .
  • Repeat alternate cycles five to ten times.

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