Saturday, 11 June 2011

Ayurveda yoga

Yoga is actually designed to 'still' the mind and the sense, rather than simply promoting flexibility and muscle tone. By concentrating on a certain posture or pattern of breathing, meditation on a mantra or visual images, we can detach ourselves from our senses, giving them time to rest and ourselves the chance to get in touch with our inner being which is the key to tranquility and well being.

What ever your mind-body type, 15-20 minutes of yoga a day will transform your mental and physical state. Yoga is an integral part of an Ayurvedic way of life. As well as improving flexibility, physical strength and the functions of our organs, yoga has a powerful effect on our mind. By focusing your attention on achieving specific asanas (postures) you can quieten your mind, stopping the constant chatter of thoughts and ideas that cloud perception and cause stress.

Practicing yoga leads to state of bliss similar to that achieved through the regular practice of deep meditation.

If you do nothing else, get into the habit of practicing the 12 posture sun salutation. This cycle wakes up all the organs of the body, balances the chakras (energy centers) and invigorates the mind. Remember to regulate your breathing while doing this sequence of postures.

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