Asana

Yoga asana are the physical practices most people are familiar with as yoga. Asana include various postures; dynamic, static, twists, bends, inversions etc. to keep the body healthy, which is necessary to achieve further goals on the path of yoga.

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Physical benefits of asanas:-

  1. Increased flexibility and joint mobility
  2. Increased muscle strength and tone
  3. Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  4. Weight reduction
  5. Cardio and circulatory health
  6. Improved athletic performance
  7. Protection from injury
  8. Boosts immune system
  9. Reduce aches and pains
  10. Reduces back pain

Apart from the physical benefits, when practiced correctly, yoga asana helps a person to manage stress and to manage their mind effectively. This in turn, protects us against psychosomatic disease and helps maintain a balanced and happy state of mind. Regular practice enhances self-confidence and self-esteem and creates a mind capable of making the right decisions at the right time. It also improves sleep quality.

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Pranayama – Vital Energy

The breath is there with every living creature from birth until death. It is therefore known as the ‘vital breath’ or ‘prana’ in Indian philosophical language.

Physical benefits of pranayama:-

  1. Strengthens respiratory system
  2. Boosts immune system
  3. Improves digestive system function
  4. Relieve symptoms of chronic stress and imbalanced moods
  5. Improves parasympathetic nervous system function
  6. Reduces stress hormones
  7. Energises all the systems in body
  8. Develops healthy eating habits and weight loss
  9. Improves lung capacity
  10. Helps to eliminate toxins
  11. Helps to feel fresh and energised

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Meditation

Meditation is a practice using various techniques to gain control over the mind, to become more mindful and self-aware.

“Any decision I make, any action I perform, any thought I think, will be better in a calm state of mind”

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Calms the mind
  3. Enhances self-awareness
  4. Reduces anxiety
  5. Increases mental strength, resilience and emotional intelligence
  6. Lengthens attention span
  7. Enhances cognitive abilities
  8. Reduces symptoms of panic disorders
  9. Improves focus, attention and ability to work under stress
  10. Improves mood and psychological well being
  11. Prepares you to deal with stressful events
  12. Increases awareness of unconscious mind
  13. Promotes creativity
  14. Supports sound sleep
  15. Boosts immunity
  16. Helps prevent psychosomatic disorders
  17. Improves empathy and positive relationships
  18. Decreases worry
  19. Reduces emotional eating habits
  20. May help in come out of any drug addiction
  21. Increased self esteem
  22. Increased feelings of happiness and well being
  23. Improves academic performance
  24. Clarity in thoughts and better decision making
  25. Increased self-care
  26. Reduces risk of heart disease and stroke
  27. May help you live longer

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Shatkarma/Kriya

Shatkarma; in Sanskrit shat = six and karma = action, also known as shatkriyas, are a set of yogic cleansing processes for purifications of the body. They prepare us for further practices to achieve yogic goals.

Physical benefits of kriya:-

  1. Cleanses the body and removes toxins
  2. Purifies internal organs
  3. Cleansing of digestive tract
  4. Cleansing of nasal passages
  5. Cleansing of eyes
  6. Cleansing of abdominal organs
  7. Helps to maintain general health
  8. Removes the excess mucous
  9. Reduce allergens in passages
  10. Relieve nasal dryness
  11. Alleviates sinus headaches
  12. Reduce snoring
  13. Elimination of harmful bacteria
  14. Reduces anger and depression
  15. Improves concentration

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