Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science for healthy living. The word
“Yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ meaning “to join”, “to yoke” or “to unite”. According to Yogic scriptures, the practice of Yoga leads to the union of an individual consciousness with the
universal consciousness. According to modern scientists, everything in the universe is just a manifestation of the same quantum firmament. One who experiences this oneness of existence is said to be “in Yoga” and is termed as a yogi who has attained a state of freedom, referred to as Mukti, nirvāna, kaivalya or moksha. “Yoga” also refers to an inner science comprising of a variety of methods through which human beings can achieve union between the body and mind to attain self-realization. The aim of Yoga practice (sadhana) is to overcome all kinds of sufferings that lead
to a sense of freedom in every walk of life with holistic health, happiness and harmony.
Yogic Practice shall start with a prayer or prayerful mood to enhance
the benefits of practice.
देवा भागं यथा पूर्वे
सञ्जानाना उपासते ||
2. SADILAJA/CĀLANA KRIYAS /LOOSENING PRACTICES
The Cālana Kriyas/loosening practices/Yogic Suksma Vyāyāmas help to increase microcirculation. These practices can be done while standing and sitting.
1. NECK BENDING
Sthiti: Samasthiti( Alert Posture)
Stage i: (Forward and Backward Bending)
- Stand with the feet comfortably apart
- Keep the hands straight beside the body.
- This is Samasthiti.This is also called Tādāsana.
- Keep your arms on the waist.
- While exhaling, move the head forward slowly and try to touch the chin to the chest.
- While inhaling, move the head as far back as is comfortable.
- This is one round: repeat 2 more rounds