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Love and compassion

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Supta Virasana, Reclining Hero Yoga Posture with Kino Supta Virasana, Reclining Hero is actually a quite advanced internal rotation yoga posture. Learn the right technique to move into this… Continue reading

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Day 48 Parivrtta Agnistambhasana Revolved Double Pigeon

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. A fitting way to commence the season of giving and #gratitude, and the perfect opportunity for us at Healsci Yoga + Bodywork to say thanks for your… Continue reading

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Yoga To Boost Immunity Against Pandemics Like Ebola.

yoga guru suneel singh posted a photo: Need for a Strong Immune System: A fully functional immune system is important for optimum health. There are many things that affect the immune system’s efficiency. We are surrounded by environmental pollutants, toxins, non nutrient dense diets and constant stress all of which affect our immune system causing it to weaken and be susceptible to disease. Yoga is an integral part of Vedic sciences propagates the entire cultural, spiritual and natural wisdom of cultivating our body and mind. Adding yoga into your life is an awesome way to build a strong defense system for your body. Yoga for Immune System: There are specific yoga postures that can help cleanse your body and release toxins, germs and infections. Our immune system consists of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. These defensive cells are located in our white blood cells. They are transferred around the body by the lymphatic system. The lymph nodes move through the body by muscle contractions, unlike blood, which is pumped naturally by the heart. And Inversions do a great job in helping the heart pump blood more effectively. Yoga provides holistic approaches for living life to its fullest. Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various pranayama (breathing techniques), asanas (yoga postures) and dhyana (meditation) techniques. Yoga includes physical, mental & spiritual practices or disciplines that aim to transform body and mind Through Yoga, one aims to increase one’s awareness, self-centeredness and emotional intelligence, and bring about the blossoming of consciousness. Many people who practice Yoga do so to maintain their health and well-being, improve physical fitness, relieve stress, and enhance quality of life. In addition, they may be addressing specific health conditions, such as back pain, weak immune, neck pain, arthritis, and anxiety. Few Yoga Practices to Improve your Immune System: 1. Pranmudra: Pran Mudra Pran Mudra – Sit in padmasna or sukhasana. – Your spine should be straight and eyes closed. – Now join the tips of your thumb, ring finger and little finger. This is called pran mudra. – Practice for minimum 5 minutes to 45 minutes. (anytime of day). 2. OM MANTRA: Om Mantra Dyan Om Mantra Dyan – For practicing ‘OM MANTRA’ take position in Padmasana or Sukhasana. – Close your eyes and bring both the hands in Gyan Mudra and touch the tip of thumb with the tip of index finger. – Back and the neck should be straight. Keep all the muscles of the body relaxed. Body should be in a still position. – Take deep breath and without pausing pronounce the word “OM“. Concentrate on pronouncing OM. Start with five minute duration and then slowly increase daily to 20 to 25 minutes. Benefits: – This cures high blood pressure, migraine, constipation, gas, indigestion, mental tension, heart ailments etc. – By practicing OM Mantra, the problem of stammering is also cured. – The chanting of OM Mantra improves the internal brightness. OM is the highest name of almighty God and by chanting it; we will remember Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. 3. Vajrasana: (Thunderbolt pose) Vajrasana Vajrasana – (Thunderbolt pose) Sit on the floor in kneeling position bring the big toes together and heels spread out lower the buttocks so that they rest comfortably on the seat made out by the feet. – Keep your head, neck and shoulder straight. Keep the eyes closed. Hands on the knees palms facing down, Do it every day after your meal for minimum 5 minutes. Benefits: – This is the only asana in yoga which we can do after meals, preventing gastric problems. – It is very good for high blood pressure, migraine, tension, heart diseases, and pain in the knees, legs and calves. 4. Dhanurasana (Bow pose): Dhanurasana Dhanurasana – Lie flat on your stomach , with the legs and feet together and the arms and hands beside the body. – Bend the knees and bring the heels close to the buttocks. – Place the chin on the floor clasp your hands around the ankles. – Take a deep breath and raise your head, trunk, and legs above the ground. In order to lift legs, pull hands and legs in opposite direction. -Hold the position for as long as is comfortable and then slowly relaxing the leg muscles lower the legs, chest and head to the starting position. Do it minimum 3 times daily. Benefits: – This asana helps to improve digestion by stimulating gastric secretions. – The liver, abdominal organ and muscles are massaged. – This asana is recommended for the management of diabetes, menstrual disorders and neck pain. . Caution: Patients of colitis, hernia and slipped disc should avoid this asana. Heart patients and hyper tension patients should do this asana under the guidance of yoga guru. 5. Nadi Shodana Pranayama: Nadishodhana Pranayama Nadishodhana Pranayama – Sit in comfortable meditative posture. Keep the head and spine upright. Relax the whole body and close the eyes. – Then with help of right hand thumb close the right nostril. – Now breathe in through left nostril. – Then close the left nostril with right hand (same hand) ring finger and release the pressure of the thumb on the right nostril while exhaling through the right nostril. – Next inhale through the right nostril, close it with thumb and remove ring finger from the left nostril and exhale through left nostril. This one round of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama. Do it minimum 20 rounds. Benefits: – This pranayama ensures that the whole body is nourished by an extra supply of oxygen, Carbon Dioxide is efficiently expelled and blood is purified of toxins. – This pranayama increase vitality and lowers stress levels and anxiety by harmonizing the prana. – Nadi means channel or flow of energy and shoudhana means purification. This pranayama is very good for stress and mental depression. 6. Shavasana: (Corpse pose) Shavasana Shavasana – Lie down on your back. Keep the legs straight on the floor, with both the feet apart as shoulder width. – Toes should be turned outward as far as possible. Let the fingers curl up slightly. – The head and the spine should be in a straight line. – Relax the whole body and stop all physical movement. Close your eyes gently. – Now mentally, watch your breathing and allow it to become rhythmic and relaxed. Duration should be minimum 5 minutes. Benefits: – This asana relaxes the whole Psycho-physiological system. – This asana is very good for stress management, reducing the body’s energy loss, lowering the respiration and pulse rule, and resting the whole system. This asana is also known as mritasana (mrit means corpse). To know more about Suneel Singh- visit Continue reading

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6 Yoga Asanas For Healing Diabetes Naturally.

yoga guru suneel singh posted a photo: What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a set of related conditions in which the body is not able to regulate the level of glucose (sugar) in blood. And diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the primary problem is the defective utilization of sugar by the body. The number of people around the world suffering from diabetes has sky rocketed in the past decades, from 30 million to 230 million. Causes of Diabetes: Lack of physical work, obesity, excessive consumption of liquor or intoxicating products, hereditary, constant consumption of heavy, oily and sweet products, stress etc. While conventional medical science claims diabetes is incurable but many studies have proved that is responds very well to yogic management. A newly diagnosed diabetic has excellent prospects of completely controlling and correcting his/her condition if he/she adopts yogic practices and lifestyle under expert guidance. The yogic treatment of diabetes is directed to the underlying causes of the disease as well as to its symptoms. “GO YOGIC” Management of Diabetes: The “Go Yogic” diabetes management programme will at least require one month for the initial period of training. However with proper medical collaboration this objective can be safely achieved. The “Go Yogic” diabetes management programme and progress will wary for each individual. This programme should be considered absolute for all the diabetics’ patients. Shashank Asana (Hare Pose) – Sit down in Vajarasana, placing the palms on the thighs just above the knees. – Now close your eyes and relax, keeping the spine and head straight. – Now inhale and raise the arms above the head, exhale while bending the trunk forward from the hips. Arms and forehead should touch the floor at the same time. – Retain in the final position as long as you are comfortable. And then slowly come up. This is one round of this Asana. Practise 3 to 5 rounds. Slowly try to increase the length of time in the final position until you are able to hold it comfortably for at least 3 minutes. Shashank Asana (Hare Pose) Shashank Asana (Hare Pose) Caution: People suffering from slipped disc, vertigo and very high blood pressure should not perform this asana. Yoga Mudra Asana (Psyhic Union Pose) – Sit down in Padmasana. – Now hold one wrist behind the back with the other hand. – Inhale deeply, while exhaling, bend forward bring the forehead to the floor or as close as possible. Be aware of the pressure of the heels on the abdomen. – Stay in the final position for as long as is comfortable slowly return to the starting position. – Repeat the pose with the legs crossed the other way around. Try to remain in the final position for two minutes. In case you are unable to stay for such a long period then repeat few times. Yoga Mudra Asana (Psyhic Union Pose) Yoga Mudra Asana (Psyhic Union Pose) Caution: People with serious heart, eye, and back condition, and pregnant ladies should not perform this asana. Ardhamatsendr Asana (Half Spinal Twist) – Sit with your legs stretched out, bend your right leg at the knee and place the heel close to the perineum. – Bend the left leg at the knee, and place the left foot by the external side of the right thigh close to the hip joint. – The left ankle will remain close to the root of the right thigh. Do not move the right heel from the perineum. – Pass your right hand over the left knee by rotating the whole trunk to the left, till your right shoulder and the left knee press against each other catch hold of your left foot or the toe firmly with your right hand. – Turn slowly and steadily to the left, swing the left hand back and hold the right thigh at the groin. – Turn the neck so that your chin in line with the left shoulders. Keep the chest erect. Remain there for ten seconds repeat the entire procedure by switching leg positions. This will complete the pose, practise once on each side, gradually increasing the holding time to 1 or 2 minutes. Ardhamatsendr Asana (Half Spinal Twist) Ardhamatsendr Asana (Half Spinal Twist) Caution: Pregnant women should avoid this practice. People suffering from peptic ulcer, hernia and hyper thyroids should practice this pose under strict expert guidance. Pachimottan Asana (Posterior Stretching Pose) – Sit on the floor with the legs outstretched, feet together and hands on the knees. – Inhale, and slowly raise your arms head and trunk exhale and bend forward gradually. – Try to grasp the big toes with fingers thumbs. – Bend further and busy your face between the knees. – Hold the position for a few seconds then come to starting position. This one round tries to do minimum up to 5 rounds. Pachimottan Asana (Posterior Stretching Pose) Pachimottan Asana (Posterior Stretching Pose) Caution: People who suffer from slipped disc or sciatica and pregnant ladies should not perform this asana. Bhujang Asana (Cobra Pose) – Lie on your stomach with your face down wards and keep your feet together, with soles pointing upwards. – Now inhale and slowly raise the head, neck and shoulders. – Arch your back, thus bending your spine as for as you can, looking upwards. – Keep the lower half of your body to the ground. The arms may or may not be straight; this will depend on the flexibility of the back. – Maintain this position as long as you are comfortable. – To return to the starting position, slowly bring the head forward; release the upper back by bending the arms lower the navel, chest, shoulders and then the forehead to the floor. – Relax the lower back muscles. This is one round of this Asana. Try to practice up to 5 rounds, gradually increasing the length of time in the final position. Bhujang Asana (Cobra Pose) Bhujang Asana (Cobra Pose) Caution: People suffering from peptic ulcer, hernia and hyperthyroidism should not practise this Asana. Suryabheda Pranayama (Vital stimulating break) – Sit down in meditative asana now place the hand on the knees in (Jnana Mudra). – Close the eyes and relax the whole body. Then close the eyes and relax the whole body. – Then close the left nostril with the ring finger and inhale slowly and deeply through the high nostril. – At the end of inhalation close both the nostrils. Maintain for just a few seconds. – Then exhale slowly through the right nostril by keeping the left nostril closed with the ring finger. This is one round. To begin with practises do 10 rounds daily. Slowly increase the time up to 20 minutes. Suryabheda Pranayama Suryabheda Pranayama Caution: People suffering from heart disease, epilepsy and hypertension should not practise this pranayama. To know more about yoga guru Suneel Singh – visit Continue reading

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Forward split: 11-14-2014

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How to do the splits (Hanumanasana)

How to do the splits (Hanumanasana) Beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Flow through pigeon and other stretches. Stretch Hamstring, quads, and hips. Continue reading

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How To Cow Face Pose Gomukhasana Yoga Pose Anatomy EasyFlexibility Cow Face Pose: Gomukhasana ​Cow Face or Cow Head Pose, is called Gomukh… Continue reading

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Ardha Matsyendrasana | Yoga For Spine

For more FREE Yoga videos and tutorials, subscribe Yoga Arena: Ardha-Matsyendrasana, the half spinal twist, is ninth in the sequence of 12 basic postures of hatha yoga…. Continue reading

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