There are two unique components in yoga—the philosophy and the practice. These two create a powerful interplay, with each informing and refining the other, to forge a unity of body-mind-spirt. Both the practice and philosophy of yoga have a long history and a rich depth of knowledge and are both essential aspects to examine and investigate. In our yoga practice section we primarily focus on the techniques and practices of hatha yoga, the physical or forceful path of yoga.
Yoga for Beginners
Our Yoga for Beginners guide will give you all the tips, guidelines and recommendations you will need to start a successful yoga practice.
In our Meditation Basics section you will find the tools needed to focus and still your mind. The techniques of meditation are simple and easy to learn, but the ability to keep the mind focused takes time, patience and practice. The benefits of a regular meditation practice include reduction of stress, tension, anxiety and frustration, as well as improved memory, concentration, inner peace and whole body well-being.
Asana: Yoga Poses
Asana is defined as “posture or pose;” its literal meaning is “seat.” We have over 100 yoga poses in our asana index with full instructions and multi-photo illustrations. Yoga postures are combined together to create a flow or sequence of poses.
Pranayama: Yoga Breathing
Pranayamas are breathing exercises developed by the ancient yogis for purification. Prana translates into “life force energy” and Yama translates into “control or mastery of.” Thus, Pranyama is used to control, cultivate, and modify the Prana in the body.
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Yoga Therapy is the use of yoga postures, meditation and pranayama to help the body naturally heal and balance itself. Check out our Yoga Therapy section to learn which yogic practices have been shown to have healing qualities for common complaints. Yoga Therapy Guides
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