I have been practicing Yoga since more than 10 years, not very regularly but on and off and the results have always been amazing. But many times I hear people complaining that Yoga does not work for them or the results have not been significant.

One of the reasons for this is that Yoga is not just about aasanas or postures but there is an eight fold path called Ashtang Yoga. What this actually means that you need to believe in a certain way of life and follow these principles along with exercise and proper breathing. This will help in achieving the maximum benefit while practicing.

YAMA or Restraint or Abstinence

This includes Ahimsa – non violence, Satya – truth, Asteya – non stealing, Brahmacharya – chaste conduct and Aparigrahaha – non greed.

NIYAMA or Observances or Developing positive attitude

This includes Saucha – purity of mind and body, Santosha – acceptance, Tapas – penance, Suadhyaya – self study, Ishwar pramidhan – dedication to God

ASANAS or Postures

These are the actual exercises and postures that need to be practiced.

PRANAYAMA or Regulation , control, conservation of bio energy

This involves different kings of breathing exercises which teaches us to regulate, control and conserve our vital energy

PRATYAHARA

This teaches us to bridge the gap between the body and mind by controlling the external and internal senses. Our senses affect the equanimity and peace of mind. Also we learn to free ourselves from sensual, emotional, environmental distractions and disturbances

DHARANA – Absolute consciousness

This helps us achieve inner peace and we become conscious of our inner self

DHYNA – meditation

This is where concentration ends and meditation begins

SAMADHI – sat chit ananda bhava

This is the state of uninterrupted joy and peace

Awareness of these principles is the first step, and we automatically try to follow the same. The results of Yogic exercises will definitely increase after this.

 

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About Author

I am a stay at home mom, having worked in the software technology services space for over 10 years. In my professional life I used to enforce quality standards like CMMi & Six Sigma to make developers and testers jobs easier & process oriented. In my current stint I am using similar techniques coupled with age old wisdom from my mom and grand mom to make our living healthier and medicine free. To start any new stint it helps if you read and train and so I got myself a diploma in Naturopathy from Mumbai.

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