Yoga and wellness


Trust your intution

“We suffer when we go against what we know is best for us. We allow our mind to overrule our gut intuition. We know the person we are in relationship with is not the one for us but we overrule our instincts in favor of the fantasy we want to be real. We know the job is not the right one but we allow fear to stop us from moving on. 

Life begins to flow when we stop, stopping ourselves from taking the actions we know we must. We take a leap of faith that the voice of our intuition is smarter than the rationalizations we create to justify not moving. The instinctive messages we get are meant to make life easier and more rewarding. We know they are best for us because they make sense and feel right.

Benefits of Mediation

a nice graphic we found… on Benefits of Meditation… 🙂

There are various methods of meditation:
A popular mediation technique is Sudarshan Kriya.
Reported benefits of regular practice of Sudarshan Kriya include:
Physical health benefits of Sudarshan Kriya
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves health and well-being
  • More energy
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
Mental health benefits of Sudarshan Kriya
  • Greater creativity
  • Greater clarity of mind
  • Improves sleep
  • Enhances brain function
  • Improves ability to manage challenging situations
Improved interpersonal relations with Sudarshan Kriya
  • More ease, joy and harmony in personal and work relationships
  • A deeper sense of community
  • Increases awareness both of self and surroundings
  • Improves patience
  • Increases confidence and self-esteem
Psychological benefits of Sudarshan Kriya
  • Relieves depression and anxiety
  • Relief from anxiety and depression (mild, moderate, and severe)
Spiritual benefits of Sudarshan Kriya

Revitalizing your chakras – Sun Salutations

Surya Namaskars Vitalize one’s Chakras

How many rounds do you do?

Oh! and as many people asked, what is the best time to do Surya Namaskars?
Well, the best time is at Dawn when the Sun rises, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot do it in the evenings.

Start at a suitable time, get your body going, and then move to a morning time.. Howzat!

A lot of people have posted to write something about steps and collective information here 🙂
I found some useful information on the web, which I am consolidating here:

Surya Namaskara (IPA: [su:rjɐ nɐmɐskɐ:rɐ]; Sanskrit: सूर्य नमस्कार; IAST: Sūrya Namaskāra) also known in English as Sun Salutation (lit. “salute to the sun”) is a common sequence of asanas. Its origins lie in a worship of Surya, the Hindu solar deity. This sequence of movements and asanas can be practised on varying levels of awareness, ranging from that of physical exercise in various styles, to a complete sadhana which incorporates asana, pranayama, mantra and chakra meditation. It is often the beginning vinyasa within a longer yoga series. Sūrya Namaskāra may also refer to other styles of “Salutations to the Sun”.

Source: Wiki

Here is a video to demonstrate Surya Namaskar’s:

 The Breath cycle is important during each asana in Surya Namaskar

Asana Breath Images
1 Pranamasana exhale 1Pranamasana.JPG
2 Hasta Uttanasana inhale 2Urdva Hastasana.JPG
3 Hastapaadasana exhale 3Uttanasana.JPG
4 Aekpaadprasarnaasana (one foot back, lift head, hands often on earth ) inhale 4godhapitham (l‘iguane).JPG
5 Adho Mukha Svanasana exhale 5adho mukha shvanasana.JPG
6 Ashtanga Namaskara suspend 6Ashtanga Namaskara.JPG
7 Bhujangasana inhale 7urdhva mukha shvanasana.JPG
8 Adho Mukha Svanasana exhale 5adho mukha shvanasana.JPG
9 Ashwa Sanchalanasana (opposite foot forward from 4, hands often on earth ) inhale 4godhapitham (l‘iguane).JPG
10 Uttanasana exhale 3Uttanasana.JPG
11 Hasta Uttanasana inhale 2Urdva Hastasana.JPG
12 Pranamasana exhale 1Pranamasana.JPG

Balancing of Each Chakra has an immediate and direct effect on the concerned area in our lives.
More coming on them – Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, enjoy doing your Sun Salutations 🙂