Asanas (Yoga Postures) regenerate and rejuvenate the whole body. Primarily they work on the spine and the nervous system. The spine gains in strength and flexibility, and circulation is stimulated, bringing nutrients and oxygen to all the cells of the body. Asanas increase motion in the joints and flexibility in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. In addition they massage internal organs, supporting their functions.
Breathing is like no other body function, because it connects us with our environment.
Plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen, while human beings and animals inhale oxygen-rich air and exhale air high in carbon dioxide. Breathing exercises help to increase the gas exchange in the lungs and in all the cells of the body.
Breath control is an essential part of yoga: the word Hatha means „union of the sun (Ha) and the moon (Tha)“ ,where sun and moon refer to inhalation and exhalation respectively.
Both Asanas and Pranayama provide excellent training for the breath, which increase vital energy, fine-tunes the nervous system, and eventually leads to control the mind.
Deep relaxation works on three levels, physical, mental and spiritual and is the most natural way to re energize body and mind. Regular relaxation acts like a car cooling system: keeping the engine from over-heating and ensuring the vehicle functions efficiently. During deep relaxation at the end of a Yoga class, the body uses only enough prana (life energy) to maintain vital metabolic activities.
The rest of the energy gained during practice is stored.
Meditation is the yogic key to peace of mind. Meditation techniques calm the mind and enhance focus. Regular meditation promotes physical and spiritual, as well as mental, well being. Before meditation, yoga practitioners clear the mind of negative thoughts and feelings, using concentration and positive-thinking exercises.
The yogic attitude to food is eat to live, not live to eat. Yogis choose foods with a positive effect on body and mind, and least negative effects on the environment and other creatures. Lacto-vegetarian diet is recommended, grains, pulses, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and dairy products. Fresh and unrefined foods are thought best, prepared simply, to prserve maximum nutrients.
The meaning of ‘Mudra’, which is a Sanskrit word, is ‘seal’. Mudra hand positions are physical gestures that have an effect on the energy flow of the body. The old traditional practice of yoga connects the hand mudras to the changing spiritual and mental aspects of a person. The mudras are usually finger positions like in the Chin Mudra (Sanskrit:. छिन्मुद्र cinmudrā) where the thumb held together with the forefinger. Symbolically, it stands for self-realization. Chin Mudra is the mudra of consciousness, the Mudra, which leads you to the experience of pure consciousness.
We use Chin Mudra mainly for meditation. Practicing the different types of mudras for health is considered good as it provides physical, mental, as well as spiritual benefits. Mudras, also known as hand yoga, typically involves placing the hands and fingers in certain positions as described in the Vedas.
It’s a better workout.
Since the platform is unstable, you have to engage your core more for better balance
It will refine your technique.
You’ll be more in tune with your poses, For example, during downward dog, if you have more weight on one side, your board will let you know.
It’s more calming.
The sensation of floating helps to alleviate the heaviness that life sometimes throws on our shoulders.
It will help you focus on your breath.
Ujjayi Pranayama, or Ocean Breath, is a popular yoga method for breathing because the “ocean” sound is believed to soothe your mind. And some researchers believe that listening to the sound of the ocean can help people to relax. The gentle sound of water lapping while on a paddleboard will help you relax and key you in to the most important aspect of yoga: your breath.
Standing up on a paddle board gives you a unique perspective of both the water and the horizon. It’s as close as you can get to walking on water, and the possibility of falling helps practitioners really focus on themselves and their poses. “It’s about letting go of the fear,”
It’s well-known that novelty is important in exercise regimens in order to stay motivated and happy. According to the National Institute of Health, “Mixing it up also helps to reduce boredom and cut your risk of injury.” There are many different types of yoga, but it’s still easy to fall into a rut. Trying paddleboard yoga will keep you on your toes.
It’s just a touch scary.
The very real possibility of falling into the water provides just enough adrenaline to your workout to keep you focused and motivated. And that, explains Men’s Health, could help you fight the ill-effects of stress in your everyday life.
It teaches you to get back up.
If you do fall in, you are forced to overcome the set-back, climb back up on your board, and try again — which is a life lesson in and of itself. Yoga-instructor lida-Klein says that conquering the fear of falling in is essential. “The quicker you become okay with falling into the water,” he told Men’s Fitness, “the better you’ll feel and the easier it will be.”
It’s more challenging.
When the board is your mat, there’s less room for error. If you feel like you’ve started to master your normal yoga class, it’s time you tried this:
Between breathing fresh air, soaking up vitamin D and enjoying the natural landscape, it beats just about any gym or studio out there.
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