Yogasanas and why we must practise it

Introduction to yogasana Yogasanas, or simply asana, means a state of being in which one can remain physically and mentally steady, calm, quiet and comfortable. “ Sthiram sukham aasanam ”  The above concise definition of yogasana comes from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It means “that position which is comfortable …

Breath control and how to master it

Breath control: Pranayama Pranayama is the science of proper breathing. It can also be defined as breath control. "Prana" is breath or vital energy in the body. On subtle levels "prana" represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force, and "ayama" means control. So, pranayama is "Breath Control". Our …

Concentrated gazing for perfect vision

Defining concentrated gazing  Concentrated gazing (Trataka) means "to look" or to gaze". Trataka is the last of the shatkarmas. It acts as a stepping stone between physically oriented practices and mental practices which lead to higher states of awareness. The practice of trataka involves gazing at a point or object without …

Frontal brain cleansing boosts memory

Defining frontal brain cleansing (Kapalbhati) Frontal brain cleansing (Kapalbhati) is an excellent practice that purifies the frontal portion of the brain. Also, it massages the abdominal organs and improves respiration. It is a powerful method of waking up the mind. The word kapal means "cranium", "forehead" or "frontal lobe of the brain". Bhati means …

Colon cleansing for better health

Defining colon cleansing Colon cleansing (Basti) is one of the six purification techniques (shatkarmas). It is the method of cleaning the colon by sucking in air or water through the anus.  This method of cleansing has been practised in India since time immemorial, and there are many people who still find it …

Abdominal massage for 6 pack abs

Abdominal massage practice Abdominal massage (Nauli), as the phrase states, is a yogic technique of massaging the entire abdomen and stomach by contracting and rolling the abdominal muscles. In nauli we utilize various muscles in the abdomen, back, legs, arms, etc. However, the practice is primarily concerned with contraction of the two long vertical muscles located …