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Novice Guide To Yoga

Novice Guide To Yoga
The history of yoga dates back to the Upanishad's. The Upanishad's a part of the Veda's and form part of the Hindu scriptures was written before the 7th century BC, which makes it one of the oldest texts known to man!
For many people in the west, the meditation aspects of yoga is known, however, there is more to yoga. Doing yoga for many people practicing yoga, is also a way to spiritual growth, and spiritual enlightenment.
Benefits of Yoga
When you start to do yoga, you will find many benefits, not just spiritual or physiological, but also psychological, and biochemical, not to mention the many more benefits of you doing yoga.
Some of the benefits of yoga, you may be able to get are your mood improves and subjective well-being increases, your level of Anxiety and Depression decreases, sleep improves, pulse rate decreases, and your weight normalizes. This is only a very small handful of the benefits of doing yoga.
For people who may be looking for the health benefits which can help heal certain ailments, you may be glad to know glucose and sodium levels in the body go down because of doing yoga. So the steps you are taking now can greatly benefit your health in a positive way.
As always, remember to get these health benefits from yoga, you will need to remember to keep to practicing yoga regularly. If you have old health issues, then also make sure you speak to your doctor before embarking on any new healthy health exercise regimen, such as yoga.
Beginning Yoga
Beginning yoga is much easier today, thanks to the major interest in yoga over the last few years, more and more yoga classes are being started. The first step in beginning yoga, is to decide to start! At this point, most people may wonder if they have what it takes to start yoga, what will be involved etc. Relax, yoga classes can teach you from beginning, even if you do not know the first thing about yoga.
Whether you want the spiritual benefits of yoga or the physiological benefits of yoga, you can get them by doing yoga at a yoga class. It is best to go to a yoga class to learn how to correctly do yoga. There are many great books and videos about yoga, and they can be beneficial. However, a yoga class can help you get the right yoga postures, and get the full benefit of yoga.
Finding a yoga class can be as easy doing a search online to find local classes. Perhaps speak to someone who you know who has an interest in yoga, check local adult education institutions. As more and more yoga classes are available, you can find a local yoga class.

Types of Yoga For Beginner

Types of Yoga For Beginner
Today many types of Yoga are in market. Yoga aspirants often get confused with so many different types of Yoga and there names. They don't know which form of Yoga is suitable for them as only introductory information is available online which doesn't give much details on a particular form of Yoga.
Why are there so many types of Yoga?
Actually Yoga is a complete philosophy of health and happiness in life.
 Yoga includes both physical and mental exercises which are used by a Yogi or Yoga aspirant depending upon the ultimate goal he wants to achieve from Yoga.
 Yoga gurus have introduced there own style of Yoga and these styles of Yoga are named after them. There are some types of Yoga which are suitable for a specific body condition or person like Pregnancy Yoga.
Which form of Yoga is suitable for me?
Every form of Yoga is good for body and health if learned under the guidance of a learned guru. Yoga is suitable for a wide range of people as anyone can choose Yoga postures which are comfortable for him. 
Those who have any physical problem can do mental yoga like Raja Yoga. So, start doing yoga for which a learned teacher is available in your vicinity.
Learning Yoga from books?
One can also learn Yoga from a book or video but this is not as effective as learning Yoga under the guidance of a learned teacher. Yoga is not like exercise, which are meant to bring physical wellbeing. Performing a single yoga posture can bring different results in different aspirants depending on there expectation and interest in Yoga.
What are most popular types of Yoga?
Most popular types of Yoga today are :
1. Raja Yoga
2. Hatha Yoga
3. Iyengar Yoga
4. Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga
5. Pregnancy Yoga
6. Laughter Yoga
7. Ashtanga Yoga
These are some of the most popular forms of Yoga today which are currently practised by a number of people all over the world.

The Types of Yoga

The Types of Yoga
The term "yoga" is applied to an assortment of practices and methods that also include Hindu, Jain and Buddhist practices. In Hinduism these practices include Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Laya Yoga and Hatha Yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga
Yoga Sutras of Pantajali, which are the oldest known written compilation about yoga, include the Raja Yoga or the Ashtanga Yoga, (the eight limbs to be practiced to attain Samadhi). The ultimate aim of the yoga practice is to obtain Samadhi or unity of the individual self with the Supreme Being. Patanjali states that one can achieve this supreme union by elimination the 'vruttis' or the different modifications of the mind. The mind can in turn be controlled by right discipline and training of the body. The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali comprise of:
Yama: Social restraints or ethical values for living. They include: Ahimsa (Non-violence), Satya (truthfulness) Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (celibacy, fidelity to one's partner) and Aparigraha (non-possessiveness).
Niyama - They include the personal observances of - Sauca (clarity of mind, speech and body), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (perseverance). Svadhyaya (study of self, self-reflection, study of Vedas), and Ishvara-Pranidhana (contemplation of God/Supreme Being/True Self)
Asana: Literally means "seat", and in Patanjali's Sutras refers to the seated position used for meditation.
Pranayama -Prana, breath, "ayama", to restrain or stop i.e., regulation of breath
Pratyahara - Withdrawal of the sense in preparation to meditation.
Dharana - Concentration
Dhyana - Meditation.
Samadhi - Liberating one's body to attain ecstasy.
Moreover, Patanjali has identified some basic obstacles that do not allow the mind from practicing yoga. He has divided them into 2 classes:
Antarayas (intruders in the path of yoga)
Viksepasahabhuvah (co-existing with mental distraction)
There are 9 Antarayas:
Vyadhi (physical illness) - If a body is suffering from some disease, it needs to be cured and restored to a healthy state. Disease causes disorder of the mind and makes it difficult to practice yoga or any other form of physical discipline
Styana (mental laziness) - The human desire to reap the fruits of action without any effort is not conducive to mental health. Strong will power needs to be employed to do away with this ailment.
Samshaya (doubt) - Faith is the only cure to dispel all arising doubts.
Pramada (heedlessness) - If one is oblivious to cultivate virtues, Yoga cannot be practiced.
Alasya (physical laziness) - Involving in healthy activities helps overcome this laziness
Avirati (detachment) - The mind needs to be detached from material objects to attain Yoga
Bhrantidarsana (false perception) - leads to self-conceit and needs to be kept away.
Alabdha- bhumikatva (non-attainment of yogic states) - Recognizing the evil traits in our personality and banishing them would help in the long run
Anavasthitatva (falling away from yogic states attained)
There are 4 Viksepasahabhuvah
Dukha - sorrow and suffering inflicting the human mind.
Daurmanasya - disappointment due to non-fulfillment of desires and ambition.
Angamejayatva - restlessness of the limbs due to mental agitation.
Shvasa and prashvasa - forced inhalation and exhalation. Controlled breathing or a balance in breathing exerts a calming influence in the mind.
Patanjali states that these impediments can be removed through meditation and devotion to God; which will pave the way for self-realization.

Buddhism and Yoga - A Brief Summary

Buddhism and Yoga - A Brief Summary
Hatha Yoga is enjoying unprecedented growth globally and is being used as a tool for physical fitness, physical therapy, and spiritual development. Modern practice is derived from ancient Tantric exercises, but less well known are the systems of Buddhist Yoga, which share a common lineage with the ancient discipline.
History of Buddhist Yoga
"Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked"
References to Hatha Yoga predate the Buddhist period (6th century B.C.) by many centuries. It was originally developed as an integral part of the Spiritual Path, and as preparation for higher meditative practices. With the birth of Buddha in the 6th Century BC and subsequent popularity of the Buddha's teachings meditation became one of the main expression of Spiritual Practice along with exercises designed to still the mind towards this state.
More than 500 years after the Buddha's death, two great centres of Buddhist ideas were established in India. Nalanda became the centre of the Hinayana - Narrow Path Buddhism and Mingar became the centre for Mahayana - Great Path Buddhism.
The Narrow Path Buddhism claimed orthodoxy, whilst the Greater Path adopted a more liberal view of the teachings of the Buddha and also incorporated some practices not directly touched upon by the Buddha during his life. This included some indigenous Tantric practices, including Hatha Yoga Exercises.
The Buddha and Yoga
"This calm steadiness of the senses is called yoga.
Then one should become watchful, becomes yoga comes and go."
It is thought that an Indian disciple of the Buddha, Batuo transmitted Zen from India to China in the early 6th century C.E. and most modern Zen lineages trace their past directly to this monk and the Shaolin Monastery where he taught.
According to tradition, it was said he found the monks at Shaolin too weak to make satisfactory progress on their Spiritual Paths. So Batuo secluded himself in a cave for nine years, emerging with a solution (including Yoga) to the health problems of the Shaolin Monks and powerful practises to assist their spiritual development.
These practices became a set of Yogic exercises.
Before the arrival of the Batuo, meditation was the primary method used by Chinese Buddhists for seeking enlightenment. Yoga methods used in India had not been passed to the Chinese Monks
Buddhism, Meditation and Yoga
"Yoga is bodily gospel."
Early Buddhism incorporated meditation into its practice. In fact the oldest expression of Yoga is found in the early sermons of the Buddha. An innovative teaching of the Buddha was that meditation should be combined with the practice of mindfulness with which Yoga could assist the practitioner to this end.
So the difference between the Buddha's teaching and the yoga presented in other early Indian texts is striking. Meditation alone is not an end, according to the Buddha, and even the highest meditative state is not liberating.
Instead of attaining a nothingness, the Buddha taught that some sort of mental activity must take place: based on the practice of mindful awareness.
The Yogic thoughts of the Buddha also departed from other traditional thoughts and the essence was that their point of reference became the sage who is liberated in life.

Yoga for Depression - Does It Work?

Yoga for Depression - Does It Work?
Yoga is the answer to perfecting the body, easing the mind, and cultivating the wisdom of the spirit. 
A traditional yoga practice utilizes meditation and breathing exercises known as Pranayama and Asanas. These are the physical postures, which I am sure, you must have seen hundreds of times on a yoga DVD or online yoga video. 
Yoga promotes abstention from harmful behaviors, such as smoking and overindulgence in alcohol, and encourages healthy dietary changes and promotes mental clarity through meditation and relaxation. There are a lot of health benefits of yoga, physical as well as spiritual. Here we shall discuss the effects of yoga on human mind.
Many studies have shown that exercise can help with anxiety and depression. It was never completely certain, however, which types of exercise gave the most benefit. Yoga was taken into consideration, along with other types of exercise, for a study that was conducted at the Boston University School of Medicine. It compared walking vs. yoga's effects on anxiety and depression to assess health benefits of yoga.
 The results showed that the practice of yoga improved emotions and moods more effectively than just walking, by enhancing the production of GABA, a neurotransmitter in the brain. GABA, known as gamma amino butyric acid, reduces anxiety and enhances relaxation. It is the main inhibitory or calming neurotransmitter in the nervous system.
The study was based on 19 people practicing yoga for 60 minutes, three times weekly, for 12 weeks. Similarly, 15 participants did a walking program for the same period of time. The moods of the participants and levels of GABA in the brain were assessed at the beginning and end of the trial period.
 At the end of 12 weeks the findings were not just interesting, but quite amazing, confirming the health benefits. The people who had engaged in yoga had a much greater improvement in their moods and less anxiety than the walking group. They also had higher levels of GABA in the brain as measured on an MRI scan.
In another study from Boston University in 2007, it showed that a one-hour yoga session resulted in elevated GABA levels in the brain and that GABA levels increased by 27% in the yoga group compared with absolutely no change in the other group.
 This was the first study of its kind to show that a modality such as yoga contributed to elevated GABA levels in the brain.

Breaking Myths About Yoga

Breaking Myths About Yoga
Yoga and India aren't strangers, yet we find Yoga's popularity suddenly spiking after it's embraced by the west. It has become the thing to do to be fit with celebrities swearing by it. It is as if Yoga is a 'novel' concept or is reinvented by the west. After it has become the 'in' thing, there are two sets of people- the ones who do it and others who don't. Most of people who do it, adopt yoga for life while the others don't want to do it because of the myths around it or don't know how.
Here, we will try to break the common myths about yoga.
Myth no.1: Yoga is only for the young and fit.
"Yoga takes care of the complete well being of a person. It doesn't have an age barrier and can be done by anyone who is over the age of 12" says Meena Joshi, a yoga instructor with degree from Kalidas University. Yoga in fact is good for the problems that come with old age like arthritis, blood pressure; it helps us to age well and improve immunity.
Myth no.2: You have to be really flexible to do Yoga.flexibilty and yoga
Most common images associated with yoga are of people either standing on the head or being fixed in positions you wouldn't dream of reaching. But don't fret, they might be pro at yoga but "one of the basic principle of yoga is 'Shanai, Shanai' or 'take it slowly'. You aren't expected to touch your toes or twist your neck in the beginning. Do only what you are comfortable with. There is no 'ideal' level of flexibility; it differs from person to person" she says.
Myth no.3: Yoga provides magical cures
Just starting yoga and expecting all the ailments to vanish isn't going to work. Yoga is very good for maintaining good health and taking care of the nervous system. But you really have to be consistent to reap all the benefits of yoga. So don't put away your medication as soon as you start yoga, take proper medical guidance before doing so.
Myth no.4: Doing yoga is all about spiritualism
yoga and spiritualismThough Yoga was founded by the rishis, it is not bounded by religion nor has it to be adopted only by those interested in spirituality. Yoga can be adopted by anybody with or without religious inclination. Yoga can provide the much needed relaxation and peace in today's hectic lifestyle. So, yoga is more relevant for you and me than a person already away from every day cares.
Myth no.5: Only women do Yoga
Even though most of the followers of yoga may be the women, yoga is definitely also for men. If you observe, most of the famous practitioners or instructors they all are men. If men feel yoga is only about some postures and for flexibility, they should remember that yoga has so much to offer men like strengthening and toning muscles, relaxing and releasing stress. 
Myth no 6: Yoga should only be done in the morning
You would be able to reap the best results of yoga if you do it in the morning. But if your schedule is what's stopping you from practicing it in the morning, don't worry. You can practice yoga at whatever time of the day as per your convenience but make sure you practice it after at least 2 hours of meals.