The word yoga means "union" in Sanskrit. By doing yoga one can create a positive union between the mind, body and spirit. Yoga can be divided into five parts i.e. Asana or body postures, pranayama or breathing exercises, cleansing practices like neti, music and sound therapy, and deep relaxation. Asana is only one part of yoga, the majority of which are more concerned with mental and spiritual well-being than physical activity. In the West, however, the words asana and yoga are often used interchangeably. Yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines that originated in India. The yoga practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Within Hinduism, it refers to one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy, and to the goal towards which that school directs its practices. In Jainism, yoga is the sum total of all activities i.e mental, verbal and physical. Major branches of yoga in Hindu philosophy include Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. Many Hindu texts discuss aspects of yoga, including the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita and various Tantras.


Vakrasana


This asana tones up the spinal and abdominal muscles and nerves and activates the kidneys, intestines, stomach, adrenaline and gonad glands. It relieves cases of constipation and

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Shalabhasana ( Locust Pose )


This asana helps in the treatment of arthirits, rheumatism and low backache. The whole body is strengthened by this asana especially the waist, chest, back and neck.

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Halasana ( Plough Pose ) :


Lie flat on your back with legs and feet together, arms by your side with fists closed near your thigh keeping your legs straight, slowly raise them to angles of 30, 60 and 90 deg

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Matsyasana


It is a fish pose asana. Matsyasana is beneficial in treatment of acidity, constipation, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis and other lung disorders.

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Bhujangasana ( Cobra Pose )


Lie on your stomach with your legs straight and feet together, toes pointing backwards. Rest your forehead and nose on the ground. Place your palms below the shoulders and your arms by the side of the chest. Inhale and slowly raise your head, neck, chest and upper

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Sarvagasana ( Shoulder Stand Pose)


Sarvangasana helps relieve bronchitis, dyspepsia, varicose veins and peps up the digestion. It stimulates the thyroid and para-thyroid glands, influences the brane, heart and lungs. It helps lymphatic juices to circulate in the brain and strengthens the mind. This

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Shirshasana


Shirshasana is beneficial for nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory and endocrine systems. This asana helps cases of dyspepsia, seminal weakness, varicose veins, arteriosclerosis, jaundice, renal colic and congested liver.

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Yoga Therapy


The Yoga Therapy or ‘ yoga-chikitsa’ refers to the treatment of diseases by means of yogic exercises which may be physical or mental or both. It is a specialised form

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Vajrasana ( Pelvic Pose )


It improves the digestion and is beneficial in cases of dyspepsia, constipation, colitis, seminal weakness and stiffness of the legs. It strengthens the hips, thighs, knees, calv

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