An Overview of the Hatha Yoga Postures from the Arhanta Yoga Foundational Class The following yoga asanas for beginners was compiled by Arhanta Yoga based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda. He was one of the most famous Indian spiritual leaders. Swami Sivananda (1887-1963) lived most of his life in Rishikesh, India. He was a

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Unfortunately, there are a couple of misconceptions that forward bends are about straightening the legs, touching your toes, and getting your nose to the legs. Some students are so determined to make the forward bend pose look a certain way that they force themselves into these deep forward folds. However, this can lead to serious injury to the fascia and muscles of the back body. Read on more to find out how to do yoga forward bends safely to gain all the benefits!

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You may have heard the word prana in yoga class. Maybe you have read about it in yoga philosophy or came across it while learning about Ayurveda. When we learn about the definition of prana, we can then understand the functions of prana. Continue reading to learn how to manipulate these functions to reach optimum health!

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The ancient and timeless philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita gives us a system for self-development leading to Self-realisation through the four paths of yoga. Bhakti Yoga is one of these four paths. It is the path of devotion. We purify our emotions and direct them to something beyond ourselves. It is a path of love, faith, and practices that engender those feelings further as we reach the ultimate goal.

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Yin Yoga asanas stretch what we call the yin tissues. Yin tissues are deeper tissues such as the tendons, fascia, ligaments, and the other connective tissues of the body. Our yin tissues are less vascular (supplied with blood) and less elastic, and therefore need more time to stretch. When stretched regularly, it increases the overall flexibility, circulation, and range of motion of the joints and fascia.

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Pranayama, with yama meaning control, uses specific breathing techniques to positively impact bodily systems and functions such as cardiovascular functioning, blood circulation to the brain, as well as metabolic and endocrine activities. Read on to find out more on how Pranayama breathing technique can help better and prolong your life!

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Stress is a natural part of life however, prolonged and unmanaged stress can be detrimental to one’s health. Have you experienced feelings of irritability or overwhelm? That you have to drag yourself through the day or week? These are some symptoms of stress and you are not alone in feeling like this. We then need to seek stress relief methods to manage and relieve our exposure to stress. Fear not! Yoga is a way to help get you back on track feeling renewed and restored. Read on more to find out how!

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Yoga is designed to use the breath in various ways and for specific purposes. It makes sense that yoga can lend a hand to those that struggle with asthma. The severity of the condition varies from person to person and although asthma is incurable, there are ways to manage the symptoms. Read on to find how yoga and pranayama can bring relief to asthma sufferers!

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When we have to turn inward during meditation, sitting can be quite uncomfortable and we may struggle to find steadiness. We become discouraged. What if we could uncover the means allowing us to progress in our meditation practice using the right support and understanding how the body works in a sitting meditation position. Read on further to discover what is required for a comfortable steady seat and how you can achieve it during your meditation practice!

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Lotus Pose is a symbolic pose in yoga philosophy. A beautiful lotus flower can grow in the muddiest of water and likewise so can we grow in all types of environments. As on the spiritual path, achieving Padmasana takes effort and patience. It is crucial that we approach this pose with caution to come into it safely. Read on to find out how!

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