Why Relaxation Yoga?. Well, it has been said the practice of meditation and the practice of yoga are closley related.
Indeed relaxation Yoga might be described as meditation plus since it adds the element of light body exercise to the equation.
In defined terms yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disiplines with meditative practices in both Buddhism and Hinduism.
The word is of Sanskrit origin with the meaning to 'yoke' and 'unite'.
The unity in question is the connection of the body and mind.One who follows the practice of yoga is called a 'yogi'.
The original purpose of the exercises involving breathing and posture was to bring the body intoa state of stability and relaxation in preparation for lengthly spells of meditation.
The most popular form of yoga practiced in the west is that of the Hatha disipline.
The name is derived from 'Ha' - meaning sun and 'Tha' - meaning moon.
The goal of hatha yoga is to lead to the purification of the mind via purification of the body.
Amazingly in 1989, the Vatican declared that Eastern meditation practices such as Zen and Yoga can, "degenerate into the cult of the body".
Yet despite this, many from the Roman Catholic Church are making up their own minds and incorporating elements of the practice of yoga and other disiplines into their spiritual lives in a complimentary manner.
Asanas is the term used to describe the state of harmony that can be achieved by controlling ones breathing and body movements, in effect the practice of postures.
Thus a balance is achieved between mind and body that will enhance many areas of your life with health being the main benefactor both physically and emotionally.
The are approximately 200 types of asanas exercises, half of which are practiced in the west from the simple to the very complex.
Pranyama meaning 'life force' is wisely named since it focuses onthe art of breathing and the techniques involved.
It can be practiced on it's own since it involves breathing exercises but is generally comined with asanas and dhyana as part of the overall Hatha yoga experience.
Dhyana is another term for the practice of one of the many disiplines of meditation.
It is the combination of asanas, pranayama and dhyana that makes up the practice of Hatha yoga.
The ultimate aim is to balance the different energy flows within the human body in a beneficial manner.
For more information, two excellent websites that are dedicated to Yoga alone are www.yoga.com and www.yogatic.com
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