The Word YOGA comes from Sanskrit and means to unite, the coming together of Soul and God. Yoga is a process by which you can dissolve your Self with God. Yoga is a method of meditation which brings a breakthrough in the evolution of human awareness. By this process a person becomes moral, united, integrated and balanced. The all-pervading divine power can be felt or experienced as a cool breeze. "Know thyself" is the main theme of all the scriptures - it becomes evident and one reaches an absolute understanding of oneself.
Yoga is not only for the physical body, people practice yoga for many reasons to feel more connected, to quiet the mind and to strengthen the body. It is a mind – body practice that enhances physical and mental fitness, as well as spiritual well – being.
Yogis view that the mind and the body are one and that if it is given the right tools and taken to the right environment, it can find harmony and heal itself. Yoga therefore is considered therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body's posture, alignment and patterns of movement. As people worldwide know the benefits of yoga, it makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of a stress stricken environment. This is one of the foremost reasons why people want to start practicing yoga - to feel fitter, be more energetic, be happier and peaceful.
The main aim of yoga that we are trying to achieve is to unite our soul with the super consciousness which is “Our God”. Our physical and mental healthiness is essential in order to reach this target.
Yoga emphasizes good health and prevention of illnesses and diseases. Yoga is also used as a therapy to help us recover and over come illness and stresses caused by a hectic lifestyle. Our bodies and minds reflect the stress, tension and depression that we subject it to everyday.
Sri Selvam Siddhar has designed specific Yoga Workshops to deal with various physical and mental issues that one might suffer from. The workshops that we run are as follows:
• Akasthya Yoga Workshop For Weight Loss.
• Akasthya Yoga Workshop For Back Pain.
• Akasthya Yoga Workshop For Balancing Sexual Energy.
• Akasthya Yoga Workshop For The Respiratory System.
• Akasthya Yoga Workshop For Stress.
• Akasthya Yoga Workshop For Mental Health.
• Akasthya Yoga Workshop For The Digestive System.
• Akasthya Yoga Workshop For Women’s Health Issues.
• Akasthya Yoga Workshop For Eye, Neck and Shoulder.
The workshops can be tailored to meet the individual’s own fitness level, covering beginners, intermediate and advanced yoga. We also offer Yoga workshops for yoga teachers.
We practice Yoga in its ancient and original form respecting its ancient theories and principles.
Pranayama - a short introduction
The term Pranayama is a word from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. It refers to the regulation of our breathing activity and to controlling our life force. We all know that none of us can live for longer than a few minutes without breathing, yet many people either don't breath well or are unaware of what it means to breath properly. With a bad breathing habit a person only utilizes a fraction of their body's potential life force.
Prana is an energy or a form of life force which we can perceive in nature: for example wind is an energy that we don't see, yet we know it exists because of the movement of the trees or grass etc. Similarly Prana is also invisible but we can still perceive it, for instance when we put our fingers in front of our nose and feel our breath. Therefore our breath is an external manifestation of Prana. When we learn to control our breath, then we can regulate the subtle energies in our body and also control our mind.
In Yoga there are several breathing exercises that harmonize the flow of Prana in our body. There are five different forms of Prana in our body which regulate various bodily functions; Prana, Apana, Vyana, Udana and Samana.
There are three different forms of Pranayama exercises: Puraka, Kumbhaka and Rechaka. Puraka is inhalation, Kumbhaka is holding the breath and rechaka is exhalation
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