Essential Yoga Teachniques

LOKĀ SAMASTĀ SUKINŌ BHAVANTŪ
May the entire universe
Be filled with
Peace, Joy, Love, and Light

After practising Yoga for a long while, some of you don’t derive the desired benefits of the yogic practices. Be it physical, mental, or spiritual. Things don’t turn out according to our desires. You feel disappointed and lose faith as the only solution you thought would solve all of your problems and bring joy and peace in your life betrays you.

You start doubting the inspirational stories of yoga teachers that you read on the net and discontinue your practice. But wait, we do have a solution. Reflect! Were you incorporating the proper yogic techniques in your yogic practice?

Ask yourself.

Self-reflection is one of the most necessary aspects of Yoga.

I’m sure these 13 scientific yogic techniques will put you on the right track and guide you throughout your Yoga journey.
Patanjali described Asanas as ‘Sthirasukhamasanama’. It means Asanas should be stable and pleasurable. If you don’t derive pleasure by practising them, they are merely physical exercises and not Yogic Asanas.

1. At least at the beginning of your yogic studies, it’s very desirable to have a scientifically trained and experienced yoga teacher. You need to know the basic principles and techniques of Yoga. Only a proper Yoga teacher will prove to be a boon in this aspect.

2. If a teacher is not available, it is necessary to follow the principles and techniques of any asana by thoroughly reading about it from a renowned Yoga book. Initially, rather than reading 100 books and trying to practice everything, stick to a single book and gain mastery over it.

3. Slowly and steadily improve your level.
Remember, ‘Haste is Waste’

4. Do not indulge in practices indiscriminately. Follow only those practice that suits you.

5. Do your practice in a calm and pleasant mood. Practice Shavasana to still the mind before going into Yoga Abhyaas.

6. Yoga is not gymnastics or physical workout. Minimize your efforts to attain the final pose.

Patanjali described asanas in Sanskirt as Prayatnashaithilya.

7. Breathe throughout the nose while performing Asanas. Don’t try to hold your breath.

8. Parts of the body which are not directly involved in the asanas should be consciously relaxed.

9. Try to attain the posture according to your capacity. Feel good and peaceful while practising. Avoid competition and strain of any kind.

The practice should give you bliss.
One should perform Yoga in a very subtle, gentle way and not forcefully. It is not similar to muscle building.

10. Go into the Asanas slowly and smoothly with a flow. Avoid violent and jerky movements.

11. After attaining the final posture, fix your mind on the breath. Take your mind away from the Asana and feel the touch of the incoming and outgoing air. Also, keep your attention on the Infinite One.

12. Do not practice to the point of fatigue and practice Shavasana, corpse pose to feel fresh and peaceful and then restart.

13. The primary objective should be to progressively reduce the number of rounds of the practice of anyone Asana and correspondingly increase the duration of maintaining it. Retention of Asanas is more necessary than the number of Asanas.

It works on the mind and the soul.

Work on this. Don’t give up your practice. Adopt Yogic practices as a way of life and gain happiness in line by becoming more steady, healthy, flexible, and importantly an Evolved Human being!

Namaste

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