“Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.”
(Hatha Yoga Pradipika)
In today's world, we are engaged in activities much more than what our bodies are designed for. These leave us quite stressed and so it becomes essential to provide the necessary toning and replenishment of energy to the body. Yoga evolved in India, some five thousand years ago. The term “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit language meaning, “union or bringing together”.
Man, being a physical, mental and a spiritual being, has felt the need of Yoga to promote a balanced development of all the three aspects mentioned above. Yoga can truly be defined as the control of the activities of the mind, a self-enlightenmentâ€”both physical and spiritual one. While exercises and aerobics assure welfare only to the physical body, these have little to do with the development of the spirituality. Yogic exercises include ethical disciplines, physical postures, breath control as well as meditation to promote an overall well-being in an individual.
Yoga For Children
While adults have been practising yoga for many years, now its the perfect time for children to explore and enjoy the world around them. Childhood is surely a vibrant time when natural energy and creativity are high. A child’s mind is open and learning is mere fun. All the Yogic postures can help a child to view things from a different perspective. Different postures help a child not only bring in flexibility to the body
but also teaches a child not to take all things seriously in life.
There are countless benefits of Yoga for children, but the principal focus is to nurture a strong, healthy body, a calm mind and most important a sense of inner peace. Warming up with gentle exercises is an essential preparation for Yoga practice. These simple exercises will enable you to warm up your cold muscles and help improve concentration to give you the right start. You should always feel at ease in all the poses you do. The basic aim of all the poses is to make you feel relaxed and relieve you of all the stress and fatigue.
Pranayama (breathing )
Pranayama or breathing if not done in the correct manner could result in not having the desired effect. Therefore, all poses are to be properly coordinated with inhalation, exhalation and holding of breath. These poses bring calmness and tranquility and are thereby rejuvenating to the mind and body. They are lovely to practise after a busy day or just before bedtime. These will ensure that you get a sound and restful night’s sleep.
These postures help you to conserve your energy, thereby utilizing it in a better way. As a matter of fact, these postures enable you to recharge your internal batteries, rekindling your force or prana. These will help you feel full of energy, keep you revitalized and stimulate an overall wellness. In a nutshell, the secret to Eternal Health is only through Yoga.