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 Be a spiritual warrior

Yoga helps you fight the demons within you, and grow spiritually

There is a lot of confusion about what yoga must actually do. Yoga is the best weapon to use to train yourself as a spiritual warrior, adept in the battle waged between your ego and higher intelligence. The reason this is so is because practice of yoga helps you cultivate a strong mind.

If health or longevity is also imparted, it is because they are essential for you to achieve this inner conquest. However, these are inevitable side-effects to a solid, disciplined, and stringent practice. To have a loose or vapid practice, defies the goal.

How do you do such a spiritualised, focussed, and strong practice? Regularity is the first requirement, calling for a military-level discipline. Also important is to constantly grow from strength to strength. Interestingly, every pose has an emotional impact, helping you cultivate emotional strengths. The backbends make you fearless, the forward bends make you humble and accepting, while the standing poses ground and help you balance yourself. Therefore, using the body to grow in the mind should be the fulcrum of the practice.

Awareness is the most important ingredient in becoming a spiritual warrior. Here the meditative state comes not from switching off when you hold a pose, but tuning in to everything that is happening within the body. Often this may be experienced when you enter a pose with strength, stay in it with grace, and settle down into a duration that can challenge the muscles to exquisite effort. Interestingly, this can happen even with simple poses, held with meditative focus, to challenging lengths of time, where the body squeals, but the mind kicks in to help you hold. In addition, in the stepping back from pain, something falls in place, that is courageous, strong, and pure. It is the yoga zone. A state of heightened awareness that is supremely calm. Not switching off, but tuning in. Then the spiritual aspect of yoga falls in place, and with it, what it must do to you.

Basic Breathing (Pranayama)

Yogic breathing or pranayaam revitalises the body steadies the emotion and creats great clarity of the mind. Yoga breathing exercises are performed sitting down with the spine neck and head in a straight line in the lotus pose.

Kalpabhati is a kriyas of purification besides being a pranayama. The forced exhalation rids the lower lungs of the stale air making way for a fresh intake of oxygen rich air in cleansing the entire respiratory system. This is a wonderfully invigorating exercise to begin your pranayam. By increasing the amount of oxygen in the body its effect is to clear the mind and improve concentration.

Kapalbhati

Benefits

  1. Effective for cardiovascular problems.
  2. To clear the mind and improve the concentration

Description of the asana

  1. Sit in ardha padmasana (lotus )--But if you have knee ache,sit on a bench or chair.Keep the feet crossed on a rug or a carpet.
  2. Take two normal breaths.
  3. Inhale, Now exhale, pulling in your abdomen and inhale, relaxing your abdomen.
  4. Repeat 20 times, keeping a steady rhythm and emphasising the exhalation each time.
  5. Inhale fully and hold your breathe as long as you can.
  6. Slowly exhale.

Anuloma Viloma

In this alternate nostril breathing exercise, you inhale through one nostril, retain the breath, then exhale through the other nostril in a ratio of 2:8:4. If you are really healthy, you the will breathe predominantly through the Ida nostril for about one hour and fifty minutes, then through the other nostril. But in many people this natural rhythm is disturbed. Anuloma Viloma restores an equal flow, balancing the flow of prana in the body.

Description of the asana

  1. Close your right nostril with your thumb and keeping it closed breathe in through the left nostril counting up to four.
  2. Hold your breath and count to sixteen while opening the right nostril and closing your left with your third finger.
  3. Breathe out slowly through the right nostril to a counterfiet.
  4. Repeat the exercise but breathe in through the right nostril and out through the left.

 


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