Asana or Posture – yoga asanas or postures, stretch and tone the muscles and joints, the spine, and the entire skeletal system. It not only works on the body’s frame but also massages the internal organs, rejuvenates the glands, and brings a rich supply of nutrients and oxygen to the nerves. Yoga exercise aims to keep all systems in radiant health.
Pranayama or Breath Control – pranayama is the science of breath control and consists of a series of exercises to control the vital energy within the body. It also in turn steadies the mind as the two are never independent of each other. Many people only use a fraction of their potential lung capacity and as shallow breathers lack enough oxygen. They often become tired easily and usually don’t know why.
Savasana or Relaxation – yoga as opposed to other forms of physical exercise incorporate proper relaxation, this allows the body to take on the effects of yoga postures and to train the mind and body to relax. Holding on to unnecessary tension can cause much discomfort and be the major cause of tiredness and ill health. Proper relaxation releases tension, leading to an increased flow of energy through the body.
Other areas of yoga include yoga nutrition, yoga philosophy and meditation. A combination of all aspects of yoga leads to a healthy and well balanced mind and body. With some people taking to certain aspects of yoga more than others; there is no one size fits all and it is really about using the principles of yoga to work in harmony with oneself.
“…The most positive action we can perform to contribute to the momentous task of bringing our planet back into balance is to start changing ourselves…No external technology…alcohol,drugs (legal or illegal)…can hope to offer a long-term solution…I have invented nothing new, only presented this perfect science of self-development in a form comprehensible for an analytic-minded era…” Swami Vishnudevananda