Archive for May, 2008

Practiced for thousands of years now in India, its birth home, yoga has become a refuge and a great cure in the western world. If in the Far East, yoga is a spiritual path to be followed towards superior enlightenment, for the very practical mind of the modern westerner, the health benefits of yoga are the ones that matter the most.

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With the increased interest in yoga practices the number of free online yoga classes is every day larger. How can we explain the profitability of such web sites, and can we tell whether they are reliable or not? First of all, free online yoga information has always been widely available, particularly with the rise of various new schools and yoga teachings in the western world.

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During a yoga session, complete relaxation and proper concentration are essential, and how could one get connected to the higher realms of consciousness if body discomfort is disturbing? The choice of the wrong yoga mat can often ruin the practitioner’s efforts to achieve some form of mental relief by the asanas.

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Though we are generally used to associating yoga with India, it is nonetheless true that certain yoga branches have evolved not only in the western world but in other parts of Asia too. This is the case of Dahn yoga, a Korean system that starts from traditional yoga practices and crosses the borders of tai chi and martial arts.

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The key of all yoga practices consists in the performance of yoga poses or asanas that open the door to plenty of metal and spiritual benefits. Many people feel overwhelmed by the multitude of yoga poses, particularly when getting a look at the many exercises explained online; yet, do not feel discouraged since yoga is actually a life long pursuit and challenges in the difficulty of poses are likely to appear on a regular basis.

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A system recorded in ancient manuscripts, Ashtanga yoga was first mentioned and described by the famous sage Pantanjali in the text entitled Yoga Sutras. Literally, Ashtanga yoga can be translated as eight-limbed yoga due to the steps required for its mastery.

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For many people yoga has stopped being a spiritual practice, turning into a real therapeutic solution to many of the health problems that plague modern man.

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For many people who suffer from the stress and anxiety specific to our times, yoga has become a refuge and an escape. There are more and more yoga classes to turn to for help, and if this great spiritual path emerged in ancient India, it is now all pervading in the Western world too.

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We rush to the pharmacy shop next to our home every time we get mild sicknesses such as common cold or yeast infections. This is because at these shops we can get a first alleviation of pain that we could be feeling on our genital parts or whatever other part.

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With the increased interest people now take in yoga, it’s no wonder that the market has been flooded with all sorts of products and accessories dedicated to yoga practice. Hence, the advertisement with the best yoga mat has become more than common; nevertheless, the so-called best mats often vary in price and quality.

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