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Asana

asanasAsanas are a series of meditative postures that are conducted with ease and in stillness. The yoga sutra recognises several types of asanas that can be categorised under Pawanmuktasana, Standing Asana, Forward Bending Asana, Backward Bending Asana, Balancing Asana etc.

Asanas have many uses and are practiced according to the needs of the aspirant, whether therapeutic, or otherwise. These can be likened to the base of yoga, although they aren’t really. Every yogic treatment, practice or Sadhana will include Asanas.

Pranayama

pranayamaThe word Pranayama is comprised of two roots: ‘prana’ + ‘ayama’ and ‘prana’ + ‘yama’. Prana refers to the life force of the body as a result of which we are alive. Ayama means dimensions, and yama means control.

Together, it is the Sanskrit description of extending the life force past the body. It deals with preventing the spirit from being restrained by the body and the mind and is also a kind of meditative practice. According to Patanjali, Pranayama removes the veil from the divine light.

Pranayama, in general, helps in the treatment of several stress-related disorders and improves autonomic functions and asthma and relieves stress. In more specific situations, they may perform other functions specific to the type of Pranayama. In the long run, Pranayama can go so far as to extend the practitioner’s life span and enhance their sense of perception.

Bandhas

bandhasThe Bandhas are psychic locks used to lock the Prana (Life force of the body) and redirect it to open the three Granthis (Psychic Locks) in the subtle body. These Granthis prevent the free flow of Prana in Shushumna Nadi (Energy duct) and prevent the Kundalini Shakti (dormant potential force at the base of the spine) to rise.

YWC introduces all four kinds of Bandhas to the yoga aspirant. They are: Jalandhar, Uddiyana, Mool and Maha bandha, the later being a combination of first three.

Bandhas may be practiced individually or with Mudras and Pranayamas. When combined in this way, they awaken the psychic faculties and form an adjunct to higher yogic practices.

Mudras

mudrasAccording to the Yogic texts, the body is made up of five elements: Fire, Air, Aakash, Earth and Water, as represented by the thumb, index, middle, ring, and little fingers respectively. Any imbalance of these elements may cause various ailments.

Mudras are defined as a ‘seal’, ‘short-cut’, or ‘circuit by-pass’, and are the putting together of the thumb and fingers, in different combinations. By forming new circuits with the extremities of nerve endings, Mudras redirect.

Prana radiating away from the Nadis and Chakras within the body. They can alter the mood, attitude and perception of the person, and can deepen awareness and concentration.

Shatkarma

shatkarmaShatkarmas are concerned with detoxification processes that include Neti, Dhautī, Naulī, Basti, Kapalbhati, and Trataka. These cleansing processes help in the purification of the nadis, allowing the Prana to flow freely, which has great physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.

At YWC, we teach three different types of Shatkarmas to suit every individual. These are:

  • Jala Neti: Cleansing of the nasal passage
  • Kunjal Kriya: Cleansing of the stomach
  • Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana: Cleansing of the small intestine

Yoga Nidra

yoga nidraYoga Nidra is a sleep like state experienced during meditation, and has been scientifically proved to decrease anxiety and stress. It involves several types of poses that take place in a lying down position that is very comfortable and very easy to do.

 

 

Ayurveda

ayurvedaAyurveda is the sister science of yoga, and is recommended for a complete and wholesome experience. It is a holistic approach to the health and nourishment of the body, and follows the same principals of Yoga, in the medicinal sense. Like yoga, Ayurveda is a lifestyle, not merely a treatment.

 

 

Yoga Psychology

yoga psychologyAs in any other form of psychology, yoga psychology concentrates on realising and attaining our potential through self discovery and understanding.

However, this form of psychology uses the Bhagavad-Gita and the Patanjali yoga sutras, as an integral reference point.

 

Meditation

meditationThis is an integral part of yoga and helps to improve the concentration and focus of the practitioner. It has innumerable other advantages that differ according to its application.

At the YWC, we focus on Antarmouna, Ajapajapa and Yoga Nidra, for the regular classes. Other practices will depend on the aspirants needs as a yoga practitioner. Dharana is also taught in YWC on request basis or is organized at weekend retreats at the center.