Friday, November 10, 2006

How to start a website on Yoga?

Is it easy to start a website on Yoga?
I came to writing this article specially focus on people interested in starting a website on yoga. Yoga is a practice in which our body and mind get relaxed and maintain our equilibrium by keeping us calm. You like Yoga. You know the importance of Yoga. You want to share this great tool to everybody. You are seeking a method to publish your thoughts on yoga in a website. Then This article is for you.

First of all you have to collect relevant yoga content websites from internet. Just search on google or yahoo is not a suitable way to get a list of good Yoga websites. So you need to check each and every website which Google/yahoo listed in their search result page. Then after, develop contents for your yoga website. Arrange your articles in a convenient way. You can make categories like "beginners guide to Yoga", "Different Poses of Yoga", "Advanced yoga poses" etc. Then whenever you publish your knowledge as a yoga article you can put that content on related categories. Hence your visitors can easily browse through your yoga website.

Designing for your yoga website

If you want a good design for your yoga related website, but not know how to design one, just search for yoga templates. In internet there is lot of free yoga website templates already available. Choose one and customise the design for your website. You can also collect various poses' pictures from internet.

How to Publish Your Yoga site?

After content creation and designing, you can publish your website. Free hosting services are not an unusual thing in this modern world. Pick anyone of the free providers and publish your site. But you must keep an important thing while you are publishing a website.

Do not copy Yoga site content from anywhere.

never copy content from other websites. just copy-paste creation downgrade your pagerank in search engine directories like google, yahoo etc. In the first step I taught you to get an idea about yoga by reading yoga websites. It never mean copy contents from such yoga sites. You have to derive or integrate the content in your own way.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

How to keep balance in yogasana?

By Kavita Maharaj
[Red Door Yoga]

A concept common to most eastern philosophies, of which yoga is no exception, is the concept of the balanced existence of male and female energy in the universe.

Most of us are familiar with this concept within Taoism, which is represented by the Taijitu or Yin-Yang symbol: a circle containing a balanced swirl of black with a white dot and white with a black dot. Not as many however are familiar with the concept as it appears in yoga, where the concept is represented by a sun and moon together (see illustration).

In yoga, male energy (the sun), is referred to as Shiva, and is the form of the universe. Male energy is the domain of the right side of the body. Whereas female energy (the moon), is referred to as Shakti, and is the force of the universe. The female energy is the domain of the left side of the body.

During yoga practice, the goal is to observe and understand the dance between Shiva and Shakti. In this dance Shiva and Shakti flow in balance with each other bringing balance to the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the yogi.

In yoga, the concept of male and female energy continues on into the categorization of poses as well.

Female poses draw energy into the body and often physically close the body into itself, such as in a forward bend. Male poses on the other hand, expend energy and often physically open the body, such as in a backward bend.

Poses also need to be balanced by male or female breaths.

The exhale of a breath is considered the male aspect of breathing while the inhale of the breath is considered the female aspect.

When practising a male pose, a female breath (inhale) should be used to move into the pose.

If the pose is held for more than one breath, the inhale is then used to deepen a male pose.

When practicing a female pose, a male breath (exhale) should be used to move into the pose.

Likewise, if the pose is held for more than one breath, the exhale is then used to deepen a female pose.

Male and female poses should ideally be practiced in balance with each other.

Interestingly, the pose Savasana, or corpse pose, which is practiced at the end of a physical yoga class is actually neither male nor female, but rather a balanced combination.

After your physical practice, during which Shiva and Shakti have danced in a balanced way, they come to rest together in Savasana.

Thus, while in Savasana, one should focus on a breath balanced through both an inhalation and an exhalation to maintain the flow of both male and female energy.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Yoga and Google Trends

Google Trends is an amazing tool to discover the searching trends in internet. It gives an outline of the keywords people used most often. I just check yoga searching trends from that site. Result it showed is very interesting. As we know, Yoga is originated in India. Same country is still is in eager to learn yoga. Google trends shows that Indian is first in the search for yoga. Second country is Singapore. Canad, USA and Ireland comes next with approximately equal in weight. See the result:

1. India

2. Singapore

3. Canada

4. United States

5. Ireland

6. Australia

7. Chile

8. Switzerland

9. United Kingdom

10. Sweden

While searching google trends with the keyword "Yoga", It also showed city wise Searching behaviour also. San Francisco City is top in yoga search. Delhi city in India comes 5th place. See the yoga trends:
1. San Francisco, CA, USA

2. Pleasanton, CA, USA

3. New York, NY, USA

4. Vancouver, Canada

5. Delhi, India

6. Boston, MA, USA

7. Denver, CO, USA

8. Chennai, India

9. Seattle, WA, USA

10. San Diego, CA, USA

Anyway, all the trend reslts on yoga in Google Trends Shows the increase in interest of Yoga worldwide. SEE Yoga search trends

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

A guide to Beginners in YOGA.

According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report, there were more than 3,700 yoga-related injuries costing a total of almost $11 million in medical care in 2004. The most common yoga injuries involve repetitive strain, overstretching the neck, shoulders, spine, legs and knees.

So before you pull out that yoga mat, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has this advice.

• Speak to a physician before participating in yoga if you have any preexisting injuries or conditions.

• Work with a qualified yoga instructor. Inquire about experience and credentials.

• Warm up well before doing yoga. Because cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are vulnerable.

• Wear clothing that allows for proper yoga movement.

• Start slowly while you learn the basics, such as proper breathing, before you see how far you can stretch.

• Ask questions if you are unsure of a yoga pose.

• Know your limits in Yoga. Do not go beyond your experience or comfort level in Yoga.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Ananda Yogi: A grand master on Yoga

Yogi Ananda, a 72 years old Yoga master started yoga for yogurt.

He is currently teaching the Indian spiritual yoga practice across central New York and in his home studio at White Birch Lane in Auburn. He started his Yoga Journey since his 11th age.

According to him, Yoga is his life, recreation and his socialization. His introduction to yoga came at a monastery in Bangladesh(The eastern area of India). A natural curist doctor offered Ananda a steady supply of sweet yogurt in exchange for every yoga lesson he took. The offer proved too tempting for him to resist.

But he surpassed his taste for yogurt by the his yoga passion. He wandered across India as a monk to learn more about yoga and acquire more experience. Following years of intense study that included eight years of seclusion in a Himalayan cave, Ananda began teaching at the International Yoga Teacher's Training Center in Calcutta. Aspiring yoga teachers came from around the world to be certified by Ananda. Yoga instruction also took Ananda across the globe, from Thailand and Indonesia to East Africa and Spain.

Ananda said that main aim of his life has been to spread awareness about the relation between soul and body by the practice of yoga.

In 1973, Ananda came to America at the behest of the California Board of Education. Board sponsored him to teach yoga at colleges in San Diego, Laguna Beach and San Francisco. Ananda then started yoga classes around the country. After he arrived at Syracuse University in 1974. Students and university staff encouraged him to stay there.

By the end of the decade, Ananda had established the Shankar Yoga Society in Syracuse and instructed celebrities like George Harrison, Peter Sellers and Linda Lavin at the New Age Health Spa in the Catskills.

“They mostly came to lose weight, that's not what yoga is about,” Ananda said with a lightly humorous tone.

Nowadays Ananda concentrates on teaching Yoga at Cayuga County Counseling services and companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb and The Syracuse Post-Standard. He has also conducted a course at Onondaga Community College for more than 25 years. Despite his decades of devotion to yoga, Ananda still shies away from designating himself a teacher.

“The more you learn [from yoga], the more you can then teach[Yoga],” Ananda said.

In his yoga classes, Ananda often uses the operation of a car as an organizing principle for the means of healthy human living he emphasizes. A balanced diet and plenty of water represent the proper fluid levels.

“We try to claim we're eating a balanced diet, but for most people that's a Big Mac in one hand and a large soda in the other,” Ananda said.

Lubrication amounts to rigorous, full-body exercise that loosen the joints and muscles. Breathing techniques, a facet of yoga commonly ignored by other instructors, represent the alternator in Ananda's car model. The exhaust system is comprised of bodily functions and relaxation provides people with a cooling system for the stress of daily living.

“Relaxation is in the mind; it's much more than just laying down,” Ananda advised.

Ananda's holistic approach to yoga contrasts the one-dimensional approach of other instructors. Ananda laments the rising commercialization of yoga, which he believes has brushed aside paramount aspects of the practice in favor of a chic fitness trend.

“One of these days, original yoga won't exist,” Ananda said.

Andanda's approach to yoga extends beyond the muscular flexibility mainstream yoga instructors flaunt. His yoga instruction encompasses philosophy and theology to emphasize the merger of body and mind in service of honesty and selflessness. Getting in shape is only a side effect.

“You can get exercise at the health spa,” Ananda said.

Ananda often encounters this superficial approach to yoga in his classes at OCC. Students who don't take the practice seriously will have a difficult time securing Ananda's approval.

“I want sincerity from my students,” he said.

One of Ananda's most sincere students has been Peter Mack, owner of Mack's Studios in Auburn. Mack began taking private yoga lessons with Ananda almost three years ago after hearing his name mentioned around town. A few lessons later, Mack was a full-fledged yoga convert.

“I was so enamored with it, and it was such a life-changing experience that I kept bringing new people over to try it out,” said Mack, 51.

He continues, “It basically puts all the pieces of your life together - your mind, body and spirit act as one and you feel whole. You find that all the power and the answers you could ever want are inside of you.”

Although Mack has practiced with other yoga instructors, he firmly believes that none can match Ananda's passion for yoga and dedication to its principles.

“He's here for everyone else except himself,” Mack said. “He gives his life to make others' better.”

Mack's comments echo those made about Mother Theresa, who Ananda served alongside on relief missions for victims of natural disasters in India. Today, Ananda's mission to spread awareness through yoga in Auburn begins with ridding his students' “exhaust systems” of the two snacks that repulse him most: soda and gum.

Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga and meditation has a lot of health benefits such as management of stress, anxiety and improvement of musculoskeletal problems, physical and mental fitness.

Now there’s clinical evidence that suggests that yoga can also be used for reduction of performance anxiety and consequently, be beneficial in enhancing performance in musicians. Dr Satbir Singh Khalsa (PhD), Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, who has studied the effects of yoga on a group of musicians, has gathered data that proves this.

Dr Khalsa, who was in the city for some days, said, “Musicians when performing in front of thousands of people are faced with performance anxiety. In situations such as these, the relaxation response of the body is not activated producing chronic stress. However, yoga helps them to overcome this problem in many ways.”

Combinations of yoga techniques - “pranayama” or breathing exercises, “asanas” or physical exercise and meditation - helps in the production of Cortisol hormone. This hormone is helpful part of the body’s response to stress.Further, practicing yoga also regulates the autonomic nervous system responsible for controlling stress and anxiety.

Yoga not only catering to performance anxiety, but also helps to remove stage fear through its unique mechanism. Researches on this subject reveals that yoga and meditation helps in reducing stress and the effects of stress.

For instance, Dr Satbir adds: “A research paper on Yoga by Herbert Benson published in 1972, is a strong evidence on benefits of Yoga. It gives the information that Yoga and mediation reduces the consumption of oxygen in the blood, thereby lowering the physiological activity. However, stress is known to have increase physiological activity. Hence, it proves that stress or at least effects is lowered by mediation.”

Apart from secreation of stress hormones, yoga especially if practicised before a particular performance, directs the body and mind to concentrate on a particular thought rather than waving away. Yoga thus breaks the cycle of tension which otherwise builds up in the mind causing performance related anxiety.

Yoga is must in schools: Delhi Government

New Delhi, October 30: Gearing up for the Commonwealth Games, the Delhi government is set to make sports mandatory in schools with each student having to undertake at least one sports discipline. Each school will have to undertake two sports activities and prepare teams for participation in the zonal tournaments.

According to the newly-formulated sports policy all schools in the city must start yoga classes for the “general health” of their students. Schools must find yoga teachers for this Yoga Class. The government will also be planing to reach the private sector for the sponsor of students and sports persons for training for the yoga. The private sector will also help in the sponsorship of sporting events in the city.

According to the Government officials,The State will also try to arrange Arjuna awarders for the purpose of training students and sports persons for yoga in Delhi.

The Delhi government has also proposed job reservations in the government sector for outstanding performers in sporting events as representatives of the Delhi State at national and international sporting events, said sources in the department.

Sources in the Delhi government said that special funds are being kept aside for the implementation of this policy. The policy also proposes scientific research to be conducted by the government to enhance the performance of athletes in the State.

Before a week Mr.Ramadoss, Union Health Minister, talked about the importance of yoga practicing in schools. [See "Yoga is compulsory for schools: Ramadoss" ]