Do you practice yoga?

Yoga Positions - Yoga is good.
@argie713 (1809)
Philippines
October 7, 2008 12:02pm CST
I went to a psychiatrist today and told her about my sleeping disorders and other problems my body has. She told me, based on our conversation, that my mind is overworked. She told me to buy Iyengar's book and start practicing yoga. Do you practice yoga? What are its benefits? Yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India, to the goal achieved by those disciplines, and to one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. Major branches of a yoga include Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. Raja Yoga, compiled in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and known simply as yoga in the context of Hindu philosophy, is part of the Samkhya tradition. Many other Hindu texts discuss aspects of yoga, including the Vedas, Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita and various Tantras.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
7 Oct 08
I have attended course at the Brahma Kumaris Yoga. This yoga is meditation and is open to all religions of the world. Those of us who have a lot of stress in our life this is good to practice. It helped me to reduce my BP.
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@argie713 (1809)
• Philippines
7 Oct 08
I think it would help me. I'm trying to do it without any instructor. My psychiatrist told me t buy a book because there is no instructor available in our city.
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• Indonesia
7 Oct 08
well, argie, especially for the beginner, it's highly recommended to learn yoga under the guidance of a (quality) instructor. it's not enough (even harmful) to learn yoga from book, because we never know if our pose is right or wrong. yoga affected not only our muscles but also our internal organs, hormonal system, blood and lymph circulation. it's important to perform the yoga postures correctly, as the different or wrong posture will affect us differently.
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8 Oct 08
why dont you watch astha channel it will help you alot.....
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• Indonesia
7 Oct 08
yes, that's right. yoga is a holistic approach to develop our physical, mental, and spiritual capacity, where the ultimately goal is to attain self realization. being systematized by Lord Sadashiva, about 7000 years ago, (tantra) yoga is originally applied all the approach you just mentioned, because to attain the goal, we need to practice all aspects of yoga in the perfect balance. so, there is actually no branches in yoga. an ancient yogi practices raja, karma, jinana, bhakti and hatha yoga simultaneously in perfect balance. but, as time passes, there are some yoga practitioners who try empathize a certain aspect of yoga to practice. the one who prefer the meditation and mind control and their main practice is doing meditation to control their mind is called raja yoga. the ones who prefer to serve society become karma yoga. the ones who prefer to learn the yoga philosophy become jinana yoga, etc. the ones who prefer the physical and mental exercise become hatha yoga. nowadays, what people consider as 'yoga' is mostly 'hatha yoga', as they empathize their practice on learning and exercising yoga postures which is called "asanas". that's ok, as by simply practicing asanas, we will get physical and mental benefit.
• Indonesia
20 Oct 08
thanks argie for the BR prize @hellcord: well, i think there are many good resources for Raja Yoga. one of them is a socio-spiritual organization based on yoga, named Ananda Marga. It was established in India in 1955, and now it has branch or unit in many countries around the world. Ananda Marga applies the holistic approach of yoga, but the main approach is meditation - which is practiced by Raja Yoga practitioners - (and bhakti or devotion), as the main approach in yoga is actually the mediation and mind control that's why it's called Raja Yoga (King or Yoga). you can get more information from from its website : http://anandamarga.org
@kiran8 (15362)
• Mangalore, India
7 Oct 08
The word Yoga means union and it has four paths Jnana(Knowledge or wisdom),Bhakti (Devotion),Karma(Action), and Raja (Self Control). Practising yoga everyday makes one feel lighter and more flexible and the breathing excercises, Pranayama, which is the basic of any yoga, help one take control of one's mind.The most important aspect is that one should be regular.
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@argie713 (1809)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
I've read some parts of the book of BKS Iyengar. I liket it and I should be practicing it soon.
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• India
7 Oct 08
I have never practiced doing yoga but always wanted to. And I have always heard that it is very good for health and mind. It makes your mind fresh and keeps you healthy. You can stay slim also. I always want to do it.
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@argie713 (1809)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I have researched yoga lately. Some asanas(postures) are difficult to follow. I'm hoping I can do good.
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
8 Oct 08
I had no idea there were so many different kinds of yoga. I guess it could be compared to there being so many kinds of martial arts? I have some friends who are regular yoga class goers, and they LOVE it. Personally, I don't have much interest in it, but mostly because I haven't taken the time to do any research on what it's all about. I do know that I haven't heard anything bad about it. I also know that if I were ever to try it, I would have to do it in a class format, because at this point in my life, I don't have the incentive to do it regularly on my own.
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@lalapuff (290)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
no, i don't. but i'm interested to try it someday. i've studied some hindu philosophy in college and had some ideas about yoga but it did not ring a bell at that time. now because of work, i wanna try it as a stress-reliever since it involves meditation and i think i would better reflect at that mode. friends would recommend spa for stress busters but i think i don't like much body massage now. what i need now is more on mental, emotional and spiritual calmness and i think this would be very helpful =) thanks!
@rhynze (63)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
I didn't practice yoga but i do meditation which helps me in battle with stress, it also helps to relax my mind and body!
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@Gorzata (185)
• Poland
8 Oct 08
But the textes are very fine lecture, indeed. I got to know them during my philosophy of India classes. Good literary job. Upanishads are good to begin with. Conceptions of brahman & atman. Oh, well, U will get to know them. Your soul will grow bigger. Happy lecture=)
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@Gorzata (185)
• Poland
8 Oct 08
I apreciate yoga, ayurveda teas. They have natural sweetness. From selery seeds, to mention one. They all taste quite weird but natural to my taste. The very conscience of them sipping make me feel relaxed & comfortable. I simply don't feel like doing something more. Why practising yoga when I already feel ease & peace at mind?
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@tonytt2009 (1706)
• China
8 Oct 08
Instead of Yoga,I used to pracice the Pilates for just a month,it's shame that I can not insist for long~Yea,yoga is one of the good sports which could keep you fit and healthy as long as you are insisting.Have a nice day~
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@srikool (936)
• India
8 Oct 08
yes yoga is a great thing..i used to practice yoga..i know number of asanas..still i can do it at any time..if you do yoga you will become young..tension free..lot of usefull things are in yoga practice..have a nice time with yoga
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
8 Oct 08
i cannot do yoga as my body is so not limber. i do nautilus weights, light free weights and some walking each week. i also do ab crunches on this mahcine i have called an ab scissor and i have a thigh machine that i use for my inner and outer thighs but that is the extent of it. i hope to get in better shape and perhaps try yoga some day though. i am working on it.
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• China
8 Oct 08
I like it. But I hadn't enough time to practice yoga. So I do it off and on.
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• China
8 Oct 08
yoga is very popular in my country for some years, but now it is not very popular, and my friends asked me so many times to practice, but i don't interesting in it, so i refused. i heard about that yoga is very good. maybe i am too lazy to do that, then my friend told me that she pratices yoga now, and i don't know what kind of it. by the way, my friend said the girl in your picture is so beautiful!!!!
@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
In my younger days I tried yogs but like anything new thing I tried. I tried karate, taekwondo, arnis, and just trial. But I think yoga is good for the mind and body. I read about it also and many are saying it is good. But if we are busy we can practice on our own way.
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• Philippines
10 Oct 08
hi there!i really want to attend yoga but i really dont have enough time to learn bout it but my attended yoga meditation before and he told me its fun and theres an organization that offers free yoga meditation..
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@dragon54u (31608)
• United States
10 Oct 08
I did some reading on it recently and it sounds like something that I should do, too. Real Disciples of Yoga are very healthy people, as much because of the mental benefits as the physical. I'd like you to start the Yoga then report back about what it's done for you, if anything. I really should start it, but I want to see how it does for someone else.
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• Philippines
10 Oct 08
Hi there! yeah, I do practice yoga. You made a perfect decision. Yoga helps me a lot whenever I can't catch a sleep. It really works for me.
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@Jamian (2605)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
i dont practice yoga, because i dont know how to do it, i have some research that it is really good, but sad to say, i have not tried it until now.
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@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I have done yoga (for fitness purposes). Though, it may not be as intensive as the yoga by yoginis, I have learned to practice my breathing (to calm me down) and to control some parts of my body. It really is relaxing. Hope you get the kind of "peace" with yoga.
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