Monday, 13 October 2014

Yoga ART - Bhujangasana/Cobra pose - Benefits - Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.

In Sanskrit, “bhujanga” means serpent or snake and “asana” means pose; hence the English, cobra pose. 

Benefits of Cobra Pose: Stretches muscles in the shoulders, chest and abdominals, Decreases stiffness of the lower back, Strengthens the arms and shoulders, Increases flexibility, Improves menstrual irregularities, Elevates mood, Firms and tones the buttocks, Invigorates the heart, Stimulates organs in the abdomen, like the kidneys, Relieves stress and fatigue, Opens the chest and helps to clear the passages of the heart and lungs, Improves circulation of blood and oxygen, especially throughout the spinal and pelvic regions, Improves digestion, Strengthens the spine, Soothes sciatica, Helps to ease symptoms of asthma
 In theory, practice and theory are the same. In practice they are not. - Yogi Berra
Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind. - Patanjali

“Yoga practice can make us more and more sensitive to subtler and subtler sensations in the body. Paying attention to and staying with finer and finer sensations within the body is one of the surest ways to steady the wandering mind. (39)” 
― Ravi RavindraThe Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras

“Basically, if the mind stays in the present, it’s impossible to worry. Upon careful consideration, it becomes clear that human beings are capable of worrying only about an event that has already transpired or one that may take place in the future (although the occurrence might have just happened or may be about to happen in the next instant). The present moment contains no time or space for worry.” 
― H.E. Davey

“Meditation is not a search, it’s not a seeking, a probing, an exploration. It is an explosion and discovery. It’s not the taming of the brain to conform nor is it a self-introspective analysis, it is certainly not the training in concentration which includes, chooses and denies. It’s something that comes naturally, when all positive and negative assertions and accomplishments have been understood and drop away easily. It is the total emptiness of the brain. It’s the emptiness that is essential, not what’s in the emptiness, there is seeing only from emptiness, all virtue, not social morality and respectability, springs from it. It’s out of this emptiness love comes, otherwise it’s not love. Foundation of righteousness is in this emptiness. It’s the end and beginning of all things.”
― Krishnamurti, Notebook

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