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Vrksasana and Padmasana at the Ganges, Rishikesh, The Himalayas

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Beautiful winter morning. Pictures taken by my adorable wife Astha.

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The Padmasana is an elixir for the spinal cord, lungs and stomach. It improves the health and flexibility of spinal cord like the lotus stalk. Keeping the backbone erect and diaphragm in ideal position, the lungs are filled with oxygenated air. Padmasana strengthens the legs by pulling the nerves and muscles and massaging them thoroughly. Padmasana keeps the whole body healthy. There is no better state than being in oneness with the divine while doing Padmasana.

The Padmasana is an elixir for the spinal cord, lungs and stomach. It improves the health and flexibility of spinal cord like the lotus stalk. Keeping the backbone erect and diaphragm in ideal position, the lungs are filled with oxygenated air. Padmasana strengthens the legs by pulling the nerves and muscles and massaging them thoroughly. Padmasana keeps the whole body healthy. There is no better state than being in oneness with the divine while doing Padmasana.

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Padmasana

Padmasana

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Tolasana - Scale Pose

Tolasana - Scale Pose

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Why we love Padmasana 
Recall your first Yoga class. The Yoga teacher begins with series of warm-up exercises. Now, you are told to cross your legs over your thighs. Oh! a cakewalk for me. Your right foot over your left thigh. Now, your left foot over…… God! I am dying with pain. Your ankle is disobeying your order. The ligaments start aching. Padmasana is the first asana that makes you experience resistance. Your first resolve comes. I will master that.
Gradually, as you progress in your practice, you begin to sit longer and longer until you reach a stage where your muscles and ligaments start obeying you. The first indication of success is here. You have mastered the Padmasana. You are Lotus.
Padmasana is the first stepping stone in the life of a practitioner. Padmasana opens the door to years of practice to perfection.
You have read several benefits of sitting in Padmasana but here we are talking about that first feeling. I cannot, you cannot or any yoga practitioner cannot describe that in words.
Wish love and happiness to all of you.  

Why we love Padmasana

Recall your first Yoga class. The Yoga teacher begins with series of warm-up exercises. Now, you are told to cross your legs over your thighs. Oh! a cakewalk for me. Your right foot over your left thigh. Now, your left foot over…… God! I am dying with pain. Your ankle is disobeying your order. The ligaments start aching. Padmasana is the first asana that makes you experience resistance. Your first resolve comes. I will master that.

Gradually, as you progress in your practice, you begin to sit longer and longer until you reach a stage where your muscles and ligaments start obeying you. The first indication of success is here. You have mastered the Padmasana. You are Lotus.

Padmasana is the first stepping stone in the life of a practitioner. Padmasana opens the door to years of practice to perfection.

You have read several benefits of sitting in Padmasana but here we are talking about that first feeling. I cannot, you cannot or any yoga practitioner cannot describe that in words.

Wish love and happiness to all of you.  

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Like a fish – Matsyasana
The Yogic practice is beautiful in a sense that each pose has a counter pose to balance the alignment of the body.  Matsyasana is  counterpose of Sarvangasana (Inverted Shoulder Stand). All you need to do is lie flat on the back while sitting in Padmasana. Or you can first lie flat and then do the Padmasana. Stretch the head backwards and rest the head on the ground. An arch or a bridge will be formed in the final position. Catch hold of your toes with your hands. You can do it from 1 minute to 10 minutes.
On the physical plane, Matsyasana relieves stiffness of the neck and cervical region. The neck and shoulders are massaged in a natural way. The breathing becomes deep and rhythmic. Its practice is useful in chronic Bronchitis and Asthma. Matsyasana cures constipation.
Do it often in your daily practice and discover a new you.

Like a fish – Matsyasana

The Yogic practice is beautiful in a sense that each pose has a counter pose to balance the alignment of the body.  Matsyasana is  counterpose of Sarvangasana (Inverted Shoulder Stand). All you need to do is lie flat on the back while sitting in Padmasana. Or you can first lie flat and then do the Padmasana. Stretch the head backwards and rest the head on the ground. An arch or a bridge will be formed in the final position. Catch hold of your toes with your hands. You can do it from 1 minute to 10 minutes.

On the physical plane, Matsyasana relieves stiffness of the neck and cervical region. The neck and shoulders are massaged in a natural way. The breathing becomes deep and rhythmic. Its practice is useful in chronic Bronchitis and Asthma. Matsyasana cures constipation.

Do it often in your daily practice and discover a new you.

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Excessive Testosterone (male hormone) triggers aging and heart ailments
Modern lifestyle induces traits of aggressiveness, assertiveness, fear, anger, competitiveness and acquisitiveness in men. All these traits lead to excessive release of male hormone testosterone into the blood. The excessive flux of testosterone in the blood corrodes myocardial tissues and walls of the blood vessels connecting the heart. Testosterone accumulates in myocardial tissues causing cholesterol build up at damaged sites. Contrary to males, feminine hormone system naturally protects their hearts. This is the prime reason of high rate of sudden heart attack in men than women. Men suffer from high blood pressure and early aging because of excessive testosterone levels. Excessive strain on heart creates disturbance in metabolic system. This in turn affects digestive and eliminatory organs triggering early aging. You can verify this by observing over aggressive men in your neighborhood, office and social circles. They have receding hairline at young age, prematurely grey hair, get bald at rapid pace, loose suppleness of skin, sweat excessively and suffer blood pressure related ailments.
How you can prevent excessive flux of testosterone
Learn relaxation techniques and meditate daily.
Siddhasana and Padmasana relax and strengthen the heart.
Avoid stressful situations and live with the flow.
Adopt traditional wisdom suggested in Zen, Tao, Buddhist and Sanatan dharma
Photo Credits:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/rakka/3515227665/ 

Excessive Testosterone (male hormone) triggers aging and heart ailments

Modern lifestyle induces traits of aggressiveness, assertiveness, fear, anger, competitiveness and acquisitiveness in men. All these traits lead to excessive release of male hormone testosterone into the blood. The excessive flux of testosterone in the blood corrodes myocardial tissues and walls of the blood vessels connecting the heart. Testosterone accumulates in myocardial tissues causing cholesterol build up at damaged sites. Contrary to males, feminine hormone system naturally protects their hearts. This is the prime reason of high rate of sudden heart attack in men than women. Men suffer from high blood pressure and early aging because of excessive testosterone levels. Excessive strain on heart creates disturbance in metabolic system. This in turn affects digestive and eliminatory organs triggering early aging. You can verify this by observing over aggressive men in your neighborhood, office and social circles. They have receding hairline at young age, prematurely grey hair, get bald at rapid pace, loose suppleness of skin, sweat excessively and suffer blood pressure related ailments.

How you can prevent excessive flux of testosterone

  1. Learn relaxation techniques and meditate daily.
  2. Siddhasana and Padmasana relax and strengthen the heart.
  3. Avoid stressful situations and live with the flow.
  4. Adopt traditional wisdom suggested in Zen, Tao, Buddhist and Sanatan dharma

Photo Credits:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/rakka/3515227665/