Five Principles of Yoga- Key to an Effective Yoga Practice

Yoga Principles

Yoga is quite popular and has been practiced since time immemorial. It is particularly most sought after for the healing properties it exhibits besides creating physical or mental wellness. There are millions of people who show keen interest in honing and mastering yoga skills simply for the holistic benefits it offers. But, everyone should clearly bear in mind before they embark on this journey of not just physical, but also spiritual, revitalization, they need to be well verse with the principles of yoga which actually lets its benefits materialize. Apart from that an even deeper and thorough understanding of the practice will also enable you to maximize those benefits that you can gain.

So, let’s review the most essential yoga Principles which represent that the idea that yoga is more about a lifestyle rather than a mere exercise routine.

1. Asanas (Exercise)

2. Pranayama (Breathing)

3. Shavasana (Relaxation)

4. Sattvic (Diet)

5. Dhyana (Meditation)

Proper Exercise (Yoga Asanas)

According to ancient yoga philosophies the body is reckoned as the temple of your spiritual body. Therefore, improvement in the spiritual health always commences with the physical body and health. Performing numerous yoga postures or asanas enhance our bodies stamina and efficiency.  Also common yoga postures stretches and tones our muscles and ligaments in order to aggravate our joint’s flexibility and render us a full range of motions.

Proper Breathing (Yoga Pranayama)

Well, undoubtedly breathing is pivotal for the proper execution of the yoga postures mentioned above. Proper breathing i.e breathing rhythmically is very essential for performing yoga poses in deep and slow manner. Thus, allocating regular length and duration while inhaling and exhaling holds the key. So, the ability to control your breathing is crucial in achieving a more focused and calmer state of mind.

Proper Relaxation (Yoga Shavasana)

Prior to attaining proper relaxation, one needs to be able to comprehensively accomplish the first two principles: proper exercise and proper breathing. In today’s modern times, relaxation is pretty crucial in stress management situations as almost everyone deals with a fast paced and immensely stressful environment constantly. Yogic relaxation starts off with the relieving the muscles from any sort of tension because only when you feel relaxed you can attain inner sense of peace.

Proper Diet (Sattvic)

Food and diet is another integral element in yoga practice. Precisely speaking, yoga lays stress on a lacto-vegetarian diet to further speed up your progress towards a holistic body-mind-spiritual rejuvenation.

Meditation (Dhyana)

This is the final straw and certainly the most vital aspect of any yoga practice around which other yoga principles hinge on. It coincides with the yoga philosophy that mind controls everything in your body and as long as one possesses control over his mind, thereby allowing them to have control over your body and health.


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