Most frequent questions and answers
- Props include sticky mats, blankets, belts, blocks, benches, wall ropes, sandbags, chairs, and other objects that assist the practitioners in understanding the various asanas more intensely. Props may be used in class to encourage students, bolster confidence, and create optimal body alignment.
- Props assist to all practitioners to enjoy the benefits of the postures irrespective of physical condition, age, etc…
- Allowing students to practice asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing patterns) with greater effectiveness, ease, and stability, props provide support for the body and allow the mind to relax and more profoundly receive the benefits of the yoga.
- People tend to use their bodies in very unequal ways.
- They habitually tend to put more pressure on some parts of the body while ignoring the rest. This often happens unconsciously where the person does not realize this uneven physiological use.
- For example, people often stand to bend one knee and putting weight on one side, slouching towards one side more while sitting, etc.
- Over time, this puts tremendous strain on the organic body in ways that are unequal and unhealthy.
- Pramanik yoga encourages self-awareness enhancing equal distribution and alignment: conscious effort is made to strengthen weak parts and release stiff areas and enhance physical physiological symmetry, thus awakening and realigning the whole body. As the body moves into better alignment, less muscular work is required and relaxation occurs more naturally.
- Definitely Yoga Does Help in Overcoming Health Problems.
- One Needs to Note That Health is Not Just a Disease-free State but a State of Physical, Mental, Emotional Well-being.
- Most Individuals Realize That They Have a Problem Only When the Symptoms Start Showing. In Such Cases, Yoga Asanas Are Taught in Such a Manner That the Patient Gets Symptomatic Relief. Later, the Patient Has to Continue With Their Practice So as to Get at the Root of the Disease.
- The Practice of Yoga Also Builds the Character of Tolerance in the Practitioner, Strengthens the Nerves and Quietens the Mind and So, as Prashant Iyengar States, “yoga Helps Cure What Need Not Be Endured and Endure What Cannot Be Cured.
Yoga is Not a Subject That is Learned to a Certain Level Upon Which One is “qualified.”
It is a Subject Which Has a Beginning but No End Like Many Traditional Subjects for Example Music – the More One Progresses in One’s Practice, the More the Subject Opens Up and the More One Realizes There is More to Be Learned, Absorbed and Applied.
Therapeutic Yoga Can Alleviate Some Chronic Health Problems. Yoga is Not Intended to Completely Replace Medical Interventions but Greatly Helps Ease Distress Caused by Ailments. Some of the Chronic Ailments for Which People Have Benefited From Yoga Practice Include:
- Skeleto-muscular Disorders; Arthritis and Pains in the Knees, Shoulders and Other Joints, Curvatures of the Back and Back Pain, Slipped Discs and Sciatic Pain All Other Physical and Physiological Issues Can Solve Out by Yoga.
Yoga Can Be Safely Introduced to Children at and Above Seven Years of Age.
When Young They Need to Be Taught in a Playful Manner Such That They Can Enjoy What They Are Doing and Are So Motivated to Continue With It.
The Basic Nature of Children is Dynamic and They Love Things Which Are Fast and Quick; Their Minds Are Very Alert but Never Very Steady and Therefore They Constantly Need Variety.
Also Children Learn Faster by Observing Than by Words So a Teacher Needs to Perform Along With the Children and at the Same Pace; as B.k.s. Iyengar Says “children Are Controlled by Their Eyes Not by Words.” All These Aspects Must Be Taken Into Consideration in Teaching Yoga Successfully.
- Although It Might, at First Sight, Appear That Someone Who is Very Flexible Can Perform Yoga Asanas (Postures) Better Than a Stiff Person, This is a Misconception.
- Yoga Should Not Be Confused With Gymnastics. Yoga Aims to Develop One’s Understanding, Alignment, and Awareness Through Subtle Adjustments Made to the Body – the Skin, Muscles, Tendons and Joints Etc – While in a Yoga Posture. The Aim is to Attain Firmness, Stability, and Equanimity – to Make “the Effortful Effort Becomes an Effortless Effort.”
- It is Therefore Not Important Whether You Can Touch Your Head to the Knees When Bending Forward or Whether You Can Sit in Full Lotus but How Well One Attempts to Do So. Quality, Not Quantity Matters. That is Not to Say That Flexibility Does Not Make Achieving Postures Easier, but It is Only One Element of Many Necessary for a Good Asana.
- Fortunately ‘proper’ Flexibility is Also Developed With Dedicated Practice and Devoted Students Can Develop Their Flexibility to the Level of Any Ballet Dancer.