International Development News
Development News Edition

Yoga more than twisting like pretzel: Book

Yoga more than twisting like pretzel: Book


New Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) Yoga is not simply about twisting into different positions like a pretzel or sitting cross-legged on a mat with eyes closed but something that brings consciousness and sensitivity to one's relationship with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states, says a new book.

In "Yoga Shakti: Awaken Your Own Power", Manasa yoga exponent Shailaja Menon explores the physical benefits of practising yoga and also the spiritual and mental fulfilment one gains from it.

Menon uses personal experience to explain the origins of Manasa yoga and recommends daily exercises to help introduce beginners to the world of yoga.

She also discusses how negative feelings like anger, depression and anxiety can lead one to lose the power over his or her life and explores how yoga can help regain this power and achieve self-realisation.

"Yoga is a state of mind and is not limited to a shape we create with the body," she says.

According to Menon, balancing poses are especially challenging as they demand deep attention and also strengthen the foundation one stands on.

"From a yogic perspective, the state of our bodies and the state of our lives are interconnected. Thus, balance in the body is the foundation for balance in life," she says.

Menon feels years of yoga practice brings consciousness and sensitivity to "our relationship with ourselves - our physical, mention, emotional and spiritual states, and to our relationship with the world around us".

The book, published by Niyogi, has a foreword by diplomat-turned-politician Shashi Tharoor.

"Although yoga has seen unprecedented diffusion into popular culture, awareness of its spiritual benefits is often diluted through its contemporary commercialisation and politicisation. The costs of such distortion are high: as we witness societies fracture across differences and individuals fall victim to new stresses, the need to understand and practice yoga in its truest form is felt acutely," he writes.

The fruits of yoga are borne not only from its physical performance, but in the changes that occur beneath the surface to instil habits of compassion and feelings of peace, he says. PTI ZMN BK

BK

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

How music can help expectant mothers during pregnancy

Music provides pleasant ambience for all but its more important for expectant mothers as besides ensuring pleasant environment for them it also directly and indirectly influences the unborn babies. There are various scientific findings to c...

EdTech: A technical approach to flexible and cost-effective education

Its hight time for the world to go for innovative approaches like e-learning over traditional learning methods that need physical infrastructure, long-term planning, and huge investment. ...

Our school campaigns are our strongest ally: Joaquin Antuna, founder of Peace and Cooperation

Joaquin Antuna is the founder of Peace and Cooperation, a Spanish NGO which was nominated as peace messenger by the United Nations in 1986. Antuna is of very firm opinion that in order to have an incisive impact on the community we live in,...

'No escape from telephones', this 1953 prediction actually comes true

In 1953, a telephone company chief predicted that therell be no escape from telephones in the future....

Videos

Latest News

Health News Roundup: Vaping rules not stalled, Trump plans Friday meeting; Bristol-Myers misses main goal of late-stage skin cancer trial

Following is a summary of current health news briefs. Alnylams rare genetic disorder drug priced at 575,000 per yearAlnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc priced its gene silencing drug to treat patients with a rare genetic disorder that can cause sev...

UPDATE 5-Britain's Prince Andrew halts public duties over sex scandal

Britains Prince Andrew stepped down from public duties on Wednesday, saying the controversy surrounding his ill-judged association with late U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein had caused major disruption to the royal familys work.Andrew, Queen ...

UPDATE 1-Lebanese minister, two ex-ministers could face corruption trial

Lebanons caretaker information minister and two former telecoms ministers could face trial on charges of wasting public funds after their cases were referred to a special judicial panel set up to try top officials.The decision by a prosecut...

UPDATE 9-U.S. diplomat says top levels of Trump administration in on Ukraine pressure

A senior U.S. diplomat on Wednesday described broad involvement at the upper levels of the Trump administration in a pressure campaign against Ukraine, giving testimony that for the first time put the secretary of state and vice president a...

Give Feedback