Advanced Yoga Poses

Yoga is becoming a contortionist the primary objective. Is advanced Yoga process is nearly impossible poses for the applause of crowds. It is a specialist Yoga practitioner an example of good health or just another health nut. There seems to be some contradictory ideas about what a beginner, or an advanced Yoga practitioner, is. In all forms of advanced Yoga, energy within the body is channeled for maximum potential. Most of the forms of Yoga focus on mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. The physical styles of Yoga process strive to harness nervous energy through self-mastery.

When advanced teachers work with a number of beginners, or new Yoga teachers, it is easy to spot nervous energy. Their minds remain continuously disconnected from their bodies. They actually need to purge the body of excess nervous energy to appreciate the valuable aspects of a Yoga practice. Pranayama should always bring the mind and body together, but this new "High-Tech" mindset is addicted to constant stimulation. This is why Vinyasa is so a popular process with new students. This is also why the concept of advanced Yoga process has become warped. This is actuall the truth that the advanced practitioner has a trained mind and is fully present for Yoga practice. This is hard to clarify to an ego-driven child or a competitive gymnast, but perfect asana is not an indicator of a trained mind or an advanced Yogi.

If people desire to be an advanced Yoga practitioner, they should observe the Eight Limbs of Yoga as stated by Maharishi Patanjali, within the Yoga Sutras. There is the Eight Limbed Path; Yama: Moral Codes; Niyama: Observances; Asana: Postures; Pranayama: Yogic Breathing; Pratyahara: Preparation to increase mental power; Dharana: Mental Concentration; Dhyana: Devotion to God (The Divine) and Samadhi: Union with God (The Divine).

People should also note that the third limb (asana) is just one of eight. While the physical mastery is essential, it is just a part of the whole. Physical active mastery, without moral guidance, can become an egotistical pursuit. When the individual ego is allowed to run wild, it has no need to pursue mental, emotional, or spiritual growth. For that, the sum of all eight limbs is Yoga, but asana alone is just a physical exercise. If Yoga process were just a matter of performing splits and standing on one hand for medals, we would leave it to the Olympic gymnasts.

Some of the most effective yoga poses are the standing positions. They provide superior stretching of the body muscles and they have recognizable effects on the speed and efficiency of the nervous system. Most of the standing poses manage to enhance the asanas and they offer people an increased opportunity of mastering equilibrium, both physical and mental. In the following paragraphs we will take a look at two of the most significant standing poses, the Mountain pose and the Triangle pose.

The mountain pose in yoga is achieved by placing the heels slightly apart, so that toes are parallel. People should carry out a back and forth rocking movement on their toes and slowly come to a complete stop. They should raise the ankles in order to consolidate the pose while also tightening their leg muscles. They need to thrust the tailbone towards the floor while lifting their pelvic area towards the navel. Their arms should be resting near their body while they are pushing their shoulder blades backwards.