With this collection we want to give all our visitors a resource of yoga postures with which they can start or intensify their yoga practice. Additionally participants of Yashendu's Yoga Workshops can have a look again at what they have learned.
You will find detailed descriptions of yoga asanas, pictures of yoga poses performed by Yashendu Goswami and even video clips to help you learn the postures.
We want to give you a wide choice of yoga asanas of different levels. You will find basic and advanced yoga poses and poses with different variations so that beginners, intermediate practitioners and experts likewise can benefit from our collection.
Of course, if you are a yoga teacher or long-time pracitioner and would like to hear and learn more about the poses described here, we want to invite you to join a Yoga Training for Teachers in India.
If you would like to combine Yoga with Ayurveda and relax body, mind and soul on a retreat in India, you can come for an Ayurveda Yoga Holiday to our Ashram.
Those who would like to know more about the philosophy of yoga and about Swami Ji's general opinion about yoga in India and how it is practiced in the west, should have a look in Swami Balendu's Yoga Blog.
Yoga helps you to be aware of your body, of muscles, nerves, its possibilities but also its limits. One of the few but very important rules is to never ever cross your limits. Your body tells you through strain and pain that it cannot go further into a posture and you should respect this limit. Of course you can go close to the limit and you will see how with each day of practice your limits will extend. If you do not cross your limits, you can extend them. If you cross them, it will only cause your body damage and pain.
You may see a picture and think that you will never be able to do this pose. However everything is possible with practice. Step by step, bit by bit, you will get closer. Do not despair but enjoy each small success. Mastering the most difficult postures is not the goal. Doing yoga is the goal itself.
Yoga exercise does not substitute the visit to a doctor. If you have any pain or injury, please be careful and consult your doctor as well as your yoga teacher before performing yoga postures that could put strain on the concerned body parts.
In some of the yoga poses listed below you will find instructions on how long or how often to practice them. If you wonder for other postures when and how often to repeat them or how long you should stay in a certain pose, you can think of the following general rule: If you hold a posture for a longer time, it tones, strengthens and sharpens your muscles. If you repeat a posture more frequently, it burns extra fat. This is why yoga for weight loss often concentrates on the repetition of a certain sequence of exercises that covers all body parts.
Keep on breathing in the yoga postures unless it is advised to hold your breath. Including your conscious breathing in the exercises further intensifies their effect.
Whenever you have finished with one yoga pose, relax before starting the next one. This gives your muscles and your body the right rhythm and prevents your muscles from getting too tired.
In the bottom of each page you will find a possibility for posting a comment, your experience with that yoga posture or suggestions on further variations.
Before you start exploring the poses now, remember just one more advice that is compulsory for each posture you do: Smile and enjoy!
We are still working on increasing the amount of yoga postures and you will find more and more texts, descriptions, pictures and videos in the next days. Please come back and visit us again for more yoga poses!