Monday, November 13, 2006

Website for finding yoga poses

I've recently come across a very useful website! It's the Yoga Journal magazine website, which has a handy section to find yoga postures according to what you are looking for: anatomical focus (ie. hips), therapeutic application (ie. back pain), and contraindications (cautions, ie. headache). Once you do a search, it'll list relevant postures, and you can click on them for a photo, information, and instructions. There is also a master list of all the postures, named in Sanskrit as well as English.

If you're wondering what postures are helpful for your dosha, you can check out my earlier posts listing which ones are specifically good for Vatas, Pittas, and Kaphas.

6 comments:

Karen said...

Here is another great yoga site - www.yogachi.com. If you click on the "online courses" link you will find online yoga classes, and my favorites - guided savasana, meditations and pranayama. Try the 20 minute traditional savasana before you go to sleep - it is wonderful!

trish said...

Another great yoga site, check out www.abc-of-yoga.com. Your one stop source for all your yoga needs.

Jake said...
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Jake said...

My fave websites are:

My Yoga Online

and Yoga Journal (above)

Both are excellent resources for the growing yoga community.

jindi said...

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Ayurvedic Terms Explained

Dosha: In Ayurvedic philosophy, the five elements combine in pairs to form three dynamic forces or interactions called doshas. It is also known as the governing principles as every living things in nature is characterized by the dosha.

Ayurvedic Facial: Purportedly, a "therapeutic skin care experience" that involves the use of "dosha-specific" products and a facial massage focusing on "marma points."

Ayurvedic Nutrition (Ayurvedic Diet): Nutritional phase of Ayurveda. It involves eating according to (a) one's "body type" and (b) the "season." The alleged activity of the doshas--three "bodily humors," "dynamic forces," or "spirits that possess"--determines one's "body type." In Ayurveda, "body types" number seven, eight, or ten, and "seasons" traditionally number six. Each two-month season corresponds to a dosha; for example, the two seasons that correspond to the dosha named "Pitta" (see "Raktamoksha") constitute the period of mid-March through mid-July. But some proponents enumerate three seasons: summer (when pitta predominates), autumn, and winter (the season of kapha); or Vata season (fall and winter), Kapha season (spring), and Pitta season (summer). According to Ayurvedic theory, one should lessen one's intake of foods that increase ("aggravate") the ascendant dosha.

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