[Abstract] What should be the most important component of Yoga? Different practice of Yoga can solve corresponding health issues. Breathing techniques for a quick relax, practicing different Yoga postures for weight loss, or doing meditation for better sleep and to fight depression. However, in fact, the system of Yoga—breath, pose and meditation follows each other in a certain order and work as one. If any one of them is missed, you may not be able to achieve the ultimate goal for practicing Yoga.

First of all, Yoga breathing provides a huge storage of energy in the solar plexus area. This helps the body to function vigorously, and reserve energy to protect against diseases. Therefore, different levels of Yoga poses can be done with ease for the right Yoga breathing practice, and it will continuously improve the quality and duration of your Yoga poses.

Inversely, breathing also benefits from practicing Yoga poses, for the stretching movements contribute to rejuvenating the brain, spine, glands and internal organs. They work together to keep improving your body flexibility. When you’re practicing Tree Yoga pose, it is very difficult to keep balance, yet if you adopt the right breathing techniques, your body will be more stable and much easier to control. A lot of people who work at office may suffer from back pain, which resulted from a marathon of sitting from a nine-to-five job. If you happened to be one of them, you can try the Downward Facing Dog Pose. This classic Yoga pose is a great total body stretch targets back extensors, helps you stretch large muscles and supports your spine. Child’s Pose is also worth a try for back pain, for it actively helps elongate the back. Try this pose before bed will definitely help you get fully relaxed at the end of a long and exhausting day.

From Up: Downward-Facing Dog pose and Child’s pose

Besides the interactions of breathing and postures, meditation also affects your Yoga practice as a ‘mind commander’. Meditation reaches to your mind, and the affirmations, concentration and visualization practices also strongly affects the health of the body, with different mental choices it may lead. You’re able to gain more benefits from breathing and postures, if you deeply concentrate on the healing action, and have a strong desire to own a healthy body. Also, by practicing concentration on one particular thing through meditation, you’ll be less distracted by the negativity and depressions in life, and be the master of your own emotions. More positive effects can also be generated by meditation, such as less anxiety, deeper relaxation and more feelings of well-being. Besides the routine steps, here are some tips for your meditation practice:


Make sure you will not be disturbed.

You’d better choose a quiet morning, when your kids are still sleep, and your phone is turned off. With an absolute quiet environment, you’ll be able to attain a state of deep relaxation to start a new day.


Feel your body parts.

Focus your attention on the breath and how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Do not try to control your breath; just focus your attention. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage and belly as you breathe. Beginners can start at 2-3 minutes to maintain the meditation practice, and then try it for longer period.

Breath, pose and meditation, no one of them can be the real tag for Yoga. They are not like medicines that one pill can only cure one symptom. These three approaches are inseparable, and always work together as one to achieve the true harmony of life.   


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