The Five Principles of Yoga

     1. Proper Exercise

There are two stages in each Yoga class, each being of equal value. We have the active phase, where the body is warming up, stretched and strengthened. One is never encouraged to go beyond their own limits. Yoga should never hurt, though you might want to challenge yourself a little bit each time to become more flexible. Our bodies were meant to move, and in yoga this is achieved by doing Yoga postures called Asanas, which works on all parts of the body. Yoga will stretch and tone muscles and ligaments, enhance flexibility of the spine and improve blood circulation.


     2. Proper Relaxation

Asanas are designed to regulate the physical and physiological functions of the body. Practicing these Yoga Poses makes your body relaxed, gives you more strength and energy, and rejuvenates the various systems of the body. Every Yoga Posture goes together with proper breathing. Each movement and stretch should be guided by your breath, making your movement and your breath feel like they are one and the same. The execution of the Asana is beneficial to the body, and at the same time contributes to spiritual and mental growth.


     3. Proper Breathing

Proper breathing is done fully and rhythmically, making use of all the parts of your lungs to increase your oxygen intake. Proper Breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. To achieve this, you need to be able to regulate the length and duration of your inhalation, exhalation and the pauses between breaths. Yoga Breathing Exercises or Pranayama teaches you on how you can recharge your body and control your mental state by regulating the flow of Prana or life force. This helps you achieve a calmer and more focused mind, and increases your energy level. By regulating the flow of Prana, you can recharge your body and control your mental state.


     4. Proper Diet

What you eat will surely affect your mind. Improper diet may lead to mental inefficiency and block spiritual awareness. Proper Diet is one that nourishes both mind and body. Eating should be balanced and in moderation. You should eat to live, never the other way around. Always avoid eating when upset, angry or bored as the body will not properly assimilate which may lead to gastro intestinal complaints.


     5. Positive Thinking and Meditation

This last principle is often forgotten in American yoga but is at the core of Eastern Yoga. Thoughts are things and can influence our days and moods in more profound ways than most people realize. Practice keeping a positive outlook in life, this will result in having a more peaceful mind. Positive thinking and meditation helps to remove negative thought patterns, which in return will make room for your dreams.




“The problems of the world will not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” ~Albert Einstein

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