The Five Points of Yoga as put forth by Swami Vishnu-Devananda.
PROPER EXERCISE or Asanas
Asanas means steady pose. Yoga exercises focus first on the health of the spine. The spinal column houses the center of the nervous system, the telegraphic system of the body. As a direct extension of the brain, the healthy spine aids in the health of the whole body. Through proper exercises circulation is increased, the nerves are insured their supply of nutrients and oxygen, the joints, tendons, and ligaments are nourished and lubricated. Asanas work on the internal machinery of the whole body, especially on such key pressure points as the Chinese acupuncture areas. Asanas help develop concentration and mental control.
PROPER BREATHING or Pranayama
The most important benefit of good breathing is concentrating the prana, or nerve energy, which increases our vital energy level. Control of the prana leads to control of the mind. One who has abundant prana radiates vitality and strength, which can be felt by those with whom he comes in contact.
PROPER RELAXATION or Savasana
Cools down the system as does a radiator for a car. When the body and mind are overworked, their efficiency diminishes. Remember that during the course of one day our body usually produces all the substances and energy necessary for the next. But often all these are consumed within a few minutes by bad moods, anger, injury, or irritation that reaches a high degree of intensity.
Relaxation is nature’s way of recharging the body.
The Yogic diet is a vegetarian one, consisting of pure, simple, natural foods that are easily digested and assimilated, and that promote health. The sun is the source of energy for all life on our planet. Vegetarians eat at the top of this food chain, since they eat plants that derive their nutrients from the sun.
One of the first ways of taking responsibility for the planet is by eating with consideration. Fasting is also part of the Yogic dietary regime. Fasting plus rest is Nature’s universal prescription for all ailments.
POSITIVE THINKING and Meditation
It is a purification of the intellect, and a realization of the power of thought.Click towww.sivananda.org/meditation for more details on this topic.