Yoga Yagna - Yogathon - 2019 Summer
Welcome to Yoga Yagna 2019 Summer Solstice practice towards International Day of Yoga celebration. We've built an exciting new app for you to help you create a Yoga Habit.
It is said that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. So let us give it a try. During this Yoga Yagna, the objective is to do yoga every day. Choose your own goal for how much yoga you want to do daily. To build a solid habit, it is better to do a little every day, than to aim too high and miss days.
Our new Yoga Habit App will make this simple and fun. Every day, do your yoga and then finish by simply tapping the "I did yoga today" button in the app. You can also create your own groups and invite your friends and family to see each other's progress in real time.
While the Yoga Yagna will last for 21 days, the app will continue to be available for your use afterwards, so that you can keep your yoga habit going.
To get started, below are some of the existing groups that you can join. Please choose one and open the associated link on your mobile device to sign up.
108 Surya Namaskar to slowly progress your practice to reach 108 SN on June 21st. - https://yoga.socialhabits.net/join/rL8Kz2ZqXlHfIcAc058d
51 Surya Namaskar to slowly progress your practice to reach 51 SN on June 21st - https://yoga.socialhabits.net/join/yXC6FBFy70nBy5YtD7wj
27 Surya Namaskar to slowly progress your practice to reach 27 SN on June 21st - https://yoga.socialhabits.net/join/y0IttuBHDM0PoQw7D5MT
1 hour Holistic Yoga protocol using Yoga Bharati's Surya Namaskar based holistic yoga video - https://yoga.socialhabits.net/join/v5sbv3mxFn2iBeebZQIk
Chair Surya Namaskar - Holistic Yoga protocol on chair (for Seniors and for some health conditions) - https://yoga.socialhabits.net/join/PFvAkecjQRn8cV1OITT3
Therapeutic Yoga - Holistic Modified Surya Namaskar based Yoga -
Kids Yoga for children 5-12 - https://yoga.socialhabits.net/join/B4FNYcIzcJMI6y1KcJVd
Yoga of Your Choice - Anything from 5 mins to 1 hour of your own practice - https://yoga.socialhabits.net/join/s2cIExYMp3qS7O32XVeA
The Yoga Yagna starts on June 1st and ends on June 21st. We will announce a concluding program sometime before June 21st.
YOGA YAGNA Details
Yoga Yagna is a 21 day Yogathon where people practice yoga at home or in the yoga class and and log the actual count on a daily basis. This friendly competition serves as a motivation for others to practice in a community setting. Yoga Bharati, Bay Area, conducts Yogathon in Winter and summer to bring awareness about the benefits of yoga in the community. We usually do:
Winter Yogathon - Jan 1st - Jan 21st Every Year
Summer Yogathon - June 1st - June 21st Every Year. June 21st is the International day of Yoga as recognized by the United Nations.
Yoga Yagna consists of (at the minimum):
Suryanamaskar (SN) - Sun Salutations (Modified SN for pain conditions and also Chair SN Protocol available)
Shavasana - Mindful Supine Rest (Yoga Nidra)
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Free Training for Surya Namaskar
We offer free training each year before the yagna begins. Please register or contact us to find out the details. Scroll down for contact information.
Yoga Yagna Milestones and Goals
Be a Sadhaka - One who yearns and works towards his/her Goal with commitment to the cause. Below are some options to choose from. You can sign up for one or mix and match in those 21 days.
Practice on your own and Log the count
108 SN- Start with 24 SNs per day for 3 days, increase one set per 3 days until you reach 84 sets and then slow down; On 21st day, you will be able to practice 108 SNs; Always follow with Shavasana Rest and 9-27 Rounds of Aum chanting Meditation
51 SN- - Start with 12 SNs and increase by one set every 5 days until you reach 48 SNs; On 21st day, you will be able to practice 51 SNs; Always follow with Shavasana Rest and 9-27 Rounds of Aum chanting Meditation
27 SN - Start with 6 SNs and increase by 6 SNs every 5 days until you reach 24 SNs. On 21st day, you will be able to practice 27 SNs. End with Shavasana Rest and 9-27 rounds of Aum Chanting Meditation
One Hour Yoga Protocol - We have a video of SN based holistic yoga protocol
Yoga For All (Modifications for Health Conditions)
We provide different variations of Surya Namaskars (SN) for those who cannot perform classic dynamic SNs in a Yajna (Marathon) setting. We teach different variations of Surya Namaskars (SN) to accommodate the needs of everyone:
Classic Dynamic SNs in a Yajna (Marathon) setting
Variation for individuals with shoulder/back pain
Chair Surya Namaskar for seniors and people with knee pain or other conditions where they cannot practice on the mat.
Benefits of Surya Namaskar
Surya Namaskar has a very powerful influence on all the systems of the body: nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, etc. Helps loosen the joints and muscles in the body.
The combination of all asanas performed as cyclic practice has many health benefits such as weight loss, vitalizing the entire body, sharpening the mind and reaching optimal health.
Cyclic Practice of yogic postures in Surya Namaskar helps to loosen up joints and muscles in a short period of time.
Abdominal organs are alternately stretched and compressed. This ensures proper functioning of the organs.
Surya Namaskar removes nervous tension and anxiety due to the dynamic nature of the practice.
This practice also has a profound positive effect on the back as it involves alternate backward and forward bends. It also improves spinal flexibility and results in improved immunity.
Surya Namaskar energizes the body through a combination of stimulation and relaxation.
Surya Namaskar is a very effective cardiovascular exercise. The continuous variability of muscle length during a flow of 10 postures results in reducing the probability of the types of injuries typically seen in other forms of aerobic activity.
The alternate expansion and contraction of the chest helps in regulating and deepening the breath through the practice and for a novice practitioner, it is the best way to learn the breath synchronization aspect of yoga practice.
Surya Namaskar enhances body awareness and improves overall quality of life.
Surya Namaskar practice helps immensely in developing the capacity of mindfulness in everything we do.
When practiced in a community setting, the overall synergy and good will helps the entire community to bind together for a good cause and to work for the society’s well being. Need Detailed Report on Suryanamaskar Benefits and Literature ? - Read More
Benefits of Aum Chanting
The goal of yoga is to silence the mind. Aum acts as a peaceful sound that replaces the clutter of sounds in the mind. Silence after Aum is the most important aspect of chanting.
Chanting 27 rounds of Aum will be a great pranayama practice as one regulates and coordinates breath with along with chanting. It helps expand the lung capacity when practiced with deep breathing.
Aum is a passive syllable that does not have any emotion or meaning associated with it in the regular sense of the word. Hence it removes any thoughts and emotions of the mind.
Aum can be broken down into A — for resonance in the lower part of the body; U - for resonance in the middle part of the body; and M - for resonance in the head region; Thus it produces vibrations in the entire body from toe to head.
Mandukya upanishad associates A with wakeful state, U with dream state and M with deep sleep state. The silence after the chanting is the ultimate state called Turiya, the transcendance of body and mind.
Benefits of Shavasana
Shavasana is a wakeful sleep called Yoga Nidra. It helps bring awareness to the body and provides complete rest to the entire body and mind with all its inner organs and faculty of thinking.
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