Proper Exercise - Asanas
In Yoga, the physical exercises, called "asanas", are not rigid and painful, instead they provide gentle stretching that acts to lubricate the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other parts of the body. Asanas help align the nervous system, improve flexibility and circulation, and to release tension. When performed in a slow and relaxed manner, they are designed to develope more than just the physical body. They also broaden the mental faculties and enhance the spiritual capabilities.
Yogic Breathing - Pranayama
Deep breathing helps to cleanse and nourish the physical body. As you inhale fully, you are supplying an abundance of oxygen, an element essential to each and every cell in the body. As you exale, the waste products are ejected, creating a recycling process. Breathing also helps to connect the body to its battery, the solar plexus, where tremendous potential energy is stored. Specific yogic bresthing can tap into this energy reserve, for mental and physical rejuvination.