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Self-Study

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For me, the new year began with a determined effort to engage in an intensive study of the spiritual teachings of yoga. If you feel that you are ready to take the next step in your inner work, please join me. I will be posting exerpts from my series of talks. And you may feel inspired to take my e-course: www.flyingmountainyoga.org/text/e-course.shtml

"From self-study, you are able to connect with higher…

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Added by Swami Saradananda on February 1, 2012 at 4:52pm — No Comments

APANA MUDRA

Join the tips of your middle and ring fingers to the tip of your thumb. This mudra may help you to eliminate impurities from your body: excreta, urine, sweat. It particularly works with your kidneys, problems with gas in the digestive system, constipation and piles, and diseases related to your mouth, nose, ears and eyes. There are indications that can enhance the health of your teeth, and perhaps help you to control diabetes.



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Added by Swami Saradananda on July 22, 2011 at 10:08am — 2 Comments

Dhyana mudra

Rest your hands in your lap with the right hand on top of your left with both palms upward. Bring the tips of the two thumbs together gently.



This mudra brings increased power to your meditation and you in attaining self-realization. Extensive practice is said to create a powerful aura around your face, which is… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on June 23, 2011 at 6:04pm — 1 Comment

Arati at sunset at Ganga

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Loving greetings from Rishikesh. The "Ayurveda & Yoga" conference started here this evening with beautiful chanting and arati (waving of lights). We were sitting just next to Ganga as the sunset turned the clouds a very special pink.



Soon after finishing, the rains began. Even thought it is not the rainy season here in North India, we have been having heavy rains for the past few weeks - and cold (for India) weather. But itmis peaceful in the Parmath Niketan ashram,… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on February 16, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

New Year's Eve in Tiruvannamalai

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Enlightenment is not an "experience". Really, it is the ability to assimilate and understand your actions. If your True Self is the "Light", how can you become enlightened? Understanding your actions helps you to transform yourself.

My best wishes for the new year. May it be a year that is filled with enough suffering to make you want to change your life and your negative thought patterns.

Added by Swami Saradananda on December 31, 2010 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

Anger as a result of meditataion

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I had an interesting question today, so I thought I'd share the answer:



Ques: twice after meditation I found myself very angry and I tried to express it in a safe way but did bite my husband's head off. Any thoughts on the matter. (from Judy in New Zealand)



S.S. ans:
Yes, I do have very definite thoughts on the matter. Anger seems to be a VERY common reaction to meditation. People are usually confused by it, as you expect medtation to make you… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on September 27, 2010 at 3:26pm — 4 Comments

Relationships and Cooperation between Chakras

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I'm working on a chapter for my book that looks at how the chakras inter-relate and work with each other. Actually, the independent actions and particular characteristics of the various chakras can only be separated intellectually. The function of each chakra intricately blends…
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Added by Swami Saradananda on September 26, 2010 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Santosha - Contentment

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I find that people often misunderstand the yoga principle of santosha (contentment), believing that it means giving up their will to change. I get students who say, “I don’t want to be content, because if I am content then I won’t get anywhere in my job. I need to want something. I've got to be on the cutting edge in my… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on August 31, 2010 at 10:15am — No Comments

Midsummer Weekend

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Loving greetings on this auspicious Midsummer weekend



I’ve just returned from a few days in Dorset at the Midsummer Festival that was organised by the Independent Network.



I’d like to say a special “thanks” to Bhavani, who drove me down and back. I always enjoy the drive to Dorset. Soon after leaving London, you come to the awe-inspiring Salisbury Plains. One can imagine why it was a holy place in ancient times. The view and…
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Added by Swami Saradananda on June 20, 2010 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Thinking about Ishwara-pranidhana

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Recently, I've been working with the principle of "ishwara-pranidhana". The last of Patanjali's niyamas is usually translated as "self-surrender" or "surrender to the Lord". This is a hard one for many modern yogis, many of whom don't seem to be inclined to surrender to anyone or any…
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Added by Swami Saradananda on June 8, 2010 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

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