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What are the eight yoga mudras to overcome any ailments

Yoga is an ancient practice that brings union or harmony in mind, body and soul. Most of the people think yoga is all about that complicated asana that makes you flexible but it is more like a spiritual practice that going to improve your whole persona in the terms of physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. In yoga, there are many hand gestures or mudras done while doing pranayama and meditation that guides the energy flows to the various parts of the brain. These mudras stimulate…


Added by rishikeshyogi on August 19, 2020 at 12:01pm — No Comments

What are the best yoga poses for flexibility?

Flexibility is one of the key benefits of practicing yoga. As we age our body starts losing its flexibility and improper posture, stress and sedentary lifestyle added more to it. If you are someone who is looking to increase your flexibility then you don’t have to look further apart from the yoga. Gaining flexibility has a huge benefit as it improves joint health, provides a greater range of movement and prevents back pain and other bodies ache. Although there is a huge misconception about…


Added by rishikeshyogi on June 29, 2020 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Chakra articles


I've added some articles on chakras to the Yoga Vidya English website:

I hope you will read and be inspired by them!

Added by Swami Saradananda on September 15, 2012 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Easy Relaxation--Respiration

The practice of respiration is taken for granted by us.The process of respiration can be converted by us into a relaxation practice.

Be aware of the breathing process.Cool air going in through the nostrils during inhalation and warm air being eliminated through the nostrils during exhalation.


Now become aware of the oxygen and prana being inhaled by the lungs during inhalation and be aware of the carbon dioxide and toxins being eliminated during…


Added by Nalini Sahay on March 29, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Easy Relaxation-Breath Visualisation

People who wish to relax but find it hard will be able to do this simple practice.
Keep spine straight.
Visualise the breath going in and out of the left nostril.Follow it and count the breath.Now visualise the breath going in and out of the right nostril.Follow it and count the breath.
This simple practice balances your breathing in both nostrils.
It is relaxing and can be done by anyone,anywhere.

Added by Nalini Sahay on March 30, 2011 at 10:48am — 5 Comments

Easy Relaxation--Breath Awareness

In order to relax the first practice to be done is Breath Awareness.

1.Become aware of your breath.Breathe in and out comfortably without strain.No effort is to be made.Be aware of the breath flowing in and out of the nostrils.With each inhalation be aware of the prana and oxygen in each breath.Be aware of the exhalation with toxins and carbon-dioxide.

2.This simple practice done for 10 minutes will relax and calm you.If you can count your breath and practice 54 rounds it is even… Continue

Added by Nalini Sahay on March 28, 2011 at 8:58pm — 2 Comments

Chidakasha Dharana --practice for children

Chidkasha Dharana is a great practice to teach children to think creatively.They are very receptive to instructions which they will enjoy following.

1.Ask them to close their eyes and gaze at the space in front.The chidakasha explanation must be kept as simple as possible.

2.Tell them to visualise different colours and let them play with the colours.

3.Now ask them to think of any other object or creature.

4.Ask them to gaze at it and then go back to the colours.

5.Now… Continue

Added by Nalini Sahay on March 22, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Anger as a result of meditataion


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


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…

Added by Swami Saradananda on September 26, 2010 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Santosha - Contentment


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

Tools for meditation: Mandala-Yantra

Mystical diagrams, stylized geometric projections of the world…


Added by Swami Saradananda on July 24, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Yantras and Mandalas


I'm just getting ready for my talk on Friday at the College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington. The topic "Yantras, visual tools that help you to enhance your meditation practice.

Yantras help you to transform your patterns of mind into habits of thought that will bring about the results that you desire. You can use yantras to bring about deep healing.…

Added by Swami Saradananda on July 19, 2010 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

Mudras (continued)

Mudras are hand positions that seal the psychic energies into specific channels. They are powerful spiritual tools that can enable you to receive and transmit energy more efficiently. Mudras aid you in the purification of your physical, mental and psychic bodies. Perhaps the best known mudra is “Namaskar” , which… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on July 2, 2010 at 11:37am — No Comments

Tools for Meditation: mudras

Your body is a subtle and powerful antenna that is continually receiving energy and also transmitting it. Mantra, mudra and mandala are three types of powerful spiritual tools that assist you in purifying your physical, mental and psychic bodies.

With regular practice, these methods sharpen and expand your spiritual wisdom. They help you to…


Added by Swami Saradananda on June 29, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

What is an Ashram: the purpose of an ashram

OM - I've just found some notes that I made seveal years ago, listening to a talk by Swami Chidanandaji - which made me think of the benefits of ashram life:

The purpose of an Ashram is not to stimulate you or to provide…


Added by Swami Saradananda on June 24, 2010 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Thinking about Ishwara-pranidhana


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…

Added by Swami Saradananda on June 8, 2010 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

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