Loving greetings from Westerwald
Today at the "graduation" of 59 advanced yoga teachers I told the following story that I'd like to share:
Three students, upon completing their studies went to sit with their teacher for one final teaching before they left the ashram. They asked him to tell them how to continue their studies and yoga practice while living in the world.
The teacher responded by simply saying the Sanskrit letter “da”, then he asked: “Do you… Continue
Added by Swami Saradananda on April 20, 2014 at 8:49pm —
I've added some articles on chakras to the Yoga Vidya English website: www.yoga-vidya.org/english/yoga-articles/chakra.html
I hope you will read and be inspired by them!
Added by Swami Saradananda on September 15, 2012 at 5:13pm —
OM - loving greetings from Westerwald. We've just finished a very inspiring "Asana Intensive" here at Haus Yoga Vidya - especially inspiring for me, as teaching always pushes me to practice a bit more intensively. I'll be teaching a similar seminar in Bad Meinberg during the last week of July.
Added by Swami Saradananda on March 31, 2012 at 9:59am —
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… Continue
Added by Swami Saradananda on February 1, 2012 at 4:52pm —
Bring the tip of your index finger to the root of the thumb. Join the tips of your middle and ring fingers with the tip of the thumb. The little finger remains straight. Place your hands on your knees with the palms upward. Close your eyes and relax your body, keeping it motionless for 25-30 minutes.
The middle and ring fingers relate directly to the meridians connected with the heart. The thumb closes the circuit.
Hridaya mudra may prove very helpful to release pent-up emotion… Continue
Added by Swami Saradananda on July 31, 2011 at 11:52pm —
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.
Practice Apana Mudra… Continue
Added by Swami Saradananda on July 22, 2011 at 10:08am —
Bring the tip of your little and ring fingers to tip of thumb; relax the other two fingers. Bringing these three fingers together creates a special flow of prana that rejuvenates your body and mind.
Prana is basic vital energy within the body. This mudra can increase vitality if practiced regularly. It may help to strengthen both… Continue
Added by Swami Saradananda on July 20, 2011 at 3:15pm —
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 noticed by and has a positive effect on everybody who… Continue
Added by Swami Saradananda on June 23, 2011 at 6:04pm —
Rest your hands in your lap. Place your right hand on top of the left with both palms facing upward.
In Indian mythology, Bhairava is fierce form of Siva.
The joined hands represent the union of the ida and pingala nadis (meridians) – or the equalization of the two hemispheres of the brain.
Added by Swami Saradananda on June 22, 2011 at 1:03am —
The most common mudras for meditation is Chin mudra (palms upward) and Jnana mudra (palms down). The fingers may be joined in one of two ways:
1) Touch the tip of your thumb to the tip of the index finger to form a circle, indicating that the individual ego is joined with universal Self. Using this mudra for meditation invites calmness and helps you to tune in to a new awareness and knowledge.
2) Bring the tip of your index finger to the first joint of the thumb,… Continue
Added by Swami Saradananda on June 4, 2011 at 11:14pm —
In Indian philosophy, your body is made up of five elements, with each of your five fingers representing one of these elements:
Thumb: fire, sun, radiant matter, heat, light – the energy that drives all other matter
Index finger: air, wind, matter in gaseous form
Middle finger: sky, space, akasha ether
Ring finger: earth, matter in solid form
Little finger: water, matter in liquid form
Most mudras are formed by using your thumb (fire) to lightly stimulate one… Continue
Added by Swami Saradananda on May 30, 2011 at 5:29pm —
Perhaps the best known mudra is “Namaskar” which signifies “the divinity within me salutes the divinity within you”
Added by Swami Saradananda on May 27, 2011 at 5:48pm —
Your body is a subtle and powerful antenna that is continually receiving energy and also transmitting it. Mudras are hand positions that seal psychic energies into specific channels; they powerful spiritual tools that assist you in purifying your physical, mental and psychic bodies. They can enable you to receive, transmit and utilize energy more efficiently. With regular practice, mudras can sharpen and expand your inner awareness. They help you to restore balance within your physical body,… Continue
Added by Swami Saradananda on May 25, 2011 at 11:13pm —
Many people misunderstand yoga to be a “cult of the body”. However, whilst yoga does not see the body as evil, neither does it intend to glorify your physical body. Even hatha yoga practices are designed to remind you that your body is the vehicle of your soul. It is an instrument that works best when you keep it clean and strong. If your body breaks down, you won’t reach your goal.
As the first of the niyamas, saucha represents purification on all levels. It includes the physical… Continue
Added by Swami Saradananda on April 15, 2011 at 2:36pm —
This year, I had the blessing to celebrate Sivaratri (the holy night of Siva) in Uttarkashi, high in the Himalayas. Traditionally, this auspicious night is is marked by four pujas that span from dusk to dawn. I participated in the ones at Sivananda Ashram, Uttarkashi.Swami Gambiranandaji (successor of Swami Chaitanyanandaji), as head of the ashram, suggested that all participants make the sankalpa (spiritual intention) of "Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu" - May the whole world be… Continue
Added by Swami Saradananda on March 4, 2011 at 5:05pm —
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 —
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 —
All London airports were closed last weekend, and I worried about flying on Monday. But then my flight left "only" 3 hours late - just as the snow began again.
I was happy to spend a few days in Chennai and even happier to arrive in Auroville yesterday. This morning we had a beautiful meditation in the Matri Mandir, followed by lunch at the solar kitchen. Unfortunately, we can't stay very long - so off to Tiruvannamalai tomorrow.
Added by Swami Saradananda on December 26, 2010 at 12:54pm —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Swami Saradananda on September 26, 2010 at 11:54pm —