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 different
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 yoga
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!
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 exhalation.Concentrate on this process.
Now become a
I had an interesting question today, so I thought I'd share the answer:
Ques: twice after meditation I found myself very angry and Itried 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 more peaceful and hence, less angry.
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 with the workings of the others.
Tounderstanding the working of each chakra, it is important for you to see the bigger picture. In addition to taking in energy and acting as a transmitter for your thoughts and feelings,
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 profession”. They don’t understand that santosha is not inertness. Rather, santosha means being content right now, even as you are changing your life.
If you are a yoga teacher,
Mandala: circular symbolic representations of both universal and personal forces; they do not always represent a deity.Instead, they are symbolic compositions of energy patterns that are more powerful than pictures.
Mandalas are tools that draw energy from outer world and direct it to the inner. According to Carl Jung,they represent the unconscious self.
Tibetan Buddhist monks create mandala sand paintings in times of stress, danger and
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 intohabits of thought that will bring about the results that you desire. You can use yantras to bring about deep healing. They are active energy systems that can assist you in deflecting negative energies and maintaining internal harmony.
Yantras are best underst
In Indian philosophy, your body is viewed as being made up of five elements, with each of your five fingers representing one element:
With regular practice, these methods sharpen and expand your spiritual wisdom. They help you to restore balance within the microcosm and bring it into harmony with the macrocosm. They support your meditation practice and aid you in finding inner peace.
The purpose of an Ashram is not to stimulate you or to provide enjoyment for your senses - although you may enjoy the scenery and the people you meet. An ashram is a place to spend time and return home feeling refreshed. It was established to offer an oasis of peace to real spiritual aspirants who have realised that there is really somethin
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 teaching.
You may feel that you do not relate to the concept of "God" — or that you do not really know who or what God is — or even whether God really exists. You may (understandably) be loath to commit to doing th
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