Yoga & Spirituality

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Let Yoga postures become the stepping stone to your meditation practice
Rakesh, a friend-of-friend, approached me with a peculiar problem. He worked as a software developer in a reputed company and was suffering from work related stress for a few years. An year ago he and his family realized that the stress is affecting his health. And he decided to visit a doctor. As a part of the overall treatment his doctor also suggested him to include meditation, soothing music, and such relaxation techniques in his daily routine. Since this suggestion was coming from a doctor Rakesh decided to take it seriously and joined a nearby yoga institute.
Posted On : 14 Oct 2019
Ajapa Japa and Mysterious Fourth Pranayama
In my previous article I enumerated over a set of Pranayamas and their benefits. The previous article presented Hatha Yoga point of view of the subject matter. Hatha Yoga has always given great emphasis on Pranayama as a tool for cleansing and Kundalini awakening. It would be equally interesting to take a quick look at Pranayama from Raja Yoga point of view. To that end this article discusses what Patanjali Yoga Sutras (PYS) have to say about Pranayama and its utility in spiritual development of a yoga practitioner.
Posted On : 07 Oct 2019
Add These Ten Powerful Pranayamas To Your Happiness Routine
Pranayama is one of the most important and powerful practice of classical Hatha Yoga. Although Pranayama is commonly equated with breathing exercises, it's far more than that. Prana is the life energy and Ayama is its proper control. Just like any other form of energy Prana is also invisible and difficult to manipulate directly.
Posted On : 30 Sep 2019
Difference between Asanas and Mudras
Ancient texts on Kundalini Yoga describe various yoga practices such as Asana, Pranayama, Mudras, and Meditations. Note that in this context Mudras doesn't mean hand mudras. Mudras here means those that are specifically mentioned in Kundalini yoga literature. Beginners often get confused between Asanas and Mudras. A common confusion is this - Sarvangasana is considered as Asana whereas Viparitakarani is considered as a Mudra. From body posture point of view both look quite similar but still one is an Asana and the other is a Mudra. Even the other Mudras such as Maha Mudra and Maha Vedha are in a way physical postures. But they are called Mudras. Why so?
Posted On : 14 Aug 2017
International Yoga Day 2017
The world will be celebrating the International Yoga Day on 21 June 2017. This year Sant Nivruttinath Punyatithi and Pradosh also falls on the same day making it more special. I believe you all know why 21 June was picked to celebrate this day. It was not a coincidence or arbitrary selection. It has some yogic significance.
Posted On : 20 Jun 2017
Desires will always be there
Beginners are often worried about desires arising in their mind. Human mind is such that for most of the aspirants some or the other desire will always be there. So, that's not something to be worried about.
Posted On : 02 Jun 2017
Daughter of the Mountain
When you go to the Himalayas only for sightseeing, your senses become captive of the breathtaking beauty of the mountain. But when you go there for spiritual seclusion things are altogether different. You need to prepare yourself first for such an experience. Because along with beauty you also see unity. You will find a spiritual ecosystem flourishing everywhere.
Posted On : 27 May 2017
Software / IT professionals, it's the right time to act
When everybody seems to be talking about job cuts and unemployment in the Software / IT industry you need to take more care of yourself. Act NOW! Here are some tips.
Posted On : 13 May 2017
Three stages of Pranayama - Perspiration, Tremors and Steadiness
In classical Hatha Yoga the practice of Pranayama is has been considered extremely important. There is a reason for this huge emphasis given to Pranayama. In Kaliyuga controlling the mind using purely meditative practices is very difficult. Many reasons can be sited for this difficulty. Wrong diet, environmental degradation and pollution, modern life style are some of them. Hatha Yoga tries to address the problem using Prana. Hatha Yoga says Prana and mind are two sides of the same coin. If you control mind Prana comes under control and if you control Prana mind too comes under control.
Posted On : 01 May 2017
Effect of Ajapa on Breathing, Heart Beats and Blood Pressure
Meditation is being used worldwide as an effective way to deal with stress. Although this benefit is bit gross as compared to spiritual benefits, it's still a very important benefit. A healthy mind is a prerequisite to attain deep meditative states. Modern science has done a lot of research on stress and bodily parameters under stressful conditions. I won't go into the minute details of the findings made by modern science here. However, it would be worthwhile to take a quick look at the effects of stress on human body. That way you can relate how Ajapa Meditation is better equipped to deal with stress than many other meditation techniques.
Posted On : 28 Nov 2016
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