Yoga Therapy I- Pusti / Homoeostasis and Roga Nirodha / Disease Prevention

Introduction In the following series of articles, of which this present article is the first, we shall explore the theory and practice of disease, its diagnosis and cure, as per Yogic traditions. With the ever increasing interest in the therapeutic benefits of Yoga kriya worldwide, and with Yoga organizations passing all kinds of claims and Read more about Yoga Therapy I- Pusti / Homoeostasis and Roga Nirodha / Disease Prevention[…]

Sattva Rajas Tamas – Trigunas II

Sattva Rajas Tamas – Trigunas II In Part I (read here) we had touched upon the evolutes arising out of the fusion of Prakrti / Prime Nature and Purusha / Prime Consciousness.  We saw how the 5 Jnanendriyas/ Organs of Knowledge and the 5 Karmendriyas/ Organs of Action are the only ways  for us to Read more about Sattva Rajas Tamas – Trigunas II[…]

Sattva Rajas Tamas – Trigunas

Anyone doing some basic reading of Yoga theory will often come across the terms Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Together they are called the Triguna or the 3 Prime Qualities. To know where the Triguna originate, we must look into the origin of the Universe and the human, according to Yoga, in brief: out of the Read more about Sattva Rajas Tamas – Trigunas[…]

CHITTA- The 4 Level Matrix Of The Mind

“As a human being, one has been endowed with just enough intelligence to be able to see clearly how utterly inadequate that intelligence is when confronted with what exists.” – Albert Einstein     Chitta, in Samskrit, the ancient language of Yoga, can be understood either as the entire range of consciousness, or the sub-conscious Read more about CHITTA- The 4 Level Matrix Of The Mind[…]

Is Yoga Politically Correct?

The search for truth, only arrived at by constant, unceasing questioning, ties Science and Yoga together through a common string, the string of cause and effect. Anything done with a yogic perspective must have a clear sight of this cause and effect. Such a perspective does not always lend itself to political correctness. Whether on Read more about Is Yoga Politically Correct?[…]

Why NOT to Become a Yoga Teacher

It takes a medical student 5 years to acquire a minimal qualification, namely the M.B.B.S., upon which he/ she is qualified to be a doctor of medicine. Even after 5 years of rigorous study, such a doctor is only qualified as a general practitioner and may not undertake surgeries or specialized medical care, for which Read more about Why NOT to Become a Yoga Teacher[…]

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What is Yoga?

Yoga is practised by millions around the world today. Or is it? Yoga, comes from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’, which means to join. Karma, another Sanskrit word, means to do. And karma is exactly what we are all practising when we say we are practicing yoga. There is a world of difference between these two. Read more about What is Yoga?[…]

Shiva Tantra Yoga

Tantra Yoga, Expanding and Evolving

In one word-what is tantra? Freedom. Freedom from limitations which are self-imposed. By familiarising the mind with states of lesser and lesser limitations-through the body, mind and speech/actions, we evolve- and that is what Tantra (Tantra Yoga) is all about. Irreverent evolution unto circles of ever expanding consciousness. At the end stage of the practice Read more about Tantra Yoga, Expanding and Evolving[…]

8 Limbs of Yoga- The Raja Yoga of Patanjali

Patanjali, one of the great unkown masters of ancient Indian sciences and languages, was no longer human when he transmitted the aphorisms  that came later to be recorded and popularised as Raja Yoga, or the 8 limbs of Yoga. The very essence of the 8 Limbs of Yoga or Raja Yoga lies in the understanding Read more about 8 Limbs of Yoga- The Raja Yoga of Patanjali[…]

Pranayama & Techniques – Controlled Expansion of Life Force

Prana is Vital or Sentient Energy and Yama is Control or Expansion. Hence, Pranayama is the controlled expansion of the life force. The Universe is Prana. Life is Prana. Consciousness is Prana. This is the View that must be held on to while undertaking the bliss-inducing Pranayama techniques. The objective of Pranayama and the various Read more about Pranayama & Techniques – Controlled Expansion of Life Force[…]

The Practice of Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga needs to be practiced according to the ‘8 limb yoga‘ path as mentioned by Patanjali. Integrating Raja Yoga practices is the very essence and the secret of the practice of Hatha Yoga. The ultimate objective of Hatha Yoga, like all Yoga-s, is Samadhi or the end of all suffering. The highest suffering is death. Read more about The Practice of Hatha Yoga[…]

Yoga Nidra

Defining Yoga Nidra ‘Bestowing Love upon oneself’, is the meaning of Nidra, the Sanskrit word for Sleep, broken down to its Dhatu, or elemental meaning. Good people truly have reason to bestow such love unto themselves and bad people do not. That is why the Good sleep the undisturbed sleep of the virtuous and the Read more about Yoga Nidra[…]

What is Hatha Yoga?

What is Hatha Yoga? What is its relevance to Asnas? How is it related to other forms of Yoga? Hatha means two things-if we break up the word into ha and tha it stands for the sun and the moon. And as a single word Hatha-it stands for will power, disregarding physical pain, lethargy and discomfort Read more about What is Hatha Yoga?[…]

5 Types of Meditation

Mediation is a state of being, it is an anubhavah (experience) which arises from a bhavah (emotion). To define meditation is like defining an emotion, an experience. It is like trying to touch yourself through a mirror. Hence it is futile to put in words the definition of meditation, however we can define and examine the process of getting Read more about 5 Types of Meditation[…]

Bir, Paragliding to Samadhi

Situated at the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, Bir is a hidden gem for people interested in ecotourism, spiritual studies and meditation. It offers an isolated yet enriching experience to people who are looking for authentic learning experiences. Places like Deer Park, Dharmalaya and Aryamarga Yoga offer traditional wisdom in the field of spirituality, sustainable Read more about Bir, Paragliding to Samadhi[…]