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December 2019

7 Chakras- The Top 5 Positive Psychological Qualities of the Chakras

2019-12-03T13:11:28+00:00

Muladhara Chakra/ Circle of the ‘Order of the Foundation’ : Based on the World of Instinct and the Core Physical Body, the Muladhara Chakra is also the Foundational Circle of the Earth Element, the last of the manifest Elements. Stability: Without an active and balanced Muladhara, there can be no stability in the psychosomatic person, in the body and the mind. Scattering of the mind in terms of hyperactive thinking processes, unsteadiness of the breathing cycle and a weaker skeeto-muscular structure will be the result of a weakened or unbalanced Muladhara. For achieving anything, a stable mind and body are necessary. [...]

7 Chakras- The Top 5 Positive Psychological Qualities of the Chakras2019-12-03T13:11:28+00:00

November 2019

7 Chakras: Part Two- the World of Brahma and the first 3 Chakras

2019-11-29T07:03:30+00:00

In order to understand the first 3 Brahma Chakras or energy centres within our pyscho-somatic selves, we must first understand the concept of Brahma. Brahma, the word is made up of three parts. Like everything else in the Sanskrit language, the meaning of any word in Sanskrit is the combination of its Mantra sounds. In normal languages of human communication, a word is constructed through popular usage over a period of time. Not so in Sanskrit. Being a science of mantra sounds, and not strictly speaking a language, every word in Sanskrit has been ‘heard’ or ‘observed’ by the Rishis, the [...]

7 Chakras: Part Two- the World of Brahma and the first 3 Chakras2019-11-29T07:03:30+00:00

September 2019

Yoga Psychology | Breaking the knot of Lust

2019-12-20T04:43:32+00:00

The Human mind, as per yogic traditions has 3 modes of being- the Instinctive, the Intellectual and the Intuitive. Every thought, emotion and action comes from a cognitive base dominated by one of these three, but in which the other two modes are also present to varying degrees. According to Yogic Psychology, lust is the instinctive version of intellectual affection, as is love the intuitive mode of instinctive lust. From desire eternal, springs the hope of acquiring, or accomplishing that which is desired, then comes the joy of the hunt or the search, followed by the accomplishment or acquirement and its [...]

Yoga Psychology | Breaking the knot of Lust2019-12-20T04:43:32+00:00

Yoga Psychology | Overcoming Fear

2019-12-21T15:50:59+00:00

Fear arises with Life, for all that is born will surely die. A star, a planet, a human or a tree, all of these have a life expectancy upon the expiry of which period, they all succumb to the opposite of life, death. The most primal fear, that of not-being, or death, is shared by all manifest objects in the Universe. In Yogic Psychology terms, this primal fear-emotion is said to be concentrated in the Mūlādhāra Chakra or the Root-Identity Consciousness. 4 Parts of Fear Physical Fear Primal fear is, in the human, to be seen in four parts. The first [...]

Yoga Psychology | Overcoming Fear2019-12-21T15:50:59+00:00

Yoga Psychology | Root Identity – The Muladhara Chakra

2019-12-25T14:14:06+00:00

As per Freudian psychoanalytic theory, there is in the normal human mind the awareness of the Ego, the Id and the Super-Ego and these together make up the persons sense of identity. The Id is instinctive and is constructed of basic pleasure principles, the Super-Ego is the idealist and the ‘conscience’, whereas the Ego is the practical sense of identity that negotiates and acts between the two. So Id comes first, followed by Ego and lastly the matured Super-Ego, in a vertical. In Yogic theory, the tripartite division of the cognitive sense of identity is horizontal, unlike the vertical of the [...]

Yoga Psychology | Root Identity – The Muladhara Chakra2019-12-25T14:14:06+00:00

November 2017

Yoga Psychology | The Four Types of Courage

2019-12-21T15:52:33+00:00

The 4 Types of Courage - Four Viryas When we see speak about courage in Yoga, it is of four kinds- DharamVir, KaramVir, YudhaVir and DanaVir, namely the Courage of Righteousness, Courage of Right Action, Courage in War and Courageous Generosity. All four of these facets of the One Courage must be active in the aspirants to Yoga. It is natural for us to possess some of these facets of courage and to lack in some. The work of a life towards freedom is in acquiring progressively higher levels of courage in all four of its facets. Courage of Righteousness The [...]

Yoga Psychology | The Four Types of Courage2019-12-21T15:52:33+00:00

November 2016

Yoga Psychology | The Heart of Faith

2019-12-21T15:53:22+00:00

Doubt, sans questioning is a self-destroying mechanism and eats away at the emotional Heart like a cancer. Cardiologists around the world agree that stress, or forms of stress are the single most common supporting factor for the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. During the mental process of doubting the breathing process becomes shallow and the lung capacity is reduced as one indulges excessively in self-destructive doubting. A lowered lung capacity would mean lowered blood oxygenation at first and over time this would lead to stenosis in the systemic organs as well as the CNS-Brain system. In turn, such stenosis would lead to [...]

Yoga Psychology | The Heart of Faith2019-12-21T15:53:22+00:00

October 2016

Yoga Psychology | 5 Elements and the Mind

2019-12-25T16:17:41+00:00

Energy Is Mass. Energy is Thought. Energy is Breath. Energy is All. Universal Energy exists in 120 element types arising as combinations of the 5 basic energies or the 5 Elementals. These 5 Elementals of the Universe are termed in Yoga Pancha Mahabhuta, or the Pancha Tattva/ 5 Elementals, namely the Solid, Liquid, Pure Energy, Gaseous and Plasma. Out of Pure Energy, comes the four forms of matter in the Universe as we know it. This physical architecture of the Universe is mapped and reflected on Earth and in humans. The Universe and the human mind-body complex, being formed as combinations [...]

Yoga Psychology | 5 Elements and the Mind2019-12-25T16:17:41+00:00

September 2016

7 Chakras – Introduction

2019-11-29T03:59:32+00:00

THE 7 CHAKRAS- PART 1 The Primary Universal Elements are 5 and out of their 120 various types of permutations and combinations comes the Universe of objects within which we as humans are included. These 5 Primary Elements-Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Space are reflected within the human body as the 5 major Sentient Life-forces or the 5 Pranas-namely Prana, Apana, Vyana, Samana and Udana. Our bodies are comprised of 5 integrated levels called Coverings or Koshas and the Pranas and Chakras or Circles are concerned with the second of the 5 Koshas, the Pranamaya Kosha, or the Illusionary Covering of [...]

7 Chakras – Introduction2019-11-29T03:59:32+00:00

April 2016

Yoga Psychology | The Pancha-Koshas / The 5 Selves   

2019-12-25T16:12:36+00:00

The Five Sheaths (Koshas) Kosha, the Samskrita word signifies a cover, but as per Sandhya Bhasha, or the Twilight Language of Yoga, the word kosha, as utilized in Samkhya Yoga stands for the self. According to Samkhya Yoga, the Yoga of the Numbering, there are a number of levels down which consciousness travel. As Shakti, or Universal energy and Shiva, or Universal consciousness transform along these levels, they unite and transmute from purer and more rarefied forms of higher consciousness to more substantive forms possessing correspondingly lesser consciousness. Finally, at the 5th level below that of the pure self, Universal energy and [...]

Yoga Psychology | The Pancha-Koshas / The 5 Selves   2019-12-25T16:12:36+00:00

5 Elements | P-TaK : Pancha Tattva Asana Kriya – Part III

2019-12-25T14:43:55+00:00

Wind Element Wind - P-TaK Vayu/ Wind Element: The Wind element signifies motion. Motion that fuels fire and can bring down trees. Wind is the very essence of Motion. Solar winds and the wind-storms of Jupiter are examples of the unimaginable power of the Wind Element. When we think speed, rapidity, onward movement, progress, blowing through obstacles, up, above and over, never stopping, this is the Power of Wind. Character: Wind dominant character possesses immense Prana (Life-force) power and is able to rapidly develop skills set. They carry a huge drive towards accomplishing objectives, but due to their fickle [...]

5 Elements | P-TaK : Pancha Tattva Asana Kriya – Part III2019-12-25T14:43:55+00:00

5 Elements | P-TaK : Pancha Tattva Asana Kriya – Part II

2019-12-25T14:43:36+00:00

In the previous article (link here), we shared knowledge on the theory of 5 elements and how they manifest in the universe and within us. Carrying forward from Earth element, in this article we explain Water and Fire element. Water Element   Ap-Jal/ Water:   Water Element - P-TaK   Element Constantly changing and always evolving, the element that brings flexibility to the rigid structure of Earth is Water. The second-last to manifest, Water element is responsible for the cohesive movement within the body without which it would be solid matter like a rock and inorganic in nature. All life depends on water, [...]

5 Elements | P-TaK : Pancha Tattva Asana Kriya – Part II2019-12-25T14:43:36+00:00

5 Elements | P-TaK : Pancha Tattva Asana Kriya – Part I

2019-12-25T14:41:25+00:00

P-TaK : Pancha Tattva Asana Kriya Pancha Tattva Asana Kriya or 5 Element Asana Technique is a Hatha Yoga-Asana sequence based on an ancient science of the 5 Prime Elements, the Samkhya Yoga. These elements and their consequents form, in various permutations and combinations, the entire universe and each one of us. Each of the 5 Prime Elements, the Maha bhutas, plays an important part in our emotional, psychological and physical selves. These elements are  - Akasha (Sky/Space), Vayu (Air), Agni (Fire), Jala (water) and Prithvi (earth) element. The 5 great elements originate from the 5 Metasenses –the tanmatras. The P-TaK [...]

5 Elements | P-TaK : Pancha Tattva Asana Kriya – Part I2019-12-25T14:41:25+00:00

March 2016

Yoga Psychology | Yogic Learning & Yogic Thinking

2019-12-25T14:55:45+00:00

Manana -The 2nd Level The next step in the Four Step process of Yogic learning, following the first Smarana, [click here for Yogic Learning I] is Manana. The word Manana comes from the root Man in Sanskrit, meaning thought, and Manana is- to think. So, to think about what we have cognized through Smarana, is Manana. This is the second of the 4 step Yogic Learning process. According to Yoga, there are 5 ways of thinking, out of which 4 lead to error, and one leads to the right conclusions: Right Knowledge/ Pramana Cognitive Dissonance/ Non-discernment/ Viparyaya Affective delusion/Language based delusion/ [...]

Yoga Psychology | Yogic Learning & Yogic Thinking2019-12-25T14:55:45+00:00

Yoga Psychology | Learning Through Epiphany

2019-12-19T16:12:03+00:00

How do we Know something? How do we know something? And how do we know something for sure? These two things are definitely different. For example, we know that oranges are sweet, but to know for sure whether or not the orange lying on that table is sweet or not, we would have to take a bite ourselves. So knowledge which we hold to be true, we can’t really say if it is true or not until we test it ourselves. This is the method of direct perception. But then direct perception too can be deceiving-for example, if we were to [...]

Yoga Psychology | Learning Through Epiphany2019-12-19T16:12:03+00:00

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