Introduction to Yoga Psychology

The basis of all psychological systems based on the Yogas and the Tantras is Self-Identification.The Self-identification is the primary attribution based on which there is individual, unique, perception of the world, the self and the interaction between the two. Self-identification is necessarily psychosomatic or psychological as well as physical. It is the contention of the Yogic Sciences that it is this very attributional Self-identification that is the Base, the Source [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Yogic Psychology|

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

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 [...]

By |December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , |

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

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 [...]

By |November 28th, 2019|Categories: Major Systems of Yoga, Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , |

Yoga Psychology | Breaking the knot of Lust

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 [...]

By |September 30th, 2019|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , , |

Yoga Psychology | Overcoming Fear

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 [...]

By |September 28th, 2019|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , |

Yoga Psychology | Root Identity – The Muladhara Chakra

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 [...]

By |September 28th, 2019|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , |

The Yoga Revolution-Taking it to the Next Level

There is a lot of talk in Yoga circles today, of the watering down of Yoga by Yoga teaching institutes in alliance with an American registry of Yoga teachers. Accusations fly through the internet that the American registry has converted Yoga education into a vocational business. Doubts are cast on the skill and knowledge levels of a lot of the ‘teachers’ included in the registry. Fingers point to the fact [...]

By |September 27th, 2019|Categories: Living Yoga, Major Systems of Yoga|Tags: , , |

Yoga Psychology | The Four Types of Courage

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 [...]

By |November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , , |

Yoga Psychology | The Heart of Faith

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 [...]

By |November 24th, 2016|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , , |

Yoga Therapy | Low Blood Pressure or Hypotension

Yoga Therapy for Low Blood Pressure Low Blood Pressure Yoga doesn't recognize Low Blood Pressure or Hypotension as a systematic problem-rather Low Blood Pressure is a natural congenital state for most. Generally, Low Blood Pressure is a sign of excellent health and good vasodilation, but in people suffering from Low B.P. as a form of fatigue, vomiting or diarrhea, nausea, etc., strength building asanas, from the Earth element [...]

By |November 18th, 2016|Categories: Yoga Therapy & Disease Prevention|Tags: , , , , |

Yoga Therapy | Insomnia Prevention and Cure

  Yoga Therapy for Insomnia Allopathic view: Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by repeated difficulty in falling and/or staying asleep. Chronic insomnia is when a person has disrupted sleep for at least three nights a week for a month or longer. It has been linked to medical conditions such as sinus allergies, hyperthyroidism, asthma and chronic pain. Psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress may also lead to insomnia. [...]

By |November 11th, 2016|Categories: Yoga Therapy & Disease Prevention|Tags: , , , , |

Yoga Psychology | 5 Elements and the Mind

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 [...]

By |October 1st, 2016|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , , |

7 Chakras – Introduction

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 [...]

By |September 15th, 2016|Categories: 5 Element Yoga, Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , , , |

Yoga Therapy for Constipation | Prevention and Cure

Constipation : Yogic Prevention and Cure Allopathic view: Constipation is caused due to slower stool movement through the digestive tract, causing the stool to harden and difficult to pass. Anal fissure and narrowing of the colon can cause blockages in the rectum leading to constipation. Certain neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease may also result in constipation. Hormonal imbalances in the Thyroid gland and diabetes are also known [...]

By |July 4th, 2016|Categories: Yoga Therapy & Disease Prevention|Tags: , , , , |

Yoga Therapy for Acidity | Prevention and Cure

Yoga Asana Therapy for Acidity & HeartBurn The feeling as if your chest is on fire right after you've savored that gourmet chocolate or arrabiata spaghetti can leave a bad taste in your mouth, literally! Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is a digestive disorder that occurs when the food you eat, mixed with digestive juices, reverses direction and travels upwards through the esophagus tube, instead of continuing its downward journey to the [...]

By |July 2nd, 2016|Categories: Yoga Therapy & Disease Prevention|Tags: , , , , |

Yoga Therapy for Sciatica | Prevention and Cure

SCIATICA - Yogic Prevention and Cure Allopathic view: Sciatica is not technically a disease or ailment. Rather it is a categorization of symptoms associated mostly with spinal disc herniation. Compression or pinching of the sacral nerve running down the leg, causes excruciating or numbing pain in the legs, and this is the primary sciatic symptom in most cases. Alleviation of sciatic symptoms is not possible, in most cases, without the [...]

By |July 1st, 2016|Categories: Yoga Therapy & Disease Prevention|Tags: , , , , |

Yoga Therapy for Piles | Prevention & Cure

Piles - Yogic Prevention and Cure Allopathic view: Piles or haemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that develop inside or around the anal canal and rectum. Anyone can be affected by piles at any age, and about 50% experience it at some point in their lives. It is more common in older people and during pregnancy. There are two types of piles – Internal, which lies inside the rectum and is [...]

By |July 1st, 2016|Categories: Yoga Therapy & Disease Prevention|Tags: , , , , |

Yoga Therapy for Hyperthyroidism | Prevention and Control

Yoga Asana Therapy for Hyperthyroidism: The thyroid is a small but vitally important butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of the neck, wrapped around the trachea or windpipe. The beating of your heart, your body temperature, and the rate at which food is digested are some of the major functions regulated by the two main hormones- T3 & T4, secreted by the thyroid gland. Like most systemic diseases, Hyperthyroidism [...]

By |July 1st, 2016|Categories: Yoga Therapy & Disease Prevention|Tags: , , , , |

Yoga Therapy for Alzheimer and Memory Loss

Early stage Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Loss Allopathic view: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterized by a progressive and debilitating decline in cognition, function and behavior. Its incidence rate increases exponentially with age, with the highest increase occurring after 70 years of age. Alzheimer’s exact pathological mechanisms remain to be determined, with a number of theories having been proposed. Risk factors for AD development include genetic factors, cerebrovascular disease, traumatic brain [...]

Yoga Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes | Prevention and Control

Yoga Asana & Pranayama therapy for Type 2 Diabetes: Diabetes, broadly separated into Type 1 (Insulin-dependent and mainly congenital) and Type 2 (Non-insulin dependent and mainly lifestyle based), is an organic lifestyle based disease that affects more than 380 million people world-wide. A sedentary lifestyle with lack of any physical exercise and a fast-food diet that is high in carbs and low on nutrition leads to an excess build-up of [...]

By |July 1st, 2016|Categories: Yoga Therapy & Disease Prevention|Tags: , , , , |

Yoga Psychology | The Pancha-Koshas / The 5 Selves   

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 [...]

By |April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , |

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

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 [...]

By |April 14th, 2016|Categories: 5 Element Yoga, Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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

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 [...]

By |April 8th, 2016|Categories: 5 Element Yoga, Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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

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 [...]

By |April 4th, 2016|Categories: 5 Element Yoga, Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Yoga Psychology | Yogic Learning & Yogic Thinking

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, [...]

By |March 30th, 2016|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , , |

Yoga Psychology | Learning Through Epiphany

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 [...]

By |March 25th, 2016|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , |

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 disclaimers concerning Yoga therapy, it would be proper for us to have an authentic understanding [...]

By |March 19th, 2016|Categories: Yoga Therapy & Disease Prevention|Tags: , , |

Yoga Psychology | 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 know or experience anything, and to interact with our environment.  Our individual and unique ways [...]

By |March 14th, 2016|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , |

Yoga Psychology | 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. Sattva-Rajas-Tamas 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 combination of Prakrti ( Prime Nature) and Purusha ( Prime Consciousness) come [...]

By |February 25th, 2016|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , |

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 total memory storage area of the mind, depending upon the context in which the word is used. [...]

By |February 18th, 2016|Categories: Yogic Psychology|Tags: , , , , |

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 the current matters of intense focus, such as terrorism or global warming, or on the [...]

By |January 27th, 2016|Categories: Living Yoga|Tags: , , |

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 advanced degrees, such as the M.D. are required. Even at this advanced stage of medical [...]

By |January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Living Yoga|Tags: , , |

5-Elements | P-TAK Sequence

Surya Namaskar  Surya Namaskar - 5 Rounds Earth Element Virabhadrasana 1 - P-TaK Virabhadrasana II - PTAK Virabhadrasana 3 - P-TAK ParsvaKonasana - PTAK Parivrtta Trikonasana - P-TAK Parivrtta-Parsvakonasana - PTAK Water Element JanuSirsasana - PTAK Paschimottanasana - P-TAK UtitaKonasana - PTAK BaddhaKonasana - P-TAK Eka-Pada-RajaKapotasana - [...]

By |January 22nd, 2016|Categories: 5 Element Yoga|

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. Karma is a physical action; Yoga is the experience of mystery. Everyone wants to look [...]

By |September 18th, 2015|Categories: Major Systems of Yoga|Tags: , , , , , |

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 of Tantra the individual is absorbed into the continuum of universal consciousness. This continuum in itself [...]

By |September 17th, 2015|Categories: Major Systems of Yoga|Tags: , , , |

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. Patanjali, 8 Limbs of Yoga The very essence of the 8 Limbs of Yoga or Raja Yoga lies in the understanding of what it means to be human and [...]

By |September 16th, 2015|Categories: Major Systems of Yoga|Tags: , , , , |

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. Ujjai Breathing - Pranayama Technique The objective of Pranayama and the various Pranayama Techniques is to achieve Sensitization or Familiarization [...]

By |September 16th, 2015|Categories: Major Systems of Yoga|Tags: , , , |

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. The lower sufferings are the physical diseases, the emotional sadness and the many ups and [...]

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Major Systems of Yoga|Tags: , , , |

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 bad may hunt hither, thither and all over, but never find soulful sleep. Yoga Nidra [...]

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Major Systems of Yoga|Tags: , , , , |

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 completely. So taken together the word Hatha means strong, wilfull effort to balance the sun [...]

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Major Systems of Yoga|Tags: , , , , , |

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 into a meditative state. How do you meditate? The process of Meditation, is the process [...]

By |September 14th, 2015|Categories: Major Systems of Yoga|Tags: , , , , |

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 living and yoga. The picturesque town of Bir is also famous for adventure sports like [...]

By |September 14th, 2015|Categories: Living Yoga|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Yoga and happiness

The way to unshakable happiness, the ability to joyfully accept any situation in life and the freedom to be not afraid of death are the great fruits of the practice of Yoga. Such a mastery over the experience of life and death is only possible for those who are willing and able to understand and practice the deeper and hidden realities of Yoga. The practice of bodily contortions resembling those [...]

By |September 1st, 2015|Categories: Living Yoga, Major Systems of Yoga|Tags: , |

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