Meditation

Benefits of Surya Namaskara

Surya Namaskara or Sun Salutation has a special place in all yogic traditions. This is because yoga understands life processes as an intimate interconnection with the cosmos. The sun that we see in the distant sky is not a separate entity but forms a cohesive unit of total life that flourish on Earth. Without sun life will be impossible on

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Why OM is the Greatest Symbol of Meditation

Om is not a religious symbol but the symbol of universe. According to latest research in physics universe is made up of information. Though science has still to reach at the ultimate reality, spirituality has long ago decoded it as Consciousness (Brahman or Atman) beyond subject-object relation. The whole universe is an expression of this Consciousness or Reality and some

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Principles of Yoga and Yogic Practices

Yoga is neither a mystical phenomenon nor an exercise in physical acrobatics. Yoga is simply a conscious and systematic process for the complete physical, mental, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of a human being. In short, it is a methodical approach to self-perfection. In practice it is a technique for calming down the mind to its subtle and more sensitive

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Pranayama and its Classification

Pranayama is the third practice of Hatha Yoga. After practicing Kriya (cleansing techniques) and Asana we prepare ourselves for the practice of Pranayama. Pranayama is practised to increase the vitality of the body and mind. The aim of Pranayama is not to introduce extra oxygen into lungs. But its to make our breath slow, deep and rhythmic. Finally, this slow

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Yoga Based Relaxation Techniques: Reducing Sympathetic Nervous Activity

A healthy nervous system maintains homeostasis by balancing input from both branches of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), during activities ranging from relaxing, digesting and sleeping, to waking, feeling excited, and running. The two branches of ANS that work in conjunction are Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Activity. Under Normal Circumstances, the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) promotes the ability to be active

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Understanding Meditation

Meditation is commonly understood as deep concentration. Concentration is something we are familiar with. We concentrate on our studies during exams to succeed. A scientist, artist, worker, teacher, parents all concentrate on their work to achieve their goals. In a sense everyone meditates, because concentration in indispensable for survival. However, meditation is more than concentration. In the light of Yoga,

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Body, Breath and Mind: The Three Components of Yoga

Yoga is a futuristic science of health and happiness, with a holistic vision relevant to the contemporary society. Yoga is a conscious process helping us to rise from our lower instincts to a level of normal discrimination and elevating us to manifest the immense potentialities dormant in us. For a united body and mind you can read the following article

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Overcoming Dualities: an Assail on Our Well-being, through Asana

What are the dualities that affect our well-being? Let us take real life situation to understand this. We broadly find two categories of people in any work environment. The first category Hyper-Active The first category is of hyper-active people or go-getters and second of hypo-active people or laid-backs. In the first category, a person seems to be running the never-ending

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