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Trikonasana(The Triangle Pose)


One of the important and famous standing postures the Trikonasana or the triangle pose is seemingly simple but challenges the practitioner as it demands proper alignment and variation. Visualizing a triangle in look it starts from standing position but involves stretching and relaxing the muscles of the arms and legs either way. Let’s have a look at the steps of doing Triangle pose..........


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Tadasana(Mountain Pose)


One of the simple or beginners' posture TADASANA comes under the standing postures. It can be visualized while a practitioner stands straight closing hands and legs together ( or a bit apart) and then stretching the body longitudinally using the toes and both hands straight upwards. This posture is quite simple and for beginners of yogic routine is included while relaxing or stretching the body standing straight. The sequence of the posture is as follows...........


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Bhujangasana(Cobra Pose)


The cobra posture is another simple beginner level posture that comes under the inverted supine postures. It is also one of the twelve postures of SURYA NAMASKAR and it visualizes the cobra sitting straight in attacking and defensive movement both. Let us see the steps of practicing the cobra posture.............


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CHAKRASANA (Inverted Bow Pose or Wheel Pose)


CHAKRASANA, as the name suggests, manipulates the body in the form of a wheel. Its other name is URDHVA DHANURASANA( inverted bow pose) since the body takes the shape resembling an inverted archer’s bow. It is one of the advanced postures and requires the spine and the body is a flexible and agile shape. It is recommended that the practitioner must first practise the basic postures before performing the CHAKRASANA. Below are the steps to be followed by a practitioner can easily understand while doing it............


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An Authentic Vedic Havan : Fire Pooja Session


The fire sacrifice is the most prevalent and important ritual performed in Indian tradition and culture since time immemorial. The specific name given to the fire sacrifice is YAGYA (= to offer and combine) whereas it is also known as HAVAN. In its physical form, an elaborate fire altar is constructed also known as KUND (= deep chamber) where the kindle sticks generally of mango twigs are selected and arranged so that the sacrificial fire can be lit............


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Yoga Darshan ~ Yoga Philosophy


The word Yoga and Yoga Philosophy needs no introduction and so does the great seer Patanjali who is also known as the “ Sage in Hinduism,”. Yoga Darshan is the extant classical text written and compiled by the great sage Patanjali ( pat = leaves + Anjali = to devote or live on) and the text is among the six orthodox schools of philosophy of Indian culture and tradition...........


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What are Upanishads?


UPANISHAD( UP = sitting near NISHAD = the feet of the teacher) again as the beauty of Sanskrit language is the great extant literature of vedant philosophy. The Upanishads are the shining jewels of Indian culture and tradition which needs no introduction. We won’t go into eulogy rather in brief try and explain what Upanishads actually contain. Starting first chronologically Upanishads are part of one of the six orthodox schools of philosophy known as SHATH DARSHAN............


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What are the Vedas?


Vedas need no introduction and the whole world recognizes it as the first testimony of mankind. But what is in the Vedas largely remains a mystery. Here in this short text I would try and make it simpler what Vedas actually mean. The word VEDA is derived from the root word in Sanskrit known as VID which translates into knowledge. In simpler terms, the Vedas are the texts or ancient most tradition of knowledge passed on from generation to generations. The historicity of Vedic knowledge is hard to trace since time immemorial they were passed on by recitation and memorizing in a guru –shishya tradition. Hence the Vedas were completely preserved and carried on within the memories of the ancient sages and their disciples which came to be known as SHRUTI ( = which is spoken and heard)............


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Muladhara Chakra


The very first chakra located right at the beginning of the spinal column is known as MULADHARA (ROOT+ FOUNDATION). The two words conjoin to form the basic sense of this primal chakra which translates to be “where the basic roots are established”. The theory of chakras comes with a long list of associated spiritual parameters as well. The most important being the fundamental elements (MAHABHOOT) associated with each of them. In the case of MULADHARA, the associated element is PRITHVI( = earth). Apart from this, there are a number of petals, associated syllable and respective deities and other such spiritual dimensions along with the color as well..........


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Kundalini Chakras


The wisdom of yoga is one of the few schools of thought where practise and theory go hand in hand and in fact by practising one can unlock the theoretical portion by experience and feeling the various changes happening within oneself. Now, here comes a curious doubt that how can one know just by practising all that has been written down in the scriptures and go on knowing more and more to witness extraordinary hidden information within this very self? To answer that I won’t go on writing volumes rather give you a simple example in a sentence: we already have and possess the complete information within our consciousness, in our lives and specifically in yogic practise we just unlock the infinite chambers of our own conscious self which is actually the divinity within us.............


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Meaning of Kundalini?


Perhaps this will be at least fourth or fifth time I am going to tell you about something which you already have gone through and tried to dwell more and more. This topic is of utmost importance for each and every practitioner and anyone who has ever had contact with the philosophy of yoga. Once again I am going to be as forthcoming as ever and just like a messenger of our ancient tradition portray about it as it is given in the scriptures. As it has been one of my addictions I begin with the very name itself, the word KUNDALINI means “coiled”, the very word has been inspired from a dormant snake in hibernation coiled into itself and in a state of sleep. The meaning is as mystical as the very concept behind it, the HATHYOG tradition is verily based and inspired from this concept and it imagines that the root cause of human potential and consciousness rests or sleeps dormant just like this snake in hibernation exactly at the very end of the spine (physically) and in terms of the whole chakra system right at the very end below the first chakra.............


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Ujjayi Pranayama : How to do it?


Ujjayi pranayama also is known as ujjayi breathing technique is a lot like the bhastrika pranayama with a slight involvement of contraction or constriction of the voice box by the practitioner. If you have been practicing bhastrika pranayama then performing this pranayama involves only this particular aspect of the voice box or larynx constriction by the practitioner. The name ujjayi has various meanings in Sanskrit, in the simplest terms it is known as “victorious” or “victorious breathing” and as general “ Ujjayi” means “ ocean sounding breath”. This simile of ocean sound has been derived from the fact that the passage of air through the constricted voice box feels and sounds like the consistent and sustained sound of the oceans if one stands on the coast and tries to hear it. Similarly, the practitioner contemplates similar ocean sound practicing this Pranayam. Let’s have a look at the various steps involved in doing this particular pranayama.............


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Udgeeth Pranayama: How to do it?


Udgeeth Pranayama is one of the practises where you can both feel your energy levels as well as the potential and capacity all in a flow. The very nature of this pranayama makes it quite enjoyable and at the same time connects you with your divine self closely. The Sanskrit word udgeeth means “ deep and rhythmic chant” hence this pranayama involves a deep and rhythmic chant of the divine syllable of AUM(OM), AUM is the most perfect and complete name of the almighty eternal supreme soul ( GOD) in the Vedic scriptures and ancient Indian tradition. Let us know more about this unique pranayama practise and also find out how you continue to seek your own divine self through it.............


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Bhramari Pranayama: How to do it?


Now we come to another of the well-known pranayama techniques which are famously known as bhramari pranayama. The Sanskrit word bhramari literally means “sounding like a bee” and the very name is inspired by the typical sound which is uttered while practicing this pranayama. This pranayama technique involves the complete nose or in other words both the nostrils participate in inhalation and exhalation alike the bhastrika pranayama. Certain gestures using both hands are used so that the eyes are kept closed while the pranayama is performed. Let us see in detail how this pranayama is practiced. First of all, attain a comfortable and still seated posture and check for the nasal passages so that they are clear before proceeding to the next step...........


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Kapal Bhati Pranayama: How to do it?


Now we come to another of the pranayama techniques since we had a little insight into the simple bellow breathing technique. The name of this pranayama has been given as KAPAL-BHATI and the two distinct words mean “ skull” or “head “ and “ glow” which signifies that the practice of this pranayama results in a glowing skull or a glowing head and face of the practitioner. This pranayama is very unique since many texts include it in the cleansing process while others consider it as pranayama. Since this technique emphasizes on the modulation of the process of inhalation and exhalation we consider it as pranayamas well. Kapalbhati is also unique in a way that here the pace or speed of both the processes are faster than usual. Doing so it is both an energetic as well as a revitalizing process in a matter that it pumps up the blood and excitement of a practitioner both, still in a rhythmic way. Now let’s see how we go about doing this technique..........


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Anulom-Vilom Pranayama: How to do it?


Now we come to the next pranayama technique which is named as anulom vilom Pranayama. The name has two distinct words which refer to the two nostrils, the right nostril, and the left nostril. This pranayama technique translates to alternate nostril breathing and is among the most practiced and recommended pranayama techniques among the various techniques we would come to know. Let us have a deeper look into this pranayama technique..........


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Bhastrika Pranayama: How to do it?


In our long course of practice, we have seen and experienced so much and I think till now many of us would be curious to know the depths of these specific techniques. I can once again assure you that what we would uncover would truly make your even happier and healthier at least.........


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What a Yoga Asana means ?


Well, this one is going to be both interesting and action-packed as we try to understand it since writing more and more on this topic doesn’t end. The heart and core of the yogic practice which we know today, no wonder streets, facebook walls and every corner which has heard the name of yoga has an imprint of this part of the yogic routine. Asanas are postures, simply speaking taking your physical body and trying to manipulate and put it into various ways here and there is what an asana is. Twisting, laying down, standing, bending, etc. Etc whatever possible motion your body can do is combined to form a specific posture and then you stay or try holding it feeling both stable and peaceful at the same time.........


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What Meditation actually means ?


You might be waiting for this article for quite some time and we have been waiting to write it down pretty much to ease your curiosity in the way as it is. Many of us or almost all of us are aware of the practice of meditation or commonly known as peaceful concentration. In the yogic tradition, the word used is DHYAN, which has similar meaning and sense but with a very specific twist. DHYAN means to contemplate on one and only one topic or subject. Seems pretty simple but it is rather something very –very tough to do at once. For example, reading a book is easy; you can concentrate on the matter and go on doing it for any length of time but consider meditation or DHYAN like reading a book and only doing it nothing else. This means while you read it you can neither sense anything else, feel anything else or in other words, you are aware of nothing but only reading the book in hand. All of your minds, senses, and efforts are doing only one thing and hence making the most out it which any normal reader won’t........


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Meaning of Pranayama?


Another of the most well known practises of yoga pranayama is truly the heart of yoga if not less. It might seem a very easy going and generally, still, it is one of the most in-depth procedures for any practitioner where the focus is of course on breathing. Breathing has two basic processes inhaling and exhaling but pranayama will help you understand that there are few more steps to breathing. The emptiness of breath before inhalation, the holding of breath once inhaled and the emptiness of breath once exhaled is the other procedures of breathing which one realises.......


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Meaning of Prana?


Now we come to the seat of it all, the seed and source of all human efforts and strength both mental and physical. In scriptures there is mention of the most subtle yet most superior element which makes our life possible, the element has been named PRANA, a name quite well known to Indians from long as it is synonymous to the very life itself. PRANA has been termed as “ lifeforce” within all beings living and non-living both. While the nonliving world comprises of almost anything where there are flow and sustenance be it the radiating sun or the flowing rivers the most important manifestation of PRANA is within living beings as it is essentially at the center of all life processes and makes life as a whole possible......


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What is Yoga?


This might be the thousandth time you would be going through a similar article or similar page. Well if you are of course you are trying to find the answer to this question which is so very complex and simple at the same time. Talking in broad terms if I try to explain anything on the same lines it would be attempting to fill a jug full of the ocean that is how complex this question is. But let’s make it simple and proceed what actually we are trying to understand once we ask this question. Since all of us are aware of the physical, mental and spiritual routine (as of course the reason why you are reading this blog page) we would try to maintain the same.....


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What is Mantra?


Mantra is that world which takes the man who sincerely chants it across the ocean of rebirth. This is the highest meaning of the term mantra. There is other lesser meaning also. Mantra is an occult formula to remove various troubles or to fulfill various mundane desires. Depending upon the motives with which the mantra-s is chanted...


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What is Aum?


This is the primal sound. This is the name of Brahman or god. AUM stands for Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer. It stands for the whole universe made up of triguna-s or the triple manifestations of nature. They are sattva-guna, inactivity...


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What is Samadhi?


Samadhi is such a subtle state of chitta (mind stuff) and intellect as brings face-to-face the subtle and essential nature of objects by analyzing them. In this knowledge there is no possibility of doubt, wrong or perverted knowledge or imagination. By the discourse of the sages in scriptures. Only general knowledge of an object can be gained, but the special knowledge attained by Samadhi is beyond the grasp of the senses and is the means of attaining. Moksha or liberation...


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Introduction to Mind


You may be surprised at this healing. There are few people in the world who don’t know the name of mind. Learned or ignorant, villager or townsman, civilized or uncivilized, most people are familiar with the world “mind”. The mind has special importance in the Vedas also. From time immemorial arguments and differences of opinion exist in relation to mind. In the time of king janaka, various spiritual conferences were organized, and the main topic of discussion was simply this mind.


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