Our goal is to befriend our bellies and to consciously allow our energy to flow. Overtime our peaceful relationship with our energy and our body will supercede any programming of how our bodies should look. As we make friends with our bodies, HOW OUR BODIES FEEL BECOMES OUR COMMANDING TOUCHSTONE.
It is overindulgence in the blind drives of everyday life that prevent you turning your attention inside and realizing the incredible depths of your being. It is only when things start to go wrong in your relationship with the outer environment, or when you seek something more, that you seriously begin to think about exploring yourself. Even though your problems may cause you much anguish, in a way they are your best friends, for they will force you, push you to find new levels of experience that are at present completely beyond your comprehension. They will impel you to seek realms of being that are now totally unimaginable. We don't say impossible, for if something is impossible it is still imaginable we mean levels that are beyond the impossible because they are beyond present concepts.
Which we pass on to the instinctive mind, which afterward performs them automatically or nearly so. It is astonishing how many of our daily tasks are performed under the direction of our instinctive mind, subject merely to a casual supervision of the Intellect. When we learn to do things by heart, we have really mastered them on the intellectual plane, and then passed them on to the instinctive plane of mentation. The woman with her sewing machine, the man who runs his engine, the painter with his brush, all find the instinctive mind a good friend, in fact the intellect would soon tire if it had these every - day tasks to perform. Note the difference between learning to do a thing, and then doing it after it has been learned. These manifestations of the instinctive mind are of course among its higher phases, and are due largely to its contact with and blending with the unfolding intellect.
There was a noticeable atmosphere of friendship present. Then another man entered the room, who was disturbed mentally and emotionally. The atmosphere quickly changed. Many of the people in the room bad to leave after a few minutes they could not stand the new negatively charged vibrations. This outcome indicates that the scope of the mind is beyond the confinements and restrictions of the brain. In other words, our mental faculties seem to extend beyond the walls of the brain and the body.
Think of your breath as your most intimate friend. Your breath is with you from the moment you're born until you die. In a given day, you take between 20,000 and 30,000 breaths. Most likely, barring any respiratory problems, you're barely aware of your breathing. This state is akin to taking your best friend so for granted that the relationship gets stale and is put at risk. Although the automatic nature of breathing is part of the body's machinery that keeps you alive, having breathing occur automatically isn't necessarily to your advantage automatic doesn't always mean optimal. In fact, most people's breathing habits are quite poor and to their great disadvantage. Stale air accumulates in their lungs and becomes as unproductive as a stale friendship. Poor breathing is known to cause and increase stress. Conversely, stress shortens your breath and increases your level of anxiety.
It is scientific research during the last few years that has thrown some light on this question. It has been found that a part of the brain called the reticular activating system, situated at the top of the spinal cord, performs this function. This system acts like a sluice gate allowing only a small percentage of the incoming data to the brain to reach conscious perception. How does it decide what should reach man's conscious attention and what should not It allows information to arise to our consciousness only if the data reinforces or fits in with the pattern of mental conditioning, or if the incoming information is particularly urgent. So perception is dependent on what a person's mental state will allow him to perceive. Other incoming data which doesn't fit in the mental program remains in the subconscious realms of the mind and so a person is unaware of it. We perceive the world around us in accordance with the dictates of our present mental apparatus. For example, if you meet...
How does Asana help one in meditation The relation between the individual and the universal has to be brought to mind in this connection. There is an organic tie between the individual and its environment, and the purpose of Yoga is to rouse to consciousness this inherent harmony. This is to be brought about in successive stages. Whatever one is, and whatever one has, should be set in tune with the universal. This is Yoga, ultimately. When the personal individuality is attuned to universal being, it is the condition of Yoga. The individual begins with the body, but there are many things within the body, as there are in the physical cosmos. There are Prana, senses, mind, intellect, etc., encased in the body. All these things within have to be in gradual union with the universal. The mind cannot be so attuned when the body is in revolt. Yoga requires union of everything in the personality with the universal. Asana is the initial step in Yoga, whereby the bodily structure is set in...
33.Friendship, mercy, gladness, indifference, being thought of in regard to subjects, happy, unhappy, good and evil respectively, pacify the Chitta. We must have these four sorts of ideas. We must have friendship for all we must be merciful towards those that are in misery when people are happy we ought to be happy, and to the wicked we must be indifferent. So with all subjects that come before us. If the subject is a good one, we shall feel friendly towards it if the subject of thought is one that is miserable we must be merciful towards the subject. If it is good we must be glad, if it is evil we must be indifferent. These attitudes of the mind towards the different subjects that come before it will make the mind peaceful. Most of our difficulties in our daily lives come from being unable to hold our minds in this way. For instance, if a man does evil to us, instantly we want to react evil, and every reaction of evil shows that we are not able to hold the Chitta down it comes out in...
So far in the first two stages of nadi shodhana pranayama we have described alternate manipulation and control of breath through the two nostrils'. In other words, the aim has been to direct the flow of breath through each of the nostrils separately. There are various good reasons for these practices. Firstly, the ability to control inhalation and exhalation is increased and the breathing rate is decreased at will. From this comes improved respiration, which results in more vitality and better health, as well as greater calmness in daily life situations. Remember that the breathing rate is directly related to emotions. In general, fast unrhythmical breathing is associated with anxiety, anger and other debilitating, negative emotions, while slow, rhythmical breathing is connected with relaxation, friendship, well being and other positive emotions. Practice of stages 1 and 2 nadi shodhana pranayama can help to bring about a more harmonious attitude and way of life.
Perhaps the most important benefit Yoga can offer you as a teen is the opportunity to develop a lifelong friendship with your body. When you develop a Yoga practice, first under the guidance of a skilled and nurturing teacher and then later on your own, you tune in to your body, pay attention to what's is happening, and respond appropriately not unlike the good energy you put into your friendships with your best buddies. A regular Yoga practice can help you develop the focus, concentration, and discipline you need to study well and pursue your dreams. And when you're barefooted on your mat in the practice studio, you're free from the pecking order of your school campus. Yoga helps you become self confident and courageous, without competing. How good is that
The most well-known area of the brain is called the frontal lobe, located behind the forehead. It is this centre that most clearly differentiates man from animals. It is this area that is concerned with human traits such as truth, honesty, morality, justice, discretion, friendship and many other characteristic human attributes. This is the so-called silent area of the brain which determines the nature of an individual. Any injury or malfunction of this area can cause the individual to become careless, mentally deranged, depressed, anxious, or lose all sense of values. It is the centre of personality. It is also believed to be the instrument or centre which picks up the memory of the mind this is demonstrated by the fact that electrical or nervous stimulation of this area brings about recall of past experiences, good and bad. This part of the brain acts as the switchboard of the mind.
Most decisions in the world are clouded over by personal friendships and enmities. Gandhi was able to overcome this one-sidedness, and it is through this that he obtained his strength. He had no real personal friends in the usual sense of the word, for all people were his friends, even his so-called enemies. None of his actions were done as a favour. He acted because something needed to be done the situation demanded it to be so. He acted for the benefit of people in general and that which was for the overall good of the people of India. Some people say that he was stubborn, but he acted because he knew his own mind, could understand the mind of other people and the world situation in a clear undistorted light. He was a politician with a strong mind, yet he showed deep and sincere compassion for all. By vocation he was a politician by aspiration he was a great karma
If you find that, when evaluating yourself, most of your answers are negative ones ( I'm selfish, I have low self-esteem, I don't have very many friends, etc.), nip that negative self-talk in the bud Whenever you catch yourself forming a negative thought, restate it in the positive ( I am aware of my needs, I often put others first, I have a few really good friends ). make your yoga practice more fulfilling and effective. Continue to think about your answers to these test questions as you go through your day. Consider it the beginning of a beautiful friendship with your higher self.
The eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga are Yama (self-restraint), Niyama (religious observances), Asana (posture), Pranayama (restraint of breath), Pratyahara (abstraction of senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (super-conscious state). Yama is practice of Ahimsa (non-injury), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (celibacy) and Aparigraha (non-covetousness) in thought, word and deed. This is the foundation of Yoga. Niyama is observance of the five canons viz., Saucha (internal and external purity), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (austerity). Svadhyaya (study of religious books and repetition of Mantras) and Ishvara-Pranidhana (worship of God and self-surrender). Cultivate Maitri (friendship with equals), Karuna (mercy towards inferiors), Mudita (complaisancy towards superiors), Upeksha (indifference towards wicked people). You can eradicate jealousy and hatred and attain peace of mind. Ascend the ladder of Yoga patiently through its different...
Develop the nine modes of Bhakti gradually. Hear the Lilas of the Lord this is Sravana. Sing His praise this is Kirtana. Remember His Names this is Smarana. Worship His lotus-feet this is Pada-seva. Offer flowers this is Archana. Prostrate yourself before Him this is Vandana. Do service unto Him this is Dasya-Bhava. Make friendship with Him this is Sakhya-Bhava. Do total unreserved self-surrender unto Him this is Atma-Nivedana.
In their teens, young people explore and discover themselves and search for their identity. They long to be themselves and to take control of themselves and their lives. It is a period during which they have conflicts with their parents, teachers, and others about music, clothes, and rules. Gradually, their relationships with parents and educators move toward equality. At the same time, young people turn enthusiastically to the outside world. Full of self-confidence, they jump into adventures, spending more and more time away from home in order to get to know the world, to form friendships and other personal relationships, and to make important choices.
In the friendship pose the base of the body feels open, and because ol this, concentration is needed to hold the root lock continuously. But if soil, padded surface is placed against the front of the perineum, this pro mildly stimulates the muscles of the pelvic floor and of the urogenita triangle (chapter 3). You can use a folded-up washcloth for this purpose, 01 purchase a little wedge-shaped mula bandha cushion. In either case the prop will allow you to feel the essence of the root lock and leave your mint free for meditation. Of the three classic sitting postures, the root lock is most difficult to hold in the lotus posture the extreme position of the lower extremities tends to draw the anus open and to stretch the entire breadth of the perineum. At the other end of the spectrum is the accomplished posture (without a supporting cushion), in which the underneath heel places pressure against the central tendon of the perineum and thereby stimulates the muscles of the urogenital and...
The three classic sitting postures can be challenging, but fortunately there are easier poses you can use while you work up to the traditional ones. We'll consider six meditation poses in an ascending curve of intensity and effort. The friendship posture (rnaitryasana) is excellent if you need (or prefer) to sit on a chair the adamantine posture (vajrasana) while kneeling on a bench is probably the most comfortable the easy posture (sukasana) is suitable for short periods of sitting before you are comfortable in the traditional poses the auspicious posture (swastikasana) is the easiest of the three classical postures the accomplished posture (siddhasana) is valued for stabilizing sexual energy and the lotus posture (padmasana) brings a profound sense of repose. THE FRIENDSHIP POSTURE (MAITRVASANA) The friendship posture (rnaitryasana), in which you are sitting on a chair, is best if you are just beginning to practice hatha yoga, if you are among those who are not able to sit...
Kira Ryder, who runs a yoga studio in Ojai, California, was several years ahead of the spinal curve. In 2003 she started a festival called the Ojai Yoga Crib, and seven years later, it's still running. When your livelihood is yoga, she says, it becomes a really neat practice to invite a few hundred ofyour best friends to come
Patanjali enumerates the following nine obstacles Disease, languor, doubt, carelessness, laziness, sensuality, mistaken notion (false knowledge), tossing of mind and instability to remain in the state of Samadhi. He prescribes practice of concentration on one subject (Eka-Tattvabhyasa) to overcome them. This will give the aspirant steadiness and real inner strength. He further advocates the practice of friendship between equals, mercy towards inferiors, complacency towards superiors and indifference towards wicked people. This practice will generate peace of mind or composure and will destroy hatred, jealousy, etc. A new life will dawn in him, when he practices these virtues. Perseverance is needed. It is the key-note to success in Yoga. The Yogi is amply rewarded, when he gets full control over his mind. He enjoys the highest bliss of Asamprajnata Samadhi.
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