Posts Tagged ‘Yoga’

Posted: November 23, 2012 in Quotes
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In the spiritual life, the word discipline means “the effort to create some space in which God can act.” Discipline means to prevent everything in your life from being filled up.

– Henri Nouwen

Posted: June 1, 2012 in Quotes
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Let my heart turn to practice.
Let practice become a path.
Let this path dissolve confusion.
Let confusion become wisdom.

– Ken McLeod

Posted: February 10, 2012 in Quotes, Yoga

Yoga is the teacher of yoga; yoga is to be understood through yoga. So live in yoga to realize yoga; comprehend yoga through yoga; he who is free from distractions enjoys yoga through yoga.

– Sri Vyasa’s commentary on the Yoga Sutras in the Vishnu Purana

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Quotes, Yoga

The body is not to the Hatha Yogi a mere mass of living matter, but a mystical bridge between the spiritual and the physical being.

– Synthesis of Yoga, Ch. XXVII

Posted: November 1, 2011 in Quotes

Do you know how much energy, how many powers, how many forces, are still lurking behind that frame of yours? Which scientists have known all that is in man? Millions of years have been passed since man first came here and yet but one infinitesimal part of his power has been manifested. Therefore, you must not say that you are weak. How do you know what possibilities lay behind that degradation on the surface? You know but little of that which is within you. For behind you is the ocean of infinite power and blessedness.

– Swami Vivekananda

Neti Kriya

Posted: November 1, 2011 in Book Notes, Yoga
  • One teaspoon of salt for two neti pots (1% salt solution)
  • Keep the mouth open to allow the natural breathing to take place as you pass water from one nostril to the other.
  • For general health, once a week is enough. For nasal allergy, it can be done every day or even twice as per need.
  • Good for nasal allergy.
  • Good for sinusitis and related headaches.
  • Sharpens mental faculties like memory, IQ, etc.
  • Helps to improve eyesight.
  • Opens the nasal passage by removing the blocks and allows free flow of the air; corrects the breathing patterns.
The Four Branches of Yoga
  • Jnana Yoga – the path of wisdom
  • Karma Yoga – the path of action
  • Bhakti Yoga – the path of devotion
  • Raja Yoga – the path of psychic control
  • Kriyas is part of Hatha yoga – a path of will power.
  • Kriya means cleansing process.
  • Hatha Yoga prescribes the following six kriyas to keep ourselves healthy:
    • Trataka – clean the eyes
    • Neti – clean the nasal passage
    • Kapalabhati – clean the lungs and to stimulate the brain cells
    • Dhauti – clean the stomach
    • Nauli – clean the intestines through abdominal muscles
    • Bastic – clean the bowls (Sanka Praksalana is used as an easy alternative to Basti)
What is nasal allergy and how does neti help?
  • Allergy is “altered reaction.”
  • Sneezing is a protective reflex.
  • When the system becomes over-sensitive, it recognizes even harmless substances as harmful and goes on effecting sneezing reflex.
  • Jala Neti desensitizes the system through water. Training the nose to tolerate lukewarm saline water then other allergens as well.
  • The sensitivity of nasal passage is the result of a sensitive mind.
    • Body and mind are connected.
    • In fact, body is nothing but the mind in a gross form.
    • Whatsoever happens in the mind, comes to the body through the Prana.
    • Oversensitivity of body is, therefore, oversensitivity of mind.
    • Mind has lost the stamina, the capacity to tolerate. Very small things irritate us. We have lost patience. We cannot adjust with others.
Yoga teaches us to accept life
  • When we are deeply relaxed, we, not only, develop the capacity to tolerate the situation, but also learn to accept it.
  • Tolerance is yet a negative feeling. We don’t like a person or a situation, but we don’t show it or grumble about it outside. Inside, we are not easy about it.
  • Acceptance is a positive quality which is the result of deep thinking, patience and relaxation. When we accept a person, we have an understanding that no one is perfect and we accept him or her as he or she is.
  • Various practice of Yoga bring this understanding through deep relaxation.

Posted: August 8, 2011 in Quotes

Viparyayo Mithyajnanam Atadrupa Pratistham.

Misconception occurs when knowledge of something is not based upon its true form.

– Book One Samadhi Pada Yoga Sutras: Verse 8

Posted: August 8, 2011 in Quotes
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To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self. Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past. Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna, or the sweat lodge … The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy.

– Gabrielle Roth

  • We are always thinking that by changing our situation we will overcome our mental agitation, and we are always thinking that when we reach a certain point, all mental agitations will disappear. But it is the nature of the material world that we cannot be freed from anxiety.

What is called renunciation is the same as yoga, or linking oneself with the Supreme; for no one can become a yogi unless he renounces the desire for sense gratification. – Bhagavad Gita 6.2

  • The desire for sense gratification must be overcome by the process of purification, but desire for Krishna should be cultivated. It is simply that we have to transfer the desire. There is no question of killing desire, for desire is the constant companion of the living entity.
    • In the material world everyone is working for sense gratification. The profits of one’s labor in the material world are used to gratify one’s senses. But a real yogi does not desire such fruits. He has no desire other than Krishna, and Krishna is already there.
  • The whole process of the yoga system is to purify oneself. And what is this purification? Purification ensues upon the realization of one’s actual identity. Purification is realizing that “I am pure spirit – I am not this matter.”
    • Due to material contact, we are identifying ourselves with matter, and we are thinking, “I am this body.” But in order to perform real yoga one must realize his constitutional position as being distinct from matter.
  • Simply breathing deeply and doing some exercises is not yoga as far as Bhagavad Gita is concerned. A whole purification of consciousness is required.
    • One must sit very straight, and the eyes be only half-closed, gazing at the tip of one’s nose.
  • Contemporary civilization in this age of Kali has actually made it impossible for us to be alone, to be desireless and to be possessionless.
  • When a candle is in a windless place, its flame remains straight and does not waver. The mind, like the flame, is susceptible to so many material desires that with the slightest agitation it will move.
    • A little movement of the mind can change the whole consciousness.
  • As long as we are in the material conception of life, we are not actually enjoying ourselves but are simply becoming more and more entangled in material nature.
    • The more we increase material enjoyment, the more we become entangled in this world, and the more difficult it becomes to get free from the material entrapment.
  • No one is born our enemy, and no one is born our friend. These roles are determined by mutual behavior. As we have dealings with others in ordinary affairs, in the same way the individual has dealings with himself. I may act as my own friend or as an enemy.

For those who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his very mind will be the greatest enemy. – Bhagavad Gita 6.6

  • To cut something, a sharp instrument is required; and to cut the mind from its attachment, sharp words are often required.

For one who has conquered the mind, the Supersoul is already reached, for he has attained tranquility. To such a man happiness and distress, heat and cold, honor and dishonor are all the same. – Bhagavad Gita 6.7

  • One has to transcend dualities, but as long as this body is here these dualities will be here also…One has to learn to tolerate such dualities.
  • In everyone’s life there are two duties: one is to serve the illusion, and the other is to serve the reality.
  • The constitutional position of the living entity is to be a servant, not a master.

Rudra Yoga

Posted: May 18, 2011 in Yoga

Turn your troubles into treasures,
Turn your obstacles into opportunities,
Turn your problems into possibilities,
Turn your challenges into chuckles,
Turn your difficulties into delights,
Turn weirdness into wonder!

How do you do this?
The energy is in the obstacle.
The obstacle is in yourself.
Turn the obstacle into energy.
The flow will be the answer.

Rudra refers to the digestive fire in the navel and the aspect of Lord Shiva that removes obstacles. Yoga means union. Rudra Yoga is the power to dissolve and blast through obstacles and live every moment through waking, dreaming and deep sleep in a unified state.