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PRATAYHARA – THE ART OF WITHDRAWING THE SENSES

Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on PRATAYHARA – THE ART OF WITHDRAWING THE SENSES

PRATAYHARA – THE ART OF WITHDRAWING THE SENSES

Pratyahara, which is translated as withdrawal of senses is one of the eight limbs of Yoga. The five senses that humans have are of course a beautiful gift of nature, but yoga views them as a limitation. According to the yogic texts there is much more to experience in this creation and if we limit our experiences to what we can see or what we can hear, we just continue to live a very limited life. And therefore the concept of withdrawing the senses. THE ROLE OF SENSES IN HUMAN LIFE Human beings experience life through sense organs. Senses are...

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THE BEST STRETCH!

Posted by on December 3, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on THE BEST STRETCH!

THE BEST STRETCH!

Asana or posture practice is the third in the eight limbs of yoga. Through the practice of postures one tries to cross the limitation of this physical body by travelling inwards to the subtle layers of breath and mind. Postures involve movement and stretching of this body in different directions. The ease of doing a posture is directly proportional to the extent to which the body can stretch. What can probably prevent the body from stretching? Is it merely a question of flexibility? Let us explore. The yogic philosophy establishes a clear...

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PRACTICE FOR THE SELF

Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on PRACTICE FOR THE SELF

PRACTICE FOR THE SELF

In this blog I decided to write a little something on the various important aspects of self-practice. As yogis in building, we all dedicate some time daily to the practice of Yoga. And we seek not only fitness but much more. Just some thoughts on how should we approach our daily practice. It is generally advised to start our day with Yoga practice and hence it should be preferably done in the very early hours of the morning. Also, a combination of asanas, pranayamas and mediation is suggested for a daily practice. The first thing then that I...

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KARMA YOGA

Posted by on October 22, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on KARMA YOGA

KARMA YOGA

Being born as humans in this existence, we cannot avoid “Actions”. In order to live and survive one must act. Actions are not only inevitable but also important for the expression of life energy. The question thus, then comes of the quality of one’s actions. Of course, acting without harming the other and basically indulging in good ‘Karmas’ is what we all as humans try to do. But a yogi does not stop here!! BEING A KARMA YOGI Karma Yoga is one of the main branches of Yoga that deals with this important aspect of ‘Actions’ or ‘Karma’. It...

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THE BEAUTY OF “BALANCE”

Posted by on October 3, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on THE BEAUTY OF “BALANCE”

THE BEAUTY OF “BALANCE”

Balance is one of the key factors that guides the asana practice of a yogi. It is not only limited to the so called balancing postures, but holds good for every posture. If we observe, human body is perfectly symmetrical, in the sense that the right half of the body is exactly the same as the left half. And this is no coincidence. Establishment of balance requires balancing the right half and the left half of the body in such a way that the body becomes weightless. And why do we want to do that? Because it is only when the body is not felt...

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THE ULTIMATE FREEDOM!

Posted by on September 3, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on THE ULTIMATE FREEDOM!

THE ULTIMATE FREEDOM!

Being the most evolved of all living beings, humans with their ability to think have transformed the world. Be it advancements in technology or innovations in medicine, developments are happening in various sectors. We claim ourselves to be free and independent and advanced. But are we really free? Do we have no dependencies at all? It’s time to think from a different angle. Humans, with pure scientific reasoning and logic have accepted the fact that food and oxygen are essential for survival. Of course, this needs no evidence or questioning....

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THE POWER OF SILENCE

Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on THE POWER OF SILENCE

THE POWER OF SILENCE

Communication is the most basic thing that connects people. Of course, since we live in a society, we need to communicate. But at the same time there is a much greater need for a person to be in silence as well. Yoga gives a lot of importance to the practice of “Mauna” or “silence” and much has been said about it in the ancient texts. In today’s modern world when life is busy and complicated, the importance of the practice of silence has increased manifold. WHAT IS SILENCE Speaking is considered as the expression of ego in the subject of...

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FROM EGO TO EGO-LESS

Posted by on June 27, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on FROM EGO TO EGO-LESS

FROM EGO TO EGO-LESS

Very often in the yogic texts, the word “EGO” is used. In fact, yogis have described the entire journey of yoga as the journey to give up ego completely, a journey from ego to ego-less. But what exactly is ego? How does it come up in us? Is there a way one could give it up completely? Let us reflect on this topic for a while.   EGO OR AHAMKARA Like we mentioned in one of our previous blogs, ego is the sense of “I” ness that develops in a person due to lack of awareness. Our entire generation today is being brought...

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BREAKING THE LAW OF KARMA

Posted by on June 14, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on BREAKING THE LAW OF KARMA

BREAKING THE LAW OF KARMA

I am sure all of us have come across situations in life when in spite of putting our best efforts, we failed to achieve our desired result. All prepared for an office interview but still failed to crack it, invested in a property at the right time but got stuck in a legal issue, single and ready to mingle but no one seems to click and many other similar situations which make us believe that there is something called “Destiny” or more appropriately “Karma” that governs our life to a large extent.   WHAT IS KARMA? “Karma”, simply put, is...

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KEEP CALM AND BREATHE !

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on KEEP CALM AND BREATHE !

KEEP CALM AND BREATHE !

Air is one of the essential factors required for survival. We identify breath with life. While we cannot deny the importance of breath, our yogis have given us yet another perspective of “breathing”. Their introspection revealed how the quality of breath is an important indicator of a person’s mental and physical health. It is an amazing science and truly captivating. BREATH AS A CONNECTING MEDIUM According to our yogis, breath is a medium that connects the physical body with the mind. It therefore implies that any changes happening in our...

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