“When you really understand the limitations of your physical level and your mental level, then you become really thirsty to get into the spiritual level. Then, you know that what you have known, what you have learned and what you have understood all these years is just nothing. You become, actually, nothing; in the words of the Zen philosophy: you have to become nothing. Until this stage, you feel that you are something. Don’t we hear people saying, ‘Oh, he or she is really something’? But that something should become nothing. When we really become nothing, then we get into a sphere where we become everything. And that nothingness is expressed as devotion, faith, respect and humility. It really takes a lot of courage to let go and to be nothing.
“God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti” swami Sat Chit Ananada”
What is Yoga:
The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yujmeans to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.
The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara(withdrawal of senses), dharana(concentration), dhyani(meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).
The word hathameans willful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely.
Hatha is also translated as ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.
Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.
What Is the Difference between stretching fitness and yoga:
Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Patanjali’s eight-fold path illustrates how the physical practice is just one aspect of yoga. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.
EVERYTHING IS MEDITATION.
You should meditate on that inner Being all the time, don’t meditate on the mind, rather meditate on the witness of the mind. Doesn’t matter how your mind think about other things and distractions, you are not going to loose anything, because in the attempted everything will come to you only if you meditate on the witness of the mind, the inner Self.
Meditate with the aim to open your heart center, to be happy and peaceful.
It is said that God exist in letters, from words sentence is composed, then you get meaning and vibration,and sounds, the tong is touched by the form of God, and the heart rejoices by this touch too. Remember whatever you look at, whatever appears, consider it to be Consciousness. Meditation is the embodiment of God, because God’s true nature is love. You sing His name so that love arises.
After meditation you can finish your devotional practice with this gesture of gratitude, repeating vocally or mentally:
HARI – OM – TAT – SAT
- Hari – (place your hands in Namaste at your heart, open it to receive gratitude and love).
- Om – (hands by your mouth in a prayer position, I speak my truth).
- TAT – (place your hands in a prayer position on your third eye, ready to receive insights and direction in your spiritual path).
- SAT – (place your hands in a prayer position on your crown center, ready to accept illumination).
Though meditation is usually recognized as a largely spiritual practice, it also has many health benefits.
IN THE PRESENCE When a person keeps watching God, he obtains the right outlook in his life.
(SWAMI MUKTANANDA, FROM THE FINITE TO THE INFINITE)
Candle Gaze meditation: a simple for to attain the inner self ” I AM” calming the mind, awakening the heart.
Chanting or Satsang (Mantra repetition of vedic verses or devotional chants) practice prior to meditation.
Chanting is the means of attaining everything. Through chanting, you are purified on the inside then love arises, if love arises you feel your heart center expaning your life force field or prana.
try to look at your mind with great respect, with great love. Tell your mind “O my mind, please repeat the Mantra Om Namah Shivaya –
At least for a while then your mind won’t give you any trouble. – ” SWAMI MUKTANANDA”
It lowers oxygen consumption.The yoga and meditation techniques are being implemented in management of life threatening diseases; in transformation of molecular and genetic structure; in reversal of mental illnesses, in accelerated learning programs, in perceptions and communications beyond the physical, in solving problems and atomic and nuclear physics; in gaining better ecological understanding; in management of lifestyle and future world problems. Some benefits of meditation are:
- It decreases respiratory rate.
- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
- Increases exercise tolerance in heart patients.
- Leads to a deeper level of relaxation.
- Good for people with high blood pressure as it brings the B.P. to normal.
- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
- Decreases muscle tension (any pain due to tension) and headaches.
- Builds self-confidence.
- Increases serotonin production which influences mood and behavior. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
- Reduces Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
- Helps in post-operative healing
- Enhances the immune system. Research has revealed that meditation increases activity of ‘natural-killer cells,’ which kill bacteria and cancer cells. Also reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress.
Benefits of Meditation on Women’s health and Pregnancy:
Meditation allows moms-to-be to feel an identity of your own – besides daughter, wife, mother etc. Women begin life as someone’s daughter, and then someone’s lover, wife, someone’s mother. Yes, but who am I? Who am I really? Not only does a woman need an understanding of her body, but also needs to connect with the essence of her true self. A true self, which is an identity beyond everyday change- beyond gender, beyond fluctuations of hormones, beyond family expectations and other superimposed personality patterns. Discovering this true self is not as easy. Just when you know who you are, it all changes again.
The process of self discovery involves stripping off false layers of identity, going back through all the conditionings and realizing, “I am not that, and not that, and not that.” From emptiness arises the realization – “Ah ha! I am that.”
The place for this self discovery is not the psychiatrist’s couch, the matrimonial bed, the mother’s group, or even a yoga retreat, but within your own private meditation times. Resolve phobias. Meditation can help to resolve the deepest of neuroses, fears and conflict which play their part in causing stress and ill health. Meditation puts mothers-to-be in tune with their babies. Manta Japa is especially appropriate for pregnant women. After birth, daily meditation becomes a precious time to refocus and make sense of the many new thoughts and feelings which can be running through your mind, brought about by the events of childbirth and new motherhood.