Y – The Evolution of Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is a process of mental purification that teaches meditation through techniques. The fundamental belief of Kriya Yoga is that all of us are miniature version of the whole cosmos, a microcosm or an evolution of a new world within the microcosmic world. The followers of Kriya yoga also believes that the most holy supreme creator is a part of us hiding beneath our body, and activating every action through the breath. The name Kriya is meant as any work “kri” is being done by the power of the indwelling soul “ya”. The different cosmic forces controlling, air, fire, water and earth also controls the different activities that we do, namely, religious activities, relationship with everyone and everything, food, …

Yama And Niyama In Yoga

Yoga defines yama and niyama as the positive and negative aspects of behaviour respectively. Traditional texts mention ten yamas and ten niyamas but Patanjali’s Yogasutra, which is considered the original treatise on yoga, defines five yamas and five niyamas. It has been mentioned that in Manusmirti that it is more important to follow yamas than niyamas. Here we give a brief description on the yamas and niyamas to be followed: • Ahimsa (Non-violence): this is one of foremost yamas. It means the lack of intention to hurt others. This intention need not be just physical but includes mental and emotional cruelty. Here the attitude is more important than the actual act of killing. You should not even have the intention …

Using Yoga For Weight Loss

Yoga can be put to good use for taking off excess pounds through the power of creating a state of mental and physical well being. The basic tenets of Yoga promotes a healthy lifestyle and when combined with a calorie reduction can help to speed up your weight loss. It will increase your metabolism by increasing the caloric burning process. All weight loss is based on using more calories than you take in. It will also allow you to increase your ability to concentrate and focus. Your thyroid regulates your metabolism and is responsible for the chemical processes that transform food into energy. Yoga uses a series of twisting poses that will help to stimulate the work flow of the …

The Important Role Of Yoga In Digestive System

The organs comprising this system are: the mouth, the pharynx, the gullet (foodpipe), the stomach, the duodenum, and the small and large intestines. From the viewpoint of the science of diet, the food we consume should enfold five constituents, namely, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, mineral salts, and vitamins. The first three constituents in this list are supposed to yield energy that is requisite for the life activity of an individual. One gram of carbohydrate or protein gives 4.1 calories of energy, while one gram of fat is found to give 9.2 caloriesof energy. We acquire large sum of carbohydrates from cereals, potatoes, sugar, etc. The proteins, in accumulation to supplying energy, perform another important function, that of building the muscles of …

The Benefits And Importance Of Sarvangasana

It is known as the queen of asanas which works out to be very beneficial for your mind, body and soul. Sarvangasana is a combination of three parts such as “sarva” “anga” and “asana” which means “all body posture”. It is one the asana which is very important and helpful for your entire body including the pressure massages for your thyroid glands. The other benefit from this asana is the projection of stability emotionally and otherwise. Every muscle that is pushed and pulled benefits the organs inside, which in turn shows on your body and face. It soothes the nervous system which otherwise seems to be overloaded with unwanted work. By doing this asana properly it could help you in …

The 5 Divine Sheaths of the subtle human body.

he trend of 5-faced photographs and images of Gayatri is seen, so that those who take recourse to the spiritual practice of this MahaMantra, ask a pertinent question as to what we should do in future? Mantra chanting, meditation, eulogies to God, reading religious texts, sacrificial fire rites etc. are preliminary practices. As a result of this, the preliminary goal of purification of the body and concentration of the mind is achieved. Yet there are more milestones to be reached. For its attainment spiritual seekers should look out for necessary information and then imbibe alertness, steadfastness and capability, to walk on that path. If a spiritual seeker remembers all this always, then know for sure that the aim behind creating …

That’s NOT Yoga, if one eats like that.

Indeed if someone were to say they thought Yoga was just stretching after they saw a student leave a Yoga class and later on eating at McDonald’s or something, they probably would be right. Why? Well, Yoga, in its entirety, includes a proper diet. One doesn’t exist without the other. This is THE factor that anyone seriously interested in taking up Yoga must understand. If one wants to do Yoga, you’ve got to include all its principles. When I started doing yoga some 6 years back, I did extensive research on the subject of diet and Yoga. Perhaps this was fate, as co-incidentally, this was around the time that an associate had told me to look into fasting and a …

Origins of Yoga

Today’s society is much faster paced that ever before. People have more stress problems which lead to more health problems, mental and physical. There are more concerns with toxicity in the food we eat and the air we breathe. Millions of Americans today live a sedentary lifestyle, which is associated with obesity. The body, the cavities of our soul, was not meant to deteriorate in such a way that leads to disease. Yoga was developed over 5,000 years ago in India and it included spiritual beliefs, physical techniques, and scholarly philosophy. There is a growing trend to practicing Yoga for many different reasons, which include attaining the yoga body or physique, relaxation and peace of mind, or to prevent injury …

Yoga for Weight Loss

Gaining excess weight is becoming more and more a phenomenon in the present age of undisciplined lifestyles combined with more liberal “extra-calories” food. Gone are the days where people enjoyed doing something active outdoors rather than sitting for hours in front of the TV with a pile of food. Inappropriate food habits, stress, and lack of exercise are all contributors to those extra packs of fat around your body; changing ones lifestyle to a healthy one can do a lot of good both physically, mentally, and emotionally. These days, as people find solutions to their weight problem, they have found an exceptional way of losing weight in yoga. Of course it is never easy to change ways of disciplining the …

Finding Balance And Health With Yoga

Have you heard about the Gunas? No, they are not Disney characters! According to yoga there are three basic qualities or energies that make up everything. They are, rajas, tamas and sattva. Rajas is the energy of action, change and movement. Rajas is the fuel of passion and fire. Rajasic energy is also associated with the day light hours. We obviously need rajasic energy to create energy to move successfully throughout our world and lives. When we have too much rajasic energy we might appear to the outside world as extremely busy, go go go, do do do! Does this sound like you? Maintaining a high degree of rajasic energy leads to burn out! When rajas is out of balance …

Find Your Way To Lose Pounds With Yoga

We all know that overweight along with obesity are for centuries no longer a fashion trend, instead it has even attracted many illnesses and problems to health. Yoga as a concept is simply “The art of living” that always provides us with solutions for mental concentration. A way to stay active and is also an opportunity to keep a positive force for the body and the mind. It provides us ways to lose weight. Overweight issues have increased dramatically as our lives become faster, problematic and hard to handle, even considered by many an unavoidable state. Thanks to the increment of food our scrap paunch had increased and we spend a lot of energy to sustain it. To adopt Yoga …

Hot Off The Press – How Hot Is Hot Yoga

The beginning of yoga goes back 2,500 years and was introduced by Patanjali of who we owe a debt of gratitude for helping us all in our quest to maintain stability in mind spirit and soul. Most importantly it is the healthy outlook on life. (mentally/physically) it gives. Hot of the press, word has it this form of exercise has taken the world by storm and still continues to do so and will for a long time to come. Believe it or not hot yoga is a type of exercise people are practicing on such a high scale that it is becoming a craze. Hot yoga is a combination of different poses carried out in a special heated room of …

Here’s What Yoga Can Do For You…

You want to have a full life. You want to feel well. You want lots of energy, vitality, power, and stamina. Am I right so far? Well, the great news is that all these can be yours. Yoga applies age-old secrets to everyday life in a modern, fast-paced world. Its practical application can restore your lost youth, put new zest into your every step, and empower you to fully enjoy a sense of health, energy and creative living. All this will do wonders for your future happiness… Sounds good, huh? Well let me tell you a little about yoga… Yoga is an ancient health-art developed and perfected over the centuries by wise men in ancient India. Yoga is not a …

Find Your Way To Lose Pounds With Yoga

We all know that overweight along with obesity are for centuries no longer a fashion trend, instead it has even attracted many illnesses and problems to health. Yoga as a concept is simply “The art of living” that always provides us with solutions for mental concentration. A way to stay active and is also an opportunity to keep a positive force for the body and the mind. It provides us ways to lose weight. Overweight issues have increased dramatically as our lives become faster, problematic and hard to handle, even considered by many an unavoidable state. Thanks to the increment of food our scrap paunch had increased and we spend a lot of energy to sustain it. To adopt Yoga …