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Yoga and Enlightenment

Sep 16, 2013 at 11:33 PM PST

By Marilyn Galan

Many of us who practice yoga know that yoga just feels good. Talk to a yoga student about why he started learning yoga, and he may tell you he heard from a friend that it was good for calming work stress. Another yoga participant may say she just wanted to lose weight. Another wanted to heal back ache. The benefits of yoga continue…

But, enlightenment? Is enlightenment really possible for the average person?

Enlightenment is a wonder

Enlightenment is a wonder. Our own ideas of enlightenment pop into mind: all-knowingness, a perpetual …

The Path to Enlightenment

Sep 16, 2013 at 2:53 PM PST

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Yoga is the journey as well as the goal. There are many paths of yoga described in the ancient Indian scriptures. Just as all rivers lead to the ocean, all paths of Yoga lead to Self-realization. Though the journey to enlightenment may begin on any single path of yoga, but for full blossoming and fulfilment an integrated approach is essential.

The Srimad Bhagavad Gita is one of the earliest works on yoga to outline four main paths to yoga: Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Gnana Yoga and …

Five Modes of Consciousness Arise in Your Self

Sep 15, 2013 at 10:39 PM PST

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Five modes of consciousness arises in your Self. What are they? Continues from previous post on Patanjali Yoga Sutra #6

Pratyakshanumanagamaha pramanani

The different kinds of proof the mind requires are the obvious experiential proof, inferential proof and scriptural proof. – Patanjali Yoga Sutra #7

Pratyaksha means obvious, experiential. Our mind constantly wants to have an obvious, solid, experiential proof. This is one mode of activity of the mind. Another is anumana, which means, it is not so obvious, …

Sukshma Yoga Exercises to Relax you in 7 Minutes

Sep 15, 2013 at 8:39 AM PST

Are there days when you want to pull your hair apart, grind your teeth, and tighten your fist? Well, tighten your fist more. In fact, tighten your whole body. Breathe out, squeeze your stomach in, frown and purse your lips together. And now, let go with a ‘haa’ sound. What did you enjoy more? Did you enjoy keeping the fist closed or letting go? The above is one of many Sukshma Yoga …

Introduction to Yoga with Kamlesh Barwal

Sep 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM PST

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Kamlesh Barwal is an International Sri Sri Yoga teacher with The Art of Living. Over the past eleven years, she has travelled worldwide teaching people of all backgrounds, cultures and religions how to effectively manage their mind and emotions, eliminate stress, live in harmony amid diversity and bring greater peace and joy into their lives through simple yet profound Yoga techniques. She also specializes in training teachers in Sri Sri Yoga. Known for her graceful …

Are You Really Happy? Or is it All an Illusion?

Aug 20, 2013 at 11:33 AM PST

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Patanjali Yoga Sutras – Knowledge Sheet 3

In the earlier posts, we told you the story of how Patanjali came to be. We now begin the series on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

Atha yoganushasanam

Now I will enunciate the discipline of Yoga.

– Patanjali Yoga Sutra #1

Shasana means rules someone imposes on you. Anushasana is the rule you impose upon yourself. Do you see the difference? Now, why is yoga called a discipline? Where is the need for discipline? When …

Yoga for Youth : An Empowering Tool

Aug 20, 2013 at 11:27 AM PST

Youth face constant pressure to excel at studies, get a job, manage relationships, and deal with numerous other problems. Armed with yoga and meditation, youth say that sailing through turbulent times is as easy as sitting calmly for 20 minutes! Let’s see how youth and students are using yoga as a tool to overcome life’s challenges.

Yoga for Youth as a time-management tool

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Grades, studies, sports, fests, parties – college life buzzes with so many activities! The trick lies in balancing all these with ease. “I saw a tremendous rise in my energy levels with …

Yoga and Three Gunas

Aug 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM PST

Yoga and gunas: Upgrade the quality of your life

What is the current quality of your life?

Take this quiz and find out what quality of life you are leading right now.

1. Your meals mostly contain

A. Freshly prepared food which is gently spiced. B. Food which has a strong flavor such as extremely sweet, salty, hot food. Examples: vinegar, pickle. C. Food kept overnight in the fridge, pungent food, pizzas, burgers, sodas and fast food. D. None of the above.

2. Your parents or boss give you a task to complete

A. You work on the task …

Benefits of Sun Salutation

Aug 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM PST

Sun Salutation benefits

Sun Salutations benefit your body, mind, and spirit

Did you know that Sun Salutation is not just physical exercise for weight loss? This beautiful set of yoga postures work not only on the body but also on the mind and at the spiritual level.

If you have been doing Sun Salutation so far only to shed off those extra inches, here’s some food for thought. This wonderful gift of yoga, if practiced regularly, can work wonders for every part of the body – from head to toe! Yes, Sun Salutation …