Thursday, June 1, 2017

Five Essentials of a Yoga Practice

1) Awareness :

Yoga develops awareness of what is taking place in the moment. Awareness is a powerful skill to learn however it is only learnt by taking the journey inwards. It is something that you can’t learn at a class in university but it can be learnt by the practice of yoga.

2) Slow & Steady :

Never rush during the Yoga session. Slow down yourself on Yoga mat.

3) Breathing :

It's very important to be aware of breath while practicing Yogasanas. Movement of body should be synchronized with awareness & breath. And this make Yoga, Yoga; this is actually real charm of Yoga. When focusing on the breath during asana practice, the energy, the prana, begins to flow more freely pushing through any emotional and physical blockages and thus freeing the body and mind. Which results in the “feel good” effect after a yoga practice. 
·  Breath, inhale & exhale should be through the nose.· Breathing should be Relaxed, Rhythmic & Silent.

4) Alignment :

Each Yoga style has its own take on alignment. In absence of proper alignment you will not be able to derive maximum benefits. How to come into posture, how to release it’s very important.

5) Health Status :

You should discuss your injuries and special health conditions before the class with your Yoga instructor or teacher. This will help your Yoga teacher to make your practice and experience more enjoyable.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

What Non Practitioner Think About Yoga

After having a 11 years long experience of Yoga teaching found these interesting things about new comers to learn Yoga:

  1.  Mostly in India people start doing Yoga or look towards Yoga when everything fails to provide good health or not any way left for recovery from illness or when doctor wrote down on prescription – “Do Yoga”. Then people look towards Yoga as medicine, just Yoga teacher tell everything once & people will learn even in 30 minutes or 60 minutes.
  2. When start practice in private Yoga class or group Yoga class, people expecting quick result like ENO- "ENO de jhat se aaram".
  3. People don’t want to be regular in Yoga practice but need it’s benefits lifelong.
  4. Nobody want to label himself beginners, in few sessions everybody start demanding advance practices, even when they not even able to perform very basic Yoga serious Pawanmuktasana  I.
  5. Most of the people who come to learn, don’t want to be students.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

दुर्गा बत्तीसनामावली

दुर्गा बत्तीसनामावली

32 Names of Maa Durga

दुर्गा दुर्गार्तिशमनी दुर्गापद्विनिवारिणी दुर्गमच्छेदिनी दुर्गसाधिनि दुर्गनाशिनी

दुर्गतोद्धारिणी दुर्गनिहन्त्रि दुर्गमापहा दुर्गमज्ञानदा दुर्गदैत्यलोकदवानला दुर्गमा

दुर्गमालोका दुर्गमात्मस्वरुपिणी दुर्गमार्गप्रदा दुर्गमविद्या दुर्गमाश्रिता

दुर्गमज्ञानसंस्थाना दुर्गमध्यानभासिना दुर्गमोहा दुर्गमगा दुर्गमार्थस्वरुपिणी

दुर्गमासुरसंहन्त्री दुर्गमायुधधारिणी दुर्गमाड्गी दुर्गमता दुर्गम्या दुर्गमेश्‍वरी

दुर्गभीमा दुर्गभामी दुर्गभा दुर्गदारिणी

Name Meaning
1.Durgā:  The Reliever of Difficulties
2.Durgātirśaminī:  Who puts difficulties at peace
3.Durgāpadvinivāriṇī:  Dispeller of difficult adversities
4.Durgamacchedinī,:  Who cuts down difficulty
5.Durgasādhinī:  The performer of Discipline to expel difficulties
6.Durganāśinī:  The Destroyer of Difficulty
7.Durgatoddhāriṇī:  Who holds the whip of difficulties
8.Durgenihantrī,:  Who sends difficulties to Ruin
9.Durgamāpahā:  Who measures difficulties
10.Durgamajñānadā:  Who makes difficulties unconscious
11.Durgadaityalokadavānalā:  Who destroys the world of difficult thoughts
12.Durgamā:  The mother of difficulties
13.Durgamālokā:  The perception of difficulties
14.Durgamātmasvarūpiṇī:  The Intrinsic Nature of the soul of difficulties
15.Durgamārgapradā:  Who searches through the difficulties
16.Durgamavidyā:  The knowledge of difficulties
17.Durgamāśritā:   The Extrication from difficulties
18.Durgamajñānasaḿsthānā:  The continued existence of difficulties
19.Durgamadhyānabhāsinī:  Whose meditation remains brilliant when in difficulties
20.Durgamohā:  Who deludes difficulties
21.Durgamagā:  Who resolves difficulties
22.Durgamārthasvarūpiṇī:  Who is the intrinsic nature of the object of difficulties
23.Durgamāsurasanhantrī:  The annihilator of the egotism of difficulties
24.Durgamāyudhadhāriṇī:  Bearer of the weapon against difficulties
25.Durgamāńgī:  The refinery of difficulties
26.Durgamatā :  Who is beyond difficulties
27.Durgamyā:  This present difficulty
28.Durgameśvarī:  The empress of difficulties
29.Durgabhīmā:  Who is terrible to difficulties
30.Durgabhāmā:  The lady to difficulties
31.Durgabhā:  The illuminator of difficulties
32.Durgadāriṇī: Who cuts off difficulties

Sunday, March 31, 2013

असतो मा सद्गमय

Sanskrit Verse:

असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ।।

Taken from Brhadaranyaka Upanishad — I.III.28.

Transliterated Verse:

asato ma sad gamaya
tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
mrtyor mamrtam gamaya

Translation in Hindi:

हे ईश्वर! मुझे कुमार्ग से सन्मार्ग की और ले जाएँ! अज्ञान रूपी अंधकार से ज्ञानरूपी प्रकाश की और ले जाएँ! मृत्यु से अमरता की और ले जाएँ!

Translation in English:

From falsehood lead me to truth
From darkness of ignorance lead me to light of knowledge
From death lead me to immortality.

महामृत्युन्जय मंत्र

महामृत्युन्जय मंत्र 

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is one among the finest Mantra's in Indian Mythology and Spirituality belongs to Lord Shiva.It is a combination of three hindi language words i.e. "Maha" which means Great , "Mrityun" means Death and "Jaya" means Victory which turns into Conquer or victory over death. 

त्रयम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् म्रुत्योर्मुक्षिय मामृतात् ॥

Om Trayambakam Yajamahe, Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam,Urvarukmiv Bandhanat, Mrityurmokshaya Mamratat.

Sanskrit to English Meaning of Mantra:

Tri-ambaka-m : One who has three eyes. Lord Shiva is the only one who have it.

Yaja-mahe: One who is prayed or worshiped.

Sugandhi-m: Good Smell.

Pushti-vardhana-m: One who makes happy, prosperous, gives peace of mind and takes care about you.

Urvaruka-m: Disease, attachment, obstacles in life and resulting depression

iva: Like

Bandhanat: Associated or bonding.

Mrityur: From Death.

Mokshaya: Liberate us or send us heaven.

Ma: Not

Amritat: Realization of Immortality.

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Translation in English

“OM. We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva. You are sweet gladness, the fragrance of life, who nourishes us, restores our health, and causes us to thrive. As, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens, and the gourd is freed from the vine, so free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality.” 

Brief explanation

We concentrate on our third eye which lies behind the two eyes and this gives us the power to feel you and by this we feel happy,satisfied and peace in life. We know immortality is not possible but some extension can be given to our death by your powers Lord Shiva.

Friday, January 11, 2008

शांति मंत्र - ऊं सहना ववतु

शांति मंत्र

ऊं सहना ववतु

सहनौ भुनक्तु
सहविर्यम् करवावहे
तेजस्विना वधीतम् अस्तु
मा विद विशावहै
ऊं शांति शांति शांति

Om Sahana Vavatu Sahanau Bhunaktu
Sahaveeryam Karavavahai
Tejas Vinavati Tamastuma vidhwishavahai
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi

Sanskrit to English Word Meaning:Saha- both; nau-us; avatu- may he protect; bhunaktu-may he nourish; viryam karavavahai-may we acquire the capacity; tejasvi-be brilliant; nau-for us; adhitam- what is studied; astu-let it be; ma vidvisavahai-may we not argue with each other.

Translation:May He protect both of us. May He nourish both of us. May we both acquire the capacity (to study and understand the scriptures). May our study be brilliant. May we not argue with each other. Om peace, peace, peace.

Brief explanation:
At the beginning of a class, the teacher and students generally recite this peace invocation together. Both seek the Lord’s blessings for study that is free of obstacles, such as poor memory, or the inability to concentrate or poor health. They also seek blessings for a conducive relationship, without which communication of any subject matter is difficult. Therefore, this prayer is important for both the teacher and the student.

Wonder Water Therapy...

Water Therapy

Drink six (6) glasses of water (1.5 liters) everyday and avoid medicine, tablets, injections, diagnosis, doctor fees, etc., You can never believe before practicing.

List of Diseases that can be cured by Water Therapy:

Blood Pressure / Hyper Tension
Anemia (Blood Shortage)
Rheumatism (Pain in joints/muscles)
General Paralysis
Kidney Stones
Urogenital Diseases
Hyper Acidity
Uterus Cancer
Rectal Piodapse
Eye Diseases Ophthalmic Hermorrhage & Opthalmia (Reddisheye)
Irregular Menstruation
Breast Cancer

Therapy Procedure
If required, boiled and filtered water may be used for this purpose. It is difficult to drink 1.5 liters of water at one time, but you will get used to it gradually.

Initially, while practicing you may drink four glasses first and to balance two glasses after a gap of two minutes.

You may find the necessity to urinate 2 to 3 times within an hour, but it will become normal after quite some time.

Early morning, after you get up from bed, (without even brushing your teeth) drink 1.50 liters of water i.e., 5 to 6 glasses.

Let us all know that ancient Indians termed this therapy as “Usha Paana Chikitsa”. You may wash your face thereafter.
Here it is very essential to note that nothing else, neither drinks nor solid food of any sort should be taken within 1 hour before and after drinking these 1.5 liters of water.

It is also to be strictly observed that no alcoholic drinks should be taken the previous night.

The following diseases are observed to be cured with this therapy within the indicated days as below:

Constipation - 1 day

Acidity - 2 days

Diabetes - 7 days

Pulmonary TB - 3 months

Hypertension/BP - 4 weeks

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Effective Tips for Back Pain Relief

Nowadays back pain becomes a very common word for most of the people who is living so called Modern Life. These Modern people don’t like to do physical work. So, in the result we are getting weak body and low energy level. The following article lists some simple and effective methods that will help you reduce back pain. This article can give you an insight into everything you've ever wanted to know about relief for back pain.

Back pain is often a sign of injury or some underlying problem related to your spine – its bones, muscles, and other soft tissues. It could interrupt your work, routine, and your daily activities. It may even affect your normal lifestyle.

Fortunately back pain can be managed by using some simple treatment method in the beginning. In fact, most of episodes last from a few days to a few weeks and rarely do they last more than three months. If they do, then you are advised to consult a doctor or Qualified Yoga Therapist since pain may just be a symptom of a far more serious injury or disorder. Yoga can help not only to manage back pain but it also work on other aspect of disorder.

Some of the cases we find all the test reports showing normality, doctor also treating for a long time but in vain. In this type of case main problem is not lying in the spine, but back pain is just a symptom of other underlying chronic problem.

Back pain may be related to Digestive problem or Constipation. Chronic constipation slowly start damaging spine. It is completely out of thinking in medical science in case of male. And in case of female, main problem may not be in back or in spine. It may related to disturbed menstruation or other Gynecological problem, which is ignored for a long time.

So, before starting treatment once think wisely to overlook all the aspect of the problem and then try to treat the root cause of the problem. Then definitely gets fast & better result.
In most cases, certain pain management methods may be used to achieve back pain relief. The treatment could range from use of nonprescription drugs to massage therapies and traditional remedies like acupuncture and yoga. Below are some of the popular methods used for lower back pain relief:

1. Yoga:
Many people believe that rest is best for a painful back, but actually, what your back really needs. Regular Yoga practice in the guidance of Qualified Yoga Therapist relieves back pain by strengthening and stretching the muscles that support the spine and helps to prevent future injury. If your back pain is not chronic or spine is not damage enough, then you can try some Asanas which I referring here but again I advised before trying it consult a Qualified Yoga Therapist for proper advice.

If you do not know of any, you can always ask your Yoga Therapist for reference. There are also movement therapies to develop proper posture. To manage pain, you may do any of the following:

• Walk short distances slowly
• Stretch and do flexibility exercises
2. Losing Weight:
Losing weight can also be a back pain relief. This is because being overweight can make the ache get worse. You also have to get your muscles in better shape and improving your postures when sitting, standing or sleeping.Remember, if your head is not in line with your body it is like having a 15-pound weight constantly pulling you forward, which can strain the neck and shoulders. Standing and sitting with good posture help to keep your back healthy and fit.
Wrong posture creating stress in your back which can be cause of back pain.

3. Hot and cold Pads:
The person should apply hot and cold pads over the injured area. Do this for up to 20 minutes several times every day. This will help relax the muscles and increase blood flow, speeding up recovery. Warm baths are excellent for relieving mild backaches. If still not getting relief after two to three days of hot and cold treatment then contact your doctor or Qualified Yoga Therapist.

4. Massage Therapy:
Studies have shown that massage therapy is more effective than both chiropractic and acupuncture for relieving pain due to muscle spasms. The benefits of massage therapy include improved circulation, which helps alleviate muscle soreness; muscle relaxation, which helps muscles move without pain; and increased endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Beginners Yoga : A Complete Guide

Yoga is a complete life style & in starting it’s challenging discipline for beginners. The Asanas, or postures are slow and steady and are not meant to be painful, but this does not mean that they are not challenging.

Definatin of Yogasanas “Sthiram sukham aasanam”, meaning ‘the position which is comfortable and steady.’ Never extend yourself too much to cause discomfort. With practice, you should see yourself relaxing into the stretches with ease.

Some people doing it through learning from television or net, there is nothing wrong with this, but it’s helpful or good for healthy people only. If you are suffering from any chronic ailments and diseases such as stomach ulcer, tuberculosis, depression, blood pressure, heart problem, backache or any other ailments don’t start practice yourself, it may be increase your problem and you will not get the benefits of it. So, consult a Qualified Yoga Therapist before starting any practices, otherwise result may be more painful.

In the starting you may not be able to attain some postures, so don’t try to stretch too much or even not give jerk to reach into final posture, it’s may pull you muscles or give pain. Just remember that doing the every postures systematic are important, performing them absolutely perfectly is not the goal of Yoga. Yoga is not just an exercise; Asanas releases mental tensions by dealing with them on the physical level. The result is the release of dormant energy, the body becomes full of vitality and strength, the mind becomes light, creative, joyful and balanced.

For beginners there are a few tips when starting Yoga sessions.
o Select well-ventilated and less furnished room for practice.
o Use blanket of natural material for the practice as it will act like as an insulator between the body and the earth, Yoga mats also can be use if blanket it not available or convenient.
o Make sure you take a warm, relaxing shower and that you wear comfortable clothes that will allow you to stretch easily.
o Turn off your phone and don’t answer the door, you need peace and quiet.
o Turn the lights low (or you can do it in the sunlight), whatever suits you.
o During practice do not use fans and air conditioner unless it is extremely hot.
o Release all thoughts; it’s good or bad doesn’t matter; before the practice & relaxed yourself by Chanting any Santi Mantra.
You may use this mantra:

शांति मंत्रा
ऊं सहना ववतु
सहनौ भुनक्तु
सहविर्यम् करवावहे
तेजस्विना वधीतम् अस्तु
मा विद विशावहै
ऊं शांति शांति शांति

These tips make it easier for you as a beginner in yoga.