Yoga, Mind and Consciousness
Many people choose vigorous activities instead of meditation because they have agitated minds. But both of these are perfectly compatible. And for many, they are both necessary.
Researchers from the U.S. Army have have found meditations from the Yogic traditions are able to mitigate stress completely when practiced long-term.
There are four main paths in yoga: Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Raja yoga and Jnana yoga. All four paths lead to the same destination, but each one of them is suited to a different temperament or personality.
Sleeping directions can change the way we sleep and the way we live. They have a profound effect on our energy levels, focus and performance amongst other important factors relating to both mind and body.
Namaste is a Sanskrit word used as a respectful greeting. The word is accompanied by the physical gesture of placing your hands together, as if in prayer, over your heart chakra and with your head slightly bowed towards your hands.
There are many benefits to bonding with your colleagues. Not only can becoming friends with your coworkers help you progress in your career, but it will also create a positive work environment.
“Avoid fraternising with people who don’t share your values. Prolonged association with those with false ideas can only tarnish your thinking.” - Epictetus - The great Stoic philosopher
Stress and anxiety often prevent us from getting good sleep, which makes us moody and lethargic. How can we get better and sounder sleep?
Shivaratri or Maha Shivratri is known as the "Great night of Shiva."
It is said on this night Shiva, the primal consciousness united with Shakti, the primal energy.
The second part of the article on expressive yoga and Swami Sivananda's 18 ITIES explores the cultivation of veracity, equanimity, fixity, non-irritability, adaptability, humility, tenacity, integrity, nobility, magnanimity, charity, generosity and purity.
Expressing yoga and practicing yoga are two completely different things. We must learn to express yoga whenever we are not practicing it. The 18 ITIES of Swami Sivananda serve as a foundation, which can make us express yoga in thought, speech and action and turn us into true yogis.
The body’s natural urges help the body stay in balance by assimilating and eliminating whatever is necessary in order to stay in a harmonious state. Suppressing these urges results in many ailments.
We all suffer from stress, anxiety, tension, anger etc. Sometimes we think we’re relaxed, but this is just a notion; the reality is we are only less stressed. We confuse a state of reduced stress with peace.
Our entire lives depend upon our breathing. Since times immemorial, ancient yogis have told us:‘’ Those who do not breathe fully only half live. And those who breathe correctly obtain control over their entire being. Then what is there in this world that remains impossible for them?’’