The Art and Science Known as Yoga
The great sage Agusteya Muni who introduced yoga and the art of living known as Sanatana Dharma to India
A system or a methodology for maintaining the health and fitness of the body and the mind. The practice of yoga is about initially connecting and understanding relationship between oneself as a human being and the body which is the vehicle for being human.
For many the process of yoga begins with training the body to keep it healthy and strong, but also to understand it as a vehicle for life. In training the body the mind is also trained because where the body goes, the mind must go and with practice the
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The future is in our hands
I invite you to play this short video to your right in which Neil deGrasse Tyson argues the case of science and our collective knowledge about what works as a means for our decision-making.
We can use this rational scientific approach to ask whether peace is better than war or whether we should have greater social equity or to continue shaping the world based on sociological and economic systems that are failing.
Can take his dialogue further and ask what is the meaning of life?
For many, life has no meaning at all and as individuals we have absolutely no responsibility and no need of any morality. For others life has become a quest
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Learned behavioural habits
A vicious circle is a chain of events, in which the response to a difficulty creates a new problem that aggravates that original difficulty. The virtuous circles do just the opposite. The response to an occurrence creates a positive result that improves the whole situation; and as it repeats, the whole thing becomes better and better.
The fundamental reality is that some people just seem to go up; their timing is excellent, the right people and the right things come their way, they are surrounded by smiling people who love them, and they even maintain abundant good health. Life for them, and the people they influence, just gets better and better. However, some other people, who grow
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Towards an Ethical Way of Life
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Most of us have heard the term karma, a Sanskrit word (कर्म) implying the interlinking of cause and effect. Karma signifies a moral caution and a stimulus to become responsible in life because when we cause harm to others by accident or even design, consequences will come back to us at some point.
The Dhammapada is one of the most sacred and best-loved of Buddhist texts. It points out the method of self-realization, by the way of moral conduct:
Like garlands woven from a heap of flowers, Fashion from your life as many good deeds.
The text further enlightens on the nature of the karmic fruit:
For while the
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Connecting and uplifting
In contrast to music and song designed to soothe or stimulate one’s heart and mind towards some short-term happiness, the intent of mantra is to help an individual to transcend the mundane and enter a super conscious existence.
Much of our modern music can stimulate right action towards greater peace and harmony that like the brokenhearted cowboy songs it serves to reinforce a sense of hopelessness and limitation. Some music will set your body free to move and dance while some music facilitates greater reflection.
Mantra if you like is the most sophisticated of reflective sound. The melody or arrangement of sounds is conducive to brain function and the activation of intelligence rather than emotion. The words
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Yoga Asana Series
Sitting on your heels
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Vajrasana is derived from word “Vajra”, which means the armour. The body becomes adamantine, strong and firm. The Vajrasana centres you at the navel (the Manipura Chakra) and makes you firm in your resolve. Vajrasana is a kneeling pose, and it takes its name from the Sanskrit word Vajra (वज्), which means diamond or thunderbolt.
It is a restful pose and can be used for meditation, breathing (Pranayama) exercises like Kapalabhati and Anulon Vilom, and it is said that in doing so, the body becomes as strong as a diamond.
Like all asana’s, there are many variations starting from the simple act of having one’s
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Tree Pose – testing your balance
This is a challenge for most people. The faster ones mind is working, the more difficult it is to balance so this is good pose to start tweaking awareness and moving toward a quieter mind. But don’t let it shatter your confidence.
If you are just starting out, are older or very unfit. It is a good option to simply stand tall and rest one foot on top of the other. If balance is a challenge, keep one hand on the wall and bring your hands into prayer position as able. From here continue with the raised foot on the ankle and the knee opened out. Then as your grow more confident, move to
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Yoga Asana Series
The Mountain Pose
To understand the body and interpret asana, it helps to understand the relationship between the planes of the body so that when performing asana, the planes are respected and form the integrity of the body. As with all yoga poses, tadasana helps to balance the musculature of the body creating evenness and as importantly, balance that many people tend to lose.
Grounding and openness
Tadasana is the art of standing in balance on both feet while holding your body upright and open with softness and evenness of breath. This is an elemental position from which all standing yoga poses commence.
This pose is about establishing integrity and openness in the body as represented
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Yoga Asana Series
Seated spinal twists
BKS Iyengar – matsyendrasana 1 Completing the pose by sitting on the inside of the ankle. The ankle bone presses up into the perineum.
The asana is named after the great yogi Matsyendranath. The name comes from the Sanskrit words ardha meaning “half”- matsya meaning “fish”- eendra meaning “king”, and asana (आसन ) meaning “posture” or “seat.”
The Matsyendrāsana twist series allows the spine to be twisted all the way from the base of the spine to the very top. This asana tones the spinal nerves and ligaments, and improves digestion.and also improve liver and pancreas health.
This asana usually appears as a seated spinal twist with many variations. One of the
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Yoga Asana Series
A primary warrior pose
This is a good representative pose – youtube
This asana is often performed after uthitta trikonasana as its easier to do than virabhadrasana 1. In this asana the integrity of tadasana is transferred with the feet placed slightly more than 1 m apart.
In the beginning it takes some experimentation to get the correct foot placings and begin to work into the pose. From standing with the feet wide and parallel, the right toes turn out a full 90° and the left heel turns back some 10°.
As with trikonasana, the line through the centre of the forward foot follows back to the centre arch of the back foot.
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Yoga Asana Series
Warming up for exercise – cat stretch
Getting your body warmed up and moving before stronger exercise is important and it’s not just heat. Consider that if you’ve come from another activity, just woken from sleep, been sitting at a computer or doing some other from physical labour. Your body will be imbalanced and the purpose of the warm up sequences is bring your body parts and systems onto the same ‘page’.
This is a good opportunity to become aware of your physicality and any areas where muscles may be tight or fatigued. Warm ups prepare the body and mind before doing a stronger exercise which may have the potential to injure.
One of the most
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