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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.

atha yoganushasanam— ‘We now commence the discipline of seeking the essence of ourselves’

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, cultivating and inner peace and knowing. In training the

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Insight into Dharma

The original science and key to our survival as a species

Any science is a step-by-step process producing measurable or verifiable results be it within physics, chemistry or the life sciences that come under the umbrella of Dharma. There was a time when Dharmic traditions governed humanity and there is currently a determined drive by rampant forces to extinguish them in their homelands, yet they are appearing as if self sown in the most unlikely places because to the educated mind, they represent sanity in an insane world.

Dharmic traditions all recognise that we exist and that we are unique within the animal kingdom, yet we have the same rights as all other life, we are part of life and

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Standing Poses

Establishing your connection to the earth

In the western yoga literature from the 1940s and 50s, standing poses were about giving shape and strength the legs, but today we know much more than this. Of course these exercises tone and strengthen the legs that more importantly they are all about grounding.

If you think about our fundamental nature, about 70% of our body is water and the other 30% composed of minerals and elements of the earth that we have extracted from the soils that produces our food. In other words like the words of the song, we are stardust and these elements can be harnessed to support us.

At a more subtle level we are bioelectrical organisms connected through

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Halasana

Yoga Asana Series

The plough asana

Typically halasana or the plough pose is done as a continuation or part of a series when performing shoulder stand but it can be done as an easier alternative. But it can be something of a challenge and should be approached with caution as there is the same risk to neck damage as in shoulder stand.

Halasana is an inversion of dandasana and for anyone who cannot comfortably sit in paschimottanasana and reach their toes, this pose is impossible to complete without the risk of injury. Therefore anyone who is not flexible, must position themselves so that they can bring their feet down onto a wall or chair.

If you are

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Salamba Sarvangasana

Yoga Asana Series

The shoulder stand inversion

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Within classical hatha yoga, Salamba Sarvangasana or shoulder stand is most often done following headstand in order to create an energetic balance. But one should should learn and be comfortable doing shoulder stand for 3 to 5 minutes before incorporating head stand into one’ practise.

The objective is to balance the body primarily on the shoulders and elbows with minimal weight on the back of the neck or head as demonstrated Very few people are naturally as flexible as the woman in this right image and such a performance generally comes after many years of practice. However very few people are naturally as

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Three Bodies of Man

Our three bodies as per the Yoga Shastras

Our energy body by Alex Grey.Purchase the sacred mirrors.

These three bodies consist of the physical body, astral or subtle body, and the casual or super-subtle body. Throughout the subtle body are energy channels, through which our life energy flows. Through regular practice of Yoga and pranayama, you can keep your physical body under control making it easier for you to reach your higher self. The astral, or the subtle body, is related to the mind and chakra energy system. Breathing exercises, the practice of prathyhara, and concentration, can help control the astral or subtle body. The casual or the super-subtle body is the finest

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Painless Childbirth Through Yoga

Yoga Asana Series How to Achieve Painless Childbirth Through Yoga

To achieve painless, or “normal,” childbirth, Yoga offers exercises and postures which will foster healthful development of secreting organs, especially those located within the waist and pelvic zones, and of the muscular and nervous systems.

The Western fashion world demands that women have thin waists. Actually, a woman requires a larger waist because her liver, stomach, spleen, kidneys, pancreas and colon are in the waist zone, and are proportionately larger than these organs in the male. This is part of nature’s provision for motherhood. The fashionable small waist necessarily is accompanied by displaced stomach and bowels and perhaps by a dislocated liver and a “floating” kidney.

The health of

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Dharma

The art and science of living while supporting life

Published on: 23 Jun 2016 updated June 8 2018

Dharma is described as a noun meaning to live by the eternal law of the cosmos that is inherent in the very nature of things. For many people, this may be too much of a stretch of the imagination, but it can be redefined as living in accord or in harmony with nature.

The idea of Dharma arises from Yoga and Hinduism because the ancient yogis were able to identify and relate with nature. Unfortunately this is beyond any people’s ability today because we live in such a consumer driven world where personal identity and happiness is dependent on external phenomena.

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Enlightenment

Entering the light

Published on: 30 Aug 2016, Updated May 30 2018

Enlightenment is a term especially common within Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoga and Tantra, but the idea of ‘seeing the light’ is a common expression in most cultures implying that the seer has realised something of importance.

What enlightenment means in an ultimate sense is to know the nature of existence or the meaning of life. This may sound far fetched and even irrelevant in terms of day to day living, work, paying bills, keeping up with people, gossip and struggling to survive.

This survival struggle is punctuated by moments of learning, pleasure and perhaps real joy. But so often these moments are the result of external things happening. For

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Yoga Preparation

Yoga Asana Series

Standing Warmups

These are some of the standing warm-ups that help to prepare the muscles for exercise. They can be done as a prelude to yoga or any physical activity as they help to release tightness form the body, warm the muscles helping to maintain flexibility and function of the body. As such, they can be done every day for general well-being and maintaining a clear mind. They are also good for those with respiratory problems.

Remember; no stretch should be uncomfortable. If you experience discomfort, please get help.

Foot flexion: Combines an exercise in balance and maintaining ankle mobility.

From Tadasana, extend one foot forward and consciously try to: stretch the ball of

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Sankalpa or Resolution

Developing conscious intent

Sankalpa (संकल्प) is a conception, idea or notion formed in the heart or mind that leads to a resolve or vow to act, a determination to perform, a definite intention, volition or will. In relation to yoga, it is a chosen resolution made during the practice of Yoga Nidra.

It is a process of training the mind to develop trust and faith in yourself and provide a direction for your whole life – if you use it wisely. Its effect is to awaken the willpower within, by uniting the conscious awareness with the unconscious forces, lying dormant. It takes the form of a short phrase or sentence, clearly and concisely expressed – using the same wording each

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