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Yoga Anatomy
The Science of Life
Patanjali’s definition of Yoga
Maharshi Patanjali defines yoga as
Yogashcittavrttinirodhah -- that is, "Yoga means
the suspension of all the psychic propensities."
The real meaning of ”Yoga”
• The Sanskrit definition of Yoga (yuinj +
ghain) is unification
• Sada’shiva said ”Sam'yoga yoga ityukto
jiiva'tma' Parama'tma'nah,” or "The
unification of the unit soul, the jiiva'tma', with
the Universal Soul, Parama'tma', is Yoga."
Tantra
• The practical spiritual cult was taught by Shiva over 7000 years ago.
This was later know as Yoga.
• The word tantra is derived as: tan + trae + d'a. Tra [trae + d'a]
means "that which liberates." So Tantra means the science which
shows the path for the emancipation of the human entity through
psycho-spiritual expansion.
•
There is an acoustic root ta. Ta represents dullness or lethargy. So
literally tantra [combining two derivations] means "a systematic and
scientific process which brings about first expansion, and thereafter
liberation from the bondages of dullness and lethargy".
Tantra
Yoga
Around 2300 years ago Paintanjali systemitized
yoga into sutras. This collection of 194 sutras
detailed the process of asanas and their benifits.
This is considered the first text on Yoga.
Tantra
Yoga
Ra’jadhira’ja Yoga
Ra’jadhira’ja Yoga
RГЎjadhirГЎja Yoga represents an integral approach
to life which is simple, universal, and free from
religious and historical distortions.
Invented 2000 years ago by Maharshi As’t’a’varka.
Recent Yogic master Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rti
introduced new practices that enliven the whole
system with deep relevance to our modern-day life
and psychology.
RГЎjadhirГЎja Yoga is a complete yogic practice to
attain physical fitness, mental clarity, and
spiritual progress
Tantra
Yoga
Ra’jadhra’ja Yoga
As’t’a’unga Yoga
Yama
Niyama
A’sanas
Pra’n’a’ya’ma
Pratya’ha’ra
Dha’rana’
Dhya’na
Samadhi
As’t’a’unga Yoga
Here RГЎjadhirГЎja Yoga is systematized into 8 progressive stages know as
the 8 limbs of As’t’a’unga Yoga. Begining with morality, or good conduct,
and then progressing from the physical to the devine, the practioner
gradually explores more subtle regions of his/her mind.
”Through As't'a'unga Yoga, as laid down in the A'nanda Ma'rga, a
Sa'dhaka, conscious of his/her body and self, can gradually awaken the
dormant mental power and with the help of this developed mind he/she
can eventually establish himself/herself in spiritual self. In this seity - in
this characteristic self he/she gets real A'nanda.”
-Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rti
Tantra
Yoga
Ra’jadhra’ja Yoga
Ra’ja Yoga
As’t’a’unga Yoga
Yama
Niyama
A’sanas
Pra’n’a’ya’ma
Pratya’ha’ra
Dha’rana’
Dhya’na
Samadhi
Jina’na
Karma
Bhakti
Mantra Yoga
Ra’ja Yoga
Yoga of the inner concentration, where the mind is
concentrated towards the subjectivity of the self.
Three approaches
Jina’na Yoga
Karma Yoga
Bhakti Yoga
Tantra
Yoga
Ra’jadhra’ja Yoga
As’t’a’unga Yoga
Yama
Niyama
A’sanas
Pra’n’a’ya’ma
Pratya’ha’ra
Dha’rana’
Dhya’na
Samadhi
Ra’ja Yoga
Jina’na
Karma
Kun’d’alin’ii Yo
Bhakti
Mantra Yoga
Kunda’linii Yoga
Practices to arouse the kula kund’a’linii energy lying
dormant in the Mu’la’dha’ra carkra, and free its movement
up through the spinal column.
Tantra
Yoga
Ra’jadhra’ja Yoga
Ra’ja Yoga
As’t’a’unga Yoga
Yama
Niyama
A’sanas
Pra’n’a’ya’ma
Pratya’ha’ra
Dha’rana’
Dhya’na
Samadhi
Jina’na
Karma
Kun’d’alin’ii Yoga
Bhakti
Mantra Yoga
Hat’ha Yoga
Kriya’
Mudra’
Hatha Yoga
”Where propensities are controlled the nerves are made to
stop their functioning by forced physical energy. Not only
the nerve fibres but also the nerve cells are made to stop
their functioning. When the function is stopped there is no
ectoplasmic vibration. If this is done the mind stops its
functions. When the mental actions are stopped there is
temporary control of the propensities. This forced control is
known as Hat'ha Yoga. Hat'ha means Balena - by force.”
-Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rti
The 8 Limbs of Yoga
• Yama
• Nyama
• Ásanas
• Pratyáhára
• Prán´áyáma
• Dháran´á
• Dhyána
• Samádhi
• Yama : control of oneself in relation with the external
environment. Social morality
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Niyama : regulation of oneВґs internal environment. Individual morality.
ГЂsanas: Sthirasukham a'sanam (Patanjali). A'sanas are calm, quiet and easy postures
which are held with proper inhalation and exhalation. They exercise the nerves, tissues,
glands and organs of the human body.
PratyГЎhГЎra: prati - a' - hr + ghain. The word a'ha'ra literally means "assimilating" or
"taking something within". As a yogic practice, pratya'ha'ra means "withdrawal of the mind
from external objectivity and goading the withdrawn mind toward Parama Purus'a".
PrГЎnВґГЎyГЎma: Tasmin sati shva'sa prashva'sayoh gativicchedah pra'n'a'ya'ma. That is,
"Pra'n'a'ya'ma is the process of breath control along with the imposition of the ideation of
Supreme Consciousness." It helps the mind in concentration and meditation.
DhГЎranВґГЎ:Deshabandhashcittasya dha'ran'a'. Dha'ran'a' literally means "locating the mind
firmly in an area or region of the body". This involves concentrating upon the respective
controlling points of the fundamental factors located within the human body. That is, the
mind is to be fixed on specific cakras [plexi] and engaged in Cosmic ideation.
DhyГЎna: Tatra pratyatyaekata'nata' dhya'nam -- "Dhya'na means 'the unbroken flow of
mind towards the supreme goal." So dhya'na is meditation on the Supreme Entity so that
there is an incessant upward movement of the mind towards Parama Purus'a.
SamГЎdhi: Sama'dhi is the merger of the unit consciousness in Cosmic Consciousness. It
is not a particular lesson; it is the result of all the above spiritual practices.
•
Yama : control of oneself in relation with the external environment. Social morality
• Niyama : regulation of one´s internal environment. Individual
morality.
•
•
•
•
•
•
ГЂsanas: Sthirasukham a'sanam (Patanjali). A'sanas are calm, quiet and easy
postures which are held with proper inhalation and exhalation. They exercise the
nerves, tissues, glands and organs of the human body.
PratyГЎhГЎra: prati - a' - hr + ghain. The word a'ha'ra literally means "assimilating" or
"taking something within". As a yogic practice, pratya'ha'ra means "withdrawal of the
mind from external objectivity and goading the withdrawn mind toward Parama
Purus'a".
PrГЎnВґГЎyГЎma: Tasmin sati shva'sa prashva'sayoh gativicchedah pra'n'a'ya'ma. That
is, "Pra'n'a'ya'ma is the process of breath control along with the imposition of the
ideation of Supreme Consciousness." It helps the mind in concentration and
meditation.
DhГЎranВґГЎ:Deshabandhashcittasya dha'ran'a'. Dha'ran'a' literally means "locating the
mind firmly in an area or region of the body". This involves concentrating upon the
respective controlling points of the fundamental factors located within the human
body. That is, the mind is to be fixed on specific cakras [plexi] and engaged in
Cosmic ideation.
DhyГЎna: Tatra pratyatyaekata'nata' dhya'nam -- "Dhya'na means 'the unbroken flow
of mind towards the supreme goal." So dhya'na is meditation on the Supreme Entity
so that there is an incessant upward movement of the mind towards Parama Purus'a.
SamГЎdhi: Sama'dhi is the merger of the unit consciousness in Cosmic
Consciousness. It is not a particular lesson; it is the result of all the above spiritual
practices.
•
•
Yama : control of oneself in relation with the external environment. Social morality
Niyama : regulation of oneВґs internal environment. Individual morality.
• Àsanas: Sthirasukham a'sanam (Patanjali). A'sanas are calm,
quiet and easy postures which are held with proper inhalation
and exhalation. They exercise the nerves, tissues, glands and
organs of the human body.
•
•
•
•
•
PratyГЎhГЎra: prati - a' - hr + ghain. The word a'ha'ra literally means "assimilating" or
"taking something within". As a yogic practice, pratya'ha'ra means "withdrawal of the
mind from external objectivity and goading the withdrawn mind toward Parama
Purus'a".
PrГЎnВґГЎyГЎma: Tasmin sati shva'sa prashva'sayoh gativicchedah pra'n'a'ya'ma. That
is, "Pra'n'a'ya'ma is the process of breath control along with the imposition of the
ideation of Supreme Consciousness." It helps the mind in concentration and
meditation.
DhГЎranВґГЎ:Deshabandhashcittasya dha'ran'a'. Dha'ran'a' literally means "locating the
mind firmly in an area or region of the body". This involves concentrating upon the
respective controlling points of the fundamental factors located within the human
body. That is, the mind is to be fixed on specific cakras [plexi] and engaged in
Cosmic ideation.
DhyГЎna: Tatra pratyatyaekata'nata' dhya'nam -- "Dhya'na means 'the unbroken flow
of mind towards the supreme goal." So dhya'na is meditation on the Supreme Entity
so that there is an incessant upward movement of the mind towards Parama Purus'a.
SamГЎdhi: Sama'dhi is the merger of the unit consciousness in Cosmic
Consciousness. It is not a particular lesson; it is the result of all the above spiritual
practices.
•
•
•
Yama : control of oneself in relation with the external environment. Social morality
Niyama : regulation of oneВґs internal environment. Individual morality.
ГЂsanas: Sthirasukham a'sanam (Patanjali). A'sanas are calm, quiet and easy
postures which are held with proper inhalation and exhalation. They exercise the
nerves, tissues, glands and organs of the human body.
• Pratyáhára: prati - a' - hr + ghain. The word a'ha'ra literally
means "assimilating" or "taking something within". As a yogic
practice, pratya'ha'ra means "withdrawal of the mind from
external objectivity and goading the withdrawn mind toward
Parama Purus'a".
•
•
•
•
PrГЎnВґГЎyГЎma: Tasmin sati shva'sa prashva'sayoh gativicchedah pra'n'a'ya'ma. That
is, "Pra'n'a'ya'ma is the process of breath control along with the imposition of the
ideation of Supreme Consciousness." It helps the mind in concentration and
meditation.
DhГЎranВґГЎ:Deshabandhashcittasya dha'ran'a'. Dha'ran'a' literally means "locating the
mind firmly in an area or region of the body". This involves concentrating upon the
respective controlling points of the fundamental factors located within the human
body. That is, the mind is to be fixed on specific cakras [plexi] and engaged in
Cosmic ideation.
DhyГЎna: Tatra pratyatyaekata'nata' dhya'nam -- "Dhya'na means 'the unbroken flow
of mind towards the supreme goal." So dhya'na is meditation on the Supreme Entity
so that there is an incessant upward movement of the mind towards Parama Purus'a.
SamГЎdhi: Sama'dhi is the merger of the unit consciousness in Cosmic
Consciousness. It is not a particular lesson; it is the result of all the above spiritual
practices.
•
•
•
•
Yama : control of oneself in relation with the external environment. Social morality
Niyama : regulation of oneВґs internal environment. Individual morality.
ГЂsanas: Sthirasukham a'sanam (Patanjali). A'sanas are calm, quiet and easy
postures which are held with proper inhalation and exhalation. They exercise the
nerves, tissues, glands and organs of the human body.
PratyГЎhГЎra: prati - a' - hr + ghain. The word a'ha'ra literally means "assimilating" or
"taking something within". As a yogic practice, pratya'ha'ra means "withdrawal of the
mind from external objectivity and goading the withdrawn mind toward Parama
Purus'a".
• Prán´áyáma: Tasmin sati shva'sa prashva'sayoh
gativicchedah pra'n'a'ya'ma. That is, "Pra'n'a'ya'ma is the
process of breath control along with the imposition of the
ideation of Supreme Consciousness." It helps the mind in
concentration and meditation.
•
•
•
DhГЎranВґГЎ:Deshabandhashcittasya dha'ran'a'. Dha'ran'a' literally means "locating the
mind firmly in an area or region of the body". This involves concentrating upon the
respective controlling points of the fundamental factors located within the human
body. That is, the mind is to be fixed on specific cakras [plexi] and engaged in
Cosmic ideation.
DhyГЎna: Tatra pratyatyaekata'nata' dhya'nam -- "Dhya'na means 'the unbroken flow
of mind towards the supreme goal." So dhya'na is meditation on the Supreme Entity
so that there is an incessant upward movement of the mind towards Parama Purus'a.
SamГЎdhi: Sama'dhi is the merger of the unit consciousness in Cosmic
Consciousness. It is not a particular lesson; it is the result of all the above spiritual
practices.
•
•
•
•
•
Yama : control of oneself in relation with the external environment. Social morality
Niyama : regulation of oneВґs internal environment. Individual morality.
ГЂsanas: Sthirasukham a'sanam (Patanjali). A'sanas are calm, quiet and easy
postures which are held with proper inhalation and exhalation. They exercise the
nerves, tissues, glands and organs of the human body.
PratyГЎhГЎra: prati - a' - hr + ghain. The word a'ha'ra literally means "assimilating" or
"taking something within". As a yogic practice, pratya'ha'ra means "withdrawal of the
mind from external objectivity and goading the withdrawn mind toward Parama
Purus'a".
PrГЎnВґГЎyГЎma: Tasmin sati shva'sa prashva'sayoh gativicchedah pra'n'a'ya'ma. That
is, "Pra'n'a'ya'ma is the process of breath control along with the imposition of the
ideation of Supreme Consciousness." It helps the mind in concentration and
meditation.
• Dháran´á:Deshabandhashcittasya dha'ran'a'. Dha'ran'a' literally
means "locating the mind firmly in an area or region of the
body". This involves concentrating upon the respective
controlling points of the fundamental factors located within the
human body. That is, the mind is to be fixed on specific cakras
[plexi] and engaged in Cosmic ideation.
•
•
DhyГЎna: Tatra pratyatyaekata'nata' dhya'nam -- "Dhya'na means 'the unbroken flow
of mind towards the supreme goal." So dhya'na is meditation on the Supreme Entity
so that there is an incessant upward movement of the mind towards Parama Purus'a.
SamГЎdhi: Sama'dhi is the merger of the unit consciousness in Cosmic
Consciousness. It is not a particular lesson; it is the result of all the above spiritual
practices.
•
•
•
•
•
•
Yama : control of oneself in relation with the external environment. Social morality
Niyama : regulation of oneВґs internal environment. Individual morality.
ГЂsanas: Sthirasukham a'sanam (Patanjali). A'sanas are calm, quiet and easy
postures which are held with proper inhalation and exhalation. They exercise the
nerves, tissues, glands and organs of the human body.
PratyГЎhГЎra: prati - a' - hr + ghain. The word a'ha'ra literally means "assimilating" or
"taking something within". As a yogic practice, pratya'ha'ra means "withdrawal of the
mind from external objectivity and goading the withdrawn mind toward Parama
Purus'a".
PrГЎnВґГЎyГЎma: Tasmin sati shva'sa prashva'sayoh gativicchedah pra'n'a'ya'ma. That
is, "Pra'n'a'ya'ma is the process of breath control along with the imposition of the
ideation of Supreme Consciousness." It helps the mind in concentration and
meditation.
DhГЎranВґГЎ:Deshabandhashcittasya dha'ran'a'. Dha'ran'a' literally means "locating the
mind firmly in an area or region of the body". This involves concentrating upon the
respective controlling points of the fundamental factors located within the human
body. That is, the mind is to be fixed on specific cakras [plexi] and engaged in
Cosmic ideation.
• Dhyána: Tatra pratyatyaekata'nata' dhya'nam -- "Dhya'na
means 'the unbroken flow of mind towards the supreme goal."
So dhya'na is meditation on the Supreme Entity so that there is
an incessant upward movement of the mind towards Parama
Purus'a.
•
SamГЎdhi: Sama'dhi is the merger of the unit consciousness in Cosmic
Consciousness. It is not a particular lesson; it is the result of all the above spiritual
practices.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Yama : control of oneself in relation with the external environment. Social morality
Niyama : regulation of oneВґs internal environment. Individual morality.
ГЂsanas: Sthirasukham a'sanam (Patanjali). A'sanas are calm, quiet and easy
postures which are held with proper inhalation and exhalation. They exercise the
nerves, tissues, glands and organs of the human body.
PratyГЎhГЎra: prati - a' - hr + ghain. The word a'ha'ra literally means "assimilating" or
"taking something within". As a yogic practice, pratya'ha'ra means "withdrawal of the
mind from external objectivity and goading the withdrawn mind toward Parama
Purus'a".
PrГЎnВґГЎyГЎma: Tasmin sati shva'sa prashva'sayoh gativicchedah pra'n'a'ya'ma. That
is, "Pra'n'a'ya'ma is the process of breath control along with the imposition of the
ideation of Supreme Consciousness." It helps the mind in concentration and
meditation.
DhГЎranВґГЎ:Deshabandhashcittasya dha'ran'a'. Dha'ran'a' literally means "locating the
mind firmly in an area or region of the body". This involves concentrating upon the
respective controlling points of the fundamental factors located within the human
body. That is, the mind is to be fixed on specific cakras [plexi] and engaged in
Cosmic ideation.
DhyГЎna: Tatra pratyatyaekata'nata' dhya'nam -- "Dhya'na means 'the unbroken flow
of mind towards the supreme goal." So dhya'na is meditation on the Supreme Entity
so that there is an incessant upward movement of the mind towards Parama Purus'a.
• Samádhi: Sama'dhi is the merger of the unit consciousness in
Cosmic Consciousness. It is not a particular lesson; it is the
result of all the above spiritual practices.
The 8 Limbs of Yoga
• Yama
• Nyama
• Ásanas
• Pratyáhára
• Prán´áyáma
• Dháran´á
• Dhyána
• Samádhi
ГЃsanas
”While practising a'sanas one enjoys physical comfort
and mental composure. The regular practice of a'sanas
keeps the body healthy and cures many diseases. A'sanas
control the glands, the glands control the secretion of
hormones, and the secretion of hormones controls the
propensities. So a'sanas help a sa'dhaka [spiritual
aspirant] to balance the body and concentrate the mind.”
-Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rti
Why do we practice ГЃsanas?
• To increase the flexibility of the body.
• To rectify glandular defects and balance hormonal
secretions in order to control the vrttis
[propensities].
• To balance the body and mind.
• To withdraw the mind from undesirable thinking.
• To prepare the mind for subtler and higher sa'dhana'
[spiritual practices].
How do A’sanas get their names?
(1) Some a'sanas are similar to animal movements so they
are named after those animals; for example,
matsyamudra' [fish posture], garud'a'sana [bird posture],
etc.
(2) Some a'sanas have the characteristics of animal
structures, so they are also named after those animals;
for example, ku'rmaka'sana [tortoise posture], etc.
(3) Some a'sanas are named by the qualities of the a'sana;
for example, sarva'unga'sana [shoulder stand; literally
"all-limbs posture"].
There are mainly two types of a'sanas:
sva'sthya'sanas and dhya'na'sanas
Sva'sthya'sanas are practised primarily for physical health and
secondarily for spiritual elevation.
Dhya'na'sanas are practised primarily for concentration of mind
and meditation. Dhya'na'sanas include padma'sana [lotus
posture], baddha padma'sana [bound-lotus posture],
siddha'sana [siddha posture, the posture of a perfected one]
and viira'sana [hero posture].
A’sanas and...
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5)
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8)
Ideation/mind
Cakras
Vrttis/instincts
Glands/hormones
Muscles
Nerves
Joints
Bones/spine
9)
10)
11)
12)
13)
14)
15)
16)
Organs
Respiratory system
Circulatory system
Digestive system
Food/Health
Pra’n’a
Meditation
Service
Rules for a’sanas
1. Before practising a'sanas, take half bath or take a full bath.
2. Practice a’sana in fresh air, in a room without any draft. Never
do a’sanas outside.
3. No smoke should be allowed to enter the room. The less smoke
the better.
4. Males must wear a laungot'a', females must wear tight-fitting
underwear and a bra.
5. Practise a'sanas on a blanket or a mat.
6. Practise a'sanas only while breath is flowing through the left
nostril or both nostrils. Do not practise a'sanas when the breath
flows only through the right nostril.
7. Take only sa'ttvika food.
8. Do not cut the hair of the joints of the body.
9. Keep the nails of the fingers and toes cut short.
10. Do not practise a'sanas on a full belly.
11. After practising a'sanas, you should massage your arms, legs
and entire body, especially the joints, very well.
12. After the massage is finished, remain in shava'sana (corpse
posture) for at least two minutes.
More guidelines for A’sanas
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After a'sanas do not come in direct contact with water for at least ten minutes.
A practitioner of a'sanas should not massage his or her body with oil.
After practising a'sanas, it is desirable to walk in a solitary place for some time.
Just after a'sanas pra'n'a'ya'ma is prohibited.
If it is necessary to go outdoors after practising a'sanas before the body
temperature has returned to a normal level, or if it is colder outside than inside,
you must cover your body when going out. If possible, inhale a deep breath
inside the room and exhale it after coming outside.
It is not prohibited for the practitioner of a'sanas to practise free-hand exercise,
running or sports, but just after a'sanas all these are prohibited.
There is no restriction of nostril for the following a'sanas: the dhya'na'sanas,
diirgha pran'a'ma (long bowing posture), yoga'sana (yoga posture) and
bhu'jaunga'sana (snake posture).
For all those a'sanas where there is no restriction of nostrils, there is no
restriction on food either.
During menstruation, pregnancy and within one month of delivery, women must
not practise a'sanas or any other exercise. The dhya'na'sanas can be done
under any conditions.
Warm ups
A’sanas and Ideation
Anything done with Cosmic Ideation is a part
of Yoga.
A’sanas as a spiritual practice need to be
done with proper ideation (otherwise one is
performing Hatha Yoga). Without Cosmic
Ideation no spiritual elevation is possible.
A’sanas and Mind
”Paincakos’a’tmika’
Jaeviisatta
Kadaliipus’pavat”
--A’nandasutram 3.1
The living being is
composed of five layers
of mind, just like the
banana flower.
These Layers of mind
are called Kos’a’s
Annamaya Kos'a
The physical body
Also know as the "food layer" - anna: "food”
The physical body is the outermost layer of the mind. It is composed
of the 5 fundamental factors. The experiencing of the actions and
reactions from the mind is done through the receptacle of the body.
The body is the machine of the mind through which it connects with
the world via the sensory and motor organs.
This layer of the mind is perfected through A’sanas
Kamamaya Kos�a
Conscious or crude mind
Also know as the "layer of desire" - "kama": physical desire
This is the lowest layer of the mind and it has three main functions:
1. Sensing the external stimuli from the outside world through the
sensory organs of the physical body.
2. Having desires based on those external stimuli
3. Acting to materialize those desires though the use of motor organs.
• This layer of the mind controls the organs and instincts, and it also
activates the physical body to satisfy the basic instincts of hunger,
sleep, sex and fear.
• All materialist philosophies are based on this layer of the mind.
• Therefore, it is highly desirable that a spiritual aspirant, a yogii, has
mastery over this layer of mind.
This layer of the mind is perfected by Yama and Niyama.
Manomaya Kos’a
Subconscious or subtle mind
1.
2.
3.
4.
The subtle mind directly controls the conscious or crude mind.
Memory – There are two types of memory. Cerebral memory is the
storage the daily impressions of the external stimuli and memories of
the activities done through the motor and sensory organs. However,
there is a type of memory that does not require the help of the brain
cells. This extra-cerebral memory is the recollection of the distant past
or from past lives.
Contemplation - All type of thinking and intellectual pursuits happen in
this layer.
Experience of pleasure and pain - In this layer we experience the
result of our past actions.
Dreams - This layer also functions in the recollection of daily
impressions while in the dreaming state.
This layer of the mind is perfected by Pranayama.
Atimanasa Kos'a
Supramental or "higher mind“
The causal mind is the all-knowing mind that transcends the bondage
of time, space and person. It is composed of the top three layers of
mind. This is the first layer of the three layers of the causal mind.
1. Intuition and creative insight--Most arts are inspired from the
expanded states of the Atimanasa kos'a. This is the layer where
premonitory dreams and telepathic clairvoyance occur and the
capacity to see, even during wakeful states, distant events occurring
at the present moment or at a near or distant future.
2. The first expression of sam'skaras (the results of our past actions)
start from this layer and also the first desire to practice meditation
originates from here. This layer is often stimulated by the beauty of
nature and it is inspired with devotional songs and other forms of
subtle artistic expressions.
This layer of mind is perfected through Pratyahara (mental withdrawl)
Vijinanamaya Kos'a
Subliminal Mind
It is the layer of the beginning of true spiritual realization. In this layer we can
perceive the total vibrations of the universe, and we have full realization of past,
present and future.
The two main attainments in vijinanamaya kos'a are:
1.Viveka or discrimination is the distinction between what is lasting and what is
not. When we attain the expanded consciousness of this level of the causal
mind, we will feel as if this world is a movie, a dreamful reality that is indeed
subject to changes and impermanence, whereas behind this passing reality
there is that Supreme Consciousness existing in everything and that Divine
Being is the absolute reality.
2.Vaeragya or nonattachment is the proper use of all things of this world. A
person who is established in non-attachment sees this universe as the veritable
expression of the Supreme Consciousness and treats every object of this world
as divine, with neither aversion nor attraction, keeping the mind free and
detached while in the midst of worldly activities.
This layer of the mind is perfected through Dharana (meditation)
Hiranamaya Kos'a
Golden Kos'a
This is the highest layer of mind. It is the seat of the pure "I" feeling and
the feeling of oneness with the Supreme Consciousness.
In this layer there is intense longing and attraction for the Supreme
Entity and the desire to become one with Him.
This layer of the mind is perfected through Dhyana
Each Kosa has a corresponding Cakra
Hiranamaya
Vijinanama
Atimanasa
Manomaya
Kamamaya
A’sanas and...
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
7)
8)
Ideation/mind
Cakras
Vrttis/instincts
Glands/hormones
Muscles
Nerves
Joints
Bones/spine
9)
10)
11)
12)
13)
14)
15)
16)
Organs
Respiratory system
Circulatory system
Digestive system
Food/Health
Pra’n’a
Meditation
Service
ГЃsanas affect every aspect of the human
physique; they balance the glandular
secretions, cakras and vrttis related,
relax and tone up the muscles and the
nervous system, stimulate circulation,
stretch stiff ligaments and tendons,
limber joints, massage the internal
organs, and calm,
concentrate the mind.
ГЃsanas prepere us for the journey home, the
Supreme Cosciousness.
A’sanas and Cakras
----------------------- SahasrГЎra Cakra
----------------------- ГЃjinГЎ Cakra
----------------------- Vishuddha Cakra
----------------------- AnГЎhata Cakra
----------------------- ManВґipura Cakra
----------------------- SvГЎdhisВґtВґhГЎna Cakra
----------------------- MuВґlГЎdhГЎra Cakra
What is a cakra? It is a collection of glands and subglands. Cakras or plexii are the psychic centres of
the body through which energy flows.
.
In humans the cakras are situated at the intersecting points of
the id'a', sus'umna' and piungala’ nár´is [psycho-spiritual
channels]. Where these three energy channels intersect with
each other lies the cakras. Our bodyВґs nervous system is also
related with the network of nГЎrВґis.
The mind, instead of exerting its control
directly from the sahasra'ra cakra, exerts
its control through the other cakras, the
other plexi. Hence in order to advance
spiritually, one has first to establish
control over these lower cakras,
then finally over
the sahasra'ra cakra.
Shrii Shrii ГЃnandamГєrti
ГЃsanas and Vrttis
Longing
Worry
Anger
Fear
VRTTIS
To find expression the mind adopts certain inter- and intraectoplasmic occupations. These occupations (love, hatred,
fear, etc.) are known as vrtti. In other words, vrtti may be
defined as "the way of expression of mind". The seed of every
vrtti is in the brain.
One of the faculties of the mind is that it moves--it cannot remain
stagnant. Movement is a must for the mind. This movement is
called vrtti. When this vrtti, this psychic urge, this psychic
mobility is towards the crude, it is called pravrtti, and when it
is towards the subtle it is called nivrtti. If this urge towards
matter, this material longing is redirected towards something
subtle, towards the Cosmic Faculty or the Cosmic Mind,
then pravrtti will be converted into nivrtti
These Vrttis are many in number. The chief
Vrttis (Mukhya' Vrtti) are five in number,
all the other Vrttis are dependent on these.
.
These Vrttis are
Prama'n'a, Viparyaya,
Vikalpa, Nidra' and Smrti.
50 x 2 x 10 = 1000
Instincts
Sentiments affecting subsidiary glands are known as
"instincts“ .. Some psychologists define "instinct"
as "accumulated sentiment". But an instinct is
actually a sentiment affecting the subsidiary glands.
The brain communicates with the organs through substations; these are the subsidiary glands.
ГЃsanas and Glands/Hormones
What are glands and hormones?
The complex symphony of the body is conducted by a system of glands
known as the ”endocrine glands” . These glands are often called
” ductless ” they pass their secretions direcly into the blood or lymph( ) ,
instead of using secretory ducts. The chemical substances secreted
by these glands are called HORMONES– chemical messages which
act at a distance. Hormones have a profound effect on all the bodyВґs
function, like growth, digestion, energy levels, health, sexuality,
water and fluid retention, etc.
“If a person wants to control the excitement of
the propensities, he or she must rectify the
defects of the glands. A'sanas help the
sa'dhaka to a large extent in this task, so
a'sanas are an important part of sa'dhana'.”
Shrii Shrii ГЃnanadamГєrti
Cakras functions
Each cakra or center controls a particular area and particulr glands.
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MuВґlГЎdhГЎra Cakra: controls the solid factor of the body and is direcly related
to the excretory function of the body.
SvГЎdhisВґtВґhГЎna Cakra: controls the liquid factor and is related to the bodyВґs
sexual function.
ManВґipura Cakra: controls the energy and digestion.
AnГЎhata Cakra: controls the aerial factor and is related to the respiratory
and circulatory functions of the body.
Vishuddha Cakra: controls the ethereal factor, the subtlest of the five
elements and is responsible for speech.This cakra controls all cakras below
it.
ГЃjinГЎ Cakra: some times called the seat of the mind,controls the mental
functioning.
SahasrГЎra Cakra: is the seat of pure consciousness in the individual.
MuВґlГЎdhГЎra Cakra
This is the fundamental base of the body-MuВґlГЎdhГЎra means
fundamental base. This is the place where the kula
kunВґdВґГЎlinii lies dormant.
The whole of human potenciality
lies latent in this cakra.
Meaning of the word : ” Fundamental base ”
Also known as : Terranean plexus, root cakra
Position : Coccyx bone of the spine
Form : Square
Colour : Golden yellow
Elements : Earth,solid factor
Vibrational media ( TanmГЎtra ) : Smell
The terranean plexus, or mu'la'dha'ra cakra:
1. dharma [psycho-spiritual longing]
2. artha [psychic longing]
3. ka'ma [physical longing]
4. moks'a [spiritual longing]
va
sha
s'a
sa
SvГЎdhisВґtВґhГЎna Cakra
This cakra makes one strong, providing control
over oneself. During human life several
challenges arise. The strengthening of this cakra
can help one to overcome all these obstacles.
Meaning of the word :Seat of my own energy
Also known as :Fluidal Plexus
Position :At the root of the sex organ
Form : Crescent moon
Colour :White
Elements : Water ,liquid factor
Vibrational media ( TanmГЎtra ) : Taste
The fluidal plexus, or sva'dhis't'ha'na cakra:
1. avajina' [belittlement of others]
2. mu'rccha' [psychic stupor, lack of
common sense]
3. prashraya [indulgence]
4. avishva'sa [lack of confidence]
5. sarvana'sha [thought of sure annihilation]
6. krurata' [cruelty]
ba
bha
ma
ya
ra
la
ManВґipura Cakra
While passing through this cakra one
develops great intellectual capacity.
Intellectuallity merges with intuition.
Meaning of the word : This is the tresure
house of the devotee.
Also known as : Igneous plexus
Position :Navel
Form : Triangular
Colour :Red
Elements : Fire, luninous factor
Vibrational media ( TanmГЎtra ) : Heat
The igneous plexus, or man'ipura cakra:
1. lajja' [shyness, shame]
2. pishunata' [sadistic tendency]
3. iirs'a' [envy]
4. sus'upti [staticity, sleepiness]
5. vis'a'da [melancholia]
6. kas'a'ya [peevishness]
7. trs'n'a' [yearning for acquisition]
8. moha [infatuation]
9. ghrn'a' [hatred, revulsion]
10. bhaya [fear]
d'a
d'ha
n'a
ta
tha
da
dha
na
pa
pha
AnГЎhata Cakra
One gets the preparation from this cakra to
listen to cosmic AUM( the sound of creation)
with inner ear.
Meaning of the word : Unstruck holy sound
Also known as : Solar plexus
Position : Center of chest, heart
Form : Circule
Colour : Smoky colour
Elements : Air, aerial factor
Vibrational media ( TanmГЎtra ) : Touch
The solar plexus, or ana'hata cakra:
1. a'sha' [hope]
2. cinta' [worry]
3. ces't'a' [effort]
4. mamata' [mine-ness, love]
5. dambha [vanity]
6. viveka [conscience, discrimination]
7. vikalata' [mental numbness due to fear]
8. aham'ka'ra [ego]
9. lolata' [avarice]
10. kapat'ata' [hypocrisy]
11. vitarka [argumentativeness to point of wild
exaggeration]
12. anuta'pa [repentance]
ka
kha
ga
gha
una
ca
cha
ja
jha
ina
t'a
t'ha
Vishuddha Cakra
This cakra makes one from wordly desires by
bringing the sГЎdhaka( spiritual aspirant) closer to
the path of complete knowledge, which can only
be achieved by increased concentration.
Meaning of the word : Spotless purity
Also known as :Sidereal plexus
Position : Throat
Form : Formless
Colour : All colours
Elements : Ether, ethereal factor
Vibrational media ( TanmГЎtra ) : Hearing, auditory
The sidereal plexus, or vishuddha cakra:
1. s'ad'aja [sound of peacock]
2. rs'abha [sound of bull or ox]
3. ga'ndha'ra [sound of goat]
4. madhyama [sound of deer]
5. paincama [sound of cuckoo]
6. dhaevata [sound of donkey]
7. nis'a'da [sound of elephant]*
8. onm [acoustic root of creation, preservation, dissolution]
9. hummm [sound of arousing kulakun'd'alinii]
10. phat' [practication, i.e., putting a theory into practice]
11. vaos'at' [expression of mundane knowledge]
12. vas'at' [welfare in the subtler sphere]
13. sva'ha' [performing noble actions]
14. namah [surrender to the Supreme]
15. vis'a [repulsive expression]
16. amrta [sweet expression]
a
a'
i
ii
u
u'
r
rr
lr
lrr
e
ae
o
ao
am'
ah
ГЃjinГЎ Cakra
It is place from where a person receives the knowledge of
past, present and future. Such a person calledTrikalajina.
Who can see the three worlds,
the past, the present and the future.
It is called the the seat of mind.
Meaning of the word : Authority,command,
unlimited power
Also known as : The third eye
Position : Point betwen the eyebrows
Form : Beyond form
The lunar plexus, or a'jina' cakra:
1. apara' [mundane knowledge]
2. para' [spiritual knowledge]
ks'a
ha
SahasrГЎra Cakra
To control the propensities there are certain cakras
[psycho-spiritual centres or plexi] located in different
parts of the body. These cakras in turn are controlled by
the sahasra'ra cakra.* In fact all the functions of the
organism are controlled by the sahasra'ra
Dhya'na [ special type of meditation] strengthens the
sahasra'ra cakra. If there is control over the sahasra'ra
cakra, then the body and mind can be controlled
completely.
Located at the very top of the head, is the
seat of the pure consciousness in the
individual.
“ The word shodhana literally means
"refinement" or "purification". In spiritual
meditation shodhana is concentration on the
cakras. It is a part of Ananda Marga
sa'dhana' which is not included in as't'aun'ga
yoga [the eight-fold path of yoga]. ”
Shrii Shrii ГЃnandamГєrti
Cakras and their corresponde
ГЎsanas
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MuВґlГЎdhГЎra Cakra
SvГЎdhisВґtВґhГЎna Cakra
ManВґipura Cakra
AnГЎhata Cakra
Vishuddha Cakra
ГЃjinГЎ Cakra
SahasrГЎra Cakra
Asanas
Asanas
Asanas
Asanas
Asanas
Asanas
Asanas
Relation between body and mind
To divide human functioning into the mental and physical is to make
an artificial distinction. You are, in fact, one integrated being,
functioning as a whole. Every physical state has emotional
components.
We all feel emotions in our body: when we feel sad, we say, ” I have a
lump in my throat! ”... When we feel fear, we say, ” I have butter flies
in my stomach ! ”.....Anger : ” My blood is boiling! ”,
...Disappointment : ” My heart sank ”.
Dr. Harold Streitfeld
Effect of ГЎsanas
By performing a'sanas [postures for physico-psychic well-being]
regularly, human beings can control the propensities attached
to each cakra, and hence the thoughts which arise in their
minds and their behaviour. This is because a'sanas have a
profound effect on the glands and sub-glands.
How ? All a'sanas have either a pressurizing or depressurizing
effect on the glands and sub-glands.
The cream of all we eat and
drink, having passed through
several stages of refinement
within the body, is called
shukra; it exist in three
stages, Lymph,
Spermatozoa-Ova and
Seminal fluid.
Lymph is an essential raw
food for glands. Hormones
are created when lymph
comes in contact with an
activated gland.
Lymph
• Food of glands and nerves cells
• Balance glands and sub-glands
• Excess of lymph in male, get transform into
espermatozoa and seminal fluid
• Excess of lymph in female, become ova, and
some may also be use inthe production of milk
• Vegetarian diet is best for production of more
lymph( chlorophyll )
• Pure thoughts and environment improve the
formation of lymph
Pineal and Pituitary Glands
Pineal gland : located directly in the middle of the brain. According to Yogic
science, this gland is the master gland of the body, controlling all the other
glands, throw its secretions. Medical researchers are not sure about all th
functions of this gland.
Pituitary Gland : has been called by medical science the ” master gland ”,
however in reality t function as a relay station for impulses arising in the
hypothalamus, an organ of the brain which coordinates the nervous system with
the glandular system and controls the bodyВґs reaction to emotional states.
Thyroid and Parathyroid glands
Thyroid gland : situated in the neck, it controls the metbolic rate
of the body, the speed at which the chemical processes of the
body ocurr. It also regulates the level of body heat and energy
produced, regulates growth, repair and waste processes.
Parathyroid gland : regulate calcium and phosphorous
metabolism.
Thymus gland
The spleen is the largest lymphoid organ. It has two types of tissue:
the red pulp, which contains many red blood cells (erythrocytes) and
macrophages; and the white pulp, which stores lymphocytes. The
lymphocytes within the white pulp are used for the body immune
system.
In the thymus gland lymphocytes become specialized. The thymus
plays an important role in lymphocyte specialization and immunity.
Adrenal glands
Located just on top of the kidneys, help govern sudden bursts of
energy and heat, and stimulate the twin response of staying to
figth or running away ( the figth or flight response). The secretion,
ADRENALIN, speed up the heart and dilates the blood vessels to
the muscles, and stimulate the sweat glands so that the body may
be cooled.
Pancreas
The pancreas lies just below the stomach and secretes digestive
enzymes into the small intestines. It secretes INSULIN, a hormone
which lowers the amount of energy-giving in the blood.
Gonads, Ovary and Testis
The gonads primarily govern the sexual function.
In the female, the ovaries are located in the abdominal area, and in the male
the testes are located in the scrotum. These glands not only produce sperm
and eggs cells, but also secrete ANDROGENS ( male sex hormones ) and
ESTROGENS ( female sex hormones ) These hormones regulate the physical
development of the body and the sexual behavior patterns of the individual.
Hormones interaction, ????
Muscles
• There are 640 named muscles in the body
• A’sanas excersise all the muscles of the
body without lactic acid buildup or fatigue
• Keeps muscles strong and flexible
• Gives complete rest to muscle groups and
cleanses toxins from the body.
A’sanas promote balance, coordination, and
subtle bodily controll
Nerves
After A’sanas the nerves are left in a relaxed state,
ready to respond to any situation
A’sanas excersise all the nerves of the body
A’sanas for nerves
• Sahaja utkat’a’sana
(simple chair)
• Kukkut’a’sana
(cock posture)
• Tula’dan’d’a’sana
(balance)
Joints
A’sanas keep the joints “rust free” which maintains
healthy cartiladge even in old age
A’sanas lubricate and exercise the joints
A’sanas restore this natural flexibility to our joints.
Some good a’sanas for joints are Gomukha’sana,
Sahaja utkat’a’sana, and Dvisamakon’a’sana
Bones/spine
• It is through the spinal that the
body coordinates its functions
• Human beings are the only living
beings with an erect spine,
upright posture is a profound
expression of human dignity
• The practice of A’sanas
develops good posture
Organs
• A’sanas are “inner”sizes not excersizes
• Benefit all the organs of the body
• Specific a’sanas can be perscribed to treat
many diseases, and are in important part of a
natural treatment program.
• A’sanas are designed specifically to make the
body and organs function optimally so that
one can meditate.
• A’sanas stretch, massage, squeeze and relax
the internal organs such as the liver, kidney,
stomach, and intestines; removing toxins and
improving circulation to the organs.
• Proper breathing is essential for the practice of
Yoga
• Deep breathing,
with the upper,
middle, and
Respiratory
system
lower lungs full, followed by complete exhalation
cleanses the body and allows us to fill the lungs
completely with fresh air on the following breath.
• A’sanas which coordinate body movements with
the breath promote proper breathing.
Some A’sanas for respiration
• Matsyendra’sana
• Viira’sana
Circulatory
system
• A’sanas help circulation by increasing
flexibility of the muscles
• Keeps blood vessels elastic and flexible
• Pump the blood through the body, thus
increasing the energy flow, and providing
vitality for meditation.
• Inverted positions drain the blood from the
lower portions of the body back to the heart.
Some A’sanas for circulation
• Sarva’unga’sana (shoulder
stand)
• Matsya’sana (fish)
• Utkat’a pashcimotta’sa’sana
• Bhu’jaunga’sana (cobra)
• Bhastrika’sana
• Padahasta’sana
• Shava’sana
• Dvisamakon’a’sana
Benefits of a’sanas on the digestive system
1. Proper cleaning
2. Strong digestion
3. Massage digestive organs
4. Relieve stress on the liver
Digestive System
Some A’sanas for digestion
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Mayu’ra’sana (Peacock)
Padahasta’sana
Utkat’a Vajra’sana (Difficult Thunder Posture)
A’gneyii Mudra’
Diirgha Pran’a’ma (Long Bowing Pose)
Yoga’sana
Bhujaunga’sana (Cobra)
Viira’sana (Brave Posture)
Naoka’sana (Boat Posture)
Our food transforms into
Plasma
Blood cells
Food and Health
Flesh cells
fat
Bone cells
The shukra is the food of the mind
lymph
Bone marrow
Sentient Food
• Lymph is more easily produced
from a vegetarian diet,
especially one rich in
chlorophyl.
• All kinds of meat, eggs, onions,
garlic, mushrooms, and
intoxicants are harmful for the
practice of Yoga.
• Freshly cooked food, fruits,
veggies, raw food, fresh dairy
products (especially yogurt) are
very good for the mind, body,
and Prana.
Health Secrets
• Sentient food, fresh air and water, postive thinking, good conduct
• Spiritual practices
• Awake early, take a morning walk with proper breathing, take bath,
do meditation and yoga
• Drink plenty of water (3 to 4 liters per day)
• Eat only when hungry, the stomach should be empty
• While eating, it is better to talk less and concentrate on chewing the
food properly
• Proper time for eating, sleeping, meditation, a’sanas, work and
recreation (finish evening meal before 9pm)
• Fasting at least twice a month
• Proper recreation, the cultivation of the fine arts within oneself and
good company make develop the higer kosas.
The cream of all we eat and
drink, having passed through
several stages of refinement
within the body, is called
shukra; it exist in three
stages, Lymph,
Spermatozoa-Ova and
Seminal fluid.
Lymph is an essential raw
food for glands. Hormones
are created when lymph
comes in contact with an
activated gland.
Lymph
• Food of glands and nerves cells
• Balance glands and sub-glands
• Excess of lymph in male, get transform into
espermatozoa and seminal fluid
• Excess of lymph in female, become ova, and
some may also be use inthe production of milk
• Vegetarian diet is best for production of more
lymph( chlorophyll )
• Pure thoughts and environment improve the
formation of lymph
PrГЎnВґa
PrГЎnВґa is the single, universal cosmic energy that
moves the entire universe.
The sum total of all forces in the universe, mental
or physical, when resolved back to their original
state, is called prГЎnВґa.
VivekГЎnanda
PrГЎnВґa is in the air, but it is not the oxygen, nor any
of its chemical constituents.
It is in food, water, and in the sun ligth, yet it is not
vitamins, heat or ligth rays.
All of them are just the media thorugh which the
prГЎnВґa is carried: we absorb prГЎnВґa
Through the food we eat, the water we drink,
sunrays and the air we breathe.
Acording to Yoga, man is a microcosm, permeated and
moved by the prГЎnВґa exacly in the same way as the
stars, the atoms, and the quanta of ligth are moved.
Whoever practices systematic and deep breathing can feel the
tremendous vitalizing effect of the absorption of prГЎnВґa.
Breath-control increases will power,
concentration and self-control, accelerating
the spiritual development.
"Pra'n'a'ya'ma is the process of
breath control along with the
imposition of the ideation of
Supreme Consciousness.”
It helps the mind in concentration
and meditation.
ГЃsanas and Meditation
A'sanas are a kind of exercise by regular
practice of which the body stays healthy
and hardy and many diseases are cured.
But a'sanas are not prescribed for the
general cure of diseases; only those
diseases which create trouble in the path
of meditation may be cured by the help of
specific a'sanas, so that sa'dhana' may
more easily be done.
” The main purpose of human beings coming here
to this earth is to do SГЎdhanГЎ ( Meditation ). By
Spiritual SГЎdhanГЎ ( Yogic Practice ) you may
bring about certain changes in your nervous
system, nerve cells and nerve fibres, control the
secretions of the hormones from different gland
and sub-gland, and become elevated
superhuman and go beyond the periphery of the
common human psychology. ”
Shrii Shrii ГЃnandamГєrti
Service
Yoga as a lifestyle
The yogic lifestyle
incorperates all aspects
of life into ones spiritual
practice
Cleanliness
Morality
A’sanas
Meditation
Service
Kiirtana
Good company
Proper diet
Proper Schedual
The Yogic
Yogic evening
morning
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Finish up
Wake
work
earily, remember the Supreme
Do Uteks’epa
Take
full bath or
mudra
half bath
Drink oneMedatation,
Kiirtana,
glass waterA’sanas,
and go for
read
a short
a spiritual
walk book
Passdinner
Eat
stool,before
take bath,
9pm,etc
preferabally before 8pm
Medatation,
Go
for an evening
A’sanas,
walk
read a spiritual book
Eat breakfast
Relax
and go to sleep earily so one may wake up
earily
Begin work
ГЃsanas and children
When children are five years old and attain some
awareness, the parents, brothers, sisters or any
guardian may initiate them in Na'ma Mantra [the
preliminary process of meditation].
After this, at the age of twelve, the child should
take initiation from an a'ca'rya/a' in Sa'dha'ran'a
Yoga, and at sixteen or afterwards, they should
take initiation in Sahaja Yoga from the
a'ca'rya/a'. If considered essential, a'sanas may
be taught before the age of sixteen.
Kaoshikii
Kaoshikii means: “dance for mental expansion”. Guru Shrii Shrii
Anandamurti gave it in 1978.
It is a dance primarily for women, whereas tandava is a
dance only for men. Kaoshikii may be performed either by
men or women.
Kaoshikii is a “mudraic” dance. A “mudra” is a gesture of the
hands, which express a subtle idea.
Benefits of Kaoshikii:
1 It exercises all the glands and limbs from head to foot.
2 It increase longevity by checking the advent of old age.
3 It ensures safe and easy deliveries for women.
4 The spine will become flexible.
5 Arthritis of the spine, neck, waist and other joints will be removed.
6 Gout in the spine, neck, hands and waist will be lost.
7 The mind becomes strong and sharp.
8 Irregularities in menstruation will be cured.
9 Glandular secretions will become regulated.
10 Troubles in the bladder and urethra will be cured.
11 It gives control over the limbs
12 It adds charms and shine to the face and skin.
13 It removes wrinkles.
14 It removes lethargy.
15 It cures insomnia.
16 It cures hysteria.
17 Fear complexes will be removed.
18 Hopelessness will be lost.
19 It helps in self-expression and develops one’s potentiality.
20 Spinal pain, piles, hernia, hydrocele in men, nervous pain, and
nervous disability will be cured.
21 It cures kidney and gall bladder troubles, gastric troubles,
dyspepsia, acidity, dysentery, syphilis, gonorrhea, obesity,
thinness and liver diseases.
22 It increases the capacity to work until 75-80 years of age.
TГЎnВґdВґava
Both males and females have a large number of
glands in their bodies; males have a slightly larger
number. All these glands need regular and proper
exercise. Food alone is not enough; people need a
special kind of exercise.
Shiva invented a unique and perfect dance: ta'n'd'ava.
As long as a dancer remains above the ground, he
derives much benefit; when he touches the ground,
then those benefits are assimilated by the body.
That is why in ta'n'd'ava there is much jumping.
This dance is not only beneficial for the body, it also
develops the mind and leads to spiritual elevation.
Major Benefits of Tandava:
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Imparts tremendous bravery and will power.
Improves capacity for deep thinking.
Removes doubt and indecisiveness from the mind.
Conquers defeatist complex.
Overcomes fear complex.
Endows one with a fighting spirit.
Conquers laziness and sloth.
Imparts youthfulness and vigor.
Exercises the brain and nerve cells. Improves memory.
Makes the mind one-pointed and concentrated.
Strengthens the heart.
Improves circulation and respiration.
Paves the way for physical development, mental elevation and
spiritual progress.
• Improves secretion of male hormone (testosterone) from the testes
gland that enhances male characteristics such as body hair, voice
tenor, skeletal bones and muscles.
Lalita Marmika
It was invented by Parvati, the spouse of
Sadashiva. Like Tandava it is 7000 years
old. It is purely a devotional dance.. The
dance of Lalita Marmika expresses
happiness, joy and surrender. It is the best
aid for spiritual meditation.
Benefits of Lalita Marmika:
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Loosens the joints of the knees and
ankles preparing one for meditation
posture.
Excellent panacea for heart trouble,
hypertension and high blood pressure.
Stimulates the pineal gland to awaken
higher consciousness.
Arouses latent feelings of devotion and
love for all the Creation.
Induces feelings of surrender to the
Supreme Will.
Produces soft feelings of compassion,
tenderness and kindness in the mind.
Awakens all higher and subtler mental
faculties.
Prepares the mind for deep, concentrated
meditation.
Removes negative vibrations in the local
environment.
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Idea and Ideology
ГЃnanda Sutram
SubhГЎsita SamВґgraha 4, 18
Yoga Psychology
Caryácarya I – III
Namah ShivГЎya ShГЎntГЎya
Yogic Treataments
Bio-psycology ( Avt. ГЃnanda MitrГЎ ГЃc. )
Mysticism is the never-ending endeavour to
find out the link between the finite and the
infinite. Yoga is the unit moving in quest of
the Infinite, the finite moving towards the
Infinite in a mystic style. Yoga is the most
developed and most valuable expression of
human wonts, so it is in the first phase of
yoga that one expresses oneself through so
many arts and sciences. The final point of all
artistic movement and the final point of all
branches of sciences is the Supreme source,
the perennial source of all energies, the
supreme seat of all energies. It is Parama
Purus'a, the Supreme Entity, who is the
Father of all.
Shrii Shrii ГЃnandamГєrti
Sarva'unga'sana (all-limbs posture)
Shava'sana (corpse posture)
Ja'nushira'sana (head-to-knee posture)
diirgha pran'a'ma (long bowing posture)
Utkat'a pashcimotta'na'sana (difficult back-upwards posture)
Padahasta'sana (arm-and-leg posture)
Tula'dan'd'a'sana (balance posture)
Padma'sana (lotus posture)
Us't'ra'sana (camel posture)
Matsyendra'sana (Matsyendra's posture)
Yoga'sana or yogamudra' (yoga posture)
Back
Sarva'unga'sana (all-limbs posture)
Bhu'jaunga'sana (snake posture)
diirgha pran'a'ma (long bowing posture)
Tula'dan'd'a'sana (balance posture)
Yoga'sana or yogamudra' (yoga posture)
Matsyendra'sana
Us't'ra'sana (camel posture)
Utkat'a pashcimotta'na'sana
Back
Padahasta'sana (arm-and-leg posture)
Shava'sana (corpse posture)
Us't'ra'sana (camel posture)
Tula'dan'd'a'sana (balance posture)
Padahasta'sana (arm-and-leg posture)
Cakra'sana (wheel posture)
Shava'sana
Bhu'jaunga'sana (snake posture)
Utkat'a pashcimotta'na'sana
diirgha pran'a'ma (long bowing posture)
Matsyendra'sana
Sarva'unga'sana
Bhastrika'sana (bellows posture)
Back
Tula'dand'a'sana (balance posture)
Padahasta'sana (arm-and-leg posture)
Cakra'sana (wheel posture)
Shava'sana
Bhu'jaunga'sana (snake posture)
diirgha pran'a'ma (long bowing posture)
Back
Matsyendra'sana
Sarva'unga'sana
Shava'sana
Cakra'sana (wheel posture)
Bhu'jaunga'sana (snake posture)
Matsyamudra' (fish posture)
diirgha pran'a'ma (long bowing posture)
Sarva'unga'sana
Matsyendra'sana
Shasha'unga'sana (hare posture)
Back
Padahasta'sana (arm-and-leg posture)
Matsyamudra' (fish posture)
Bhu'jaunga'sana (snake posture)
Padma'sana (lotus posture)
Sarva'unga'sana (all-limbs posture)
Shasha'unga'sana (hare posture)
Back
Shava'sana (corpse posture)
Matsyendra'sana
Siddha'sana (siddha posture)
Sarva'unga'sana (all-limbs posture)
Shasha'unga'sana (hare posture)
Back
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