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What Are Yoga Asanas?

Yoga asanas are the postures or the physical part of yoga. Perhaps you’ve heard of downward dog, also known in sanskrit as adho mukha svanasana?...

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What Is Yoga? Part 1 - The Eight Limbs

A Multi-Aspect Lifestyle Towards Balance And Stillness What does yoga mean? Patanjali, the sage who wrote the Yoga Sutras, starts his first line with: “Yogas chitta vritti ni rodha,” literally translated as yoga is the cessation of the whirlpool of the mind. Yoga is stillness. Not just in the body but in the mind and in the spirit of who you are. You are a multi-aspect being and stillness can be achieved in each one of them. Yoga is actually made up of eight parts. These eight parts are called “limbs”. The eight limbs of yoga are: Yama — literally meaning, control. These list five restraints and habits for healthy living. Niyama —literally meaning, positive duties. These list five observances and habits for healthy living. Asana — literally meaning pose where...

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What’s Wrong With Your Meditation?

Purpose, misconceptions, and basic concepts of meditation. Most people jump into meditation without preparing for it. They sit and try to quiet their inner monolog, avoid thinking, or have their mind control their body. While doing that the following thoughts might come to their mind: “This is not for me.” “This is boring.” “My mind is too fast.” “What’s wrong with me?” “I can’t sit still.” “I can’t wait for this to be over.” “I have things to do.” This is the wrong way to approach meditation. What you need, is to understand its purpose, clarify misconceptions, understand important concepts, and have a technique before trying again. Purpose Of Meditation Meditation is not the goal, it’s a tool to train the different aspects of your being. Its purpose is to enable you to reach your center of consciousness or...

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Basic Himalayan Meditation Framework

A systematic meditation framework for helping you go from gross to subtle concentration. This post mentions concepts explained in “What’s Wrong With Your Meditation?”. If you haven’t read it, I suggest starting with that article first and then applying the techniques outlined here. The following framework comes from the Himalayan masters; from Patanjali to Swami Jnaneshvara Bjarati, who has truly helped me to understand the way of Yoga meditation. This framework accepts an infinite number of techniques, I invite you to make it your own. You will go from the outermost to the innermost. Beginning with the different aspects of the indriyas, then to the aspects of the mind, to transcending the mind. Step 1: Create the proper environment Pick a spot...

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