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Ashtanga: Eight Limbs of Yoga
Ashtanga – Eight limbed path of Yoga
Ashtanga (means eight-limbed) is systematic path of Yoga, by Maharish Patanjali in his work “Yoga Sutra”. These eight limbs are not eight steps as usually understood. They are limbs of this particular path of self-realisation.
Yoga has focus on development and nourishment of both mind and body, thus these eight limbs are guidelines related to these areas only.
Yama are social rules. They are about your should deal with the society around you. Following these person rules for social conduct elevate your mental […]
A complete introduction to ShatKarma
Shatkarma: What are they?
Shatkarma are cleansing techniques (shuddhi kriyas). They are recommended to be done to prepare the body for yoga practices. They are named shatkarma because they are six (shat in Sanskrit) in number.
In simplest words: these techniques are done to clean ingestion, digestion and excretory system of our body. These systems mean eyes, respiratory system, digestive system & excretory system.
Just like when we take bath, we remove dead skin cells and other pollutants from our skin, shatkarma […]
Why you should meditate. Right now! (5 reasons)
“Quiet the mind,
and the soul will speak.”
~Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
1. You can do it anywhere, anytime:
Meditation is awareness. About now. About yourself. Nothing else.
Most of times, the reason you are not able to even start or think about meditation is that you have certain idea about how meditation is done.
Something like this:
Which is not true. (though it does look serene :)
As such meditation doesn’t require specific setting, sitting etc. Meditation requires you!
You can easily meditate on the chair (yes, the chair you are […]
Four paths of Yoga
Table of contents:
- Intro to four paths of Yoga
- Jnana(Gyana) Yoga
- Bhakti Yoga
- Karma Yoga
- Raja Yoga
- Relation between different paths of Yoga
The Paths of Yoga
The understanding of Yoga has acceptance that as there are different human bodies, so is different human nature. A single approach is not suitable for everyone.
As there are different temperament or approaches to life, so are there different paths of Yoga. These paths of […]
Yoga Mat: How to chose right one for awesome practice
And curated list of best yoga mats
When you practice yoga, there is one constant companion for each class, without fail : your Yoga Mat.
In earlier times, when Yoga was practiced only in ashrams, folded blankets were used as base for deeper practice. Or even Kusha grass before that. Which is not the case anymore. Now you have yoga mats in yoga studios, throughout the world.
One of the main reason is the scarcity and cost of […]
How to sit cross-legged when you are not flexible?
Sitting cross-legged (Padmasana or Sukhasana)
Sitting cross-legged on the floor or on a mat is one of the most preferred sitting postures for practising pranayama and meditation.
Any image that shows someone sitting in meditation is by and large in cross legged position (Padmasana or Sukhasana). This is not without reason. Sitting cross-legged position on floor is based on fundamental approach of Yogic practices.