The word Yoga means "Union" in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.What is commonly referred to as "yoga" can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses.Asana is only one of the eight "limbs" of yoga, the majority of which are more concerned with mental and spiritual well-being than physical activity. In the West, however, the words asana and yoga are often used interchangeably.
Ashtanga yoga has become extremely popular in recent years. It is a very graceful type of yoga, which produces intense internal heat causing the body to sweat profusely, and in the process, detoxifies muscles and organs. The word ' ashtanga ' comes from two words ' ashta ' meaning eight and ' anga ' meaning limbs. Ashtanga yoga involves the following eight limbs:
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Hatha Yoga is the most popular system of yoga, and it is from this form that several other forms of yoga originated. Hatha yoga is translated as 'Forceful Yoga' because it requires a lot of physical effort. It is done to achieve balance between body and mind. It also attempts to free the more subtle spiritual elements of the mind through physical poses or asanas, pranayam and meditation.
It involves four parts:
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Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that describes a broad range of yoga styles. 'Nyasa' in Vinyasa means 'to place' and 'Vi' means 'in a special way'. Vinyasa yoga symbolizes a flowing, dynamic form of yoga, where postures are linked together using breath. The positions in Vinyasa Yoga are like the Surya Namaskar in which a series of 12 yoga poses are done dynamically one after the other. In Vinyasa yoga there are
view full storymore than just these 12 asanas , which help to exercise more muscles and internal organs. The main thing is that all the asanas are done in a rapid sequence and in a series of movements that are synchronized with breathing. In Vinyasa yoga, emphasis is mainly on breathing, and generally, upward movements correlate with inhalation and downward movements with exhalation. The continual movements provide an added cardiovascular benefit, which other traditional forms of yoga do not.
The asanas in Power yoga are specially designed to help trim down excess fat from different parts of the body. Power yoga is essentially like an aerobic workout. It is generally performed after a couple of strenuous rounds of Surya Namaskar . Some of the asanas done in Power yoga include Tadasana (Palm tree pose), Ardha Chakrasana (Half wheel pose), Pada Hastasana (Hands to feet pose),
view full storyBhujangasana(Cobra pose) and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward dog Pose). All the poses, especially all the forward and backward bends and the twists are designed to burn fat in areas around hips, thighs and abdomen. The transitions between two asanas in Power yoga are sometimes held longer than the traditional transitions. This is mainly done in order to increase physical endurance. This also helps you focus on one thing for an extended period of time. Power Yoga is definitely an intense workout that makes one sweat profusely. It is considered to be the perfect way to keep a woman’s body fit.
MEDITATION is the art of silencing the mind...eventually reaching a state of NO MIND .Mind by its very nature is chaose...and there is no such thing as a peaceful mind...however only in state of no mind,one experiences inner peace in the midst of worldly turmoil. This elusive inner peace is what attracts so many people to meditation and is a quality everyone can benefit from.
Meditation is slowing down and eventually stopping of continuous bombardment of thoughts by the mind, of cleansing away of deep seated suppressed emotions, of pacifying the passions and returning back to the simplicity of the present moment,cultivating acceptance and being at peace with whatever life brings. In this state of restful being...wisdom arises and divine qualities as love, compassion ,cosmic intelligence and sensitivity of the person flower and bloom .One becomes peaceful,more creative and starts to share love instead of asking for it. For the first time one understands the true meaning n purpose of life and blind forces of passion are transformed into creativity and awareness.
Many many meditation techniques have been developed and preserved in various mystic traditions for centuries and passed on to disciples by Masters to help them move forward on their inner journey.
At Satya Sadhana Sansthan, the seekers are taught Dynamic Meditation Techniques created by the great Enlightened Master Osho who was Guru of Master Samdarshi. The dynamic meditation techniques were created by Osho specifically for the modern mind which is more mind-oriented than ever has been witnessed in the human history. The modern mind is also quite busy, intensely caught in clamour of thoughts, power struggle, repressions, and struggle for subsistence. These techniques, cathartic in nature and intense from the very outset, cleanse the mind of past clingings, furious thoughts, repressions and pent up emotions. Thus the pace of mind is slowed down which thereby creates a milieu in which witnessing can be practiced. With constant practice of one or few of these dynamic meditation techniques, the seeker comes to a stage where he can sit quietly in meditation and witness one's thoughts effortlessly, which is the essence of meditation
Ultimately meditation is SITTING SILENTLY AND DOING NOTHING. Adopting an easy and comfortable pose, one detaches oneself from one's mind and body, watches whatever happens in the mind and body, as though, it were happening to someone else, as one watches a movie - standing aloof.
With regular practice of meditation, the mind gradually disappears n loses its grip over the Self. As the mind disappears totally,the Ego – which is the false sense of self - evaporates and one is united with the Existence. This union with the Infinite Vastness also called the Enlightenment or Nirvana or Moksha has been the ultimate goal of meditators through all times.