What is the meaning of mantra AUM or OM?

AUM is the mystical utterance that stems from the sacred language of the Vedic revelations. The meaning of mantra AUM or Om is understood as an expression ‘of the totality of creation’, it is considered as the sound of the universe and it seems to have an allusion to the Triple deity of Hinduism asContinue reading “What is the meaning of mantra AUM or OM?”

Difference between Yoga Asana and Exercise

Life has become body. We work, we enjoy, we earn, and we sleep and relax all for our body. Because of this body-centric life and the apparent involvement of body in asana, we often consider asana as an alternate form of exercise. In this article we have kept asana and exercise side-by-side to make youContinue reading “Difference between Yoga Asana and Exercise”

Health in the Light of Yoga

For long health has been discussed in a limited sense of proper physiological functioning. Similarly, ill health used to be understood as physiological dysfunction. Today the meaning of health is changing and is moving beyond one’s physical dimension. Health is now discussed in a holistic sense of wellness which includes mental, emotional, spiritual, intellectual andContinue reading “Health in the Light of Yoga”

Abhyasa and Vairagya: The two pillars of success in Yoga

Avoiding the extremes is the key to success in Yoga. “One has to be temperate in food and recreation, exercise self-restrain in work and moderate in sleep and in waking” says the Bhagavadgita. Abhyasa (practice) and Vairagya (non-attachment) the two means to achieve success in Yoga also point to the balanced path towards transformative andContinue reading “Abhyasa and Vairagya: The two pillars of success in Yoga”

Hatha Yoga for Health and Well-being

One of the reasons for Hatha Yoga to gain wide acceptance is the fascinating way its benefits have been described in Hatha yogic texts. In this blog we will see how Asana, Pranayama, Bandha etc. have powerful effect on body and mind for lasting youth and vigor. Why Hatha Yoga is Popular The popular appealContinue reading “Hatha Yoga for Health and Well-being”

Understanding Meditation

There is no technique for meditation, no principle involved. Purpose of any spiritual process is to free oneself from the chains of mind, its thoughts & modifications. Involvement in technique or principles erodes one’s freedom and also the possibility of liberation. Meditation is letting-go, dropping of all activity and just maintaining a presence. The basisContinue reading “Understanding Meditation”

Understanding Yoga with the Help of Classical Definitions

Today Yoga has become synonymous with Asana practice. Asana has become the most prominent aspect of Yoga. Asana is one of the ways to approach yoga, which is a way of life to develop deeper awareness about ourselves. The scope of Yoga portrayed in classical texts like Yogsutra and Bhagavadgita is far more comprehensive andContinue reading “Understanding Yoga with the Help of Classical Definitions”

Useful Tools of Jnana Yoga for Cultivating Yoga Practice

The goal of Yoga is freedom. It is the freedom from the bondage of mind and its modifications for the realization of our true identity. Jnana Yoga is classified as one of the four major paths of Yoga, leading to the common goal of freedom. Whether you practice Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar Yoga or any otherContinue reading “Useful Tools of Jnana Yoga for Cultivating Yoga Practice”

Importance of Inverted Asana

Asana is one of the most widely practiced aspects of Yoga. Asana is a yogic posture which is stable and comfortable. The aim of asana is to bring stability in body and calmness in mind. Practicing asana is also one of the easiest ways to introduce Yoga into one’s life. Our focus in this articleContinue reading “Importance of Inverted Asana”

Integrating Yoga in Our Life

Yoga is an ancient way of life for health, wellbeing and spiritual transformation. It includes a range of practices that touches almost all aspects of our life. These practices are clubbed into eight-limbed path consisting of yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. Hatha yoga an off-shoot of the eight-limbed path consisting mainlyContinue reading “Integrating Yoga in Our Life”