Why One should do Hatha Yoga?

Hatha Yoga is a preparatory process of yoga. Hatha is made from two words “hakar” means the energy of sun, “takar” means the energy of moon. “Hatha” means the sun energy and the moon energy in you. Hatha Yoga is the Yoga to balance the sun energy and the moon energy in you. You can explore Hatha yoga in ways that take you beyond certain limitations, but fundamentally, it is a physical preparation – preparing the body for a higher possibility.

In our body both of the sun and the moon energy is present. It’s balance leads to the peace and harmony of the mind and life of you and it’s imbalance leads to disturbances and discord, agitation, unsatisfication and disharmony in life. Hatha Yoga is a Yogic Art to balance the energy of sun and moon both in you, so that your body is in equilibrium and you feel peace & harmony. The Energy of the sun effects Sympathetic Nervous System while The Energy of Moon effects Para-Sympathetic Nervous System

In hatha yoga, there are Stimulation asanas for example Surya Namaskar, etc. and Relaxations Asanas. These Stimulation asanas helps in balancing The Energy of Sun while these relaxation asanas helps in balancing the energy of moon. The energy of sun is the life energy, the energy which drives us and makes us do work or activity while The Energy of Moon is the Mental or Cosmic Energy which gives us mental thinking, intelligence and mental power.

So how these energies affect us? Kids, they are always hyperactive but always distracted as the Life Energy or The Energy of Sun is more in them but less the Mental Energy or The Energy of Moon, hence they are hyper active but distracted. The old people, less or no activeness, in them The Energy of Moon is dominant.

Hatha Yoga balances both energies, so that one can always be focused, active and mentally strong. The people who always gets distracted in life or unable to set their goals about life, They should learn and practice Hatha Yoga

 —– Written by One of Our Students who works at Cloudera. We share his personal experience with us and hatha Yoga and what he had learn here. 

” Once a time, I was also distracted, I drop out from my college, wasted my precious 5 years and created problems for many people including my family and myself. The Universe has some plans, I landed at Akshi Yogashala in Rishikesh, came here to learn Yoga under 200 Hrs TTC program ( Never to be a teacher 😀 ) and stayed for additional 3 months to deepen the practice but also to get focused for the life. The Yoga has changed me. Now I am working in Computer Vision and Robotics section at Cloudera. I learned most of the things, but Hatha Yoga has special place in my heart. I recommend that everyone should learn and practice Yoga. You can join Akshi Yogashala or any Yoga Teaching Center of Rishikesh – The Yoga Capital or any place. But Yes One should learn & practice Yoga.

 

Why One should do Hatha Yoga?
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Part 2 of 5 Ways Yoga And Meditation Can Help You Become Wealthy & Happy

One can Read Part 1 here.

2) High Thinking

Yoga and meditation train us to focus our thoughts on higher things.  How valuable is that?  The Buddha put it this way: “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.  When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”  Confucius echoed the same sentiments: “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.”

 

Akshi Yogashala  shared second Point regarding Ways in which Yoga And Meditation Can Help You Become Wealthy & Happy. These Points are throughly studied and taught in the Yoga teacher Training classes held at Akshi Yogashala in Rishikesh, Nepal and Kerala. The first one is Self-Criticism or Self-Reflection.

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Part 1 of 5 Ways Yoga And Meditation Can Help You Become Wealthy & Happy

We learned that one definition of rich is: “abundantly supplied with resources, means, or funds.”   In other words, wealth, or richness, is not limited to how much money one has. There are many other resources and means that we have at our disposal. To be rich is to possess a multifaceted gem.  The size of your bank account or the number of possessions you own are just two rather insignificant facets of that gem. See these 5 resources or facets which helps a person to become wealthy and happy

Akshi Yogashala will share 5 Points regarding Ways in which Yoga And Meditation Can Help You Become Wealthy & Happy. These Points are thoroughly studied and taught in the Yoga teacher Training classes held at Akshi Yogashala in Rishikesh, Nepal and Kerala. The first one is Self-Criticism or Self-Reflection.

Self-Criticism or Self-Reflection

Socrates stated that “the unexamined life is not worth living.”  In accordance with this sentiment, yoga teaches us to dovetail our tendencies to criticize others by reflecting upon ourselves.  We all have good and bad qualities.  We generally have a tendency to over inflate our good qualities and to overlook our bad qualities.  With others, however, it’s just the opposite.  We tend to overlook their good qualities and love to point out their faults.  This fault finding tendency will forever hamper our spiritual progress.  Therefore, it is highly recommended that we direct that tendency toward ourselves.

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What are we looking for? Arrogance, pride, false prestige, anger, conceit, ignorance, envy, lust, greed, covetousness, hatred, fault-finding tendencies, selfishness, hypocrisy, laziness, weakness, duplicity, hard-heartedness, over indulgence, lack of self-control and the like.

At first glance, we may not see any of this stuff in us and conclude that we are really good people. “I tithed at church, I gave alms to a beggar, I helped a little old lady cross the street, and I even helped Suzy with her homework. I really am a good person.”  But if we dig below the surface, we may find that we begrudgingly gave that tithe, because we wanted to use the money to buy beer for the Friday night party at Suzy’s house.  And, we might remember that we cheated on the tithe because we didn’t include the money we made for helping Suzy with her homework.  Then when we look at our act of giving alms to the beggar, we might realize that, at the time, we didn’t bother to respect that person, we were very puffed-up with pride, thinking the guy was a filthy, pathetic loser as we angrily tossed a few coins at him—coins, which by the way, could have bought another beer for the party.  And what was our attitude as we helped the old lady cross the street? “Ah, the old biddy is a menace to society.  Jez, now I got to wash my hands.  Who knows what kind of diseases she’s carrying around.”  And what was my motivation in helping Suzy with her homework?  Money and boys, because Suzy is cool and gets all the boys, if I’m her friend, then the boys will think I’m cool too.

Okay, I admit it, kind of silly examples.  The point is that if we examine ourselves and our motives, we will find many, if not all, of those qualities.  What then?  Do we hit ourselves over the head with a hammer?  No, first of all, we become more tolerant of others’ faults.  We see someone has a fault, but instead of criticizing that person, we are reminded that, in comparison to our own faults, his is nothing.  Secondly, we are reminded that we are far from perfect, therefore we need to focus on those yogic practices which help us advance. It does not mean we leave the attitude to help and cooperate our friends and society. We still continue to do good things for others, but we need to shift the thinking pattern behind it. There’s no need to go to battle with each and every fault we find in ourselves.  That is a futile battle doomed for failure.  Just increase the positive yogic practices and gradually the faults will fade away.

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सूर्य नमस्कार क्या है | What is Surya Namaskar in hindi?

‘सूर्य नमस्कार’ का शाब्दिक अर्थ सूर्य को अर्पण या नमस्कार करना है। यह योग आसन शरीर को सही आकार देने और मन को शांत व स्वस्थ रखने का उत्तम तरीका है।

सूर्य नमस्कार १२ शक्तिशाली योग आसनों का एक समन्वय है, जो एक उत्तम कार्डियो-वॅस्क्युलर व्यायाम भी है और स्वास्थ्य के लिए लाभदायक है। सूर्य नमस्कार मन वह शरीर दोनों को तंदुरुस्त रखता है।

यदि आपके पास समय की कमी है, और आप चुस्त दुरुस्त रहने का कोई नुस्ख़ा ढूँढ रहे हैं, तो सूर्य नमस्कार उसका सबसे अच्छा विकल्प है।

सूर्य नमस्कार प्रातःकाल खाली पेट करना उचित होता है। आइए अपने अच्छे स्वास्थ्य के लिए सूर्य नमस्कार के इन सरल और प्रभावी आसनों को आरंभ करें।

प्रत्येक सूर्य नमस्कार के चरण में १२ आसनों के दो क्रम होते हैं। १२ योग आसन सूर्य नमस्कार का एक क्रम पूर्ण करते हैं। सूर्य नमस्कार के एक चरण के दूसरे क्रम में योग आसनों का वो ही क्रम दोहराना होता है, अपितु केवल दाहिने पैर के स्थान पर बाएँ पैर का प्रयोग करना होगा (नीचे चौथे और नवें पद में इसका विवरण दिया गया है)। सूर्य नमस्कार के विभिन्न प्रारूप पाए जाते हैं, हालाँकि बेहतर यही है कि किसी एक ही प्रारूप का अनुसरण करें और उसी के नियमित अभ्यास से उत्तम परिणाम पाएँ।

अच्छे स्वास्थ्य के अतिरिक्त सूर्य नमस्कार धरती पर जीवन के संरक्षण के लिए हमें सूर्य के प्रति आभार प्रकट करने का अवसर भी देता है। अगले 10 दिनों के लिए अपना दिन, मन में सूर्य की ऊर्जा के प्रति आभार और कृपा का भाव रखकर प्रारंभ करें।

१२ सूर्य नमस्कार और दूसरे योग आसनों (Yoga asana) को करने पश्चात योग निद्रा में पूर्ण विश्राम अवश्य करें। आप पाएँगे कि यह आपके चुस्त दुरुस्त, प्रसन्न और शांत रहने का मंत्र बन गया है; एक मंत्र जिस का प्रभाव दिन भर आप के साथ रहेगा I सूर्य नमस्कार – एक पूर्ण यौगिक व्यायाम

 

Read In English: What is Sun Salutation?

 

सूर्य नमस्कार के १२ आसन | 12 Steps of Surya Namaskar in Hindi:

  1. प्रणाम आसन | Prayer pose
  2. हस्तउत्तानासन | Hastauttanasana (Raised Arms pose)
  3. हस्तपाद आसन | Hasta Padasana (Hand to Foot pose)
  4. अश्व संचालन आसन | Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian pose)
  5. पर्वत आसन | Parvatasana (Mountain pose)
  6. अष्टांग नमस्कार | Ashtanga Namaskara (Salute With Eight Parts Or Points)
  7. भुजंग आसन |Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
  8. पर्वत आसन | Parvatasana (Mountain pose)
  9. अश्वसंचालन आसन | Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian pose)
  10. हस्तपाद आसन | Hasta Padasana (Hand to Foot pose)
  11. हस्तउत्थान आसन | Hastauttanasana (Raised Arms pose)
  12. प्रणाम आसन | Prayer pose
सूर्य नमस्कार क्या है | What is Surya Namaskar in hindi?
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योग क्या है? | What is Yoga in Hindi?

योग शब्द संस्कृत धातु ‘युज’ से निकला है, जिसका मतलब है व्यक्तिगत चेतना या आत्मा का सार्वभौमिक चेतना या रूह से मिलन। योग, भारतीय ज्ञान की पांच हजार वर्ष पुरानी शैली है । हालांकि कई लोग योग को केवल शारीरिक व्यायाम ही मानते हैं, जहाँ लोग शरीर को मोडते, मरोड़ते, खिंचते हैं और श्वास लेने के जटिल तरीके अपनाते हैं। यह वास्तव में केवल मनुष्य के मन और आत्मा की अनंत क्षमता का खुलासा करने वाले इस गहन विज्ञान के सबसे सतही पहलू हैं। योग विज्ञान में जीवन शैली का पूर्ण सार आत्मसात किया गया है|

योग क्या है? | What is Yoga in Hindi?
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Common Yoga Mudras for 200 hrs Teacher Training

A 200 hour teacher training is a comprehensive program of different yoga practices and soul calming techniques like hatha, ashtanga, anatomy, meditation etc but one thing which is missing the lime light is “Mudras”.  Yoga Mudras are symbolic gesture practiced with the help of hand and fingers. They facilitate flow of energy in whole body so they are really beneficial for the us.

Your hands can become a drugless therapy for you, when you get them in the form of Mudras. These Mudras are highly proven methods for the cure and prevention of many ailments including hair loss. Here I will reveal to you how with simple Mudras the hair fall can become very less.

You can do many kinds of Mudras with your hands with each gives many beneficial effects. These are five best Mudras for you from 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course:

1. Prithvi Mudra: This Mudra increases the earth element and decreases fire element of the body giving many beneficial effects including strengthening the tissues of the body and the reducing body temperature. You can do this mudra anytime of the day. Join the tip of the thumb with the ring finger and keep other fingers straight and remain in this pose for 30 -40 minutes.

2. Prana Mudra or Kapha Karak Mudra: This mudra builds the earth element of the body and increases Kapha humor. By regularly doing this pose, the hair roots get strong and long. This mudra should be performed by sitting in a Padma Asana or Lotus pose or by standing straight in the Mountain Pose or Tada Asana. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Touch the tips of your ring finger and little finger together to your thumb. The other fingers should be kept straight. Remain in this mudra for 15- 30 minute and feel the emergence of the life force.

3. Vayu Mudra: This Mudra decreases the Vayu element in the body giving many health benefits. As anxious and restless mind also causes hair fall, this mudra calms your mind and nervous system which in turn gives you lustrous hair growth. Place the tip of the index finger on the base of the thumb to form Vayu mudra. Remain in this position for 15 to 30 minutes and see the difference.

4. Prasanna Mudra: Bring your hands near the chest and rub the nails of the four fingers with each other. Do this practice for 5 to 10 minutes every day for 30 days. Remember to keep your thumbs straight. By regularly doing this pose, you are assured of strong and lustrous hair.

5. Kapha Naashak Mudra: This mudra should be done for thirty minutes every day. Bring the tip of the ring finger and the little finger towards the base of the thumb, while keeping other fingers straight. This mudra is very useful for the treatment of the coldness of skin or hair and many other winter related problems like dryness of the skin, absent of scanty perspiration, loss of appetite etc.

 

 

Kapha Naashak Mudra

These are some of the five best Mudras which are the part of 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program and do not require efforts but only your time. So when you get up early morning, open your windows to allow fresh air come in your room. Sit in a resting position, close your eyes and start with the pose in which you feel comfortable.

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Some Tips to Make a Better Choice for Yoga Teacher Training Program

With spur of yoga teacher training programs around the world, deciding on a right program is not easy. You need to think the program that best conjures your needs and whether it is worth investing?

However, these following tips will help you make a right choice?

Go through the syllabus: Decide what you exactly want to learn and achieve through training? As yoga is so vast, it is very important for you to decide and contemplate on the type of yoga style you want to adopt and teach. Study about the different yoga styles, first start practising these styles at home or from your local yoga teacher for few days. This would help you know whether the style suits your needs and personality. If yes then start your search for the yoga teacher training program.

Check Whether Your Yoga Training Yoga Alliance Is Certified: As an international governing body of yoga, the Yoga Alliance has placed the standards for the teaching training programs. This ensures you get the high quality and standardized teaching of yoga. After completion of the program, you can register with the Yoga Alliance that certifies you to teach yoga anywhere in the world.

Study their Background: As now many yoga teacher training schools have been opened only to exhort money with hardly any experience or training in yoga. Do not succumb to their verbal promises, but check the credentials of the yoga institute by doing its background check. Find out since how many years institute is into teaching yoga and study the teacher’s profile. You can go through the reviews to see the kind and level of teaching which is provided by the teachers. And talk to the people and other yogis about the institute.

Check Whether They Teach Anatomy: Anatomy is an important subject which each yoga teacher training program must provide to the students. Do some research on the type of knowledge which institute will provide on the anatomy? An understanding of anatomy could pay off a lot in the long run.

What is A Student–Teacher Ratio: It is important to check the student-teacher ratio in each batch. As a rule student-teacher ratio should not be more than 25. Less number of students means more attention of the teacher/s on you, and there will be a good student-teacher relationship. There is also a respect between a student and teacher. It is also very important to see the language they are opting is plain and simple English and conversant.

Joining a yoga teacher training institute is a very big decision as both your time and money are at stake. It is better to delay your decision rather than act in haste. I suggest joining Yoga Teacher Training in India as the best option as in India, you have ample of choices, right schools and ashrams and the quality and level of training that can exceed any other institute of the world. So decide the school where your heart goes but after thoughtful reviewing and examining the credentials of the School.

Summary: There are few things that you need to consider before deciding to join Yoga Teacher Training program. Study the syllabus, check the background of the School, check the profile of the teachers, check whether they teach body anatomy or not and check how many students are there in each batch? Overall, join the School where your heart goes but after carefully checking the credential and details of the school.

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A Myth Shattered By Swami Rama

 

Swami Rama has shattered the myth of western science about restrictions of human Physiology when in the year 1970 under the supervision of scientists from the clinic of Menninger in Topeka (Kansas) he has demonstrated that he is able to control his autonomic nervous system, and this according to Physiology, people can not do.

Elmer E. and Alice M. Green, as well as E. Dale Walter, reported that Swami Rama has caused a gradual change in the temperature of two parts of his skin on one palm , located at a distance of about two inches apart. Temperature change happened in opposite directions (with a speed about 4 degrees Fahrenheit per minute) until the skin temperature difference reached about 10 degrees Fahrenheit. One part of his palm had turned red from the heat, and the other had ash-gray from the cold.

In another experiment, Swami Rama raised the heart rate by an effort of will, from 70 to 300 beats per minute. His heartbeat turned into a vibration in which the heart was no longer pumping blood in a normal rhythmic manner. He also could stop his heartbeat at least for 17 seconds.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati describes how in 1977 in the “Brain & Behavior Research Institute” in Kansas , USA an observational research of a yogi’s brain has been conducted while Swami Rama was engaged in relaxation and gradually entered into a deeper state of consciousness. Scientific research was directed by Dr. Elmer Green, and the bio-currents of the brain were recorded on the electroencephalogram machine. Subsequently, the world learned about this scientific discovery.

Scientists have documented that with one strong-willed effort the yogi entered different states of consciousness alternately: when he fully relaxed his body, he had entered the state of Yoga-Nidra and the device registered a 70% alpha wave is a 5-minute period when he was visualizing a blue sky with rare floating clouds.

Then the yogi went into a dream state that was followed for 5 minutes, with mostly theta waves for 75%. Later Swami Rama said that this condition was uncomfortable, he called it “noisy and unpleasant”. He further added that he was able to eliminate it by moving his consciousness into the subconscious”. Here he gained an experience of certain desires in the contemplation of archetypal images, which tried to possess his mind.

Finally, Swami entered the state of deep sleep /unconscious mind/ and it was confirmed with the slow vibrations of the Delta waves. However, his consciousness remained alert throughout the scientific experiment. For example, he easily recalled the various events that took place in the science lab and associated with the experiment. And, for example, after the experiment, Swami Rama has voiced the questions that one of the scientists asked the yogi in the period of increasing the Delta waves. The presence of Delta waves indicates the deep sleep state and it would seem that yogi could not perceive these issues…

Scientists did not have the opportunity to carry out such studies before. When the deep sleep state could be combined with the awareness of the present moment. This clearly showed that scientists are faced with the Grand opening of the Turiya, which is so persistently described in the ancient texts of yoga, WHICH DOES EXIST, as evidenced by the fact, not the phenomenon of faith.

Scientists are personally convinced that the nature of the superconscious does really include all possible States of consciousness: wakefulness and superficial sleep and dream. In other words, the simultaneous interaction of consciousness, subconsciousness, and unconsciousness is possible.

Thus, the maximum relaxation of all mental and psycho-physical processes in the body invariably leads to the integration of consciousness as such, and to the enlightenment of the individual. Essentially, people who have reached this state – DO NOT SLEEP. They know only a state of being, which is unchanging, regardless of whether it was a dream or wakefulness. They are constantly in a state of Turiya in yoga Nidra.

It became clear that the so-called “universal mind” or consciousness can be gradually developed and strengthened through such efficient technologies as yoga-Nidra and meditation. So the mysterious and impenetrable world of unconscious is losing ground and is now defined as the superconsciousness. This gradual process of enlightenment of the individual and liberation from the yoke of the “mysterious” forces and is called self-realization, Kaivalya, Moksha or Samadhi.

Of course, the demonstration of such “miracles” is not the goal of yogis, it is a way to convey to the industrial society (which doesn’t even know how things like wifi, cell phone or TV works) that each one of us possess an enormous inner power that is wasted on utter nonsense.

 

——–  Akshi Yogashala, Yoga Teacher Training aims that student should also clear the ignorance of self and others and spread the knowledge of Yoga for betterment of whole Earth.

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Importance of Chanting Mantras

On the Benefits of Mantra Meditation:-

  1. Reduces Anxiety and Depression. By combining sound, breath and rhythm, mantra meditation channels the flow of energy through the mind-body circuit, adjusting the chemical composition of our internal states and regulating brain-hemisphere imbalances, contributing to a natural abatement of fear and despair–emotions that underlie both of these common afflictions. By balancing the nervous system, chanting regulates the chronic stress and tension that is the norm for many people in today’s hyper-stimulated lifestyle. And by balancing the endocrine system, chanting normalizes hormone production, which balances our moods and overall sense of well-being.
  2. Releases Neuroses. Chanting delivers us from the excessive preoccupation with our bodies and with material concerns. It delivers us from fear of old age and death. We begin to identify with the timelessness of the soul and consequently begin to shed neurotic habits that no longer serve and that no longer seem relevant. By returning us to what is essential, it clears away subconscious habit patterns. Embraced by the steady rhythm and by the vibration that connects us all, our thoughts combine wholly with the sound current. As the captain sets the canvas to the wind, thus pulling the boat out of trouble, it is through mantra that we steer ourselves out of our own stormy seas and into clear waters.
  3. It is Soothing. The power of mantra is betrayed in the roots of the sanskrit word, man, meaning mind, and, tra, meaning deliverance, or, projection. Thus, chanting the sacred sound of the mantra delivers us from our sense dependency, from our unrelenting habit of looking toward the senses for gratification; pleasures that are and that will always be, fleeting and limited–how much can you eat? Or drink? Or buy? Sense gratification never really gratifies. We are always left either unfulfilled and guilty–wishing we had never started, or else, wanting more and lamenting the loss. Chanting is a pleasure that transcends the senses, it takes us beyond the bounds of time and space (which is why we don’t have to understand the mantra). Thus it soothes in a most profound way. It soothes on a cellular level. It merges our finite identity with the infinite, and so dissolves us. It relieves us from the sights and sounds and stimulation of the material world and delivers us into a spiritual space, where the sound is God. The material needs are reduced to nothing but mind chatter, and like smoke pumped into the sky, will be scattered into the expanse. Through the sweetness of devotional surrender, mantra turns the negative into positive. I once heard it said: “as music has charms to soothe a savage beast, so the spiritual sound of mantra soothes the restless mind.”
  4. Engenders Compassion. While the first stages of mantra meditation deliver our restless minds from their self-inflicted distress, eventually, chanting into the all-engulfing wave of vibrations arouses our experience of ourselves as spiritual beings. It opens our perception of ourselves as undifferentiated from God. It awakens the divine light and love within us. As George Harrison has said of his lifelong Bhakti practice, chanting is “a direct connection with God.” When our spiritual identity is awakened, we experience the unity of all life, which consequently awakens our hearts and opens our capacity for compassion, whereupon we may live out our material lives free of animosity, envy and pride.
  5. Boosts Immunity. It’s all about the hypothalamus. The control tower of the brain, it regulates communication between the nervous system and the endocrine system, taking in information from the entire body, before transmitting outward again, via chemical messengers. These couriers, such as serotonin and dopamine, are known as the “happiness hormones,” due to the impact they have on our moods. The hypothalamus is Office in Charge of many bodily functions we tend to think of as automatic, like temperature, metabolism and nervous system, as well as pituitary secretion, affecting everything from mood to appetite to sleep. It is perhaps the single most important link in the mind-body connection. What common western manuals won’t tell you is that it is the breath that turns the key to this super-circuit, this central hub, this brain of brains. Breath helps to adjust all the rhythms of our body–not only the familiar circadian rhythms, but the lesser known ultradian rhythms, which monitor the smaller-scale energy cycles that occur throughout the day. Because our nervous systems are often overtaxed, these rhythms are thrown out of balance. But through the technology of sound, we begin repairs. And when breath is set to sound– The positive effects on the parasympathetic nervous system – that part of the nervous system that tells us everything is alright – are multiplied and the healing response is triggered and it all translates into healing and stronger immunity.
  6. It is Easy. You don’t have to sing well because it’s not about singing, in the usual sense. We’re not memorizing complex lyrics, layering harmonies, and we’re not certainly not busting out powerhouse solos. It works whether it’s done alone, or in a group, as in a powerful kirtan. It works whether it’s done softly or in full voice, as long it is from the heart and with the belly. Although for enhanced effect, we can add eye-focus and a gentle hand mudra, these are simple to include and can be incorporated gradually.
  7. It is for everyone. All you have to do is show up. As Krishna Das has said, it won’t work if you don’t do it! All that is needed is some time and an open heart. The benefits of chanting cannot be established through reasoning and intellect. It can only be experienced through devotion, faith and constant repetition of the Mantra.
  8. Opens Intuit. Pronunciation: By enunciating the mantra, the tongue taps certain points along the roof of our mouths, sending signals to the hypothalamus, which in turn, regulates the chemical activity streaming into all parts of the brain and body. It might be likened to tapping the keys of a piano–inside the casing, a hammer bounces up and strikes the strings which are tuned to produce a specific and foreseeable note; behind the curtains a remarkable vibratory process is going on. Rhythm: Through repetition of the mantra, patterns of sound are inscribed onto the brain. The unconscious becomes the conscious, the automatic becomes the deliberate, the mindless becomes the heartfelt. The repetition frees us from our destination-fixation–from our need to rush to the end. The repetition is the whole point. Through repetition, the mantra washes over us, as the waves in the sea gradually get us wet. It dissolves us into unison, which is the essence of yoga. We “die” in a sense, as our ego fades into the infinite, as it gets unavoidably absorbed by the sound. Projection: When we chant from the navel point while articulating the mantra, we not only stimulate the upper palate, but we vibrate the central channel by which prana, or, life force, flows–what yogis for millennia have referred to as the shushmuna (or shushumna by some translations). This dual process is said to move us into the realm of anahat–the realm “without boundary.”
  9. Increases Radiance. Our thoughts reflect and affect our mood, our attitude and our general tenor. Our thoughts are silent sounds. And sounds are electromagnetic vibrations. The more refined our thoughts, the more elevated our vibration; the more elevated our vibration, the closer we get to the highest vibration of all–our own divine nature. The entire universe was built on sound, which is nothing but vibration. By vibrating a certain combination of sounds, we are able to tune into various levels of intelligence, or consciousness. Thus, chanting mantras is a conscious method of controlling our moods, and in turn, our frequency and resultant all-around radiance, much like changing the channel on the television.
  10. It is Empowering. In the Hindu and related Dharmic traditions that use mantra meditation as a regular part of practice, you will find there is a mantra for everything–for every ill and every challenge. To note just a few examples, in the Tibetan tradition, the Om Mane Padme Hum mantra has been used for centuries to invoke the blessings of compassion. In the Hindu tradition, the Ganesh mantra–Om Gam Ganapataye Namah–is chanted to the elephant-headed deity to remove obstacles. And, in the Kundalini Yoga tradition, the Siri Gaitri Mantra–Ra Ma Da Sa–is chanted for healing.

Yoga Teacher Training & Also under Holistic Yoga & Ayurveda Retreats. We have uploaded many Mantras on Akshi Yogashala Soundcloud, Here is Gyatri Mantra.

 

Importance of Chanting Mantras
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Ganga Pooja – Divine Rituals For Devi Ganga

The Ganga is one of the seven holy rivers of Hinduism and perhaps the most important among them. The river Ganga is an earthly manifestation of Devi Ganga, who is the sister of Maa Parvati. She had come down to earth on the request of King Bhagirath and descended through the head of Lord Shiva. Ganga is tremendously sacred to Hindus all across the world and millions take dips in her waters everyday to cleanse their souls.

The Importance Of Ganga Pooja

1. The worship of Maa Ganga is one of the most important rituals in Hinduism. Each evening, thousands of devotees gather at the banks of the Ganga at Haridwar and Rishikesh to witness the spectacle known as the ‘Ganga Aarti’, which pays homage to the greatness of this river.

2. Bathing in or offering worship to Devi Ganga can purify the souls of the devotees. It can absolve their sins, turn them into good, virtuous individuals and ultimately help them liberation of the soul (Moksha), in the afterlife.

3. The waters of the Ganges arte said to be magical and can even cure diseases, ailments and mental illness. This pooja is observed by millions of Hindus worldwide who are keen to seek Devi Ganga’s blessings.

 

ganga aarti in rishikesh

Benefits Of Ganga Pooja

1. It purifies the souls of devotees.

2. Cures diseases and ailments.

3. Washes away the sins of devotees and gives peace to the souls of their ancestors.

4. Helps one attain Moksha or liberation of the soul.

At Akshi Yogashala in Rishikesh, we conduct Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga & Ayurveda Holistic Retreats under which we participated in Ganga Pooja. One can the video here.

 

Please read this Blog “Why Rishikesh is Yoga Capital of the World?” to understand why Rishikesh is Yoga Capital of the World.

Ganga Pooja – Divine Rituals For Devi Ganga
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