We come into a world where power is predefined. The powerful people of our planet have a lot of money and a lot of control. We live under the illusion that the more you possess, the stronger you are. That is not true. The more you possess the more you have to lose. When we are afraid of losing things we build defenses around them. The thing is that as we build defenses to keep dangers out and away, we also imprison ourselves within our defenses.
Mantras are the sacred syllables/words. They are imbued with the pure resonance of the Sanskrit language and thousands of years of energetic investment of dedicated yogis. So they are some potent syllables.
So the question is how to use them?
Chakras and Koshas are two very widely used terms in the popular yoga world. Everybody is talking and writing about them. Yet the information we find online is usually confusing or non-practical. Let me clarify some aspects of Chakras and Koshas and explain how they relate to each other.
You need to answer two questions honestly to know if you are ready to begin yoga:
1. Can you breathe?
2. Do you want more from life and yourself?
If you answer these two questions ‘yes’, then you are ready to begin yoga. There are no other prerequisites.
For a beginner yogin, one of the most remarkable things in a yoga class is the breath. The yoga instructor tells you when to breathe in and out almost the entire session. The whole class inhales and exhales together. This is when the magic begins to happen. This is why also one of the reasons why I love studio classes more than private or online ones.
This article is for those who very rarely remember their dreams. Or for those who are in the phase of their lives that they have almost no dream recall.
It is now common knowledge that we all have dreams every night. When you wake up thinking that you did not dream last only means you do not remember them…
Eastern and western thought traditions have very different understandings of consciousness. The answer both traditions would give to the question ‘where is the consciousness?’ is also quite distinct. The difference between the answers portrays their particular ways of tackling questions about consciousness.
Samadhi is the final limb of the eight-limbed path of Yoga (Ashtanga). The other seven limbs include ethical guidelines, prana control, asana mastery, concentration, etc. Although most yoga literature lists the eight limbs of yoga in the same order, the yogin does not have to follow that order. You do not have to master one limb and then move to the next one. Everyone has a unique way of tackling them. But the last one, Samadhi, definitely requires mastery of the other seven limbs.
I have been working on embracing my moon cycles after years of heavy cramps. Then I read about this idea of looking forward to my next period. That idea made me realize that I still had so much to do until I genuinely embrace my bleeding.
I hope, now, it is common knowledge that yoga’s goal is not doing a handstand or any other Asana. Asana is just the seat for meditation. Meditation is the ultimate yogic practice. Yoga is all about consciousness.
Yoga gives us tools to alter our mental state to break our limitations to the point that we are limitless.