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The 4 Categories of Meditation

We Humans have explored a wide variety of ideas over Millennia to craft Meditation practices. What's interesting it that right from primitive awareness techniques to highly fine-tuned methodologies, each 'Meditator' has attempted to reach a similar state. A state of Silence, Focus, and profound Clarity and Joy. Isn't that Why we Meditate? So let's explore the broad categories into which we can divide the multitudes of Meditation practices.  Of course there will be many that don't fit into these categories; but even those ones will be close to one of these four. Over the course of our lives we would have experimented with each of these 4 categories. Some of them in the form of Prayer and some as Mind training. Slowly, we come to realise that one of these suits us best, and then we work on it. Once exploration matures, then comes the hard work of daily practice, often over years to keep improving the experience. 1) Awareness of a Body Rhythm/ Function as Meditation Mindfulness practices are all the rage nowadays. And they are some of the world's oldest Meditation techniques. One of the most important techniques here would be 'Watching your Breath'. Every time you tune in to a body rhythm, you become more Meditative, Grounded and very much in the 'here and now'. It's a simple technique that has huge benefits in terms of your Health and Mental well-being. Similarly you could tune in to the rhythm of your heart beat. 2) Chanting certain Words/ Syllables Since our Mind 'thinks' in words, and is always engaged in an inner conversation - using Words as a Meditative practice becomes very effective. Chanting or 'Mantra' repetition is the most common Meditation practice used by all major Religions and Spiritual [...]

Meditation is our Birthright!

Let nobody tell you that Meditation is difficult. Let nobody tell you that it requires learning complex techniques. And let nobody tell you that it requires lifetimes of practice. Meditation is your Nature - every animal, tree and rock is naturally inclined to being Meditative. So why should it be a struggle for us! And yet it is. Worldwide, people are turning to Meditation to find Peace, Balance and an Anchor in their chaotic lives. And they are doing this in the millions. So much so that, there's now a global market for Meditation! You can shop online using any number of Mindfulness Apps. Or you can read a growing array of Self-help books. Or join your neighbourhood Chanting, Philosophy, Meditation circles. And if you're more curious, then you can join the Guru du jour to learn his/her well-branded Meditation technique. Chances are you'll soon find millions of 'fellow-meditators' ('Guru Bhai's if you have the same Guru). And you'll be a part of a support structure that nurtures your Meditative practice - which is very useful at the start. Soon enough you'll be part of a whole new eco-system with new Friends et al. But was that Why you started Meditation practice to begin with? So, what can I do to get started....right here, right now? Understanding what is Meditation and the types of Meditations will help you find your own practice. You will have to experiment a bit to see what suits you. But then it's better to spend that time and create a set of practices that work for you. This is better than spending year after year with a technique that isn't Transforming you or even Inspiring you to practice it. Of course you will need a technique to get [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|Meditation, Total Yoga, Yoga, Yomaste|1 Comment

Yoga cures for Migraine

All about Migraine In a modern day scenario, Migraine is a common problem in all age groups. Migraine is a type of headache where there's constant throbbing and intense headache in one side of the head. Many a times, patients are not aware that they suffer from migraine. There are various factors which can trigger this headache, like, food allergy, loud noise, stress, bright lights, extreme exposure to mobiles and computer screens etc. Symptoms of migraine Neck stiffness Frequent yawning Irritability, nausea, fatigue etc. Migraines can last for a few hours or few days. Yoga cures for migrane Yoga comes to the rescue for migraine sufferers. Yoga, through the parasympathetic nervous system slows your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. Thus, allowing the body to recover after a stressful migraine attack. Yoga therapy provides great relief for migraine patients. Asanas for migraine relief Balasana Hasta Uttanasana Paschimottanasana Jaanu sirshasana Jalandhar bandh Setu bandh asana Chakrasana Pranayama and meditation are relaxing and provides great relief as it relaxes the mind and nervous system. Besides,  increasing he  oxygen intake. A student shares his experience- "The word Migraine itself gives me a headache. I have been suffering from migraine since past 15years. Mine is what you call level-3 in terms of the intensity of the headache. Trust me when I say, it is quite chronic. The pain is quite severe with vomitting, blurred vision and there would be a complete stop to any day to day actities. Like any layman I went to the Doctor and as usual they prescribed me with heavy dose of pain killers which resulted in lot of side effects, but the headches wouldn't stop.I tried alternate therapies like Ayurveda, Accupressure and accupuncture. [...]

Ayurvedic tips for better digestion

The concept of agni, the Sanskrit word for "fire," is rather essential to the Ayurvedic tradition. Agni is used to refer the digestive juices. We can focus on foods and other forms of nourishment that enhance the qualities of agni or we can ingest substances and experiences that dilute and smother the sacred fire. Either way, the health of agni throughout the system will be affected. Here are some practical tips for protecting your sacred fire and improve digestion. Eat your biggest meal at lunch There’s an Ayurvedic principle that the digestion works the best, when the sun is at its highest point. That is around 12 noon to 2 pm. Thus, give your body plenty of time to fully digest the food before sunset. Stimulate the digestive fire Ghee and ginger-lemon juice are great aids for digestion. Eating raw ghee with your food or drinking 2 teaspoons of ginger-lemon juice before meals eases the digestion process. Drink buttermilk Buttermilk is perfect to soothe the stomach. The carminative properties of the spices coupled with the soothing and refreshing properties of buttermilk improve your digestion. So, if you feel a bout of indigestion coming on, try sipping on some buttermilk for instant relief. Eat only when you’re hungry The problem with eating when you’re not hungry (aside from possible weight gain) is that it leaves you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Only when your stomach is truly empty are your digestive enzymes strong enough to thoroughly break down your food. Sip on digestive teas Approximately 15-30 minutes after eating, sip on ginger, chamomile, or peppermint tea. (Yes, sipping again and not drinking.) The difference between sipping and drinking is that the former gives a kick to your digestive system [...]

Know your asana- USHTRASANA

Ushtrasana or the camel pose is a backbend which also opens the heart centre.  Ushtrasana is like a camel travelling through the Sahara, requiring stamina, endurance, and a commitment to inner awareness. What is so special about Ushtrasana? This asana improves the blood circulation in the abdominal region. Thus, improves the digestion. Also, the pose strengthens the lower back while opening the heart center. Therefore, Ushtrasana helps us physically and emotionally!! Chakra-wise The camel pose stimulates the Manipura Chakra which allows us to have control over our thoughts and emotional responses, set healthy boundaries, and be at peace with ourselves. Its physical association is with digestive function. Benefits of Ushtrasana Strong and flexible spine - Backbends help in restoring the natural flexibility of the spine. With consistent practice, the back becomes strong and agile. Opens the chest and shoulders - As the digital era requires us sitting in front of computers. Ushtrasana opens the shoulders and relieves stress from them. Tones us the abdomen - As the abdomen is pushed outwards, the obliques are stretched. Thereby, this helps in toning the muscles around the stomach. Improved digestion - As the blood circulation improves in the abdomen, the organs function optimally leading to better digestion. Stress relief -  Our minds often follow our bodies, so by increasing the flexibility in your spine.We relieve the tension in the neck, back, and shoulders. This helps in relaxing the body and mind! :) Emotional balance - As the chest is opened, the energy in the heart center is stimulated. This helps in balancing the emotions and feelings. Thus, we feel more peaceful and centered. Extroversion in personality - As the heart center opens, it is easier for a person to express oneself and [...]

Using Diaphragmatic breathing in Yoga

Breathing is an essential part of yoga. We begin with deep breaths, sync our breaths with the movements in Surya namaskar, take deeper breaths while holding our posture and focus on the breath in yoga nidra too!! Wow, thats a lot of breathing. Yoga uses "Diaphragmatic breathing"  or commonly called "yogic breathing." Colloquially its called "Belly Breath." What is Diaphragmatic breathing? Diaphragmatic breathing or deep breathing, is breathing that is done by contracting the diaphragm, a muscle located horizontally between the thoracic cavity and abdominal cavity. Air enters the lungs and the chest rises and the belly expands during this type of breathing. Myths Busted 1) Just because the stomach rises, does not mean the stomach is being filled with air.  As the diaphragm expands the belly expands. 2) A lot of people, ask why not use lungs which have been created for breathing. In chest breathing or thoracic breathing, we draw in the minimal breath into the lungs, without using the diaphragm. Thus, the lungs do not get a chance to draw in the optimal amount of oxygen. Benefits of Diaphragmatic Breathing Relieves stress Deep breathing helps in better relaxation. Diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which evokes the feeling of relaxation. Supplies more oxygen This healthy breathing pattern also increases the oxygen delivery to the cells. It also stimulates the blood flow and enhances the nourishment of the brain and muscles. Improves our concentration It is logical that if we decrease the stress levels, our minds get clearer and it is much easier to focus. If you practice meditation or visualization, always start with this breathing technique – it will calm the mind and evoke a positive feeling of connection between the mind and body. Increases our lung capacity Most of us are [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|Knowledge Articles, Pranayam, Yoga in Daily Life|0 Comments