Yoga

  • Samadhi

    Samadhi The state of Samadhi is a state of enlightenment, in which the idea of ego disappears, and a person passes into a pure state of being, uniting the observer and the observed world in himself. In other words, the idea of separation disappears here. We can find first mention of Samadhi in ancient texts Upanishads, which are known as part of Vedanta philosophy.
  • Manipura Chakra

    Manipura Chakra What happens when human consciousness reaches Manipura? What is this energy center responsible for? What is necessary to know about Manipura manifestations for better observation different motivations created by it? The answers to these and many other questions are presented in this article in order to help you widen the knowledge about the chakras and, as a result, about yourself.
  • Friendship

    Friendship The theme of friendship has always been a red thread in my life. It is an incredibly important part of human relations. Today I want to talk about like-minded people and friends and understand the essence and importance of them in our lives. A year before writing this article, I began to draw a picture that represents opening of heart center. I
  • Yoga Teaching: Asana Assisting and Alignment and Their Importance. By Artem Bizimov

    Yoga Teaching: Asana Assisting and Alignment and Their Importance.  By Artem Bizimov Once a yoga teacher was trying to help my friend to go deeper in Samakonasana with the teacher’s body weight. My friend asked the teacher not to do that, but her request was somehow overlooked. Maybe the teacher was not in a good mood that day; maybe she had a great wish to help my friend. Who knows now? But the result of that was injury.
  • What Does Yoga Give to a Woman?

     What Does Yoga Give to a Woman? Life of a modern woman is related to numerous concerns which she has around her, performing not only mother`s and spouse`s roles, creating warmth and cozy atmosphere, but also providing material well-being of her family upside with a man. A modern woman simultaneously makes career and takes care about her family and that brings to an enormous energy loss. This energy was given her by nature to fulfill female duties only, but an excessive burden, weighing heavily on her shoulders, can lead to permanent stresses and nervous exhaustion.
  • What is Yoga?

    What is Yoga? Most of the people when they hear the word “yoga” think of some physical exercises (asanas) and very flexible people in different weird poses. Nevertheless, asana practice is just a small part of yoga, which is a system of practices for self-development and liberation. The Sanskrit word “yoga” has many definitions.
  • Brahmacharya or Celibacy in Hinduism

    Brahmacharya or Celibacy in Hinduism The importance of Brahmacharya is clearly explained in the Yajurveda. In this modern life very few only understand this and practice it. All the Vedas and other scriptures of Hinduism lay great emphasis on Brahmacharya. In the Vedic period a student was also known as Brahmachari.
  • 3 Practices That Can Enhance Any Spiritual Journey

    3 Practices That Can Enhance Any Spiritual Journey There is certainly value in doing a spiritual practice regularly, every day, even when you really don't want to. This is especially true for meditation. You see, in meditation practice the not wanting to do it is as much grist for the mill of meditation as wanting to do it. All of these thoughts are something you can play with, in your mind, that’s very exquisite. But it's a delicate balance that needs to transpire inside oneself.
  • How Long Should You Meditate

    How Long Should You Meditate There are numerous publications and studies around the limitless benefits of maintaining a constant meditation practice. There is however not a detailed guidance on how to incorporate this Eastern ancestral practice into our busy Western lives. More importantly, our Western minds are immediately and unconsciously drawn to the creation frameworks with timelines, correct steps to follow and specific ways in which to become more efficient. “How long should I meditate for to get all of the benefits I read about?” therefore becomes a very valid and popular question.
  • 15 Things That Happen When You Get Into Yoga

    15 Things That Happen When You Get Into Yoga Life offers many blessings and joys but along with those happy moments are times of disappointment and chaos. These moments can deliver unwanted stress into our lives. Finding ways to relieve stress and feelings of anxiety from daily routine can help with battling these hurdles. Many turn to yoga in hopes to find peace during hectic times, while others start a yoga practice to build strength, gain flexibility and lose weight. Each choice is coupled with a beautiful relationship with the body and mind that cannot compare to anything else.
  • How Often Should You Practice Yoga?

    How Often Should You Practice Yoga? How Often Should You Practice Yoga? This question is asked quite a lot by newbie yogis and although ideally it should be practiced everyday this is often not realistic for many. How often one should practice Yoga also depends on many other factors, which will differ from one Yoga practitioner to the next.
  • The Significanse Of Ekadashi By Sri Swami Krishnananda

    The Significanse Of Ekadashi By Sri Swami Krishnananda Ekadasi is a Sanskrit word, which means 'the eleventh'. It refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight belonging to a lunar month. There are two fortnights in a lunar month—the bright and the dark. So, Ekadasi occurs twice in a month, in the bright fortnight and the dark fortnight. The special feature of Ekadasi, as most people know it, is a fast, abstinence from diet.
  • Yoga Basics: Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana

    Yoga Basics: Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana Setu Bandhasana, or bridge pose, is a gentle backbend that is excellent for opening the rib cage, enhancing respiration, and restoring healthy posture. It’s also great for opening the muscles of the upper back & neck, making it a perfect preparatory pose for shoulderstand & other inversions.
  • Namaste: What It Really Means…

    Namaste: What It Really Means… To begin, as I’m sure you know, the term namaste is an ancient and integral part of Indian culture – in fact, it is one of five formal greetings that can be traced all the way back to the Vedas. It is a profound and deeply meaningful way of showing both respect and humility, particularly when combined, as it normally would be, with a bow and with the gesture of anjali mudra (palms together at the chest). These qualities of both respect and humbleness are cornerstones of Yoga philosophy and Indian culture as a whole, and must be fully understood if the expression is to hold any true meaning.
  • Yoga Basics: Crow Pose

    Yoga Basics: Crow Pose Crow pose, or Bakasana, is likely one of the first arm balancing yoga postures that you may tackle. In fact, when people think of arm balances, crow pose is often the first that comes to mind. Crow pose is not only fantastic when it comes to building your yoga confidence, it also develops arm and core strength.
  • Yoga Basics: Seated Forward Bend

    Yoga Basics: Seated Forward Bend This posture highlight is one of our favorites, but don’t let it fool you. The seated forward bend or Paschimottanasana is the fifth of the 12 basic postures of hatha yoga and is a deceptively easy-looking posture but in actuality can take quite a while to perfect. The most obvious benefit is that it provides a lovely stretch of the entire backside of the body all the way from the head to the heels.
  • Yoga Basics: Ujjayi Breath

    Yoga Basics: Ujjayi Breath If you’ve been to a yoga class lately, you’ve likely heard the term “Ujjayi breath”. Sometimes called “Ocean breath” due to the sound of the breath making its way through the throat as the passage is narrowed. Ujjayi is a diaphragmatic breath that first fills the lower belly, then rises to the lower rib cage and finally moves into the upper chest and throat. It’s a breathing technique that is used typically in asana practice.
  • Yoga Basics: Natarajasana or “Lord of the Dance Pose”

    Yoga Basics: Natarajasana or “Lord of the Dance Pose” Natarajasana, or “Lord of the Dance,” is a balancing pose named after Siva in his role as master of the “dance of creation & dissolution.” Like all balancing poses, natarajasana is great for building stability and for strengthening the supporting muscles of the lower legs — muscles that are essential for a healthy gait-pattern.