Aim or commonly known as goals are what matters for shipping up of human life. What is the purpose of individual life, what goals does one have withing himself will define the way one chooses to live life. People choose money, relatives and friends , status, growth as a goal. But if asked why have you kept them as your goal, they will simply reply is that is what motivates them. This might be true, but in real life there are no parameters to measure the proportions of these factors as to how much will create what the feeling of satisfaction.
Now we come to an exact term, i.e. “SATISFACTION”.
Is this what a living being strives for, earns for, lives for, fight for. A sense of satisfaction is the point where desire can be said as fulfilled. It is the sense which is not easily achieved, it has to be strived for, 100% efforts to be put in. Rest all desire and lust needs to be left back. In short efforts needs to be put in with complete soul to achieve the sense of satisfaction . Them a human being is said to be achieved something .
Now that can be termed as a state of ” SAMADHI”. A state of mind which is void of any desires , where it is not touched by any sort of thoughts , accepts life as it is though staying in complete awareness. Complete consciousness is there still void of materialistic and worldly matters. It can be achieved when soul is poured in at a aim of expertising Astana which helps keep physical body strong and capable to sustain every effort , pranayam which helps regulate the mind as regulation of breath directly affects the thoughts . So the mind can be calmed down by regulating of thoughts . With practise of of Dharna i.e. withdrawing of senses from external world to inner self . This helps reducing the samskaras which get provoked by external factors. Dhayana helps canalize energies to a single aim or point of focus.
The above means asana, pranayam, dharna, dhayana or samadhi can be said as body of Yoga which can be seen externally. But the foundation on which it stand are Yamas and Niyamas.
Yamas are the code of conduct with self which help shape up the character to lift the life. Where as Niyamas are the factors which defines how an individual should behave in a society. Yamas consist of 5 sub angas as Ahimsa, satya, asteya, bhrashtramhacharya and aparigraha. Where Ahimsa means non violence not only with other living being but also self. Even not thinking of any sort of violence. Satya means being truthfully not only with speech but with behaviours also, Asteya means non stealing in every view. Brahmacharya which not only means devoid of sexual pleasures. It also means to control every desire as sexual desire is known as the most strong desire of every living being. Aparigraha means to keep only as much is required. No election of unnecessary objects.
Following the yamas help to shape up a character which does not attract or fall prey to undesired issues as it shapes up the human character which strives for good habits and fruitful things. It even nullifies the effects of sanskaras which are the true source of pain in a human life.
Now coming to Niyamas which tell us how should our code of conduct be in the society with other living beings. Niyamas can be further sub divided as Tapa meaning the suffer through the process. Conducting every step with shear dedication and truthfulness. Second is Swadhyaya which means self study or study of self. The study which is cones from within, from self experience is true study. Third comes Ishwar pranidhan which means complete surrender to god. Fourth comes Soucha which means cleanliness not only from outside but also inside. Cleanliness of body and mind. Fifth is the Santosh which means contentment or inner happiness.
Following the five Niyam as, one adhers to living with contentment dedication, truthfulness, and happy which makes society want him to stay and flourish with them.
Thus we can conclude that the route of achieving Satisfaction is the following of Yamas and Niyamas.
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Importance of Sharir Sanchalan i.e. twisting, stretching, bending practises which help us as:
Loosen our stiffed muscles and veins.
Increase blood circulation to minor veins till the end.
Most important is to move the vatta and kaffa which due to inactivity gets stagnated at one place and stiffness in that particular muscle is felt. Traditionally the sequence of twisting, stretching and bending is called Sharir Sanchalan or शरीर संचालन. With regular practise flexibility can be achieved. And also strengthens external muscles for sustain unfavorable posture conditions to some extent. Practice regular, stay fit.
In a brief we will see the benefits of practicing on regular basis. As we know our bodies work on different systems such as digestive system, respiratory system, nervous system, blood circulation system and excreta system, inflammatory systems etc. Now all these systems are controlled by mind. How does mind control? The mind receives signals from the sense organs about the requirement of the body, wether it is hungry, thirsty, is in danger, needs to adjust to temperature etc. When brain receives particular signal, it secret required harmons and the rest of the working body parts called as Karmaindriyas do necessary actions. Now these activities are mostly controlled by our subconscious mind. These functions need not be looked after. Our body automatically functions . Also as per Ayurveda, our body is made up of 5 elements called Earth, water, air, space and fire. In each living being either two of three are more dominant which reflects in there response to the atmosphere they are in, the nature of habit one has as food, drinking, sleep. In normal conditions when ones all habits are good, the tridoshas i.e. Vatta, pitta and Kapha are in balance. But as our daily routine changes, habits are differed , they have an impact on the balance of tridoshas. Initially the symptoms are minor and can be rectified instantly with small dose of medicine. But as the wrong routine becomes habit, it converts into a disease or mal function of body parts, in sever case may result in organ failure. While practising Yog i.e. Asana, pranay am, dhyana, we focus of attaining a posture so as we attain stability along with make yourself flexible and energetic. Now how energies are created will be studied in some other post. Firstly we practicing motion of the vatta pitta and kapha, which helps to digest what ever is possible, throw out what is not required i. Our body. It cleanses the system and optimises the function of body parts. Which in turn gives good metabolism, which results in improving immunity, and good health. Regular practise gives discipline to mind and automatically mind gives sense as to what is accepted and what not by our body. It gives a routine to maintain good health. Regular practise prepares our body and mind for the day to day activity with focused approach, as we eliminate all unwanted in body by asanas and pranayama, and from mind by meditation allowing it to function to its full efficiency. Thus it’s humble request to practise regularly. Any suggestions are invited Have a good day.
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Yoga word is derived from word Yuj from sanskrut which mean to merge or to join. Now one can ask what to join. What are we actually doing. So to understand in depth, let us understand few aspects of human life. Human life comprises of basically three aspects called physical, Mental and spiritual. Physical means the body which we posses. Mind or heart means the thinking brain and spiritual means how our soul is, what does it demands. What is the purpose of our life is what our soul tells us. But in order to work efficiently, one has to have a healthy mind which understands, processes and gives instruction for required. A healthy body which should be capable to carry the actions as instructed by the mind. Now one can ask what is soul or what function does it have in the living being. Soul is the only connection of our previous lives and karmas. As hindu religion follows the concept of rebirth, moksha and karmas, it is seen that body and mind are temporary carriers of soul for one life, but till the karmas are nullified there is not achievement of moksha and a life keeps moving in the circles of life and rebirth. Now a days one even though born in a Hindu family may or may not posses knowledge of rebirth, moksha and karma or he /she may not believe in it due to limitations in knowledge or experience, but how to live healthy in this life which would ve supportive to his own life and to the society as well can be taken care off. Now we understand what we are required to do. That is stay healthy both body and mind wise , which is taught in Yoga studies. We in modern terms follow Ashtang yog which defines the way how one should behave in his life so as to attain the state of Samadhi. Now what is State of Samadhi. In sanskrut, meaning goes as total self collectedness. That means the highest state of mental concentration that people can achieve while still bound to the body and which unites them with the highest reality. This can be well explained by one of the Sutras given by Sage Patanjali as ” योगः कर्मसु कौशल्यम ” which means, what ever activity do with complete involvement and concentration is yoga, where you have completely engaged the mind and body into one particular activity. In today’s world one may not target to achieve a state of samadhi, but one does pit in effort for a healthy body. But to understand the requirement properly one has to have a healthy mind. So how do we achieve it. As defined earlier, we follow the Ashtang Yoga directives which are as follows:
Yamas – social ethics I.e. how one should behave on society
Niyamas- personal practices how should one live in daily life.
Asanas- Posture Easy comfortable positions of the body, connecting the mind and spirit to experience stillness and infinity.
Pranayama – mindfully breathing Regulating the breathe to uncover the light within . That means to uncover the hidden thoughts / feelings / emotions within.
Pratyahara- Turning inward means disconnecting mind from worldly things and turning focus towards our own soul within.
Dharna – Concentration means focus or attention. 7 . Dhyana – de-concentration Dropping all the efforts and letting go.
Samadhi- pure bliss Constant complete harmony of the self with universe. Now looking at the aspects above, to achieve Samadhi, not one or two but all the limbs are to be followed simultaneously. In modern times we start with Asanas, pranayam and dhayan or meditation. As defined above asanas are efforts good posture or remain still in any given posture which has individual benefits to particular body parts. Stillness in the posture should be the aim of asana. Development to complete stage can be later targets. Asanas help us achieve flexibility and strength to whole body to sustain any postural pain or conditions for long durations then normal. Pranayam where we purposely regulate our breath, which is the only sub conscious activities out body perform. Rest all activities like digestion, blood circulation, perspiration etc are done subconsciously but cannot be directly regulated. Regulating of breath by inhalation , holding , exhalation with specific count and direction gives many different effects that are required to be achieved as per given environmental conditions. Speed of breath regulates the body temperature which in turn regulates the functioning of organs and release of required harmons. Focusing on the flow of breath automatically keeps mind focused and helps break the chain of thoughts. Which helps give pleasant feeling a moment to turn positive towards every aspect of life. Hence learning yoga for healthy mind and body is very important. God bless
Kapha brings the stability and solidity of earth and water to the body/mind. Kapha is responsible for immune function, strength and vitality, lubrication and structure.
SYMPTOMS of Kapha imbalance: Sluggish digestion, weight gain, respiratory illnesses, sinus problems Mental fog, depression Excessive sleep and inactivity
DIET for Kapha: Favor light, pungent, warm and easy to digest foods such as salads, soups and leafy greens. Avoid sweets, meats and cheese Good grains are moderate amounts of brown rice, barley, corn and millet Good vegetables are bitter melon, leafy greens, cabbage and cauliflower Small amounts of fruit such as pomogrenate, cherries, grapefruit
In general: Avoid naps and heavy foods Exercise regularly including brisk walking and several rounds of surya namaskar. Be motivated and have a project to work on with a deadline that you are comfortable with.
MANTRAS for balancing Kapha dosha
Ganesha mantras are wonderful for balancing kapha. You can use the simple mantra from out earlier podcast “OM Gum Ganapataye Namaha” or if you’d like something a little stronger, Ganesh Gayatri can be used.
“OM Tat purushaya vidmahae Vakratundaya deemahee, thanno dandi prachodayat”