Posts Tagged ‘health body’

History and Traditions of Yoga

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Yoga is one of the 6 major Indian classical schools of philosophy within the ancient system of the Vedas. Although something is known of the development of some aspects of the yogic methodology and several great yogis are known to us from that early period, in the west we are humbled by the immensity of the coverage of subject matter in Vedic teachings. We would be overwhelmed by the studies necessary to understand in depth its wisdom. Nor are we in a position to fully evaluate the accumulated contributions made to the science over the thousands of years of its existence by the wise. Even Indian scholars find it difficult to penetrate the extent of its teaching and rely upon traditional legend to provide them with a basis for their insight and understanding.

The Vedas would seem to be the blanket wisdom teachings from antiquity which inherently possessed or perhaps gave birth to the methods for developing spiritual consciousness by which we identify the branch of the teaching known to us as Yoga.

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About Our Emotions

Friday, June 19th, 2009

We are referring to the emotional states of feeling contentment, happiness, joy, pain, suffering, sympathy, kindness, anger, envy, jealousy, compassion, irritation, fear, faith, anxiety, hatred, love, yearning, desire, pride, and many others in our emotional range. We all find the seeds of every possible human emotion inherent in our nature. It is a case of what emotions we have chosen to cultivate as to their expression in our personality.

There are less attractive or basic emotions that must be pulled out like we do weeds in the garden. Others that are more attractive, and help us to feel good inside take more careful nurturing but the rewards are obvious. As each of us makes different choices in selection and in methods of cultivation, our emotional nature develops accordingly. We have emotional energies that are uniquely available for our expression according to our character and purposes.

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Yoga Paths – The Margas

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The eight-fold system of Patanjali known as Asthanga defines the stages by which the aspirant may grow to spiritual enlightenment.  These principles provide the classical guidelines for all spiritual development.

Margas are simply the different paths or approaches towards study and practices of Yoga.

Each offers a variety of techniques and disciplines. They are considered as spokes on the wheel of Yoga with the hub common to all. All the paths aim to lead the student to experience the reality of God.

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21 Yoga Health Asanas

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

The science of yoga positions known as Asanas is based upon the health requirement not only to employ the full capacity of body movement but also to use static positions that will encourage circulation of blood and energy or prana to specific organs. The classical Asanas by tradition, number 84 and of these, there are approximately 21 of most direct general health benefit.

Select 21 of the most appropriate asanas for you to incorporate in your regular daily practice.

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