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Gurutej Kaur, (known simply as Gurutej), told her mother just that when she was six years old. For over 40 years, Gurutej has been teaching people how to connect to their higher consciousness through yoga, chanting, mediation and healing. Everyday she lives the meaning of her Sikh name, which translates as “the one who brings you from darkness into light at the speed of light.”
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martedì, settembre 30, 2008
Please understand, Yoga is not 'union'. It is 'uniting'. Yoga is not a noun. Yoga is a verb. Yoga is not an end result. Yoga is a process. It is a process of intense enthusiasm.
Krishna says in the Gita clearly that Yoga is what you have to be, without expectations and without attachments. It is not doing but being.
There is nothing to achieve by practicing Yoga. You will be shocked to hear this. Many people have told you that Yoga will cure you of asthma, it will cure you of chronic pain, it will cure you of high blood pressure and so on. Perhaps it does; but not because of what you practice, but because you believe.
Especially in the West, Yoga is sold as a product; either a cheap or expensive product depending on where the teacher is located. If you practice this asana they say you will be cured of this and that. It has become a
I saw an advertisement for an Instant Super-luxury Kundalini Yoga offered at thousands of dollars. Patanjali, who formulated the technique of Yoga, will roll in his samadhi if he comes to know! The only person who benefits is the advertiser, not the user!
t is the process of Yoga, the practice of Yoga that unites the mind body spirit system. What unites is not the exercises that you perform. This again will shock you. It is the intention. You create a memory in your muscles and that gets embedded.
It is essential to start any Yoga practice with a clear intention of what you wish; it may be , it may be enlightenment; whatever it is make a positive intention. Before you perform the asana, the , with full awareness of that intent visualize the posture you plan to adopt. Go through in your mind every single step of that asana. Then practice that asana.
Just be sitting comfortably in any position with your spine erect to allow energy flow you can derive the result of any asana through intention and visualization. This is the truth. However, this is too simple for you to believe. You need something more tangible, more strenuous to prove to yourself that Yoga works.
Then, practice Surya Namaskar, the most integrated of all Yogasana. Start with a clear intent, visualize all steps and the do the process. You need nothing more. This is what we teach in our Nithya Yoga programs. Be in Bliss!
lunedì, settembre 29, 2008
lunedì, luglio 14, 2008
Over the past several years, yoga has experienced an upsurge in popularity in the western world. While many associate yoga with new age mysticism or the latest fad at the gym, yoga is actually an ancient practice that connects the mind, body, and spirit through body poses, controlled breathing, and meditation. The practice of yoga has many health benefits associated with it, so read below to discover 77 benefits to be gained.
- Blood pressure. A consistent yoga practice decreases blood pressure through better circulation and oxygenation of the body. These two exercises can help lower blood pressure.
- Pulse rate. A slower pulse rate indicates that your heart is strong enough to pump more blood with fewer beats. Regularly practicing yoga provides a lower pulse rate.
- Circulation. Yoga improves blood circulation. By transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, yoga practice provides healthier organs, skin, and brain.
- Respiratory. Like the circulatory system, a lower respiratory rate indicates that the lungs are working more efficiently. Yoga decreases the respiratory rate through a combination of controlled breathing exercises and better fitness.
- Cardiovascular endurance. A combination of lower heart rate and improved oxygenation to the body (both benefits of yoga) results in higher cardiovascular endurance.
- Organs. Yoga practice massages internal organs, thus improving the ability of the body to prevent disease. Additionally, an experienced yoga practitioner becomes better attuned to her body to know at first sign if something isn’t functioning properly, thereby allowing for quicker response to head off disease.
- Gastrointestinal. Gastrointestinal functions have been shown to improve in both men and women who practice yoga.
- Immunity. Yoga practice has frequently been correlated with a stronger immune system. Read this article for more on the immune system and yoga, including some poses that specifically work on areas of immunity.
- Pain. Pain tolerance is much higher among those who practice yoga regularly. In addition to pain tolerance, some instances of chronic pain, such as back pain, are lessened or eliminated through yoga (see below for more on back pain).
- Metabolism. Having a balanced metabolism results in maintaining a healthy weight and controlling hunger. Consistent yoga practice helps find the balance and creates a more efficient metabolism.
ust as many health benefits occur within the body, there are many benefits that can actually be experienced from without the body. From better sleep to more energy and strength, this list provides several benefits found on the outside of the body.
- Aging. Yoga stimulates the detoxification process within the body. Detoxification has been shown to delay aging, among many other health benefits.
- Posture. The very nature of yoga teaches the practitioner how to hold and control one’s body in a more healthful position. Through consistent practice, your posture will improve so that you look more confident and healthy.
- Strength. One of the premises of yoga is that you are using the weight of your own body for overall strength. Find out more about how yoga works as an excellent method of strength training in this article.
- Energy. Regular yoga practice provides consistent energy. In fact, most yogis state that when you perform your yoga correctly, you will feel energized after your yoga session rather than tired.
- Weight. The benefits of a better metabolism along with the exercise of yoga work to keep your weight in check. Additionally, the stretching of muscles longwise helps to reduce the amount of cellulite that can build around muscles.
- Sleep. Because of the many benefits to both body and mind that a yoga routine can provide, many find that their sleep is much better. Read here for more on sleep and yoga, as well as some positions for helping induce sleep.
- Balance. An integral part of the yoga practice is balance and control over your body. With a consistent practice, you will find that your overall balance will improve outside the yoga class.
- Integrated function of the body. Yoga is derived from Sanskrit and means "to join together and direct one’s attention." This is exactly what happens to your body after you start practicing yoga. Yogis find that their body works together much better, resulting in more graceful and efficient body movements.
- Body Awareness: Doing yoga will give you an increased awareness of your own body. You are often called upon to make small, subtle movements to improve your alignment. Over time, this will increase your level of comfort in your own body. This can lead to improved posture and greater self-confidence.
- Core strength. With a strong body core, you receive better posture and overall body strength. A strong core helps heal and reduce injuries. Read how this swimmer uses yoga to strengthen her core and improve her swimming.
- Sexuality. Yoga can improve your sexuality through better control, more relaxation, and more self-confidence. Read more about the yoga and sexuality connection here.
- Mood. Overall well-being improves with yoga practice. The combination of creating a strong mind-body connection, creating a healthy body, and focusing inward can all lead to improvement in your mood.
- Stress Reduction. The concentration required during yoga practice tends to focus your attention on the matter at hand, thereby reducing the emphasis you may have been putting on the stress in your life. Read more about yoga and stress management here.
- Anxiety. One benefit to the controlled breathing used in yoga is a reduction in anxiety. Learn more about how you can use yoga breathing to reduce your anxiety.
- Depression. Some believe the negative feelings that you may be repressing are brought to the surface during some types of yoga exercise. When this happens, the negative energy is no longer stuck within you, but released through exercise. Regularly releasing this negativity leads to a reduction of depression in many people.
- Self-acceptance. Focusing inward and realizing through your yoga practice that perfection is not the goal, self-acceptance begins to take over. This post describes how success is not measured by perfectionism in yoga.
- Self-control. The controlled movements of yoga teach you how to translate that self-control to all aspects of your life.
- Mind-body connection. Few other exercises offer the same mind-body connection that yoga does. As you match your controlled breathing with the movements of your body, you retrain your mind to find that place of calm and peace that long-time yogis know.
- Positive outlook on life. Continued practice of yoga results in a balance of many hormones and nervous system, which brings about a more stable, positive approach to life.
- Hostility. Most yogis report a huge reduction in the amount of hostility they feel as well as a sense of control when anger flares. This calm effect is likely from the relaxation and meditation that is incorporated in their yoga practice that leads to an overall calming of the nervous system. Less hostility means lower blood pressure and stress and a healthier approach to life.
- Concentration. Researchers have shown that as little as eight weeks of yoga practice can result in better concentration and more motivation.
- Memory. Improved blood circulation to the brain as well as the reduction in stress and improved focus results in a better memory.
- Attention. The attention required in yoga to maintain the structured breathing in conjunction with yoga poses sharpens the ability to keep a sharp focus on tasks.
- Social skills. In yoga, you learn the interconnectedness of all of life. Your yoga practice soon evolves from a personal journey to one connecting to to the community at large where your social skills improve along with your yoga practice.
- Calmness. Concentrating so intently on what your body is doing has the effect of bringing calmness. Yoga also introduces you to meditation techniques, such as watching how you breathe and disengagement from your thoughts, which help calm the mind.
- Cholesterol. Yoga practice lowers cholesterol through increased blood circulation and burning fat. Yoga practice is a great tool to fight against harmful cholesterol levels.
- Lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system boosts your immunity and reduces toxins in your body. The only way to get your lymphatic system flowing well is by movement. The specific movements involved in yoga are particularly well-suited for promoting a strong lymphatic system.
- Glucose. There is evidence to suggest that yoga may lower blood glucose levels.
- Sodium. As does any good exercise program, yoga reduces the sodium levels in your body. In today’s world of processed and fast foods that are full of sodium, lessening these levels is a great idea.
- Endocrine functions. Practicing yoga helps to regulate and control hormone secretion. An improved endocrine system keeps hormones in balance and promotes better overall physical and emotional health.
- Triglycerides. Triglycerides are the chemical form of fat in the blood, and elevated levels can indicate a risk for heart disease and high blood pressure. A recent study shows that yoga can lead to "significantly lower" levels of triglycerides. Read more about the results of that study here.
- Red blood cells. Yoga has been shown to increase the level of red blood cells in the body. Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen through the blood, and too few can result in anemia and low energy.
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps boost immunity, helps produce collagen, and is a powerful antioxidant; and a yoga regimen can increase the vitamin C in your body.
- Low risk of injury. Due to the low impact of yoga and the controlled aspect of the motions, there is a very low risk of injury during yoga practice compared to other forms of exercise.
- Parasympathetic Nervous System. In many forms of exercise, the sympathetic nervous system kicks in, providing you with that fight-or-flight sensation. Yoga does the opposite and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic system lowers blood pressure and slows the pace of your breathing, which allows relaxation and healing.
- Muscle tone. Consistently practicing yoga leads to better muscle tone.
- Subcortex. Subcortical regions of brain are associated with well-being, and yoga is thought to dominate the subcortex rather than the cortex (where most exercise dominates).
- Reduced oxygen consumption. Yoga consumes less oxygen than traditional exercise routines, thereby allowing the body to work more efficiently.
- Breathing. With yoga, breathing is more natural and controlled during exercise. This type of breathing provides more oxygen-rich air for your body and also provides more energy with less fatigue.
- Balanced workout of opposing muscle groups. As with all of yoga, balance is key. If a muscle group is worked in one direction, it will also be worked in the opposite direction to maintain balance. This balance results in a better overall workout for the body.
- Non-competitive. The introspective and self-building nature of yoga removes any need of competition in the exercise regimen. With the lack of competition, the yogi is free to work slowly to avoid any undue injury as well as promote a more balanced and stress-free workout.
- Joint range of motion. A study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine indicated that joint range of motion was improved by participants who practiced yoga.
- Eye-hand coordination. Without practice, eye-hand coordination diminishes. Yoga maintains and improves eye-hand coordination.
- Dexterity. The strong mind-body connection and flexibility gained from yoga leads to grace and skill.
- Reaction time. Research done in India shows that reaction time can be improved with specific yoga breathing exercises in conjunction with an already established yoga practice. The improvement was attributed to the faster rate of processing and improved concentration gained from yoga.
- Endurance. Working the entire body, yoga improves endurance and is frequently used by endurance athletes as a supplement to their sport-specific training.
- Depth perception. Becoming aware of your body and how it moves, as one does in yoga practice, leads to increased depth perception.
- Heart disease. Yoga reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, keeps off weight, and improves cardiovascular health, all of which lead to reducing your risk of heart disease.
- Osteoporosis. It is well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps prevent osteoporosis. Additionally, yoga’s ability to lower levels of cortisol may help keep calcium in the bones.
- Alzheimer’s. A new study indicates that yoga can help elevate brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels. Low GABA levels are associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s. Meditation like that practiced in yoga has also been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.
- Type II diabetes. In addition to the glucose reducing capabilities of yoga, it is also an excellent source of physical exercise and stress reduction that, along with the potential for yoga to encourage insulin production in the pancreas, can serve as an excellent preventative for type II diabetes.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome. Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome who practiced yoga showed greater improvement than those who wore a splint or received no treatment at all. Researchers saw improved grip strength and reduction of pain in the study participants.
- Asthma. There is some evidence to show that reducing symptoms of asthma and even reduction in asthma medication are the result of regular yoga.
- Arthritis. The slow, deliberate movement of yoga poses coupled with the gentle pressure exerted on the joints provides an excellent exercise to relieve arthritis symptoms. Also, the stress relief associated with yoga loosens muscles that tighten joints.
- Multiple sclerosis. According to this article, "yoga is now recognized as an excellent means of MS management." Additionally, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is funding a clinical trial of yoga for treating multiple sclerosis.
- Cancer. Those fighting or recovering from cancer frequently take advantage of the benefits that yoga provides. Cancer patients who practice yoga gain strength, raise red blood cells, experience less nausea during chemotherapy, and have a better overall well-being.
- Muscular dystrophy. Using yoga in the early stages of muscular dystrophy can help return some physical functions. The practice of Pranayam yoga helped one teen regain many of his abilities lost to muscular dystrophy. Learn more in this article.
- Migraines. Regular yoga practice has been shown to reduce the number of migraines in chronic migraine sufferers. This post describes how yoga can reduce migraines.
- Scoliosis. Yoga can straighten the curvature of the spine associated with scoliosis. Find out how this yogi cured her scoliosis and continues to help others as well.
- Chronic bronchitis. Exercise that does not elevate respiration, yet increase oxygen levels in the body is ideal for treating chronic bronchitis. Luckily, yoga can do this, as well as aerate the lungs and provide energy.
- Epilepsy. Focusing on stress reduction, breathing, and restoring overall balance in the body are the focus of how yoga can help prevent epileptic seizures.
- Sciatica. The intense pain associated with sciatica can be alleviated with specific yoga poses. Here are 10 great ones to help relieve pain.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Studies of people with OCD have shown that practicing yoga has lead to a reduction in symptoms–resulting in less medication or medication no longer needed.
- Constipation. Due to the practice of yoga and overall better posture, the digestive and elimination systems work more efficiently. If the practitioner also has a healthy diet, any constipation will be eliminated through yoga.
- Allergies. Using a neti pot to clear the sinuses is an ancient form of yoga to help reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms. Certain types of breathing can also help clear the nasal passages.
- Menopause. Yoga practice can help control some of the side effects of menopause. Learn how the bridge pose can help reduce hot flashes here.
- Back pain. Yoga reduces spinal compression and helps overall body alignment to reduce back pain. Find a yoga pose to help lessen back pain here.
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The are 84 meridian points located on the hard palate of the foof of the mouth. 32 pairs of points (64 points) are located on the hard palate surface directly behind and along the inside of the teeth, i.e. four points with each tooth. The other 20 points are located in a curve or "U" shape on the central part of the palate, with 10 pairs of points along each side. The location of the points are not exactly the same for each person, since palate shapes vary, but the general curved pattern is universal. The movement of each part of the tongue stimulates these meridian points".
venerdì, maggio 09, 2008
lunedì, aprile 21, 2008
A filmmaker is determined to prove that yoga can transform anyone. Her plan: select a subject, immerse him in yoga and follow him until he finds a practice that transforms him. Her subject: Nick Rosen a skeptical, 29 year-old journalist living in New York City. Before he can say OM, Nick finds himself twisted up like a pretzel surrounded by celebrity yogis, true believers, kooks and entrepreneurs. The more he investigates yoga the more contradictions he discovers, straying further from Kate's plan. They circle the globe talking to mystics, gurus, mad men and saints searching for the true meaning of yoga, encountering things they never could have imagined. They don't find the answers to their questions, they find much more. www.enlightenupthefilm.com
mercoledì, aprile 02, 2008
The root of success is the family. You may be success-ful outside, but if the family is not together you cannot enjoy yourself, you cannot be a balanced person. If we solve our domestic problems, we can enjoy every success in the outside world.
The whole thing lies on both the husband and the wife. Success is for the family, not for one person. When we say, “He is successful” or “I am successful,” we really say, “We are successful.” It becomes our concept. At that time we blend with each other. Siri Singh Sahib (Yogi Bhajan) talked about blend-ing our personalities or egos. If the long-term goal is ours and the short-term goal is yours or mine, things won’t work until we make it “ours.” Because if your attitudes or intentions are different, the energy can’t be focused in any direction.
It is a universal fact that a man needs nurturing and care from a woman and a woman needs security and love from her man. More than love, she needs a demonstration of that love.
That is the human need: If you work hard or do something for someone, you need appreciation. It’s very important to appreciate a person.
A couple must trust each other. There must be under-standing, cooperation, and the most important—budgeting, diplomacy, and a non-doubting attitude towards each other;
hospitality and faithfulness towards each other, and open communication. A couple must be able to discuss different things together. They may have arguments, but there should be no criticism. It’s important to discuss things with an open mind. They must know when, where, and how to speak; how and where to spend; and how to maintain respect for the family and for the public and social image. They must understand priorities of time and position.
In India, there is a very popular saying, “When a husband and wife bend down to help each other instead of running to put each other down, they should pray for stronger backs rather than for a lighter burden.” We should not worry about the work. Rather we should worry about how we can support each other. And we should judge each day not by the harvest we reap but by the fields we sow. If we haven’t done our sadhana in the morning, we are not going to get a better result during the day.
If you don’t get up for sadhana, you are not going to have your positive mind working for the day because you have not done anything for the Guru. And then your ego begins to think, “I did it,” and you don’t give credit to God or Guru, that it’s Guru’s grace you are successful today. When we attribute our spirituality and grace to the Guru, then the Guru works for us.
You may have success all over the world, but you will never enjoy that success until you have a peaceful home and a spiritual environment in the family. Live with the Guru’s grace, and whatever happens, don’t take credit for it. Just give the credit to the Guru. We pray that all couples should first find spirituality and then find success in the outside world.
Material things don’t last for long, but if you have a spiritual mind or a spiritual environment it will last forever and the Guru will always bless you.
Dr. Bibiji Inderjit Kaur was the wife of Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji (Yogi Bhajan), and is the Bhai Sahiba of Sikh Dharma International.
Excerpts from a lecture by Bhai Sahiba Dr. Bibiji Inderjit Kaur, Summer 1987
giovedì, marzo 27, 2008
Sit comfortably with a straight spine. Arms are in front of you with forearms parallel to the ground at shoulder height. Index and middle fingers are extended, touching right and left, in front of the throat center. Eyes are 9/10 closed.
Create the following breath pattern: inhale through the nose 2-3 seconds; hold the breath in 5 seconds; exhale completely through the nose 10-15 seconds.
This meditation can be done for up to 31 minutes.
Benefits: In this meditation, the mudra stimulates the energies of the two teachers: Saturn and Jupiter. They represent the polar approaches to learning - through mistakes and discipline and through expansion and exploration. Both are called to act through the fifth chakra for creativity and command. This meditation will help you find the source of creativity in your heart. It creates a connection to meaningful work. It satisfies the soul.
Why? Yogi Bhajan has said, “If there is anything Divine in you, it is your breath.” Breath is the precious thread that links each of us, finite creatures, to the Infinite. Each breath is a precious gift.
When you think about it, breath is quite amazing. From the moment you were born,
something has been breathing in you. This happens whether you are awake or sleeping,
happy or unhappy, even conscious or unconscious. The breath is on duty 24-7 with
no time off for holidays or vacations. Could it really be you doing all that breathing?
In the Orient, it is said that the life span of a child has already been predetermined, not by a number of years, but by the number of breaths allotted.
With this is mind, you can easily conclude that if you breathe slower, you will live longer.
A slower rate of breathing is much easier on the nervous system, the metabolism, and the digestion. Slow breathing can also help us live healthier.
The breath is intimately connected to our emotional and mental states. When you are upset, the breath tends to be quick and shallow. When you are content and confident, the breath tends to be much slower and deeper. Just as the breath varies with our different states of mind, we can learn to use the breath to gain control of our mind and our emotions. When you are upset, try forcing yourself to breath slowly and deeply. The mind will naturally follow the breath and begin to calm.
As the mind calms, the body will naturally follow the mind and begin to relax.
Remember these basic principles:
1. Your rate of breathing and your state of
mind are inseparable.
2. The slower your rate of breathing, the
more control you have over your mind.
3. The mind follows the breath, and the
body follows the mind.
For more information on the breath, I recommend
Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power by
Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa. It’s a great book!