Traya Sharira or Three Bodies

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Traya means three, and Sharira means body, thus Traya sharira simply means three bodies. Our self is seemingly attired in three bodies and delights in three interrelated states namely sleeping, dreaming and waking respectively. According to the Ancient Hindu Philosophy and the ‘’Tenet of three Vital bodies’’ Every human being constitutes three vital bodies namely,…

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Understanding Panchkosha : Steps Towards Self Realisation

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Pancha Kosha is a Sanskrit term made up of two words Pancha and Kosha. Pancha means ‘’five’’, and Kosha means ‘’sheath’’or ‘’layer’’.The concept of Pancha Kosha or five cardinal layers or sheaths was elucidated in many sacred Ancient Hindu texts like Taittiriya Upanishad, Vivekacudamani and Panchadasi. According to the Yoga Philosophy there are are five…

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Yogvritti: Shambhavi Mudra, Keys to Transendence

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Shambhavi literally means appertaining to lord Shiva.It has two fold meaning. Shambhavi is also one of the names of goddess  Parvati(consort or better half of Lord Shiva), so Shambhavi means Parvati or Kundalini Shakti.Another purport of shambhavi is – assumed by shambhu, hence shambhavi mudra is so significant that lord shiva himself posits himself in…

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Yoga nidra : the flowering within

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Yoga Nidra, the concept, is adopted from the ancient science of Tantra. It is a powerful practice for achieving deep relaxation while being conscious and aware. Nidra as a word stands for sleep, but the application here is totally different from what we generally understand sleep as. To understand this we need to log onto…

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Yogvritti : Mudras in Yoga(Vol-1)

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Mudra means ‘gesture of hands which comprises of the four fingers and a thumb’. The four fingers and the thumb represent the five cardinal elements viz. fire, water, ether, earth and air. They form variegated poses or mudras by mingling with each other. Every finger represents a particular element and when they combine with others…

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YogVritti : Understanding Panchtatva the Elemental Proportions of Prakriti

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Ayurveda and yoga are based on the principle of the five cardinal elements. These five elements are referred to as Panchmahabhuts in Ayurveda or the tatvas in Yoga. ‘Panch’ means five and ‘Mahabhuts’ and ‘Tatvas’ are Sanskrit words which means ‘element’ or ‘reality’. Introduction to Panch Tatvas Panch means five and tatvas mean elements. Panchtatva…

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Bhakti: A perennial flow of love | Bhakti Yoga

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Bhakti means uninterrupted, unremitting and perennial flow of unalloyed love, devotion and adoration for one’s chosen Ideal (Ishtam) (The GODHEAD). Yoga means the communion of the microcosm (atma/soul) with the macrocosm (Paramatma/supreme soul) divine consciousness or simply the commingling of Atma with Paramatma. Bhakti yoga connotes the path of deep, intense and extreme love devotion…

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YogVritti : Yoga practices for Spinal Disc Herniation

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Continuing with our series on back problems, in this article we will try to shed some light on another major setback to the spine, commonly known as bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar region. We will also take a look at the application of yoga practices for spinal disc herniation. Structure Spine is…

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YogVritti : Asanas for Piriformis Syndrome

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A majority of population today suffers from different issues pertaining to lower back, hips and buttocks. In this blog series we will try to explore the administration of asanas in various such ailments. One of such disorders is called the piriformis syndrome. It is characterized by an acute pain in the hip region which radiates…

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Training muscles : The yogic way

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Muscles are an integral part of functioning of human body. They are the providers of movement at more than 180 joints of our physical body. There have been a lot of discussion and research on the effects of yoga on muscular functions. We will try to assemble some of the facts on the topic, in…

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