Yoga is a great way to discover the balance between body, mind, and spirit. Yoga has been practiced for many years for exercise, to tone muscles, and as a means of spiritual strength. Mastering the art of Yoga will bring about a healthier you. Although yoga has been around for many years, there is a difference between Yin and Yang Yoga. Until recently, most people who practice yoga on a daily basis, practice a form of Yang, which focuses on muscular tissues. Yin focuses more on the connective tissues.
Kirtan and swadhaya are both Bhakti Yoga practices. Bhakti Yoga originated thousands of years ago in ancient India. It is one of the...
Vinyasa is a popular form of yoga that, in the West, is characterized by movement both while in an asana and when moving between two...
When you find a spiritual path and teacher that resonates deeply within you, and you experience beneficial fruits from following the Guru's teachings and spiritual practices, you may want to consider engaging in the Bhakti Yoga practice of Atma-Nivedana. This practice can be internal and/or external.
In Bhakti Yoga, you have to recondition the existing human nature and channel all the forces that flow out to converge at a single point of focus. That point can be called God, the force of creation; it can be called Guru, the energy which removes ignorance and darkness; it can be called love, Prem.
In non-dual forms of meditation practice, the Yoga practitioner strives to observe and then eliminate or transcend unwanted thoughts. In Bhakti Yoga meditation practices, the Bhakta strives to increase the thoughts of his or her beloved teacher until the very essence of the Yogi or Yogini melts into the divine essence of all beings.
Some members of Bhakti ashrams give everything they have (work and money) for their Guru and ashram. On the other hand, Hatha schools in the west would be extinct if they depended on donations and seva (Volunteer work; selfless service or work offered to one's Guru).
Kundalini Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India. It is a tantric branch of Yogic methodology and is known by its practitioners as the mother of all Yoga practices. Practitioners of all levels are welcome in a Kundalini class. A Kundalini class usually begins with a dedication or intention for your practice and the singing of sacred mantras and scriptural verses. A typical class will be comprised of a balanced set of yogic techniques that include physical postures, breathing exercises, chanting and specific meditation practices.
Anxiety is a state of agitation and hyper-arousal that is fueled by adrenalin and cortisol. When in a crisis situation, an extra shot of adrenalin can be incredibly helpful. It may assist you in the landing that big deal you have been chasing, finishing a challenging 10k race or saving somebody from a dangerous situation. Unfortunately, when adrenalin and cortisol continue to circulate throughout the body from unremitting daily stress, these otherwise life-saving hormones can degrade the health of both the body and mind.
The Shandilya Bhakti Sutras are comprised of one hundred verses that elucidate the path of divine devotion. This compilation is one of the...