Meditation For Stress-Free Enhanced Learning

"MEDITATION and mindfulness: the words conjure images of yoga retreats and Buddhist monks. But perhaps they should evoke a very different picture: a man in a deerstalker, puffing away at a curved pipe, Mr. Sherlock Holmes himself. The world’s greatest fictional detective is someone who knows the value of concentration.... " is the introduction to... Continue Reading →

Reviews: Guided Meditation CD Being In Flow

The Ridgewood, NJ, Whole Body Whole Foods has fully endorsed and backed the guided meditation CD, Being in Flow: Meditations for Peace, Insight, Clarity, and Focus. It is available in the yoga section of Whole Body. All profits go to Sivananda Math, the charitable trust associated with the Bihar School of Yoga. The trust feeds, educates,... Continue Reading →

Balanced Paced Breathing For Calmness

Once the foundation is laid and the body prepared with the practices listed in the previous two posts, the next step is balanced breathing where the breath is comfortably paced. This breath is also called equal inhalation and exhalation and samavritti pranayama. It calms the mind, making it quiet. The breath will gradually become deeper... Continue Reading →

Yoga Of Hope And Strength In The Gita: Part 4

Hope is born and sustained when delusions and illusions are seen clearly and acknowledged. We are then able to see past them to the underlying core of being. This is the message of hope and strength in the Bhagavad Gita. In Part 4, Swami Niranjan explains this part of the Gita. Meditation or dhyana enables a clear vision... Continue Reading →

Yoga For Grief And Despair In The Gita Part 3

What is the cause of grief, despair, and suffering? How does one stop the mind from its constant churning? In Part 3, Swami Niranjan writes how Krishna explains to the despondent Arjun, in the middle of the battlefield, the meaning of karma yoga. "Bhagavad Gita begins with a person in grief and despair who finds it... Continue Reading →

Yoga In The Gita Part 2

In Part 2 of "Yogasadhanas In The Gita", Swami Niranjan writes: "Before one can focus on the awareness of the higher Self, the layers of mind have to be traversed. Just as to reach the bottom of the ocean one has to swim through many, many metres of ocean water, in the same way one... Continue Reading →

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