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Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Vyagraha Pranayama Or Tiger Breath?



The Tiger Breath is a great method to build diaphragm strength for lower and mid-breathing. 


  • This breathing practice, which mimics the breath movement of big cats, is highly recommended for increasing lung capacity, stamina, and physical attractiveness. 
  • The breath of the big cat family has evolved in such a way that it can move quietly yet swiftly, pounce and jump vast distances with powerful, elastic muscles. 
  • The secret to this tremendous strength when on all fours is the diaphragm and the arching of the back. 
  • Take note of how the tamed cat uses the same kind of breathing to retain its lean strength. 

I sincerely hope that via your yoga practices, you develop into a powerful, ferocious "Tiger" or "Lion" like yours truly, rather than a tame and domesticated little precious pussy cat that the world is over populated with. 



  • Take a deep inhale and allow the abdomen sink towards the floor while kneeling on all fours. 
  • Maintain a high head position. 
  • Arch your back as high as you can on the exhaled breath, dropping your head between your arms and shoulders. 
  • Before relaxing back onto the heels in Vajra Asana for some calm, automatic breathing, repeat the whole breath cycle three to six times. 
  • The Tiger Breath is then repeated a second time.


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Yoga And Yoga Asanas - To Invoke With Om, The Universal Sound



The Evolution Of All Sounds - The Vibration Of An Intelligent Cosmos


  • Our ancient Rishis(Sages) progressed from identifying God or naming His characteristics to an experience of At-Onement (Atonement), in which He was Arupa, without form or attributes; Agami, without function or outward expression; and Anami, unnameable. 
  • The futility, confusion, and eventual violence that would result from the dissemination, inissionarising, proselytizing, and violent battles to protect or impose these names and ideas on others was apparent to these Rishis. 


They were, nevertheless, able to tolerate anybody who still needed or used a name in any language for God, His rules, and His manifestation methods. 


  • Some of these Rishis were brilliant scientists who described God in terms of the universe as a whole. 
  • They explained that limiting an infinite power by taking three, four, or any number of words from any language. 
  • If this force is the totality of all feelings and experiences, then He must also be considered the sum of all language, thinking, action, and expression. 

Even man would not even come close to identifying it! or comprehending this power, because naming God would necessitate employing the entire alphabet of every race, in every clime, in all times, past, present, and future, as well as all ciphers, codes, gestures, and meaningful symbols; yet, this could not be the name of God, because God must be more than any of this. 


God must exist beyond the print of this page, as well as the mind that conjures up any notion of God in the form of word, thought, or symbol. 


  • A solitary Prateeka, symbol, remained at the end of futility, the final remnant of human thinking. 
  • This Prateeka served as a guidepost indicating the way higher up; 
  • Thus the name Pranava, which means "that which existing before the ideation, mentation, mentalization, production, or birth of a lorm." 
  • The essence, the source, the aim lies beyond the sign: no words, no actions—stillness-inaudible, ineffable AUM as experience. 
  • Before all ceremonies, rituals, and the usage of any other Mantra, the Pranava OM or AUM is utilized as a universal invocation of this exalted experience. 


It is stated in all of our old Sanskrit scriptures that reciting a Mantra without the Pranav OM results in a curse rather than a blessing. 


  • OM is a Mantra in and of itself, and it is the most global and best of all Mantras in my opinion. 
  • You may say it out loud or just think it in your head. 
  • OM rhymes with the sound of HOME: AUM must be learned carefully, with each component pronounced as an OoMnim. 
  • From one India language to the next, the venue form of OM and AUM varies. 
  • Even in Sanskrit, it may be written in its entirety or in a more condensed version.


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Yoga Diet - Substitutes For Milk



As a dietary source, animal milk is vastly overrated. 


A species-appropriate amount of milk is produced by an animal. 


  • Cow's milk includes hormones that help the newborn calf develop quickly.
  • Hormones like this aren't good for a human infant. 


Of course, the most natural nourishment for a newborn baby is mother's milk. 


  • It is quite different from cow or goat milk in terms of content. 
  • As a baby gets older, the mother's milk alters to suit the child's changing needs. 
  • A woman should keep nursing her bady for as long as she can. 
  • Putting a baby on a bottle is a contemporary trend that is bad for both physical and mental health. 

A woman in India will breastfeed her child for two to three years, supplementing with additional rice and coconut milk in the third and fourth months and solid meals in the sixth month. 

  • Falling pregnant while breastfeeding is considerably more difficult for a woman. 


Soya bean, dhal, and groundnut milk, as well as curds from the same source, malt made from ragi and cholam, roasted Bengal gram to bring out the dextrins and maltose.

  • The use of whole grains, particularly whole wheat, sprouted and unsprouted, are all good sources of all human nutrition requirements. 



Milk made from soy beans. 


  • Soak any amount of soya beans, other grains, or dhals for 2-4 hours in clean water. 
  • Remove with a wooden huller after drying in the sun. 
  • The husked product may be kept for a long time or until it's time to utilize it. 
  • The dhal or bean is then steeped overnight in clean water. 
  • The dhal is re-soaked in warm water (a cup to a pound or 450 grams) with half a teaspoon of cooking soda for three minutes to eliminate any harsh flavor and yellow color. 
  • Drain after rinsing with clean water. 
  • Stone crush the dhal into a fine paste with a little quantity of water. 
  • For every liter of paste, boil for 15 minutes in 15 cups of water. 
  • Allow to cool completely before straining through a mul cloth. 
  • To enhance the flavor, add half a cup of lime water (calcium hydroxide) as well as salt and sugar. 
  • The straining residue may be used to make dosai, vadai, or masala sambar sauces. 



Gram Curds or Soya Curds 


  • To 4 cups of hot milk, add two tablespoons of glucose powder, innocuous sugar, or honey. 
  • After chilling, a tiny amount of cow's milk curds is "seeded" into the soya milk and left to set for 12 hours before usage. 
  • In lieu of the yoghurt or dhai used for "seeding," a seaweed preparation may be utilized. 



Curds and groundnut milk 


  • Remove the shell and red skill by rubbing after a mild roasting. 
  • The spoiled kernels must be removed. 
  • The decuticled kernel (weighing one pound or 450 grams) is awakened for three hours before being drained. 
  • Use a stone grinder to make a fine paste, then add 15 cups of cold, clear water and half a cup of lime water (calcium hydroxide solution). 
  • To stabilize the mixture, a quarter teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (cooking soda) is added. 
  • Reboil for 5 minutes after straining through a mull cloth, adding any sugar required to enhance the flavor. 



Groundnut curds are made in the same way as soya curds. 


  • Other nuts, as well as sesame seed (ginglee), may be substituted. 
  • Curds from any source may be used in rice, dhaivada, buttermilk, rait, or vegetable curd dishes in the same manner as milk curds can. 
  • Vegetable milk and curd have a lower calorie content and therefore are less fattening since they include less fats and carbohydrates. 

Phosphorus and iron levels are more than six times higher, and all B-vitamins are maintained with nicotinic acid that is 10 times more valuable.



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Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Kaya Kriya Or Body Action?


There are many Sanskrit names for the human body, including Shariram, Deha, Kosha, and Vigraha, but Kaya, which refers to the physical body, is the most frequently used in Hatha Yoga. 



Kaya Kriya includes a variety of bodily movements, including one in which body parts arc spin while performing Pranayama. 


  • Kaya Kriya is an effective Yoga Chikitsa, or Yoga Therapy, for releasing traumas, physical pain, or mental stress. 
  • It has been shown to be particularly useful in the relief of the painful aftermath of an accident that results in "whip-lash," a painful ailment of the neck and upper shoulders. 



With regular practice of Kaya Kriya, almost any kind of trauma may be removed. 



  • Stretching out in Shava Asana or Mritya Asana  is the first step.
  • The arms and legs are joined in Shava Asana. 
  • The arms and legs are spread wide apart in Mritya Asana. 
  • In both positions, you should lay supine on your back with your head to the north. 



Begin deep conscious Breathing, and Progress With The Following Stages:




(I) Abdominal Breathing, Or Adham Pranayama,


  • Abdominal Breathing, Adham Pranayama, by rolling the legs inwards until the toes touch each other and then down to the floor. 
  • The legs move outwards on the outgoing breath, till the tiny toes touch the floor



(2)  Madhyam Pranayama, Or Mid-chest Breath,



 Madhyam Pranayama, Mid-chest Breath, where the arms are rolled outwards on the incoming breath and rolled back in against the side "rolling pin manner" on the outgoing breath, repeat ten to twelve rolling movements of the feet and legs. 


  • During the rolling motion, the elbows may be lifted fully off the floor, but the hands stay on the floor. 
  • Rep the process ten to twelve times more. 



(3) Adliyam Pranayama, Or Clavicular Breath. 



The head is gently rotated from side to side while performing Adliyam Pranayama, Clavicular Breath. 


  • The breath is coordinated with ten to a dozen movements. 


then, 



(4) Conclude With Mahat Yoga Pranayama



Do all three motions, legs, arms, and head, while performing Mahat Yoga Pranayama, the Grand Yoga Breath, until you feel totally relaxed and tempted to just lay still, enjoying the "release from stress" condition. 


  • This Kaya Kriya may be used to calm the body, focus on the breath, or even meditate the body.



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Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Sharaba Asana Or The Griffin Pose? What Is Chiri Kriya?

 

Chiri Kriya and Sharabha Asana 


There was once a fantastic beast that had eight legs, was as large as an elephant, as powerful as a rhinoceros, and as ferocious as a lion. 


  • It was known as "Sharabha." This term is often mistranslated as griffin, although it does not refer to the Greek animal with an eagle's face and wings and a lion's body. 
  • Simhaghati is the Sanskrit word for this. 
  • There is no question that such a monster previously existed for rre sec on temple fascades to this day. 
  • The phrase has slowly been perverted to signify everything from a stickbug to a praying mantis to a cricket, despite the fact that the name for a cricket is Chiri. 

Along with Vyaghrah Asana, the Tiger Pose, Sharabha Asana and Chiri Kriya provide flawless, full breath. 


  • There is a propensity to hold your breath in certain positions. 
  • One lung gets more oxygen than the other. 
  • This is a fantastic Yoga Therapy option. 
  • Those who have grown one lung at the cost of the other should be avoided. 
  • The lungs will now work collectively as if they were a team of oxen. 


Chiri Kriya is a Hastikam (Forcing Technique) that aligns the spine and diaphragm in perfect harmony.




THE GRIFFIN POSTURE, SHARABHA ASANA




  • While crawling on all fours. 
  • Take a deep, calm breath in Chatus Pada Asana 
  • Stretch your right leg straight back on the floor and raise it as high as you can 
  • Return to a regular kneeling posture after exhaling. 
  • Alter your legs. 
  • With the following incoming breath, go to the left side. 
  • Repeat at least three times on each side. 
  • It should be noticed that while performing this exercise, the breath tends to come in deeper on one side than the other. 


CHIRI KRIYA OR CRICKET ACTION



  • When performing Sharabha Asana, 
  • Add a high back arch to the out•going breath. 
  • Draw the free knee in close to the chest, bowing the head down until the brow reaches the knee cap 
  • Do this Kriya three times on one side before switching to the other leg and repeating the process three times.


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Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Chatus Pada?



Chatus Pada, or Four-footed Postures, comprise the bulk of the traditional Hatha Asanas and are named after various animals, fish, reptiles, birds, insects, or other species. 

Our forefathers were excellent observers of nature, looking for methods in which the "Earth Mother" taught her offspring to care for themselves in times of hardship and need, as well as in times of abundance. 


  • When technology employed by our fellow animals was shown to be of good value or beneficial to man's health, our instructors were eager to embrace it. 
  • Techniques like the Gaja Kriya, the elephant's nasal douche, and the anal douche are used. 
  • The Cyrus crane, arc examples, and postures mentioned in this lesson are all inspired by the Cyrus crane. 
  • The Vyaghrah Pranayama, also known as the Chatus Pada Asana, or Tiger Breath, is very essential. The body is resting in a "four-footed" position in this position. 

All of the Chatus Pada or Four-footed Postures are advised for both boys and girls to practice. Children under the age of puberty should not engage in advanced Yoga activities. 


  • These suggested postures will ensure that breathing problems never arise and that the mind and body grow normally. 
  • Many children, especially in India, suffer from malnutritional dwarfism, thus the need of a "body-building diet" should not be ignored. 
  • A good Kriya is crawling about on all fours. We had to wriggle and squirm as infants to straighten our hones and develop our sinews and muscles. It was necessary to strengthen soft tissue. We couldn't take it anymore. 
  • As a result, we had to crawl by pulling ourselves along the floor. We didn't crawl because we couldn't walk; rather, we crawled in order to be able to walk. This is a crucial lesson that we may need to repeat. 
  • We have severe musculoskeletal diseases of the arms, wrists, and hands, as well as the hips, legs, knees, ankles, feet, and toes. 
  • Crawling is good for your muscles and bones. Crawling is a great workout for an arthritic, a person with bunions, or someone recovering from a bone fracture. 


Make some hand and knee protectors out of rubber. Crawl about in your own house in complete privacy. 


I had a female student who was self-conscious about her legs. They were dubbed "piano stool legs" by her. I suggested her start doing Pranayama and crawling. Even her uninterested indifferent husband soon praised her on her attractive legs. 

Another student had grown her leg strength as a teenager after playing tennis. She followed the same instruction and reshaped her legs' calves. 


Many women with excessive cellulite fat deposits on the backs of their legs and in their posteriors will find it simple to break up this unattractive fat.

A flabby stomach will firm up quickly if Vyaghrah Pranayama, or Tiger Breath  is performed. 

The Tiger Breath is a great warm-up for more challenging abdominal Kriyas like Uddiyana Bandha and Nauli Kriya.


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Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Pancha Niyama?



    The five stages of the Pancha Yania, or moral restrictions are required to merely maintain the human birth to which we have achieved in this incarnation. 


    • It is devolutionary and harmful to give in to one's animal instincts and lower nature. 
    • Man has progressed from animal to human, yet he is not yet "too" human. 

    Saucha, Santosha, Tapas, Swadhyaya, and Atman Pranidhana are among the Pancha Niyama, or ethical observances, required to progress from a human to a more compassionate and possibly divine condition. 



    1.Saucha


    Saucha refers to both outward and interior cleanliness. Cleanliness is second only to Godliness, but it must also include emotional and mental cleanliness. 


    • Get rid of any bad feelings. Cleanse a soiled mind. 
    • Allow the winds of the Supreme Breath to sweep through your mind, clearing the cobwebs of preconceived notions and prejudice. 
    • Encourage freedom of speech from people around you, especially members of the opposition, to reduce this. 
    • Allow a new light to enter the mind, as well as the fresh air of new ideas. 



    2.Santosha


    Santosha is mental tranquillity, with a quiet mind as though in the eye of a storm. 


    • You may be caught up in a tornado of activity and a storm of emotions, but you must find your way to the stillness of the Self. 
    • Discover that peace exists in the midst of confusion, just as it does in the midst of darkness—light, in the midst of death—life, and in the midst of untruth—truth.
    • Learn the slow moving action of the calm mind to free yourself from the storm, so you can spend time with others unhurriedly, especially when such relationships are important. 
    • In the midst of a hectic day, it's rare to develop understanding and calmness in personal and interpersonal circumstances. 
    • Allow for a lot of quiet to allow for intra-personal dialogue. Be still and know what you're doing! 



    3. Tapas


    Tapas must be seen as a way of life that is disciplined. It implies timeliness and regularity in practice for the Yogi, as well as the capacity to live in the "now and here." 


    • Tapas also represents discipline that allows you to deal with others with a willingness to adjust, where necessary, your own views and feelings, thus bringing about understanding. 
    • It may also involve other aspects of Yoga practice, so excellent for self-discipline and self-awareness. 
    • Tapas also represents discipline that allows you to deal with others with a willingness to adjust, where necessary, your own views and feelings, thus bringing about understanding. 
    • Discipline yourself so that you can discover areas of common interest and agreement, and if feasible, include these points into external activity programs, so that your Tapas becomes a kind of Karma Yoga, or disciplined service to others. 



    4. Swadhyaya


    Swadhyaya is Sanskrit for "self-analysis." self-reflection, self-awareness "Man, know yourself" is an old adage that even the most earnest seeker sometimes forgets. A person who lacks self-awareness will never be able to achieve true spiritual oneness. 


    • Look inside, search within, don't turn inward in the sense of being introverted, rather than introvert. 
    • Seek knowledge of the Self, which may set you free from ego, or non-Self, illusions and delusions. 
    • Knowing yourself allows you to select a life purpose in both the outward realm of action and the inner levels. 
    • It is possible to develop a personal philosophy or a highly personalized religious concept by getting to know yourself. 
    • True humility is only possible when one's whole essence is brought into spiritual harmony. 
    • Patience and even self-devotion are required to understand oneself. 
    • Seeing beauty and love in its purest form will assist in revealing the inner life of beauty and happiness. 


    5. Atman Pranidhana


    Iswara Pranidhana, or attention to God, is another name for Atman Pranidhana, but I believe it implies learning to understand the voice of the Inner Reality. 


    • The Atman, or True Nature. The word "Iswara," which means "God," has just recently been introduced into this devotion. 
    • Pay attention to the Voice in the Silence. It must be obeyed immediately and without reservation.


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    Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Pranava Pranayama?



    By "thinking" the Mantrika sound linked with the proper lung region, you may add another depth to the Pranayama. 


    1. Lower breathing is regulated by the sound 'Aah,' middle breathing by the sound 'Ooo,' high, clavicular breathing by the sound 'Mmm,' and whole breathing is controlled by the sound 'Aah... 00... Mmm,' the Pranava Mantra AUM or OM. 
    2. When taking an abdominal breath, think the sound 'Aah,' then let out the breath with an audible 'Aah' for a longer duration than the inspired breath. 
    3. Rep three or four times more if necessary. 
    4. 'Ooo' for the mid-chest and 'Mmm' for the upper breath are the same. 
    5. Finish with a few rounds of entire breath while repeating the 'AUM' mantra. 


    For the first several days, breathe in a 1:2 cycle, meaning that the outgoing breath is twice as long as the inbreath. 


    • The ratio of the out-breath to the in-breath is a twelve count if the breath is taken for a six count. 
    • In the beginning, try higher counts like 8:16, 9:18, 10:20, and 12:24. 
    • Later, practice a 1:3 ratio, and then a 1:4 ratio of breath. 


    This is known as Pranava Pranavama and has many Yogic advantages since it is the first Yoga that you have accomplished via the union of the breath. 

    There are many health advantages, and this Pranayama is a great Yoga Chikitsa, or breath treatment, for people suffering from various illnesses.


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    Yoga And Yoga Asanas - Pranyama For Proper Blood Circulation




    The natural accomplishment of main and small canals, as well as a beautiful sewage and drainage system, is the circulation of blood from the heart, out into the body, and back again. 

    • The heart pumps oxygen-rich blood out via the arteries to the body's main and smaller organs. Smaller tubes called capillaries connect the arteries to the circulatory system's returning veins at their ends. 
    • The stale, de-oxygenated blood, which is now loaded with carbon dioxide, is returned to the lungs via the heart, where it is cleansed and given back to the heart for a fresh cycle through the body. 
    • The blood circulates in three main circuits, each of which is regulated and controlled by breathing. 


    Adham Pranayarna, or abdominal breath, regulates lower blood circulation into the lower pelvis and down to the feet. 

    Women are notoriously bad abdominal breathers, resulting in pelvic tightness, poor circulation in the feet and ankles, chilly feet, varicose veins in the legs, fluid retention, and lymph gland congestion. 

    • The intercostal breath, Madhyam Pranayama, controls blood flow into the torso of the body, circulating blood to the liver and intestines as well as providing blood to the heart muscles. 
    • Women have a natural ability to breathe in the middle of their breath. So few people have stomach problems and have minimal heart disease. 

    As a consequence of their poor mid-breathing, men are at risk for heart disease. 

    • An inadequate blood supply deprives the heart muscles of essential oxygen, resulting in ischemia, cardiac insufficiency or shortage of blood flow to the heart muscles, and the resulting Angina Pectoris, with its sensation of suffocation and restriction of blood into the pectoral muscles. 
    • The most prevalent illness that leads to all other cardiac problems is myocardial ischemia. 
    • The clavicular breath, also known as Adhyam Pranayama or Adhi Pranayarma, pumps blood up into the neck and head and out into the arms. 
    • The brain cells are starved as a result of poor upper circulatory system circulation. 
    • Sugar and oxygen are essential for the brain's survival. Both of these components are provided by a well-functioning circulatory system. 

    The head's sense organs are the first to be damaged, resulting in hearing loss and vision loss. Other senses fading, headaches, all kinds of stress, hair loss, and skin problems.


    • Anything that makes it difficult to breathe or circulate properly should be avoided. 
    • The lungs are poisoned by toxic gases and industrial effluvia when you live in a contemporary, industrial region. 
    • Even living in a rural community is becoming a respiratory danger owing to D.D.T. supernitrate residue in the air and fumes from contemporary automated agricultural farming emissions. 
    • Industrial toxins masquerading as preservatives pollute our food. 
    • Food processing is inherently harmful to one's body's health. 
    • We pickle the system by sprinkling salt, sugar, and condiments on our meals. 
    • Tea, coffee, colas, sodas, and alcohol all contribute to a condition known as "blood addiction," which causes us to desire these substances. 



    The usage of drugs has given the issue of bad habits a whole new dimension. 


    • Millions of people are ignorant of their addiction to common chemical compounds found in supermarkets and pharmacy stores. 
    • The number one cause of lung and blood stream pollution is smoking cigarettes, cigars, and using a smoking pipe. 
    • No other habit has contributed more to the development of lung and vascular disease. 
    • Even living in close quarters with a heavy smoker has its drawbacks. 
    • According to studies, inhaling "slipstream smoke" has the same consequences as smoking. 

    No one should begin practicing the science of Pranayama and Hatha Yoga unless they have quit smoking. 


    A holistic view of our surroundings, as well as a Yoga ecosystem, is required. Complete breathing, like in Mahat Yoga Pranayama, activates the brain's Respiratory Centre, allowing healthy, oxygenated blood to flow to all parts of the body. Toxic poisons are shuffled off to different organs of elimination, but especially the lungs and kidneys, by the same; regulated, controlled breathing.


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    Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Bindu Mudra?



    The breath is fully let out "swallow the breath" as if swallowing some water after completing a Mahat Yoga Pranayama.

    Within the lower portion of the brain, a "clicking" feeling may be felt, suggesting that the Respiratory Certre is being engaged. 


    Apraakasha Bindu Mudra is a Mudra with a variety of benefits. 


    • One should 'lock in the breath' as though doing a Prana Bandha. 
    • Another benefit is to overcome negative emotional and mental conditioning. 


    • When one feels emotional, it is impossible to swallow one's breath. 
    • The breath cannot be swallowed if one is hypnotized or crazy. 
    • Focus the thoughts towards the back of the head, in the Bindu area, to encourage positive control.


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    Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Shunya Mudra?



    Shunya is a void or vacuum (Sunya, in Buddhism). Shunya Mudra is a hand motion that leaves one lobe of the lungs empty while others are expanded. 


    • Use this Mudra in conjunction with any of the other Prana Mudras.
    • One palm should be open, with the thumb at a 90 degree angle to the palm. 
    • Place the palm of your hand on the leg closest to your torso, facing upward. 
    • Now take a big breath.... the portion of the lung on the side of the Shunya Mudra will not be activated. 
    • The other lobe of the lung indicated by the specific Mudra will inflate and deflate as the breath rises and falls. 


    The lobular portions of the lungs may be trained in this manner until they are completely under your control. You'll see why this is PRANAYAMA, or breath control, on its own.


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    Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Brahma Mudra?



    The Apraakasha Bindu, the lower brain's respiratory center, is activated in its entirety by the use of a hand motion known as Brahma Mudra. 


    • We have the earliest term for breath in Sanskrit, which is also the word for God. "God is life." 
    • Try utilizing the Brahma Mudra after a few days of trying Maliz.t Yoga Pranayama, indicating the region with the palms of the hands.

    Instructions:

    • First, the hands are clasped in the Adhi Mudra (Lesson V, Pg. A-17). 
    • Then, with the fingers turned upwards, the knuckles of the fingers where they connect the hand are pushed together, hand to hand. 
    • The hands must then be dropped down just below the diaphragm and in front of the navel. 
    • To hold the knuckles together and push the arms downwards at the elbow, some pressure may be required. 
    • Make sure your back is straight. 
    • Observe how the breath now comes from the low, mid, and upper chest in that order. As computed by the Respiratory Centre, this is the normal breathing sequence. 
    • On expiration, the breath will also leave the lower lungs first, then the middle, and finally the upper lungs. 

    This Mudra's reflexogenie feedback helps to settle breathing and retrain the brain so that one-third of the breath is directed into each of the three regions of the lungs.


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    Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What Is Mahat Yoga Pranayama?




    The only kind of breathing deserving of the term Deep Breathing is the Yoga version of the "Complete Breath." 


    • The breath is regulated such that air reaches the abdominal region of the lungs first, then the middle, and lastly the upper clavicular area. 
    • The breath is exhaled in the same sequence every time: low, mid, and high. Employ Aprakasha Mudra with the hands while performing this. 
    • A "swallowing of the breath movement" after the incoming breath to assist hold in the breath and prevent bronchiospasm. 
    • This swallowing motion is comparable to swallowing water or food, and it gives you control over the nerves connected to aware breathing. 

    If doing this Mudra is difficult, try focusing your attention on the back of your head, in the Occipital region of the skull, and swallowing should become easier. 


    • This Mudra is effective in overcoming hypnotic indoctrination. 
    • Place one hand on the diaphragmatic region and the other on the mid chest to assist in establishing good control over these three breathing regions. 
    • After the lower lobes have been filled, the lower hand may be lifted to the high chest region, or the mind can be focused into the high lobes. 
    • Start a long, slow, deep breath with the hands in the recommended position, regulating at least one-third of the time to the abdominal area, then continuing the breath into the mid chest for another third of the time allotted, and finally filling the high clavicular area of the chest for the remaining one-third of the count. 
    • A "two count" into each of the lung regions is suggested for a novice, so that the breith arrives two times two times two (2x2x2) until the Complete or Grand Yoga Breath is achieved. 
    • The breath should be kept in for a brief time before being exhaled in the same sequence and timing as the inhalation (2x2x2). 
    • That is, the breath is expelled first from the lower lobes, then from the middle lobe. 
    • Finally, there are the higher lobes that we gradually move onto. 

    It's also worth noting that in each part, the outgoing breath comes from the back lobes first, then the side lobes, and finally the front lobes. 


    • A short respite should be given at this stage for the novice before repeating the full cycle for three to six cycles. 

    After gaining some positive control, the period of holding in the breath can be increased to the same length as the incoming and outgoing breaths, and a held out breath can be added over time (see Stikha Pronaya ma).


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    Yoga And Yoga Asanas - What is Kriya Yoga?



    Kriya Yoga is a kind of yoga that focuses on the breath Yoga has religious connotations, according to some, since it began with Hinduism. 

    However, it is important to note that Yoga represents a significant divergence from India's overall religious system and its rites and ceremonies. 


    • The high priest is the intellect, and the temple is the human temple. 
    • The Kriyas are the ceremonies and rituals. It is true that yoga reveals man's intimate connection to an impersonal Universe. Rise, if you're religious, this is for you. 
    • Yoga will disclose one's connection with the Supreme, also known as the Atman, the Self, or God.
    •  Ethical and moral norms are the fundamental foundation of the Inner Lite, therefore a high-minded philosophy need them. 
    • Because of its unstable foundation, a home constructed on shifting sands would undoubtedly collapse. Yoga is based on these foundational moral and ethical principles. 


    Yama, the five moral restrictions required to preserve the position of a human "being" rather than an Inman "doing," is the first stage in the Raja Yoga method of Ashtanga or Eight Branches. 

    • The Niyama, or five ethical observances, are embodied in the second stage. 
    • The Yamaj Niyama together form Kriya Yoga, a kind of Yoga that may lead to spiritual union, emancipation, and freedom. 


    The Kriya Yoga path requires a deep understanding of one's own nature, as well as a keen awareness of internal and external action. 


    The Yama and Niyama become nothing more than psychological repression, the practice of clichéd virtues that bound rather than liberate the soul, without this understanding and awareness. 


    1. Ahimsa, or nonviolence, is one of the Pancha Yama, often known as the five abstinences. 

    • This nonviolence should not be misunderstood to mean just avoiding murdering other living things. 
    • In the grand scheme of things, it may be essential for a man to protect himself, his family, his loved ones, and his nation against others' violent attempts to compel him into their material state of oneness rather than the Oneness that comes from spiritual unity. 

    Nonviolence in thought, speech, and action is true Ahinisa, as is the unwillingness to harm another in any manner. 



    2. Understanding is required to create what Mahatma Gandhi referred to as "Satyagraha," or Soul Force, which is a requirement for living a nonviolent life. 

    • Satyagraha is a kind of positive action that the Yogi may use not just for resistance but also for constructive work. 
    • It provides the Satyagrahi, the user, with a moral equivalent to war, a powerful peaceful alternative to what would otherwise be violent action. 
    • It entails reconciliation, in which one is receptive to hearing and examining the other's point of view while maintaining an open mind, thus reducing tensions and improving personal and interpersonal understanding. 

    Satya is the Sanskrit word for truth, yet it encompasses more than just expressing or revealing the truth. Rather, it is about leading a life that is guided by genuine spiritual ideals and higher considerations. 

    True Truth can only be discovered via profound inner insights and spiritual experiences, in which the condition of Truth causes a change in one's character. 

    • We must always be aware of the falsity of our senses, perceptions, and beliefs. 
    • The first step toward Truth is to be aware of the correctness of our perceptions, our sensory touch with the environment, and to ensure that our mental constructs are consistent with the growth of mind to a superconscious level. 


    3. The courage to confront the contradiction of our perceptions and thoughts is the first step toward this Truth. 


    • In light of the inconsistencies brought to our notice both by our own consciousness and by others, we must re-examine our beliefs, behaviors, and practices. 
    • We must have the guts to re-adjust our beliefs in order to create an integrated and consistent whole that is compatible with the greater ideal. 


    4. Asteya is the Sanskrit word for "not stealing," or "not taking what is not properly yours." 

    Many people think that, although we should not steal from one another, cheating in business or defrauding the government on income tax is acceptable. 

    But it is he who "steals the time of the spirit," the time given here to develop into spiritual oneness, Oneness, who is the greatest thief. 

    Another thief is one who "steals" the names of others or refuses to give credit when credit is due to others. 

    Take just what is due and offer credit and respect to others as they deserve to prevent "spiritual robbery." 

    Recognition for a job well done fulfills a fundamental desire in human nature and motivates people to work harder and achieve more. 


    5. For the student, Brahmacharya may be understood as sexual celibacy or sexual purity, and for the mature seeker of spiritual purity, it can be viewed as purity of thought and conduct. 


    • Brahmacharya is forming connections of understanding and good will with others while avoiding sexual selfishness and the desire to control. 
    • When one loves, it must be pure love, such as a Brahmacharya's love for his Guru or a Bhakta's love for God. Aparigraha is the tes'raint of greed and selfishness, putting a stop to the urge to acquire "myself and 'likeness." 
    • It is the transcendence of self-centered clutching and groveling for material possessions, as well as "spiritual achievements." 


    When you love someone, whether it's a person, a family, a nation, or God, you tend to turn them into a possession. 


    Possessiveness, on the other hand, prevents others from responding positively. 


    • When our possessiveness becomes selfish, tensions rise both inside and outside of us, resulting in a breakdown in communication. frustration, and, more often than not, violence and hatred. 


    Be resolved to help others without expecting personal benefit to conquer avarice and greed. 


    • We shall revert to our gifted state as an embodied human being if we do not make a deliberate effort to control the Vow animal nature. 


    The Yama, or moral restraint, practice will bind us to our human incarnation, which may have taken thousands of lives and millions of years to accomplish. 

    The fact that "devolution" is a reality may be seen in the animal-like behavior of many people and countries across the globe today.


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