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CONNECTION BETWEEN SLEEP AND DEATH.



We die to everything we know every night when we fall asleep. Sleep, like death, is a passage from the plane of material reality to a more subtle realm. 


Our perception of change over which we have no control is what we term death. Sleep is a transformation as well, but unlike death, we willingly yield, relax, and ‘let go' into it. What is the reason behind this? 

We know how to do it since we've done it before and recall sleep as being pleasant and rejuvenating. However, do you recall ever dying? 


  • Consciousness awareness is constant; we feel as though we exist even when sleeping, and when we wake up in the morning, we are aware of the same ‘I' consciousness that existed before we went to sleep. 
  • The ego, or ‘I' awareness, has remained unchanged. We may feel disoriented for a few moments after waking up after a night's sleep, especially if we have experienced a particularly unconscious sort of slumber. 
  • We become more oriented and aware of our environment as a result. We wake up from our night dreams to begin our day dreams, and so it continues, much like the birth and death cycle. 
  • We are conscious of sensations, smells, touch, and noises as we settle down to sleep. We then fall asleep as our consciousness begins to fade. 
  • The mind-ego and ideas fall into a subtle condition as the subtle body withdraws from the physical form. There is no consciousness of the physical body and no sensation of discomfort when sleeping. 
  • Only when the mind and senses are linked to the body can pain occur. 


Pleasure or misery have no effect on the Self, our essential spiritual essence. Lord Krishna reminds us of our everlasting and eternal real nature in the Bhagavad Gita's second chapter. 

  • As we see in this life with the transformation of a young body into an aged one, the soul takes a new body after death. These changes do not deceive those who have grasped the actual nature of existence. 2:00:13 
  • The indwelling Self is eternal and never gives birth or dies. It has always existed and will continue to exist indefinitely. It has no beginning, end, or change since it is eternal, everlasting, and immutable. When a body is killed, it is not slain. 2:00:20 
  • As a person discards worn-out clothes and replaces them with new ones, the embodied soul discards a worn-out body and replaces it with a new one. 2:00:22 
  • The Self is beyond the ability of any weapon to harm it or the ability of fire to burn it. Water does not wet it, and the wind does not dry it. 2:00:23 
  • The Self is indivisible and indissoluble, and neither fire nor air can modify it. The soul is eternal, omnipresent, unchangingly stable, and ever-present. 2:00:24 
  • Recognize that the soul, or spirit-self, is un-manifested, beyond the mind's capacity to comprehend, and unchangeable. As a result, recognizing this allows you to overcome your unwarranted fears and pain. 2:00:25


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SAMSKARAS, DEATH, AND KARMA



The soul, or self, which animates the body, withdraws from the physical form clothed in the astral and causal bodies at the time of physical death (which is not the end or destruction of an individual). 

The lifeline that carries life-energy (prana) to the physical body is broken, and awareness is released from bodily limits and linked with the subtle body. 

The soul continues to remain in the astral body as a vehicle (mind, ego, subtle sense organs and vital airs). 


All of one's acts, ideas, and aspirations are associated with samskaras (previous imprints) or karma. Samskaras are buried memories (actions, desires, ideas, and memories) from previous lifetimes that are linked to the soul through the subconscious mind. 


  • Our previous karma guides our present behavior - we reap what we sow. 
  • Karma is derived from the sanskrit root kri, which means "to do," "to make," or "to act." 
  • Not only is karma the reason and seed for the continuation of the life process after death (rebirth), but our acts or karma also generate positive and negative effects in this life, having a significant impact on our current character and destiny. 


There are three sorts of karma that affect the soul. 


• sanchita karmas — those that have built up over multiple lives 

• prarabdha karmas — the effects of previous deeds that are bearing fruit now 

• agami karmas — the activities that are being done now and will bring fruit in a future life Self-realization (God-realization) destroys sanchita and agami karmas, but prarabdha karmas can only be exhausted by experiencing their rewards in this incarnation.


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WHAT IS ANANDAMAYA KOSHA?



The causal body is referred to as the Ananda(pleasure)-Maya kosha. 

The bliss sheath (anandamaya kosha) is the subtlest and deepest of the three bodies that represents the soul's blissfulness. Both the subtle and gross bodies are caused by it. 


  • The mind recedes from the physical waking state and the astral dream state to the causal body in dreamless sleep. 
  • In deep dreamless sleep, it enters a delicate condition in which the mind's and sense organs' functioning are paused. 
  • There is no ego and no thinking in this beautiful, resting condition. 


THE SOUL


  • The soul, also known as the indwelling self or spirit, is present in all three bodies (physical, astral, and causal) and observes their activity. 
  • The soul is an ever-shining consciousness that is flawless and complete, with no beginning or end.


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WHAT IS VIJNANAMAYA KOSHA?



  • The sheath of knowledge or intelligence is called the Vijnanamaya Kosha. 
  • The intelligent sheath is the knower and doer of the mind, and it reflects the light of soul awareness as the subtlest of all the mind's characteristics. 
  • It is made up of the five subtle sense organs of perception, as well as the cognitive mind (buddhi), intellect, and ego.


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WHAT IS MANOMAYA KOSHA.



Manomaya Kosha is the mental sheath we all possess. The mental sheath is a more delicate version of the vital pranic sheath. It binds the annamaya and pranamaya koshas into a single entity. 


  • The mental sheath serves as a messenger between each body, relaying exterior world events and feelings to the intellectual sheath and causal and astral body effects to the physical body. 
  • The mental sheath is made up of the astral form of the volitional mind (manas), the subconscious, and the five sense organs of perception (sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch).


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WHAT IS PRANAMAYA KOSHA?



The vital or etheric sheath (the pranic body) supplies energy and vitalizes the physical body. It is roughly the same size and form as the human body. There are three sheaths that make up the astral body.

Further, the vital sheath is made up of five pranas (life-energies) that each serve a different purpose in the physical body's operation. 


Vyana, which means "outward moving air," is the vital air that governs the body's general motions and coordinates the other vital airs. It pervades every cell in the body. 

Udana, or 'upward flowing air,' works between the throat and the top of the head, stimulating the sensory organs such as the eyes, nose, ears, and tongue. 


It moves upward, carrying kundalini shakti (a person's potential spiritual energy or vital energy force, which is latent at the base of the spine in the muladhara chakra or base energy center). 

When the primary subtle nerve channel (sushumna nadi) at the center of the spinal cord is awakened, this creative, vital energy force flows to the crown chakra (sahasrara), the seventh energy center at the crown of the skull. 


The astral body is separated from the bodily form by udana during death. 

Prana (life-sustaining energy) is a manifestation of cosmic prana (the cosmic life-energy that pervades both the macrocosmic universe and the microcosmic unit of the body). The medulla oblongata at the base of the brain is where cosmic prana enters the body. 

The vital airs (vayus — pranic air currents) descend and ascend through the astral spine, where they are transformed by the chakras and distinguished. Prana, or "forward flowing air," activates breathing between the neck and the top of the diaphragm. 


The kundalini shakti is also raised to udana. 

Prana (life-sustaining energy) is a manifestation of cosmic prana (the cosmic life-energy that pervades both the macrocosmic universe and the microcosmic unit of the body). 

The medulla oblongata at the base of the brain is where cosmic prana enters the body. The vital airs (vayus — pranic air currents) descend and ascend through the astral spine, where they are transformed by the chakras and distinguished. Prana, or "forward flowing air," activates breathing between the neck and the top of the diaphragm. 


The kundalini shakti is also raised to udana. 

The digestive system, the heart, and the circulatory system are all activated and controlled by Samana, which works in the abdominal area between the navel and the heart. 


Apana, which means 'air that flows away,' activates ejection and excretion from the navel to the feet. 

It moves downward, yet it raises the kundalini to join with the prana. These five vital airs (vayus) are linked to the five subtle action organs (speech, hands, legs, organs of evacuation, and procreation), which have gross bodily analogues.


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CHAKRAS AND THE SUBTLE BODY.



Despite the fact that our physical bodies appear to be thick and substantial, they are made up of billions of molecules and atoms, or energy in continual motion. 

The soul (the indwelling pure spirit – the truth of who we are) has numerous interconnected non-physical, subtle bodies or vehicles encircling and interpenetrating the physical form, each of which is a field of energy vibrating at a certain frequency level and density. 


The individual soul manifests itself through five sheaths (koshas), which are separated into three bodies: the physical body, astral body, and causal body. 


Our everyday experiences in the three states of thought — awake (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), and dreamless sleep — are mediated by the physical, astral, and causal bodies, respectively (sushupti). 

The soul exists outside of these three states, seeing them. 


So there are five sheaths divided across three bodies, each of which serves as a vehicle for the manifestation of the soul awareness, which is separate from all of them . 


  • The physical sheath of the gross body, the annamaya kosha (food sheath), is vulnerable to birth, growth, sickness, decay, and death. 
  • The food sheath gets its name from its reliance on gross prana in the form of food, water, and air. 


Prana is the essential life-energy that allows life and creation to exist.


  • Prana pervades the entire universe and may be found in both the macrocosmos and microcosmos. There is no life without prana. 
  • Prana is the connection that connects the astral and physical bodies; when this relationship is severed, the physical body dies. 
  • The astral and prana bodies both leave the physical body.) It's also made up of the five components (ether, air, fire, water and earth). 


THE ASTRAL BODY

The five subtle elements akash (ether), vayu (air), tejas (fire), jala (water), and prithvi (earth) make up the astral body, which creates the five gross elements on the physical plane. There are three sheaths that make up the astral body.


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Seated Twist Yoga Pose



  • Sit with your legs stretched out in front of you on the concrete. 
  • Cross your right foot on the outside of your left leg, bend your left knee, and point your right knee up at the ceiling. 
  • Place your left elbow on the outside of your right leg, keeping your right hand on the floor to keep you steady. 
  • Twist as hard as you can from your belly, ensuring that all sides of your bottom remain on the surface. Hold for a moment before repeating on the other foot.


This pose will give you a great stretch, particularly if you've been sitting at a desk for hours, and it'll also give your shoulders, spine, and hips a nice workout.










Triangle Yoga Pose



  • Start in the warrior pose (point 3), but avoid lunging onto your leg. 
  • With the outside of your left foot, touch the bottom of your right foot. 
  • Reach up to the sky with your other hand, shift your head to look above your hand to the ceiling, and extend your back. 
  • Hold the stretch for a few seconds before switching sides.


This pose is particularly beneficial for achieving a full body stretch; it strengthens the spine, calves, elbows, and ankles, as well as relieving back pain. This pose is especially good for pregnant women.








Tree Yoga Pose



  • Start with the mountain pose. 
  • Balance by keeping your weight on your left shoulder, hips forward, and the heel of your right foot inside your left thigh. 
  • Place your hands in a praying pose and keep it for a few moments.
  • Rep on the other side.


This posture strengthens the spine, elbows, calves, and ankles while improving equilibrium.







Warrior Yoga Pose



  • Stand with your legs about three feet apart, your right foot turning out 90 degrees and your left foot turned inwards slightly. 
  • Extend your arms to the side, hands face out, and your head down. 
  • Lunge onto your right knee while holding it over your foot and away from your toes. 
  • Before flipping sides, aim your attention over your hand and keep the pose.


The legs and ankles are also strengthened and stretched in this posture.








Downward Dog Yoga Pose



  • Start on your hands and knees, shoulder width apart, on all fours. 
  • For added stability, spread your fingers wide and walk your hands forward. 
  • With your knees slightly bent, press your hips upwards to form an inverted "V" with your torso. 
  • Then, in the posture, lower your feet to the floor and step forward.


This posture improves the body's circulation while still stretching your calves and feet.








Mountain Yoga Pose



  • With your arms at your sides, stand with your feet hip-width apart and your weight equally distributed. 
  • Slowly and deeply inhale while keeping the neck and back aligned. 
  • When you stretch, concentrate on your hands and either place them in a praying pose or reach them up to the stars.


This pose will help you to enhance your balance, mental clarity, and breathing.








Yoga for Asthma



Asthma is a condition that affects many people. Yoga will help you become more conscious of your breathing habits while also relieving pain in your spine, upper back, stomach, and shoulders. Sitting in Easy Pose (Sukhasana), concentrate on developing maximum and total breaths through seated meditation. Since quick, shallow breaths are a sign of asthma, learning to regulate your breathing will help your body get the oxygen it needs whilst still calming you down and avoiding further attacks.

Any yoga poses can be taxing on the respiratory system and cause asthma attacks. It's best to go at your own level, steadily increasing and decreasing your body temperature. Cold weather will constrict the bronchi and cause an asthma attack. Dehydration and asthma attacks can also be caused by hot and humid weather. Look for a room with a pleasant temperature.


Beneficial Yoga Asanas

  1. Going from Tiger Pose (Vyaghrasana) to Unsupported Tiger Pose (Niralamba Vyaghrasana) on hands and knees is an example. Many asthmatics experience pain in their upper back and chest as a result of coughing during asthma attacks. Combining moderate backbends with mild forward bends stretches the stomach, upper back, and neck softly, which may help alleviate asthma symptoms exacerbated by tension in those regions.
  2. Fish Pose (Matsyasana) is a good example of a mild backbend. Mild backbends open the chest and front shoulder heads, improving breathing quality.
  3. Since you "roar" like a lion in these poses, Lion's Pose variants will help relieve tension in the throat, spine, and jaw. For example, Lion Pose Dedicated to an Avatar of Lord Vishnu in Garland Pose (Narasimhasana in Malasana) here. They will even aid in the expulsion of stale air from the lungs.
  4. Lotus Pose (Padmasana) is an example of seated meditation that focuses on breathing. During an asthma attack, being more mindful of the breathing and developing balance will be beneficial. It may also aid in the prevention of an assault.
  5. Headstand  (Shirshasana), also known as Tripod Headstand, is an example of an inversion. On an exhalation, inversions help to facilitate correct diaphragm movement. Gravity acts for the exhalation, not against it, since the rest of the body is upside down.



Yoga during Pregnancy



Avoid a rigorous yoga routine that includes jump-through and jump-back Vinyasas. Jumping while pregnant is risky. Hot yoga can be avoided.

Group exercise that may exacerbate dehydration or dangerously raise the core temperature When doing deep stretches after giving birth, be cautious.

Relaxin levels (the hormone that loosens the muscles and joints to accommodate birth) may also be elevated in the body, raising the risk of injuries from overstretching. Make sure the wound from your C-section heals well. Avoid performing any hard twists or backbends because they can obstruct the wound's healing.


Beneficial Yoga Asanas

  1. Knees Spread Wide Hero Pose (Prasarita Janu Virasana) is a good example of seated inner hip openers. This pose stretches the inner hips while not compressing the belly.
  2. Lotus Hand Seal in Upward Hands is an example of a wide-legged squat. Here is a Goddess Kali-dedicated pose (Padma Mudra Urdhva Hasta Kalyasana). Quadriceps (front of thighs), hamstrings (back of thighs), and glutes (buttocks) are also strengthened by wide-legged squats, which do not exert strain on the belly.
  3. Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parshva Konasana) is an example of standing side bends. Standing side bends stabilise the legs when stretching the side of the chest and lower back without adding weight on the belly.
  4. Tiger Pose (Vyaghrasana) is an example of a hand-and-knee pose. Since they do not compress the belly, poses on hands and knees are safe to do during pregnancy.
  5. Half Camel Pose (Ardha Ushtrasana) is an example of a mild backbend on the feet. Since mild backbends do not compress the belly, they are safe to do during pregnancy.





Yoga during Menstruation



Menstruation is a normal part of life. Uterine contractions can cause intense cramps in the lower abdomen and lower back during a time. Yoga will help you relax by releasing endorphins.


  1. To relieve pain, stretch out your lower body and back.
  2. Forward bends, inside hip openers, and soft twists will also assist with menstrual symptoms.
  3. Inversions, according to others, can induce engorgement in the uterine blood vessels, which can enhance blood flow, and should be prevented over a cycle. 
  4. Inversions, on the other hand, are recommended in B.K.S. Iyengar's book The Path to Holistic Health over a time to minimize blood flow. 


You should pay attention to your own body and make decisions based on that. If you don't feel up to it, try a slower-paced yoga pose routine.



Yoga for High Blood Pressure



It's a good idea to talk to the doctor if you suspect you're at risk with elevated blood pressure or if you've already been diagnosed with it.


Yoga incorporates the effects of sleep, muscle relaxing, and weight conditioning practice, which can assist with blood pressure control. Make sure you can relax freely and intensely when doing yoga poses. If you're having trouble breathing, get out of the stance and relax, or try a simpler variation. If you continue to have trouble breathing, you can see a doctor right away.


Beneficial Yoga Asanas

  1. Hands Bound Lotus Pose (Baddha Hasta Padmasana) is an example of seated backbends. Backbends in a seated position open the chest and increase blood supply to the lungs. They relieve pain in the chest and front shoulder heads, which is often exacerbated by fatigue and daily hunching over a monitor. This will aid in the reduction of elevated blood pressure caused by tension.
  2. Revolved Easy Pose (Parivritta Sukhasana) is a good example of seated twists.
  3. Seated twists tend to relieve upper back pain and detoxify the body. This will assist in lowering elevated blood pressure caused by strain in the upper back.
  4. Reclining Both Hands to the Leg Pose (Supta Dwi Hasta Padasana) is an example of a supine forward bend. In contrast to standing forward bends, where the head is below the heart, supine forward bends stretch the hamstrings without raising blood pressure. This will aid in the reduction of elevated blood pressure caused by muscle strain in the lower back and legs.










Yoga for Neck Ache



Yoga can aid in the prevention and relief of neck pain. The use of a mixture of relaxed stretches and stretching exercises will help to loosen up tense muscles in the body.

Neck stability is improved, and postural muscles are rebalanced.

The neck will be lubricated and its range of motion will be increased with simple and steady motions. Each posture can be held for 30 to 90 seconds.

Although it's good to reinforce and stretch the neck muscles to help avoid neck injury, it's better not to aggravate an existing neck problem. The poses that place the bulk of the body's weight on the head or neck are the most taxing on the neck.


Beneficial Yoga Asanas

  1. Simple Pose with Neck Stretch (Sukhasana) is an example of seated neck stretches. Tension in the neck muscles can cause neck pain. Neck pain may be prevented or reduced by stretching these muscles.
  2. Pose Dedicated to Bharadvaja (Bharadvajasana) is an example of seated twists. The muscles of the neck are connected to those of the upper back.
  3. Seated twists increase upper back and neck range of motion, which can help avoid or relieve neck pain created by discomfort in these regions.
  4. Going from Tiger Pose (Vyaghrasana), modification knee to the forehead, to Tiger Pose (Vyaghrasana), also known as Cat Tilt, tip. Rounding the back and then bending into a slight backbend will help stabilise the neck muscles while still stretching the front and back of the neck (in Dog Tilt) (in Cat Tilt).
  5. Hand Position of the Pose Devoted to Garuda in Hero Pose (Hasta Garudasana in Virasana). Any posture involving this hand position stretches the upper back and back shoulder heads, reducing neck pain created by stress in the upper back muscles.







Yoga for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome



Yoga poses that reinforce and extend the flexor muscles of the forearm, which are the muscles on the palm side of the forearm, can help avoid or mitigate carpal tunnel syndrome.

Start with poses that put less strain on the wrist joint, depending on the seriousness of the injury.


Beneficial Yoga Asanas

  1. Staff Pose (Dandasana) is an example of a pose that strengthens the wrist without straining it. Carpal tunnel syndrome may be prevented or reduced by stretching and softly relaxing the wrist and forearm muscles.
  2. Hidden Lotus Pose (Gupta Padmasana) and Reverse Prayer Mountain Pose (Viparita Namaskar Tadasana) are two examples of poses with hands in the reverse prayer posture. Wrists, forearms, front shoulder heads, stomach, and rotator cuffs are all stretched out in these poses. Since muscles in the upper body are intertwined, releasing stress from these regions is beneficial since carpal tunnel may be exacerbated or triggered by a chain reaction of stressed muscles.
  3. Revolved Prayer Standing Rising Wind is an example of a pose with hands in prayer (Anjali Mudra). Here, do Parivritta Namaskar Stiti Utthita Vayu Muktyasana (Relieving Pose). Stretching the wrists and forearm muscles will help to increase blood supply and relieve pain.
  4. Mountain Pose—Raised Bound Hands (Tadasana Urdhva Baddha Hastasana) is an example of a pose with bound hands facing out. These poses help stretch the sore and tense forearm muscles that most people with carpal tunnel syndrome have.






Yoga for Migraine and Headache

 


Tension and fatigue are common causes of headaches. We relax and breathe deeply in yoga. Yoga stretches the upper body's tense muscles, stimulates endorphins (a "feel good" hormone), and relaxes the mind.

It relieves anxiety by increasing blood flow to the muscles, which calms the nervous system and lowers the risk of a headache or migraine.

Avoid any poses that place weight or pressure on the head or body.

Stop poses that significantly increase blood supply to the brain if you suffer from migraines. If you have serious migraines, skip yoga poses and lay down in a quiet room.


Beneficial Yoga Asanas

  1. Both Hands to Ankle Head to Knee Pose (Dwi Hasta Kulpa Janu Shirshasana) is an example of seated forward bends. Seated forward bends can reduce headaches caused by strain in the legs and lower back by releasing tension in the hamstrings and lower back.
  2. Half Root Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Mula Matsyendrasana) is an example of seated twists. Headaches exacerbated by discomfort in the upper and lower back may be prevented by seated twisting positions.
  3. Hand Position of the Pose Dedicated to Garuda in Child's Pose (Hasta Garudasana in Balasana)–Example: Hand Position of the Pose Dedicated to Garuda in Child's Pose (Hasta Garudasana in Balasana). Any posture involving this hand position tends to stretch the upper back and back shoulder backs, as well as avoid headaches caused by upper back muscle strain.
  4. Hand Position of Cow Face Pose in Bound Angle Pose (Hasta Garudasana in Baddha Konasana)–Example: Hand Position of Cow Face Pose in Bound Angle Pose (Hasta Garudasana in Baddha Konasana). Any posture involving this hand position stretches the triceps, front shoulder heads, and rotator cuffs, as well as preventing headaches caused by strain in the arms and shoulder muscles.