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RAMAKRISHNA PARAMA HAMSA

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RAMAKRISHNA PARAMA HAMSA

At 19, he was appointed as a priest at Dakshineswar kaali temple.    He was married to Sharaadadevi.    Totaapuri, a reputed monk initiated him into meditation.      He remained absorbed in the state of Samadhi for three days.

On meeting Narendra (later known as Vivekananda) for the first time, he exclaimed, “At last, you have come.    I have been waiting for you”.

Ramakrishna taught the world through his direct spiritual experience that God could be realized through all religions.    He had a unique way of teaching profound vedantic philosophies through simple stories and parables.    These are documented in the book, Gospel of Ramakrishna.    He left his mortal body in 1886.   He was a living image of Godliness.

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RAMANA MAHARSHI

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RAMANA MAHARSHI

Venkataramana (who later became Ramana Maharshi) left home when he was 16 and went into the Arunachala in Thiruvannamalai and surrendered himself to the Lord.    He stayed in an underground cellar for meditation and absorbed in a trance for 60 days with termites and ants living upon him.

He spoke for the first time after 11 years of silence.    Maharshi’s approach which was a direct enquiry into truth, quenched the thirst of many seekers world over.     Once a westerner asked him, “what is God”?    The maharshi smiled and said, “What is – is God”.    He made people think and learn than teaching elaborately.    Doubts disappeared in his presence.    Upadesha saara and Satdarshana are his most famous

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KAUTILYA – CHANAKYA

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KAUTILYA – CHANAKYA

One of the greatest figures of wisdom and knowledge in the Indian history is Chanakya.
Chanakya is also known by the name of Kautilya and Vishnugupta.

His famous work called Arthashastra is a classic example of statecraft and politics and is read even today.

It basically consists of the principles of politics and how the state works.

The legends associated with Chanakya are interesting.

  • When Chanakya was born he had a full set of teeth, which is a sign that he would become a king or an emperor. But since he was born in a Brahmin family, it was considered inappropriate. Thus, his teeth were broken and it was predicted that he would make another person a king and rule through him.
  • Even as a child, Chanakya had the qualities of a born leader. His level of

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MATSYASANA – THE FISH POSTURE

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Description :

Matsya in sanskrit means “Fish”. The name of the posture derives from the fact that if you adopt the position in water, you will float quite easily.

Health Benefits :

  • Stretches your deep hip flexors and intercostals (muscles between the ribs)
  • Relieves tension in your neck, throat, and shoulders
  • Stretches and tones the front of your neck and your abdominals
  • Stretches and stimulates the organs of your belly and throat
  • Strengthens your upper back and the back of your neck
  • Relieves stress and irritation
  • Improves posture
  • Therapeutic for rounded-shoulders, asthma, spasms in the bronchial tubes, and other respiratory issues

Step1 :

Lie down on your back with your legs straight and your feet together. Place your hands, palms down, underneath your thighs.

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Step2 :

Pressing down on your elbows, inhale and arch your back. Drop your head back

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AKARNA DHANURASANA – THE SHOOTING BOW POSTURE

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Description :

Akarna-Dhanura-asana in Sanskrit means “The shooting bow pose”. This Asana involves the system of pulling the leg which gives the impression of a bow with an arrow to be shot and hence, the name Dhanurasana.

Health Benefits :

  • It helps and betters the process of digestion, clears constipation and treats indigestion.
  • It also helps in healing pain in the lower areas of the abdomen and also relieves pain in the larger intestines
  • The pose also helps in regularizing the menstrual cycle in most women.
  • Breathing is greatly enhanced with this pose as it increases the capacity of the lungs to retain oxygen.

Considerations:

  • Firstly, if you are a beginner do not try the pose when you are alone.
  • This pose belongs to the intermediate level of yoga poses and therefore if you are novice, you should not try

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MAYURASANA – THE PEACOCK POSTURE

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Description :

In Sanskrit Mayur means “Peacock” and also while practicing this asana the entire body structure looks like a Peacock and hence it is also known Peacock Pose.

Health Benefits :

  • Strengthens the shoulders, arms and wrists
  • Improves balance
  • Puts pressure on the abdomen improving digestion, and relieving indigestion and constipation
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Stretches the muscles of the forearms, wrists and fingers
  • Beneficial for repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, and for people who spend a lot of time on the computer.
  • It cures the diseases caused by excess of ‘Vata’, ‘Pitta’ and ‘kafa’ (wind, bile and phlegm). It stops the bleeding caused bypiles. It also prevents diabetes.

Considerations :

People suffering from cervical spondylitis should not practice this asana.Person suffering from high blood pressure avoid this asana.One should not practice this asana once if any

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CHAKRAS & AURA

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KUNDALINI SHAKTI. Kundal means spiral or coil. In Kundalini Yoga, it means coiled or dormant power, so Kundalini means ‘She who is coiled; serpent power.’ She is the Shakti within’ who has recorded all your aspirations even before you were born. She wants to rise and give you a second birth called awareness. She cannot be shared with anyone else. She is your reflection of microcosmic Adi Shakti. So you are also part of the whole creation which is Shiva, the Divine Father in union with Shakti the Divine Mother.

You are what you believe yourself to be. One may recognize the Divinity in themselves and all others. Kundalini yoga belongs to the Tantra traditions which teaches ways to relate to the universe in the form of Shakti or the feminine power or energy. This is the goddess within You;

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DANURASANA – THE BOW POSTURE

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Description :

Dhanu in sanscrit means “bow”.This pose is so called because it looks like an archer’s bow, the torso and legs representing the body of the bow, and the arms the string.

Health Benefits :

This asana gives a good massage to the abdomen so it cures prolonged constipation, dyspepsia,and other disorders of the stomach.
Increases energy and counteracts depression.
It cures spinal hump and rheumatism of the legs, the knees and the hands.
It reduces fat. It activates the intestines and increases the digestive power.
It nourishes all the abdominal organs by supplying blood to them. This asana is a blessing to those who suffer from gas and other intestinal disorders.
stretches the chest and lungs.
This asana is very beneficial specially to women because it alleviates the menstrual disorders and improves the reproductive system.
This asana rejuvenates

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ARDHA CHAKRASANA – THE HALF WHEEL POSTURE

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Description :
Ardha chakrasana in sanskrit means “Half wheel pose”. The bend from the waist sideways resembles, half wheel and hence the name.

Health Benefits :
Elasticity of lateral region increases.
Lateral thoracic muscles are stretched and blood supply to them increases.
Hip joints become flexible and excess fat around the waist reduces.
Relieves from back pain, constipation and good for flat foot.
Helps to clear blockages in the lungs and improve breathing.

Step1 :

Stand firmly along with legs together (as in Tadasana).  Press the heels and feet on the floor.

Step2 :

Slowly stretch and raise the right arm above the head and extend with inhalation

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Step3 :

Exhale slowly and move the trunk and right arm towards left side .  the ear will touch the right upper arm.  The left hand should be sided

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BHUJANGASANA – THE COBRA POSTURE

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Description :
In Sanskrit language “Bhujang” stands for “Cobra” and also while practicing Bhujangasana the entire body structure looks like hooded snake that is why it is also known as “Cobra Pose”.

Health benefits :
1)   Bhujangasana benefits you for stimulating endocrine system.
2)   It increases Spine flexibility.
3)   Practicing Bhujangasana steps makes back muscles fit & fine.
4)   It toughens abdominal muscles.
5)   Bhujangasana benefits for overcoming spinal disc problems including slip disk cervical spondylosis.

Considerations :
1)   Pregnant women should avoid practicing this asana.
2)   People suffering from harmful ailments like hernia, hyperthyroidism or intestinal tuberculosis should not practice this asana.
3)   One should not perform this asana if suffering from peptic ulcers.

Step 1: –
First of all lie down on

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SARVANGASANA – THE QUEEN OF ASANAS

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Sarvangasana is considered to be the ‘Queen of yoga asanas’, due to its varied benefits to the system.Sarvangasana is a combined form of two ancient Sanskrit words “Sarvang” and “Asana”. Sarvang means ‘entire body’ or ‘every limb’. In English it is known as Shoulderstand Pose as it is entirely depending upon shoulders of practitioner. Sarvangasana benefits your entire body including mind and spirit.

Health Benefits :

  • regulation of the sex glands and the pituitary glands
  • stimulation of the nerves
  • improvement in blood circulation
  • increase in efficiency of the thyroid
  • treats asthma, Hemorroids, Digestion problems.

 Considerations :

Women should not do any inverted poses during menstruation as it reverses blood flow. People suffering from blood pressure, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, thrombosis, arteriosclerosis, and kidney problems should not practice headstand. Those suffering from neck injuries should perform

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SIRSASANA – THE KING OF ASANAS

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The name comes from the Sanskrit words Shirsha  meaning “head”  and Asana  meaning “posture”.

Sirsasana, the headstand, is traditionally known as the king of all asanas. It Provides cardio vascular,physiological benefits. Psychologically and emotionally, sirsasana is one of the most powerful and beneficial poses you can do. Sirsasana improves mental concentration and focus and allows for greater ease when practicing seated in meditation. Practicing headstand has been frequently cited as a pose to counteract the symptoms of depression.

Health benefits :

  • Stimulates pituitary and pineal glands, which aid growth and the production of sex hormones
  • Strengthens the spine, neck, shoulders, and arms
  • Tones the legs and abdominal
  • Relieves a buildup of fluid in the legs and feet
  • Allows a healthy, pure blood flow to brain cells
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Aids in the treatment of

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SURYA NAMASHKAR – THE SUN SALUTATION

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SURYA NAMASHKAR

(THE SUN SALUTATION)

 

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline which helps to be in peace with oneself and their surroundings.  It can be practiced to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Most people who practice yoga regularly have experienced that they have become better at what ever they are doing.

 

The yoga we are most exposed to is known as Hatha Yoga comprising:

  • Asana: Discipline of the body: rules and postures to keep it disease-free and for preserving vital energy. Correct postures are a physical aid to meditation, for they control the limbs and nervous system and prevent them from producing physical disturbances.
  • Pranayama: control of breath. Beneficial to health, steadies the body and is highly conducive to the concentration of the mind.

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) combines both Asanas

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