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  • 05 Dec 2011 7:05 AM | Anonymous
    The Art of Living Foundation and SVYASA Yoga University, Bangalore, jointly with Yoga Portuguese Confederation of Lisbon, Portugal organized an International Yoga Summit titled, Yoga: A Science for World Peace on Dec 4th & 5th, 2011, at The Art of living International Centre.


    The focal theme of the summit is, ‘Yoga: A Science for World Peace’. HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sri Ramadas, Minister for Medical Education, Government of Karnataka; HH Shri Swami Bala Gangadharanath of Adi Chun Chun Giri Mutt; HH Swami Paramátmánanda, BKS Iyengar, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune; HH Dr. Nagendra, Vivekánand Yoga University, etc addressed at the Conference.


    Sri Sri ji, Ramdev Baba ji, Iyengar ji & others signed proclamation for June 21 st as WORLD YOGA DAY.



    Random Quotes from some of the speakers:


    Swami Radhanathji:
    "Yoga is the science of creating a strong foundation built on love and harmony.
    It is very important to understand the authenticity of yoga.
    Yoga is experience of that essential pleasure that we are looking for.
    Yoga is the greatest need in the world today.
    Yoga is universal gift of life and is the essence of all religions."
    BKS Iyengarji:
    " Please do not mistaken that asana is physical yoga.
    Patanjali says that through asanas we experience the infinity.
    Yoga asanas is not physical it is spiritual.
    The internal and external is connected.

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

    " With Yoga and Vedanta, Ashaucha (lack of purity), Agyaana (ignorance), Abhaava (poverty), Adharma (lack of righteousness) vanish."
    Baba Ramdevji:
    The one who does yoga does not fall prey to the play of the mind.
    ... Just like how one seed can give rise to many, every mind is connected.
    The work of yoga is to get one from lower state to the universal consciousness.
    The ultimate truth is one that a experienced by a person. This truth has different forms.
    5/12 discussion: Mental health through yoga.  Dr. Karthikeyai:
    We keep talking about global peace, peace has to start from the individual.
    The fastest growing spiritual movement and social movement is The Art Of Living.
    The greatest contribution of India to the world is yoga, meditation and Ayurveda.
    Studies prove that chanting and listening to meditation music help in healing to a great extent.
    What we see is only 10% of what exists.
    Yoga has done a lot of good to individuals, families, society and the world.
    Dr. Gangadharji, NIMHANS:
    In controlled atmosphere we found that Sudarshan Kriya helped to reduce depression.
    Regular practice of yoga asana, can get people out of depression. The effect of asanas is just like an antidepressant tab.
  • 28 Nov 2011 5:34 PM | Anonymous

    De-stress yourself at your workplace with yoga


    Doing yoga in the office can be fun, innovative and relaxing with many long term benefits. Prolonged work on the computer strains the neck, shoulder and back muscles, which leads to tension and stiffness. Unless attended to properly, it could impact your ability to function effectively at the workplace, affecting your overall quality of life. Office yoga comprises of a sequence of simple exercises you can perform quite unobtrusively at your desk, at any time of the day.


    Making these exercises a part of your office routine can work wonders as they wipe away body pain, fatigue and tension and increase overall muscle strength and flexibility, keeping you fresh and revitalized through the day. The exercises don’t demand much time, and can be done in spurts throughout the day, sparing you from unnecessary discomfort in the long run.


    Suggestion: If you are wearing tight, uncomfortable footwear remove them before starting the stretches. You may also wish to loosen your tie and belt.

    Here are a few exercises you could try for a start:


    Neck Roll

    • Close your eyes.
    • Let your chin drop down to your chest.
    • Begin the circular motion of your neck slowly, by moving the right ear to the right shoulder, taking the head backwards and then bringing the left ear to the left shoulder.
    • Keep your shoulders loose and relax.
    • Rotate your neck 3-5 times and then switch directions.

    Cow Stretch

    • Keep your feet on the floor.
    • Bring both hands on your knees.
    • While inhaling, stretch your back backwards and look towards the ceiling.
    • While exhaling, stretch your back forward and drop your head forward.
    • Repeat this exercise for 3-5 breaths.

    Seated Forward Bend

    • Push your chair away from your desk.
    • Remaining seated, keep your feet flat on the floor.
    • Take your arms behind the lower back, keep your back straight and interlace your fingers behind your back.
    • Bending forward from the waist, bring your interlaced hands over your back.
    • Rest your chest on your thighs and relax your neck.

    Eagle Arms

    • Stretch your arms straight in front of your body and parallel to the floor. Palms facing the ceiling.
    • Cross your right arm over the left (bend your arm slightly at the elbow if needed). Bring both palms together.
    • Lift both elbows. The shoulders slide down your back.
    • Repeat this exercise with the left arm over the right.

    Seated Spinal Twist

    • Sit sideways in your chair.
    • Place your feet flat on the floor.
    • Holding the back of the chair with both hands, twist your waist to the right towards the back of the chair.
    • Turn to the other side. Repeat this exercise a few more times.

    Temple Rub

    • Keep your elbows on your desk and place your hands on your temples.
    • With small circular motions gently rub your temples first clockwise and then anti-clockwise.
    • Do this for 10 – 15 long deep breaths.
  • 28 Nov 2011 5:31 PM | Anonymous

    SOURCE : http://www.artofliving.org/hk-en/yoga-diabetes


    Yoga for Diabetes


    Everyone benefits from yoga - if they undergo proper training and continue with the practice. Regular practice of yoga benefits the body in the following ways:

    • It improves digestion, circulation, and immunity
    • Yoga enhances function of neurological and endocrine organs
    • It can prevents and provides relief from chronic illnesses
    • Overall the body feels healthier, more energetic

    Diabetes is of two types - Type 1, where there is no production of insulin and Type 2, where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. In many cases, it is also easy to ignore diabetes in its early stage, especially, when you do not experience any symptoms.

    The practice of yoga is effective as a preventive measure and also to treat Type 2 diabetes, where the causes are attributed to life style and stress.

    Sri Sri Yoga attends to every aspect of an asana from start to finish, as well as the breath-work. So correct training is essential, before individual practice. The following asanas and pranayamas are effective for diabetes. They should be learned with proper guidance, before putting them into practice:

    • Vajrasana
    • Mandukasan (the version with fists in stomach region)
    • Supta Vajrasan
    • Viprit karni – Sarvangasan – Halasan – Sarvangasan
    • Lie down and relax for a minute
    • Chakrasan
    • Natrajasan (both legs on one side)
    • Purna Shalabhasan
    • Triyak Bhujangasan
    • Dhanurasan
    • Upward facing dog (Udharmukh swan asan)
    • Child pose
    • Udiyan Bandh
    • Paschimottanasan
    • Ardhmatsyendrasan
    • Parvatasan-Yog Mudra
    • Kapalbhati Nadisodhan pranayam
  • 26 Nov 2011 10:31 PM | Anonymous

    Yoga and Food


    When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
    When diet is correct medicine is of no need.
    ~Ayurvedic Proverb


    ‘Isn’t it enough just to practice the Yoga asanas/ poses, do I have to regulate my food?’ wonder many. In itself, practicing Yoga asanas is one of the most beneficial regimes, but when complemented with the right food, it can really create wonders. In fact, eating the right food is an essential part of living a Yogic life.


    What we eat, not only influences our physical well being, but also our emotions and thoughts. Yoga, does not dissect food into proteins, carbohydrates or fats, instead it classifies them according to the effect they have on the body and mind, into three types – satva, rajas and tamas. Tamasic food is the kind of food which makes us lethargic or sluggish, while Rajasic food is that which brings about activity or restlessness. Whereas, Sattvic food is the kind which makes you feel light, energetic and enthusiastic.





    Sattvic foods are those which purify the body and calm the mind

    They stimulate the body and mind into action. In excess, these foods can cause hyperactivity, restlessness, anger, irritability, and sleeplessness

    Tamasic food are those which dull the mind and bring about inertia, confusion and disorientation

    Cooked food that is consumed within 3-4 hours can be considered sattvic

     Overly tasty foods are Rajasic

    Stale or reheated food, oily or heavy food and food containing artificial preservatives fall under this category

    Examples - Fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, nuts, grains, fresh milk , certain spices

    Examples – Spicy food, onion, garlic, tea, coffee, fried food

    Example – Non vegetarian diet, stale food, excessive intake of fats, oil, sugary food,


    Not just the right kind of food, it is vital to eat the proper quantity of food at the right time. Overindulging leads to lethargy while under eating will not provide enough nourishment. Most of the times we know that our stomach is full but tempted by the taste buds we tend to indulge. The right amount of food cannot be quantified into cups or grams, when we listen to our body attentively we will know when exactly to stop!


    We might eat the right kind of food in the right quantity but if we are irregular with our timings then the whole system goes for a toss and the natural rhythm of the body is hampered. Therefore it is of prime importance to eat food at the same time everyday and eat it at regular intervals.


    It is said that the state of the mind of the person cooking/ eating also affects the food. The energy in the food cooked by someone while he/she was angry will definitely be lower than that of someone who cooked it with a feeling of love, contentment and gratitude. Listening to some soothing music or chanting while cooking and eating can help retain the Prana (life force energy) in the food.


    Yoga also prescribes a more personalized diet according to the nature of our constitution. Food that might be favorable for someone might be harmful for a person of another constitution. It is best to consult an Ayurvedic physician to decide what kind of food is necessary for you and which should be avoided. It is definitely worthwhile to pay some attention to the food that we eat as the ancient Indian texts say that we are what we eat!


  • 26 Nov 2011 8:47 PM | Anonymous

    Yoga and the Breath


    The first act of life – breathing.
    The last act of life – breathing.

    Everything else lies somewhere in the middle – important but not the most important, for breath is our dearest companion. A companion who never loses sight of what emotion we are experiencing at any given moment of time.

    Think about it –

    Isn’t your breath really fast when you are angry and really smooth and mellow when you are calm?
    A simple example such as this signifies that breath is not only linked to the body, but also to the mind. Practicing meditation everyday calms the mind, thereby calming the breath and reducing the number of breaths inhaled and resulting in relief from high blood pressure amongst other ailments.

    By paying attention to your breath and practicing pranayamas (breathing techniques), you can easily bring the mind to a pleasant state from an unpleasant one by enhancing and regulating the life force (prana) in the system.


    Abdominal Breathing

    Abdominal breathing can be practiced lying down on your back, sitting down or while standing, though in this case:

    • Let’s lie down.
    • Separate your legs slightly and let the feet fall to the sides.
    • Interlock the fingers and place the hands on your abdomen, palms facing downwards.
    • Make a conscious effort to inhale deeply, so that your abdomen starts to expand your fingers separate.
    • Allow your abdomen to expand as much as possible.
    • As you begin to exhale, apply gentle pressure on your abdomen with your hands, pushing it downwards. Exhale fully.
    • The secret to good breathing is in proper exhalation.
    • With better exhalation, your inhalation will also get better.
    • Repeat this process several times.
    • When you feel comfortable, take full abdominal breaths without using your hands.
    • And make your breath long and smooth, for both inhalation and exhalation

    Full Yogic Breath

    This type of breathing makes full use of lung capacity

    • Lie on your back
    • Take 2-3 abdominal breaths
    • On the next inhalation, first expand the abdomen by using half of your breath, this fills the lower lobes of your lungs
    • Then breathe further to expand your chest, this fill the middle lobes
    • At the tail end of your breath, fill up the lungs fully. You will notice expansion in your upper chest and your collarbones will lift up slightly
    • On exhalation, first deflate the upper and middle lobes of the lungs, allowing the collarbones and chest to relax
    • Then, as you deflate the lower lobes, the abdomen will relax
    • Make your breath long, smooth and rhythmic, like a wave rising and falling
    • Repeat this 10-15 times
  • 26 Nov 2011 8:38 PM | Anonymous

    Just as the knowledge of Yoga is vast and deep, so are its benefits. The practice of yoga benefits the body, mind and spirit.


    Benefits of yoga for the body: 


    Regular practice of yoga, benefits the body in the following ways:

    • Improves flexibility of muscles and joints
    • Strengthens muscles and bones
    • Improves posture and body alignment
    • Improves digestion, circulation, and immunity
    • Enhances function of neurological and endocrine organs
    • Helps relieve chronic illnesses, such as chronic pain syndromes, anxiety and panic disorders, depression, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and high blood pressure


    Overall the body feels healthier, more energetic. It is less prone to diseases and effects of day-to-day stress.

    Overall the body feels healthier, more energetic. It is less prone to diseases and effects of day-to-day stress.


    Benefits of yoga for the mind:

    If the mind is well, everything else feels well. With regular practise of yoga, the mind gets the following benefits:

    • Increased peace, alertness and clarity of mind
    • Increased ability to deal effectively with short and long-term stresses
    • Increased concentration of mind
    • Improved self-esteem
    • Decreased reliance on drugs
    • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life

    Everyone can benefit from yoga if they undergo proper training and continue with systematic practise.

    For more information and research on the benefits of yoga and Sudarshan Kriya, see:

    Harvard Medical School talks about Sudarshan Kriya and Art of Living Foundation


  • 26 Nov 2011 8:33 PM | Anonymous

    What is Yoga


    The term ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’, meaning union - the union of body, mind and spirit/consciousness. The word hatha comes from the Sanskrit terms ‘ha’ meaning sun and ‘tha’ meaning moon. ‘Ha’ refers to the solar nadi/channel (pingala) in the subtle body and ‘tha’ the lunar channel (ida). Yet ‘hatha’ means ‘powerful workout’.


    On a physical level, yogic exercises strengthen, lengthen and replenish muscle tissue, which helps to hold bones and to align the whole body. Holding postures burns fat and reduces cholesterol. Yogic breathing brings more oxygen to the heart and nourishes the whole system. The breath also aids in reducing toxin levels in the body by expelling unwanted stresses and is known to increase the subtle life enery (Prana). Yoga’s greatest benefits are felt in the mind. We all know that peace of mind is more valuable than an attractive figure. Although the practise of yoga, will definitely improve one’s physical appearance - the best rewards are radiance of a Yogi’s smile and energetic eyes.

    Yoga brings the mind to the present moment, improving clarity and alertness in the mind. The mind becomes peaceful and is able to deal with day-to-day stress.

    Scriptures suggest numerous means of attaining this union with the Self, to name a few:

    • Through knowledge, Jnana yoga
    • Through acknowledging, honoring the Divine, through devotion, Bhakti yoga
    • Through selfless action, service to the society, Karma yoga
    • Through determined effort to achieve wellbeing of body and mind, Hatha yoga
    • Through meditation, Raja yoga
    • Through practices to awaken and regulate the flow of pranic energy*,
    • Kundalini yoga

    * Pranic energy is derived from prana, a sanskrit word meaning vital, life-sustaining force and vital energy in the natural processes of the universe.

    Here are some of the beneficial Yoga Poses/Asana





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