November 7, 2007
Science of Yoga, Teacher Training, Yoga Glossary
Sadhana is defined as daily spiritual practice.
In my teacher training we are learning in depth about the importance of Sadhana.
There are 3 main components to the Aquarian Sadhana.
- Jabji Sahib- works to connect the Spirit within
- Yoga- provides exercise for the body
- Meditation with mantra- gives the mind regular balance
And thus our daily spiritual practice, or Sadhana, connects the Spirit, Body and Mind while bringing them into balance. It provides a means to clear the subconscious daily so that we may act from the center of our being throughout the day.
Time of day is another key component to the Aquarian Sadhana, it must be performed during the Amrit Vela, in order to achieve maximum effectiveness. The angle of the Sun creates an effect on the mind which allows for deep meditation and evolutionary processes to unfold.
There is a scientific reasoning that lies behind this timing as well. The Schumann Resonance actually relates the Sun and the electromagnetic field to a human brain.
Ideally Sadhana is to be performed for 2 and a half hours. We are committing one tenth of our day to God.
Taking a cold shower is also part of a daily spiritual practice, which works to keep the body young and healthy.
While not necessary, a group Sadhana is ideal. This joins together the collective energy, so that the sum of the whole may be greater than the individual parts. Those who are able to achieve higher levels of consciousness through their Sadhana work to uplift others while in a group.
Shiva Singh says that by performing Sadhana, we are committing time to consciousness, which states that it is an important aspect of our lives and is worth developing. We are giving
I found this video of Yogi Bhajan talking about Sadhana on Sikhnet. Enjoy.
October 19, 2007
From Patanjali’s sutras Saucha makes up the first of the Niyamas.Â I should note that in traditional context, Saucha is actually one of the 10 Yamas.
Saucha means cleanliness, not only within the body, but within ones environments and between relationships of individuals.Â It is said that ones surroundings reflect the energetic organization that exists on a spiritual level around an individual, or group.Â Physical cleanliness is simply a manifestation of a spiritual state of being.
August 23, 2007
1st Chakra- Root, 2nd Chakra- Creativity, 3rd Chakra- Power, 4th Chakra- Heart Center, 5th Chakra- Communication, 6th Chakra- Intuition, 7th Chakra- Divine, Raja Yoga, Science of Yoga, Yoga Glossary
The 5 Yamas are essentially restraints upon the Raja Yoga path.
I’ve been defining them here over the past several months, so I thought an overview post would be in order.Â I shall also provide a little perspective on how the Yamas interact with our chakras, please note this perspective is generated by my intuition.Â I welcome feedback.
Ahimsa- Non-violence.Â I believe non violence works to properly balance our third chakra because we do not force power over another by practicing.Â It also inhibits the creation of a certain type of karma that is typically viewed as negative karma.
Satya- speaking about what is true. My perspective is that this balances our 5th chakra, or communication center.Â For when we speak about what is True, in the True sense of the matter, we are sending forth a powerful positive vibration.
Asteya- non stealing.Â I believe this is another means of balancing our power centers.Â Here we are only using the resources which are rightfully ours.Â I suspect it is when the survival or 1st chakra is out of balance that the urge to steal comes to being.
Bramacharya- moving toward Brahma.Â From a conservation of sexual energy perspective, I believe this balances the svadhisthana chakra.Â From a moving towards God or Brahma perspective, I would say that the 7th or Divine Chakra is utilized.
Aparigraho- non grasping.Â The center this focuses on is not obvious to me, I would say if one truly knows themselves they are centered in themselves, and perhaps this type of centering is the work of the heart chakra and perhaps ones mind stays within and does not attach itself to the external which would seem to be a function of the third eye.
These 5 together make up the Yamas.Â The Yamas should be practiced as one of the steps of the 8 limbs of yoga.Â We find within them very clean means to balance the chakras.
May the yamas server you well.
August 23, 2007
Science of Yoga, Yoga Glossary
Aparigraha is defined as non grasping.Â It essentially is saying do not get distracted.Â The opposite of aparigraha is when you are established in yourself you know very well who you are and no longer grasp at other things, or get distracted.
August 13, 2007
Science of Yoga, Yoga Glossary
The definition of bramacharya is to move towards Brahma.
Typically in yoga context it is expressed as meaning to be mindful of sexual activities, however, the word does indeed mean to move towards Brahma.
One of the means of moving towards Brahma is to live a balanced life and have more energy, which is why mindfulness of sexual activities is often emphasized.
Lemurian Scrolls, by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, defines bramacharya as the practice of celebacy accompanied by the performance of sadhana and adherence to dharma.
July 29, 2007
The commonly spoken definition of asteya is non-stealing, or to not steal. It’s kind of the like Thou shalt not steal guiding principle along the path to the Light of the Soul.
However, I have come to define asteya as having no alternative motivations in relationships. It is not hard to find the connection between the two, for if one has no alternative motivations in relationships, they tend not to steal.
It can also mean to be transparent, for those who are transparent can be trusted with the Truth.
(The definition of asteya is part of my series gained from the Yoga Journal Conference, such as Ahimsa and Satya.)
June 11, 2007
Satya is also one of the Yamas, like ahimsa.
Satya is defined as speaking about what is true.Â (One may get an interesting 5th chakra pulse when this occurs.)Â As noted earlier here Sat means Truth, or Be-ness.Â Now Satya is typically interpreted as not lying, and although this interpretation holds true it does not fully communicate the Truth of its proper definition.
When one speaks about what is True, they are speaking Truth.Â This is how we may consider Satya.
Definition taken via notation process during the 8 Limbs- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjaliâ€™s session during the Yoga Journal Conference.
Now we can take Satya to another level.Â When one is integrated with the term Satya fully, we could say that which they speak of comes true.Â Or, they have certain manifestation powers.Â When we think about the concept that in the beginning there was the Word and the Word was with God, we have a higher level concept of what True Satya Is.
In order to speak the Truth, we must discover the Truth.
May your journey help you discover your Truth, and sound it forth.
June 11, 2007
Ahimsa is one of the Yamas, or the 1st limb of the Yoga Sutras
Ahimsa is defined as not harming or non-violence. The concept behind this is to go back to a sense of love. Then to be in that space of love.
Definition taken via notation process during the 8 Limbs- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’s session during the Yoga Journal Conference.
March 12, 2007
Yoga means union.
Yoga is also translated as Yoke, or to Yoke.
This union is viewed typically as an individual’s union with the Universal.
And thus we have the naming for our practice.
December 4, 2006
Mudras, Yoga Glossary
The Definition of Mudra
Mudra isÂ defined as aÂ hand position.Â There are specific different types of mudra in Kundalini Yoga that are used in order to help facilitate certain types of energetic flows.Â The human body is one large circuit of energy.
The energy that flows throughout our bodies follows along paths called nadis.Â Certain points along these, orÂ meridians, are conducive for the cultivation of specific types of energy.Â
The study and use of Mudra utilizes the meridians to ressonate with a specific type of energy that attunes the system to the desired affect.Â For example, a common Mudra, is Gian Mudra which focuses on channeling Wisdom.Â The connection of the pointer finger with the thumb completes a circuit, so to speak, that is the wisdom connection.
All definitions here are based on my understanding, learning and reading of Kundalini and other Yoga related texts, classes and websites.
I invite the Kundalini Yoga experts in the community to ellaborate on what I have presented here, and thus further the learning experience for visitors.