Meditate to Unlock Your Hidden Potential

Meditation is often misunderstood by those who do not practice it. Very often, I hear meditation referred to as, “altered states of consciousness.” That sounds more like intoxicants, rather than bringing clarity to a cluttered mind. Without going too deep into what meditation is, or is not, let’s focus on one of the many things a daily meditation practice can do for you.

Meditation is commonly seen in many Yoga classes, but it has been practiced by a variety of cultures, including Roman Catholic priests, as well as Japanese Samurai, who practiced a form of Zen meditation. I mention this so you can see the full spectrum of meditation and its many facets.

There are many varieties and types of meditation, but the easiest form to learn is, “breath awareness meditation.” Compared to many other meditation techniques, this will enable anyone to experience the benefits of meditation in much less time.

At this point, let’s consider that meditation and Yoga teachers often compare the mind to a monkey. Many thoughts are running through your brain, at the same time, and it is hard to control all of your impulses - let alone, sit still and meditate. So why go through all this trouble?

Meditation has many rewards, and we will now consider one of extreme value. Through daily practice of

What Everyone Ought To Know About Yoga For Kids

Yoga can be done by anyone, young, old, even kids. With a little help, even toddlers can do it. A simple introduction to yoga done with a little bit of game playing and poses named after animals, can do wonders to children's minds, bodies and inner spirit.

A few benefits of kids yoga are:
  • To be healthier and help obesity in children. By taking yoga class, kids are triggered to move. Nowadays, because of the computer games, kids move less than they ought to.
  • To control their stress. Yes, children can get stressed out, too. Being over scheduled, tough competition in school, peer pressure, all are the cause of your kids' strain. Yoga can help them to get relaxed. Their ability to control their breathing is applied to deal with problems they face in real life.
  • Better concentration. Controlling breathing is a way to learn how to focus. And yoga ia a very good way in learning that. Some studies have shown that kids who practice yoga, especially those with special needs, such as those with ADHD, are able to concentrate for longer periods of time.
  • Yoga also is a way for them to express themselves and develop their self-esteem. To those with special needs, it is a great way to learn how to interact in a group setting without competition.

Yoga For Over 50s

Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. To garner that strength, every possible angle of positivity should be explored, and what better way than yoga.

Changes that occur within the body as we age create an unbalanced sensation within, due to the supply of blood flowing around the body slowing down, added to the decline of bio-energy production.

This slowing down of blood-flow and positive energy throughout the body can create a sense of unease, dullness and sometimes a negative attitude towards aspects of life.

There is absolutely no need to slow down as such. One can combat this process by employing a strong sense of will by developing a better state of health.

Yoga will positively awaken and improve all parts of your respiratory, circulatory and bio-energetic systems.

Reasons To Incorporate Yoga Into Your Everyday Life

Yoga is an activity that is highly beneficial and should be incorporated into everyone's lives. Many people think that it is only for certain people, but it is designed to be inclusive.

Although there are multitudes of benefits, I would like to bring up a couple key benefits that everyone can accomplish in their practice.

Yoga connects the mind, body and soul of the individual. It helps you stop right then and there to be fully involved the moment with the use of strategic breathing and concentration. This breathing manifests stress relief because it puts you in a meditative state, regardless of what type of yoga you are practicing. When one is engrossed in coordinating breath with movement, it helps relax your mind and body.

When your body and mind reach relaxation, this is when the soul comes to surface. Coordinating your breath and movement in a calm temperament gives you an opportunity to listen in on what your body needs to tell you. Your body will talk to you when you clear your mind, which will help you become more in tune with your body. You cannot incorporate your soul into the practice if you are not fully immersed and committed to the moment.

Inner peace is the key to truly understanding yourself and relaxation. Inner peace helps you understand yourself at a deeper level because it turns off the external distractions. It facilitates your mind to think clearly

Chakrabhedan (Circle-Interception) - A New Kind of Yogic Exercise

There are many types of Yogasanas or yogic exercises taught by several Masters on Yoga. Yogic exercises should be simple so that practitioners of all ages can practise them. The aim of yogic exercises is to supply sufficient warmness or heat to the body so that germs causing disease are killed; deposits in veins and arteries are removed and mind gets concentrated. As gold is purified by burning, so heat generated from Yoga removes or kills germs or foreign matter from the body. Further in yogic exercise mind remains within the body and thereby gets concentrated.

My Yoga Master Late Munishvar Shiv kumar Shastri has developed an unique yogic exercise called Chakrabhedan(circle-interception). This is very simple but most effective for making the body disease-free and concentrating mind to a great extent. The body has six major Chakras or circles. These are - Muladhar Chakra at anus, Swadhisthan Chakra at genital, Manipur Chakra at naval, Anahat Chakra at mid-chest, Vishudha Chakra at throat and Ajna Chakra in between eyebrows. These are vital Chakras for the body in order to survive.

Besides these six Chakras, there are minor Chakras both in the legs and hands. There Chakras are simply joints in the legs and hands. So in all there are eighteen Chakras in the body. In Chakrabhedan body parts or

The Power of Bikram Yoga and Its Benefits

One must understand that hot yoga has become very popular these days but not all hot yoga is Bikram yoga. Just because a yoga session is done in a hot room does not make it Bikram yoga. Many people who are doing hot yoga think that they're doing Bikram yoga when in fact they're doing Vinayasa yoga in a hot room.

Bikram is an undisputed yoga champion in India and the poses he created are based on his knowledge and experience of this ancient art. That makes it very unique and highly efficient because Bikram knows more about yoga than most people who have been doing it for years. With over 1000 yoga studios around the world and having fans like Demi Moore, George Clooney, Robin Williams and many more speak to Bikram yoga's efficacy.

Bikram himself has been quoted as saying that his yoga gives you a workout "from the bones to the skin and the fingertips to the toes".

Bikram yoga is done in hot rooms because the heat will make your body more flexible. This heat which seems like such a nightmare is actually the temperature in India on hot days. So, it is not bad for the body. When you sweat profusely, your body will be flushing out toxins.

The Gift Of An Open Heart

The winter holiday season—whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or solstice—is a celebration of light within darkness. It’s a time of year associated with friendship, abundance, gifting, and other joys. Tragically, the darkness within that light has come to include seasonal depression, family drama, and even violence, from a mall in Oregon to an elementary school in Connecticut.

In the wake of this most recent tragedy, we are left with many questions. We ask ourselves how and where violence arises (derangement? disconnect? unmet expectations?), but even if we examine the causes of suffering, we may not be comforted. More important is how we will respond. There will be those who say we should arm ourselves. And even the most peace-loving among us may experience the impulse to armor in the metaphoric sense—to contract or withdraw, to harden our defenses to protect ourselves from harm. In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna’s inner battle begins with the impulse to withdraw.

Krishna counsels Arjuna to step onto the battlefield, to engage in life, and his lessons are the basis of the Gita. In his beautiful commentary and translation, Ecknath Easwaran presents the Gita as a how-to manual for ending suffering through the practice of yoga.

Of the yogic methods outlined in the Bhagavad Gita, perhaps the most relevant during the holiday season is