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Seasons Of Rishikesh

The water flow of river Ganga makes the surroundings very balanced almost throughout the year in Rishikesh. The seasons are expected to be like; Summer: March to June. Temperature ranges from 20 0 to 45 0 . Better to carry cotton wear. Those who have more temperature at their own towns, can visit Rishikesh to spend and protect their health. The number of water fall, continous flow of river Ganga, green forests will help the healthy life. Rainy: July to October. Temperature varies. The annual mean rainfall recorded is 2136.7mm. Carry the rain coats to face the pouring rains. Even though it will be heavy rain, the humidity will not disturb the temperature. Hence the routine will be enjoyable if you prefer to walk, run and minimum transport. Other tours may not be possible because of landslides and heavy flow of river. Winter: November to February. Temperature ranges from 10 0 to 30 0. Better to carry jackets, woolen cloths to preserve warmth. The temperature will be less and

Samyama & Brain-Glimpses for Yoga beginners

Samyama is the term used in Patanjali Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, Yoga guru. His compilation or research on Vedas, Upanishads, puranas brought formulas called “Sutras” in Sanskrit. As part of proof to the world and transferring the knowledge Patanjali really brought the Sutras for mankind. His work starts with understanding the mind later body and the transformations in three chapters. There is still a fourth chapter talks about “beyond our will and beliefs”. “Samyama” literally means contemplation, which requires combination of Dharana (focus with much efforts), Dhyana (focus effortlessly) and Samadhi (only meaning) (PYS-3.4). That is a single, effortless thought on meaning or purpose of the object. All together it is combination of somatic, autonomic, endocrine and immune responses termed as psycho-neuro-immunology. All these basic requirements in a regular and systematic way lead to potential changes at cellular level. Thought is considered to be as the tract of few neural connections

Origin of Prana – In Yoga & Modern Science

Energy form, which is not electrical, not magnetic and not heat, it is biological in nature was found in human. Hence it is concluded as Bioplasmic energy in 1935 by Dr. Harold Burr- 1935. This was later on experimented and supported by a lab technician, Kirlian. According to National Institute of Health Scientists in 1994, this is called as Biofield . This is composed of both electro-magnetic energy and hypothetical energy. This is also termed as human energy field or Aura . Vedic cultures of India said this as Prana , Chinese culture termed it as Chi or Qi . Bioplasmic energy mix with free electrons and quantum energy from the inhaled Oxygen and manifests as ionized atomic particles in the body. These particles emit a strange, complex pattern of light that is bioluminescence about 4-5 inches above the physical body. This can be captured by rare equipment like Gas discharge Visualization, Acugraph, Aura machine etc., These are truly beyond the modern medical diagnostic tools. He

Muscles in Yoga

Muscle names as per the surface anatomy, serves the purpose of learning different planes and asana. Here is the basic training about shoulder joint muscles in few asana. 1.       Veerabhadrasana-2 (Warrior-2 pose) Shoulder at 90 0 abduction (DELTOID MUSCLE-middle fibers) Stand with arms at shoulder level from sideways. 2.       Veerabhadrasana-3 (Warrior-3 pose) Shoulder at 180 0 abduction (DELTOID MUSCLE-middle fibers, Serratus anterior and posterior) Bend on one leg with arms near to ears from sideways. 3.       Triyaktadasana (Twisted palm tree pose) Shoulder at 180 0 abduction (DELTOID MUSCLE-middle fibers, Pectorals) Stand with arms near to ears from front. 4.       Tadasana (Palm tree pose) Shoulder at 180 0 abduction (DELTOID MUSCLE-middle fibers, Pectorals) Stand with arms near to ears raised from front. 5.       Hastottanasana: Shoulder at 180 0 abduction (DELTOID MUSCLE-middle fibers, Trapezius) Stand with arms near to ears from sideways. 6.

Motor learning programs: Modern and Ancient View

Muscle memory as learning skill is important for the human to maintain the voluntary functions. As per the health issues there are so many strategies developed like; Muscle sensory motor approach (Rood, 1940s), Movement Therapy Approach (Brunnstrom, 1950), Neuro Developmental Therapy (NDT) (Bobath, 1960-70s), Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Approach (Knot and Voss, 1960-1970s), Motor Relearning Program (1980s), Task Oriented Approach (1990s). These have improved physical and mental functions in different neurological problems scientifically. All these techniques if available as one technique that serves the purpose of Mind-Body connection and well being. Yoga techniques like Asana are comparable with endurance exercises. But the maintenance of a posture by using multiple joints with an assisting image from external world gives the feedback to the brain and muscles. Asana, the physical postures has a name from similar appearance from external world that serves the im

Bija Mantra in Yoga Philosophy

Mantra is a combination of syllables, sounds or phrases, realized by ancient sages, which have been widely known in India. When the breath is focused with a specific sound, it gives all kinds of success. Only those who have previous birth Samskaras like Sri Rama, Arjuna or others with their teacher’s grace receive knowledge of the elements. Those elements are the makers of human body. Hence when Surya Namskara is combined with breathing and Mantra, the mind and intellect are energized. There are Bija mantras called seed sounds which create energy. These may or may not have specific meanings as per modern understandings but their vibrations will reach every cell of the body. They represent the resonant frequency of the chakras. Here are the Bija Mantras and the basic practices to activate the chakras; 1.       Lam- Kriyas (in-door and out-door) 2.       Vam- Brahma charya, Kriyas 3.       Ram- Yogic Diet habits 4.       Yam- Japa and Ajapa 5.       Ham- Variety of Kumabak

Maithri

  “maitrikarunamuditopekshanamsukhadukhapunyavishayanmbavantaschittaprasadam”   Maithri = friendliness:karuna=compassion:mudita = happiness: upeksha=indifference: Sukha=happiness:dukha= misery:punya=virtue:apunya = vice: vishayanam=regarding; Bhavanataha= by constant practice; chitta=mind; prasadam According to pathanjali   yogasuthras 33 By practicing the habit of friendliness, compassion, happiness and virtues and by being indifferent to misery and sinful vices, your mind is pleasant  

Ardha Salabasana or Half Locust pose: Spiritual view

“Swadhishtana” is the ability of calming down the mind voluntarily. Its literal meaning is One’s own abode. It is considered to be the center connected with deep unconscious impressions. The action potential, Oxygenation and the homeostasis of Sacral region represents the subtle transverse layer called wheel or chakra in Sanskrit. According to Patanjali Maharshi, contemplating on Swadhishtana yogi becomes knower of all knowledge. This chakra represents the pleasures and security and can be dealt with meditation on Dark Ocean and night sky. Swadhishtana chakra is the sacral wheel represents the relaxation phase of pelvic organs. The organs of this region are meant for arousal than relaxation. Hence these are the physical reactions to the stimulus of environment. This is a preparatory pose for Bow pose and relaxing pose after Cobra pose. Para-sympathetic nerves are for relaxation phase of autonomic nervous system from Sacral plexus.    

Japa Meditation

Definition: Recitation to calm down the mind from past and future tensions to tensionless present is JAPA MEDITATION. Introduction: Repeating the mantra or Sanskrit words can vibrate the body cells and create resonance which further ends as silence. This if repeated for hours together, the resting metabolism can be felt more easily and the freshness of the cells happens automatically. These bodily changes within the high energy environment also encourage the potentiality of the person. This is how the saints in olden days use to be healthy without pleasures and comforts than the hygienic royal life of kings. Such difference should be felt by a Yoga practitioner atleast once in the presence of his or her teacher. Full Moon day or Poornima is the day for such experiments. Purpose: To feel the energy layer of human existence or Pranamaya Kosha, Japa Meditation helps. Method: Choose a comfortable Mantra and recite with meaning in front of the Moon or God picture or River etc. As

Jalaneti/ Nasal cleansing for Nasal Allergy

Type of technique: Yogic Process: Active Timing: Early morning Required external environment: Early morning sun light Required internal environment: Making the mind for cleaning and avoid thinking about surrounding (comments from others, feelings like shy) Learning style: Guidance of Guru or teacher is required initially. Nasal Allergy: Nasal means related to Nose, Allergy means the physiological disturbance. The outside pollution leads to allergy of nose. So, let us learn the structure & function of the respiratory tract. Anatomy & Physiology of Upper Respiratory tract (URT) Two nostrils, nasopharynx, pharynx, Nasal bulb, hypothalamus, limbic system, olfactory cortex and autonomic nervous system. Chemicals in the inhaled air dissolved in epithelium that is the Olfactory bulb or nasal bulb which is a receptor. There the chemical energy convert into electrical energy (Action potential) and pass through Olfactory nerve to olfactory cortex of the brain (Fr