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Yoga: A journey within

Yoga: A journey within
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By Shambhu Sharan

Inner odyssey begins with the physical body – in fact, the body is the vehicle for the journey.

The complex symphony of the body is conducted by a system of glands known as endocrine glands, which secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones have a profound effect on all the body functions – growth, digestion, energy level, heat, metabolism, sexuality, and also on the mind. Over or under secretion of various glands can cause mental disturbances and negative emotions such as anxiety, hatred, fear or anger, which destroy peace of mind.

The most mysterious gland in the human body is the pineal gland, located directly in the center of the brain. Yogis recognized the tremendous importance of this tiny, mushroom-shaped gland, which they called “the place of soul” and “controller of thought.”

Long ago, underdeveloped creatures such as lizards had a third eye in the top of their heads. Gradually, over millions of years of evolution, this ‘eye’ descended into the brain, and became the pineal gland in the human beings.

Scientists found that the pineal gland secretes certain hormones ,which affect all the lower glands and sub-glands. For centuries yogis have realized the proper balance of the hormonal secretions for the control of the mind., and they developed a series of yoga positions designed specifically to affect the endocrine glands.

The physical body is made of food which is the vehicle of mind. The fundamental awareness of spiritual development is the realization, “I am not this physical body.” Thus physical body is a machine and the conscious mind is the controller.

Benefits of exercising and dieting

David Cosnecos At 215 pounds is happier and healthier than every he was a year ago. Now he is motivated to help others.

David Cosnecos demonstrates the streches he used to shed more than 110 pounds.
Students makes healthy choices
By: Shamhbu Sharan
Posted: 11/26/08
Eastfield nutrition and exercise science sophomore David Cosnecos (19) lost 110 pounds in one year by exercising and dieting.

"During my young age it didn't matter for some reasons," Cosnecos said. "I felt bad about my shape, especially in high school. When I got older, I became self-conscious."

After graduating from high school in November 2006, Cosnecos started riding his mountain bike, cycling, running and practicing yoga.

The first time, he rode his cycle 20 miles to Eastfield from his home, and continued using it, going to a gym and other places.

He started running for three to four minutes and it gradually increased his running time.

In addition to exercising, Cosnecos controlled his eating and drinking habits. He was eating until he was full. He started eating portions serving size. He stopped drinking sodas, and eating cookies, cakes and chips.

Cosnecos now eats rice, oatmeal, and vegetables; broccoli, carrots, potatoes and celery," "I stay away from fried food." Cosnecos said.

He used the internet to find good food choices.

Cosnecos lost his weight gradually and felt good. He exercises regularly 12 hours a week.

"I tried to lose weight to look better, to be healthier and happier," Cosnecos said.
"That was my motivation."
Cosnecos feels differenct after losing his weight.

"It is such a big difference being a different person," Cosnecos said. "I was less resistance to gravity. It is so much difference. I couldn't imagine it."

Cosnecos practices yoga and meditation as form of exercise.

"I started doing yoga and meditation, which helped me to keep myself focus and gave me a lot of mental strength," Cosnecos said.

Yoga- a way to get inner peace

Become a pretzel and find inner peace
By: Jason Boyd
Posted: 1/29/07
Pretzel shapes and limber joints aside, yoga has applicable benefits for life in a physical, spiritual and mental capacity - even improving grades - according to Eastfield yoga instructor Ike "Dada" Theo.

In addition to teaching the positions, Theo teaches some of the holistic and philosophical aspects of yoga.

The word comes from the original Yuj, which in Sanskrit means "link or connection," Theo said. The connection is between the physical, spiritual and mental.

Positions, according to Theo, compress or relax certain glands, thus balancing hormonal distribution. For example, a position of laying on one's back with feet straight in the air above the chest will compress the neck and the neck's thyroid gland. A consecutive position will have the neck arched, which relaxes the neck and the corresponding gland. It's through this, and meditation, that the mental state is improved.

Meditation is not sleeping, Theo said, it's actually much more focused thinking.

The mind can only think of one thing at a time, but through rapid and chaotic thoughts it seems like our minds are split among several things, he said.

Haleen Sookoor, SPAR receptionist and yoga practitioner, takes lessons from Theo. She described the meditation as her favorite part of the class.

"The instructor told us to lie still, shut the eyes, take deep, slow breaths and imagine floating on clouds," she said. "The lights were turned down, there was soft, soothing music playing, and the voice of the instructor encouraging us to relax, relax, relax, feel the body floating on clouds, feel the cool breeze, listen to the sounds of water, hear the birds chirping."

The need for meditation may be more prevalent in the United States, Theo said.

Locations and Contact

Ananda Marga Yoga Meditation Center
USA
2355 Trellis Pl
Richardson, TX 75081
Office: +1-(972) 699-3838
WhatsApp/Google Voice: +1-(214) 315-0869
Email: rdyoga@gmail.com


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Taiwan
348 Kanding Road, Floor 10
Wanhua, Taipei City
Taiwan, ROC 108
Phone: +886-2-2302-1167
Linep: +886-966412738
WhatsApp: +1-214-315-0869
Email: rdyoga@gmail.com

Malta

84 St. Albert Street
Gzira, GZR 05
Malta
Mobile: +356 9975 5523
WhatsApp: +1-214-315-0869
Facebook: Rajadhiraja Yoga
Email: rdyoga@gmail.com

Spiritual aspects of yoga

A Yoga master once said, "The human mind is as restless as a monkey, drunk with the wine of desire, running blindly from one sense pleasure to the next. Stung with scorpions of jealousy, greed, and pride, it lashes out with furious hatred. So the greatest conquerers on earth are those who have conquered their own minds."

How can one calm the turbulent waves of the conscious and subconscious minds, and attain the indescribable peace and bliss of the super-conscious state?

Yogis have divided the levels of the mind into five layers, or kosas between the body and mind. In each layer there is a more joyful and expanded awareness; the higher layers contain vast reservoirs of energy and knowledge.

The goal of yoga and of life itself is to elevate the mind through these five layers until one achieves, or becomes aware of, the infinite, blissful Self within.

To begin to reach this state of consciousness, one must use the physical body and practice yoga positions.

Beyond all the layers of each individual's mind is the realm of spirit or infinite consciousness, the pure Self within. In the state of perfect peace, beyond all conflicts and contradictions of the lower mind dissolve. When one attains this state, even for a moment, one's entire existence is flooded with inexpressible joy.

People in the Western world sometimes do not realize their innermost self. They experience only the lower two layers of the mind- the conscious and subconscious. However, some individuals penetrate through these levels and touch for a moment the subtler, all-knowing super-conscious mind. Thus, meditation begins with the subconscious mind.

Meditation is a way to know oneself, to understand the meaning of life, and to be free from the material desires of power, wealth, possessions, and fame.

Meditation benefits everyone in many ways

When most people think of yoga, they think of physical exercise, but there's another important aspect: meditation. Two types of yogasanas, or yoga positions, exist: One is good for health and the other for meditation. A number of yoga positions help increase concentration through meditation. The positions are called the rabbit, knowledge, lotus, and ideation.

Meditation has several benefits. First, meditation techniques can help people breathe more deeply, which results in more mental awareness. People have the habit of shallow breathing. By breathing deeply, one takes in oxygen, which purifies blood.

Acharya Advayananda Avadhuta (Dada) became a yoga-meditation teacher in 1984 and practiced it himself since 1972. Meditation helped him with his classes to develop focus and memory. He reduced his sleeping hours from eight to six hours of restful sleep. He still does meditation every day for health, calmness, peace, and a better memory.
"I get good health, peaceful mind, and cosmic love through meditation," Dada said. "I get good physical and mental energy by deep relaxation breath techniques. I had recurring illness of fever for six months. Vegetarian diet, yoga positions, deep relaxation techniques, and meditation cured my fever, reduced stress and fear of failing my exams."

Second, meditation can help students achieve more effective study. In the classroom, sometimes a student's body is there but his mind isn't. Or, a student gets tired after studying too much. This effects a student's ability to study and his grade.

Susan Bhattarai, a nepalese nursing student at El Centro College has been meditating for the last three years. Meditation improved his Grade Point Average (GPA) from 2.00 to 3.65. He recommends that everyone participate in meditation to create positive energy.

Yoga promotes a healthy mind and body

Someone once said, "Health is wealth," which implies that if one has good health, one has a lot.

Yoga features more than 50,000 positions, but one needs only a few to achieve lasting health benefits.

The word yoga, a Sanskrit word, means to unite. It's the blending of body, mind, and spirit.

Yoga originated thousands of years ago. Over the years, many types of yoga were developed by different Yoga Gurus, or masters. Bikram yoga, Ayangar yoga, Raja yoga, Hatha yoga and Astanga yoga are some of those types.

Hatha yoga is the most popular in the United States and the Western world. All yogasanas (positions) are called Hatha yoga.

The Hatha yoga positions purify one's body. Raja yoga is geared more for purification of mind through meditation. Astanga yoga deals with both body and mind.

Several kinds of yogasanas are given names, such as lotus, snake, locust, and peacock postures, according to forms of flowers, animals and birds.

In order to perform them perfectly, one needs the guidance of competent teachers to avoid injury. After learning yoga positions, one can practice them individually at home.

Yoga has many benefits. According to yoga masters, regular practice can help a person balance the glandular secretion of hormones which can cure different diseases and emotional problems. Yoga can also make the bones and muscles stronger. One becomes physically relaxed, mentally stronger, and full of vigor by practicing yoga regularly.

Jay Wooldridge, Richland Yoga Club co-advisor, started taking yoga classes at Richland in April 2006. He uses a head-to-knee yoga position to prevent problems with knees and the plough position to prevent back pain when he planted trees and gardened.

"Yoga increased my body flexibility, released mental stress, and helped me for problem solving," Wooldridge said. "It helped me to cure back pain. I can sleep better after practicing yoga."

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Mysticism and Yoga

Mysticism and Yoga
14 September 1979, Istanbul

When the aesthetic sense, based on the subtle aesthetic science, comes to touch a certain standard, it is what is called mysticism. And when this mysticism reaches the pinnacle of human glory, or the excellence of human glory, it is called spirituality. What is mysticism? Mysticism is the never-ending endeavour to find out the link between the finite and the infinite. It is a never-ending endeavour to find out a link between the self and the Super-Self, khud and Khudá. This is mysticism.

It is one of the human wonts that human beings are never satisfied with something finite. They are never satisfied with something limited. In Sanskrit it is said, Nalpe sukhamasti bhunaeva sukhamasti ["Human thirst cannot be satisfied with something limited, human hunger cannot be satisfied by something finite"].

That is, in the quest for the Infinite, human beings first come in contact with aesthetic science. Aesthetic science does not always mean to get something pleasant; it may mean to get something troublesome, something embarrassing – it may or may not be something pleasant. Aesthetic science is that which one can express in a subtler way, from subtle to subtle, and when it reaches the subtlest point, that point is the pinnacle of human glory. Now, it is the duty of artists to express their work in a nice way, in a lucid way, and place it before the world. Not everyone can do this. But enjoying something with aesthetic taste or aesthetic charm is within the capacity of each and every human being.

What Is Yoga?

What Is Yoga?

12 September 1979, Haifa

Yoga has become a very popular word throughout the world. We should know what Yoga is or rather, what the spirit of Yoga is. Human existence or human expressions are trifarious. Human beings have got a physical body and they have got physical problems, and they have to be solved. Secondly, human beings have got an intellectual structure, a mind, a psychic body, and all their psychic problems must be solved. There are so many knotty and complicated psychic problems, and when those psychic problems are not solved properly, people may become insane. There is a constant rise in cases of insanity throughout the world. This shows that the human problems, the psychic problems of human beings are not being properly solved. And, there is the spiritual body of human beings, their spiritual life. The culminating point of all spiritual progress is Parama Puruśa, the Supreme Entity, the Supreme Cosmological Lord.

Now, what is Yoga? We must have Yoga in all the three strata of life. If there is Yoga only in the spiritual stratum and there is no Yoga in the psychic and physical strata, what will happen? The very existence of human beings will become unbalanced, human equipoise will be lost. So we must have Yoga, or rather Yoga-oriented movement, in each and every sphere of life.

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