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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."


"Samyogo yoga Ityukto Jiiva'tma Parma'tmanah." -Yoga means unification of mind, body and soul.

"Yoga - a way of life", a free workshop at Funasia by Ananda Marga Yoga Society

  • When: Sat, Dec. 13, 2008 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Where: Funasia, 1210 E. Beltline Rd. Richardson, TX 75081

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    Highlights of the events:

    • Renowned economist Dr. Ravi Batra on Mystics of Yoga in his life (writer of five best selling books & predicting present economic crisis).
    • Workshop on Yoga and meditation by Aca'rya Shubhacetana'nanda Avadhuta and Aca'rya Advaya'nanda Avadhuta (monks practicing and teaching yoga for the past 25 years)
    • Songs of new dawn, chanting, meditation & relaxation

    Detailed Schedule

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.


In our world today, especially living busy hectic stressed-out daily existences in urban/city life, we often feel the great need for Peace, Serenity and a deeper sense of Connectedness both to other people as well as to our Inner Selves and to a Higher Reality.
Thus, towards this goal, the ancient practice of Meditation/Yoga, adjusted for modern living, helps greatly.
One finds that it is quite difficult to make good progress in this practice without proper guidance.
Therefore it is helpful to have the expert guidance of trained teachers as well as the company of others sincerely practising the same.

Rajadhiraja Yoga

Yoga as we know today was developed as a part of Tantrik Civilization, which existed in India and all parts of the world more than 10,000 years ago.
Long after around the 3rd century BC (2,300 years ago) a great sage named Patanjali (who was born at Patun in Burdwan district, Bengal, India) composed his celebrate yoga sutras or aphorisms of yoga. The sutras codify the first definitive, unified and comprehensive system of Yoga. Though knowledge of yoga already existed for thousands of years before him, he is considered to be the first author who truly put the different aspects in order and systematized it theoretically.
Astavakra Muni from Vakreshwar, Bengal taught Rajadhiraja Yoga, which is the practical yogic method to his follower Alarka over 2,000 years ago.

Rajadhiraja has eight steps to perfection. As yoga means union, the objective of yoga is union of body, mind and spirit. Yoga is understood as some form of physical exercise good for the body. But it’s a complete purification for our mental and physical existence. To have a good mind we need a good body. So asanas (body postures) take an important role. Asanas are innumerable-at least thousands. Neither can people find all nor is it possible to do those asanas in one life time. Hence those asanas which are good for both mind and body or which are the most beneficial for curing many common diseases are taught in Rajadhiraja Yoga. Other than Asanas- Body Postures other seven steps are

  • Yama - Principles of morality
  • Niyama - Principles of morality
  • Pranayama - Breath Control
  • Pratyahara - Withdrawal of mind
  • Dharana - Concentration
  • Dhyana - Meditation and
  • Samadhi - Suspension of mind in the goal

Acharyas (trained spiritual teachers) teach practically to do all the 8 steps to the perfection.


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