Surya Namaskara Mantras

Surya Namaskara mantras are chanted audibly or mentally while performing the Sun Salutation. Surya Namaskara or the Sun Salutation is a series of 12 poses performed in sequential order. Surya Namaskara is a complete yogic package for the body, breath, mind and the spirit.

The Guru Disciple Tradition

        Role of the Guru in spiritual life is indisputable. The spiritual path is an esoteric path. Everything cannot be learned from scriptures and talks. Even if we understand a subject intellectually, it is not easy to put it to practice. One needs to undergo an inner shift to grasp the subtle truths about life and the creation. An external agent is required to help us through this change, which can be painful at times. When a larva wants to become a beautiful butterfly, it has to undergo various stages of transformation. That is a challenge. When we are ready for this challenge, the role of the Guru begins.

Shatkarma – Purification Techniques in Hatha Yoga

The Shatkarma or the six purification techniques in Hatha Yoga are designed to make the body strong and healthy. ‘Shat’ means six and ‘Karma’ here means a method or technique. Shatkarmas are considered preparatory steps towards higher practices of pranayama and meditation.

Sheetkrama Kapalbhati

Sheetkrama Kapalbhati is one of the variations of Kapalbhati or the skull shining breathing technique. It is mentioned in the yogic text Gheranda Samhita. In Sheetkrama Kapalbhati, water is sucked in through the mouth and expelled through the nose.It is an excellent way to remove mucous from the nasal cavity, throat and the pharynx.

Anjaneyasana – Low Lunge Pose

Anjaneyasana or the Low Lunge Pose energises the body and strengthens the muscles of the legs, waist, shoulders and chest. Anajaneya is the name of Hanuman whose valour and exploits are well known in the epic Ramayana.

Vyutkrama Kapalbhati

Vyutkrama Kapalbhati is one of the variations of Kapalbhati or the skull shining breathing technique. It is mentioned in the yogic text Gheranda Samhita. In Vyutkrama Kapalbhati, water is sucked in through the nose and expelled through the mouth.

Pranayama – Yogic Breath Control

Pranayama is the yogic science of breath control. Yoga teaches that breathing can be regulated and controlled for various health and spiritual benefits.

Tiryaka Tadasana – Swaying Palm Tree Pose

Tiryaka Tadasana or the swaying Palm Tree Pose is a variation of Tadasana. In Sanskrit Tiryak means slanted or oblique and Tadasana is the Palm tree pose. Triyaka Tadasana is a good stretching pose which is beneficial for reducing fat around the waist and for stimulating bowel movements.

Tiryaka Bhujangasana – Twisting Cobra Pose

Tiryaka Bhujangasana or twisting Cobra Pose is good for correcting postural defects of the upper spine. In Sanskrit, Tiryak means oblique, slant or transverse and in this case is translated as Twisting. Bhujanga means Cobra or a serpent and Asana means a pose. Tiryaka Bhujangasana is good for the flexibility of the spine and strengthens the arms and shoulders.

Tribute to the Ancient Yogi Shiva

Prayer to Adi Yogi, Lord Shiva

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat

This is the Mrityunjaya mantra of Lord Shiva which translates as:

“OM, We worship the three-eyed Lord Shiva, who is the fragrance of Life and nourishes our health. O Lord, just as a cucumber when ripe is freed from the vine, release us from attachment and death; and grant us the nectar of immortality.”