Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Is this a Fact ? Obviously, it's not. But it can seen as one of the eternal desire of mankind to reach the Supreme Soul.
There are many rituals in Hinduism which involve a Cow. The one where a person wants to cross the mythical river Vaitarani with the help of a cow, involves the person walking in the ritual, with the tail of the cow in his hand.
I've a cow in my home as well. We lovingly call it Radha. Radha means Prosperous. And it is also believed that a House with a Cow is Prosperous . In contentment, resources, materialism and spirituality.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Namaskar -- a traditional Indian greeting or gesture of respect, made by bringing the palms together before the face or chest and bowing, has become a global greeting now. More than Hinduism, it's the Buddhism which can be credited for its proliferation.
The great virtue of Namaskar, if done in the proper way (with a sense of surrender accompanied by humble bowing down), is that it's a total surrender of one's ego while greeting the person in front of you. If the greeting is reciprocated the same way, then it's the ultimate experience. But, even if it doesn't, still it's a greet exercise for internal cleansing. In Indian rural traditions, it's often said that namaskar is not for the person in front of you, it's actually for the Supreme Power which created us and which regulates us.
A Wisdom, often shared by Sadguru Jaggi,
whenever someone asked him the Meaning of Namaskar or Namaste. According to Sadguru, the moment you bow down with your palms together before your chest or face, you surrender the human desire to judge the person in front of you. The moment you give away any desire to judge the person, you greet him for his/her soul, which is always divine.
That's why, namaskar is a permanent Fixture at my Yoga Centre, Tapovan, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh .
|Yoga Teacher Rajendra Pandey with Student Saying Namaskar to You|
|Yoga Teacher Rajendra Pandey with Students Saying Namaskar to You|
|Yoga Teacher Rajendra Pandey and Student friend Saying Namaskar to Each Other|
|Yoga Teacher Rajendra Pandey with Student Saying Namaskar to You Again|
Monday, August 4, 2014
Yogena cittasya padena vacam
Translation : Through Yoga, serenity of mindWhen people start practicing Yoga , they have different expectations with it. Although, Yoga is a holistic science affecting Mind and Body, positively; but still one sure consequence of Yoga is Peace of Mind. And this consequence doesn't take much time to manifest itself. Within the first week of of your Yoga practice, you will feel serenity of Mind. A peace of mind which helps you see yourself and the World in a different Light.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Every Religion or Faith claims that its believers will have better quality of life. In simple, they claim that the belief itself will end the sorrows and bring happiness. Is this True?
Lets not debate this. As many Sorrows and Happiness are part of Life. And believer or not , everyone has to go through his/her share of the two.
According to ISKCon, the International Society of Krishna Consciousness : Even a believer of Krishna, will go through the same cycles of Life; that's the Cycles of Happiness and Sorrow. Thus Krishna doesn't make the Life of his believer, the bed of flowers. What the submission to Krishna, as Supreme Lord, does is: It help the believer tide over the Unhappiness , better than others. In simple the faith on God or believing in some religion or faith helps the individual to face the lows in a better way.
I think, this can be applied to any faith or religion across the planet. A recent study also proves os: Faith in God helps a person manage unhappiness in a better way.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Creation of a new life inside a mother's womb is one of the greatest miracles. Yes I know, some religious preachers have used the miracle term so many times that the analogy has its own share of jokes. Keeping all those jokes aside, the very consciousness of a living being breathing and growing inside a woman is simply amazing.
The moment a life is conceived inside a mother , her entire consciousness and focus changes. The entire attention goes to the life within. This makes the months of carrying a child , also called pregnancy or Prenatal or antenatal phase (right from fertilization to the birth), precious in a woman's life.
Pregnancy is a time of big changes in a woman. These changes take place not only on the physical level but emotional & mental level as well . Call it the great designs of the Supreme Consciousness , or God or absence of any such Entity, a woman is bestowed with or possesses great patience to endure all these difficult changes.
In all my years of Yoga teaching, I have found that Yoga or prenatal yoga helps a pregnant woman endure these difficult changes with more ease. I have found that prenatal yoga helps a pregnant woman have best possible pregnancy and delivery (parturition).
How Prenatal Yoga Helps ?The anxiety and tension can lead to various problems during pregnancy.Yoga can be very beneficial to address these issues. Prenatal Yoga helps regulate breathing. Regulation of breathing relaxes the body and various body muscles , which in turn can help adjust to the physical demands of pregnancy, labor, birth, and motherhood. With the practice of regular yoga , pregnant woman can calm down her mind and body. This means less emotional and bodily stress. When Breathing exercises and specific low stress Yoga postures are incorporated to a Prenatal Yoga plan, feel good chemicals are released in the body and a state of deep relaxation is reached. This state of relaxation not only keeps at bay the depression, so common during pregnancy, but it also helps the expectant woman get over from anxiety and fear of birth. Prenatal Yoga is actually preparing the body for the birth, while benefiting from the positives during the pregnancy as well.
Other benefit of yoga during pregnancy are increase in stamina, strengthening of the muscles of abdominal wall, peritoneum,and the lumbar spine.
Some useful Tips and precautions while practising Prenatal yoga :
- Make sure to inform your yoga teacher about your health conditions. Every pregnancy is unique, hence it's important to stick to what your Doctor has advised you. That's why it's important for your Yoga teacher t know what your Doctor has prescribed you.
- Join Yoga classes which are meant for pregnant women. Remember not all Yoga poses are not meant for expectant mothers.
- Avoid deep back bending yoga postures (spine bending backwards). It can reduce blood flow to the uterus.
- During pregnancy body produces certain hormones to accommodate the baby. Avoid poses that stretch the muscles too much, particularly the abdominals.
- Kindly listen to your body. Understanding your body limitations is important. If you feel any discomfort, stop. Even those yoga poses which are advised during pregnancy must not be done under discomfort.
In general, these poses are safe in pregnancy:
- Butterfly stretch
- Cat pose
- Cobra (in the first trimester, if you feel comfortable doing this face-down pose)
- Seated forward bend (with modifications )
- Side angle pose
- Standing forward bend (with support )
- Triangle pose (with support )