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5 Yoga Revelations from the Heart of India

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I had the good fortune to recently spend a month in the chaos and grace that is India.

We took a group of yogis on a Hanuman Adventure to Rishikesh, where we immersed in the wisdom of the land and sat with many master teachers, including Anand Mehrotra, founder of Sattva Yoga Academy.

As we journeyed to temples, meditated in caves, dipped in the Ganga, and absorbed the rich wisdom teachings, I felt an extraordinary shift in my consciousness begin to occur. The big transformation happened on the banks of the holy river. Here are some of my insights:
1 – Grace is always available.

Beneath the surface of the fluctuating mind is a constant, ever-present ocean of grace. When you stay on the surface, you only experience the chaos. You get easily agitated by the commotion, the honk of horns, the cow pooh in your path. You resist and fear the unknown, wanting to control what is happening around you. You suffer.

In every moment, no matter what is happening on the surface, you can inquire deeper. Simply drop into your breath. Notice the beauty in the reflection on the water and in the eyes of those you see. Settle into the rhythm of your heart and soften into the flow of being. Experience the miracle of life happening in each moment. Here… Grace is here.

Grace is always available. Our task is simply to make ourselves available to Grace.

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2 – Trust the natural flow.

Nature is ultra intelligent. Not only are the rivers and mountains and birds and bacteria a part of this natural intelligence, but so are you and I. The life thriving on this planet is a miracle of natural intelligence happening every single moment.

Nature’s got this.

You or I attempting to assert our “will” upon her is silly…futile. A much better choice is to harmonize with her divine flow. Don’t force yourself against the current. Surrender into the natural intelligence guiding you. Don’t try to control it, or mold it to the desire of your ego-personality. Get silent. Listen from deep within the silence. Be patient. Wait for it. When the knowing comes, trust and flow.
3 – Over-efforting is way over-rated.

In our culture, over-efforting is a way of life. Everyone is constantly trying to make something of themselves to avoid being a “nobody”. Being way too busy is normal and the status quo is constantly feeling “not enough”.

Whoa, nelly. Who agreed to that one?

Instead of encouraging us to be “somebody”, the essence of yoga really teaches us to let go into nobody — to merge our isolated, individual ego-personalities into union with pure consciousness. We understand that we are all sparks of the same brilliant light. We are all meant to shine, just as we are. We are born into this life innately enough. The journey is to remember that.

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4 – It is all one big, happy paradox.

There is one, infinite and indivisible, AND there are many. They are both true. You are spirit AND you are human. They are both true. This universe is infinite and limitless AND from the perspective of the human nervous system, time is limited. They are both true.

We can embody and experience our infinite, divine nature AND live an ordinary human life, taking care of the kids and washing the dishes.

It is not one or the other. It is both and.

Open your mind to the understanding that paradox is the nature of life. Release the rigidity of “right” and “wrong”. Get curious about what you think you know. Open yourself to all possibilities.
5 – The mind will never go away.

Even if you achieve “expert meditator status” you will still have thoughts. You will still experience the monkey mind. Fears will come and go. You will sometimes feel irritated.

Something Anand Mehrotra said resonates so deeply for me: “Enlightenment is not the end, it is the beginning of life.”

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You simply awaken to the paradox. You understand that the monkey mind is not everything. You get better at letting the thoughts pass right on through without sticking. When the ego rears its fantastical head, you ignore it and look towards grace.

As I integrate back into the rhythm of life here in Colorado, preparing for our annual yogi reUnion at Hanuman Festival this June and the launch of our new online Hanuman Academy, the course with Anand Mehrotra, I am so grateful for these revelations. Yoga is an ever-expanding journey. No matter if you are new to yoga or have practiced for decades, there is always something to understand and embody at a deeper level.

This June 15-18, 2017 in Boulder, CO we gather for Hanuman Festival, our conscious and heartfelt national gathering, to study with master teachers and grow in powerful ways. Featuring Seane Corn, Rod Stryker, Amy Ippoliti, Sianna Sharman and so many others. Experience the power of nourishing community to uplift and inspire your highest potential and wellbeing.

And next March I will be back in Rishikesh for another epic Hanuman Adventure, and until then and forever more I choose to live yoga each and every moment, on and off the mat. Jai Hanuman!

 

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Yoga Can Make Everything You Do In the Gym and Much More

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Yoga is more effective. It has a lot of benefits over the exercises like one benefit is injury prevention. A gym session can make you tired and hungry and a yoga session revitalizes you and helps in improve digestion. The yoga has not just physically benefits but mentally, intellectually and spiritually benefits also. It has a slow impact on the body and increases the flexibility, tone, and strength. With yoga, you do not need to any equipment, just some space to practice yoga asanas.

Gym needs equipment and you cannot do it at home. Everyone can not afford a gym at home and it could be far from your home and you might end up using precious time reaching your gym. A gym session may increase your hunger and overeating. Gym workouts mostly have only physical benefits and rarely offer mental benefits. It acts on the physical appearance and tone the muscles. Most of the exercises seem to put the body to rigorous work, help to burn out some calories and increase your flexibility. It helps keep muscles fit and resistant to stress-related issues. It enhances the circulation and exclusion of toxins. It burns unnecessary calories and consumes more food.

Yoga can make these all things with more benefits. Yoga is developed to stay in deep meditation for a long time sitting at the one place by the ancient Hindu Indian saints. They use yoga to keep their body and mind fit for enlightenment and spiritual lifestyle. Yoga makes you active for the whole day and Improves blood circulation and removes toxins. It keeps you stress-free and improves your peace of mind. It controls many diseases and disorders and easy to do at home without going to any workout place. It helps in bowel movement and relieves constipation. The main aim of yoga to keep the body fit with the fit mind. Through yoga, you can regulate the mind with burns out the calories and regularize the blood flow and stabilize the thought flow in the mind. You can overcome mental stress and attain inherent peace with yoga.

There are many reasons where yoga beats the gym. Both yoga and gym have its plusses and minuses. Yoga is good for all and gives you benefits of exercises and more.

Mobility and Flexibility- Yoga is a fun way to improve your mobility and flexibility. Surya Namaskars yoga asana is the best way to improve your mobility and flexibility. Mobility is a daily requirement and leads with nutritive and lubricities to wash each joint while flexibility is the range of motion about the joint. Improving mobility and flexibility will benefiting your lifts and increase your movement efficiency.

Bodyweight Strength- Yoga improves the bodyweight strength. Yoga has the ability to makes you in the position where you might not otherwise make yourself in at the gym. Yoga is a style of bodyweight training and you can practice it regularly. In bodyweight training, your muscles adapt to the resistance and get stronger.

Noncompetitive Environment- Yoga is a non-competitive environment and you don’t need to compare yourself to the person on the mat next to you. Yoga can bring you back to your center for your hunger for big lifts.

Breath Control- Pranayama is the yogic science of the breath control and yoga has a significant emphasis on the breath control. Yoga keeps you aware of your breathing during your training sessions.

By- Sattva Yoga Academy – Yoga School India

Answers of Commonly Asked Questions About Spirituality

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Spirituality is a broad concept and it includes all prospective of human being. It connects you to something bigger than yourself. There many questions about spirituality arise in the human mind. Here are the answers of some commonly asked questions about meditation.

*What are the spiritual beliefs and spiritual values?

A specific set of organized beliefs and practices that shared by a group of people is religion. A practice has to do with the sense of peace and purpose and relates to a process of developing beliefs around the meaning of life is spirituality. Spirituality also includes a sense of connection to something higher (God, Nature) than ourselves. It may be different to everyone. For some, it is about going to church, temple, mosque and synagogue. For some, it is about to get in touch with their spiritual side by yoga, meditation, private prayer, long walks and so on.

The spiritual values like the values of peace, love, non-violence, truth and righteousness are the fundamental roots of a vibrant, healthy and viable work career. These spiritual values are also human values and are inherent in our spiritual nature.

*What is spiritual health or what does it mean to be spiritually healthy?

When you have forgiveness, love, compassion, altruism, fulfillment and joy in life, it defines your spiritual health. Your human values, morals, religious faiths and principles define your spirituality.

*What is the spiritual development or Spiritual growth?

It is a process of becoming more conscious and improves our inner awareness by shedding our wrong and unreal thoughts and beliefs. This improves your inner strength and uncovers your inner spirit.

* What is spirituality?

Although it is a broad question to answer, what is spirituality? It is a religious process of re-formation of human being to the original shape of man. It is a process of improvement of sense of connection to God or Nature and typically involves a search for meaning in life.

Yoga and meditation are the ways to be spiritual and improve your spirituality. You can join a yoga school to improve your spirituality and take your yoga meditation to a deeper level. You can deeper your yoga practice by joining yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India.

Yoga Poses That Can Alleviate Your Back Pain Easily

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline. It improves not only physical health but mental and spiritual health too and makes you more flexible both physically and mentally. In Yoga and meditation, the body, breath and mind are seen as a union of these multi-dimensional aspects of every human being. It has become very popular in the West. The main aim of yoga to keep body and mind fit and it does more than burn calories and tone muscles. You can join yoga teacher training to get benefits of yoga under the guidence of an experts or spiritual yoga gurus.

Yoga controls many disease and disorders and have a lot of health benefits. In the Gym typically you improve your physical health. Exercises have core effects on the body parts where yoga has a control on both body and mind. Everybody knows about yoga but very few people know the traditional name of yoga is “Yog” means “to unite” or “to join together”. It unites the spirit and physical body together.

Yoga has a power to boost your immune system and prevent many diseases. It has over-all fitness health benefits. A yoga teacher training also has mentally health benefits, physically health benefits and spiritually health benefits. Some yoga poses also can be used to heal back pain. There are some yoga poses in this infographic that can alleviate your back pain.

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