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Yoga


The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root 'yuj' which means 'to join'. Yoga is the science that teaches us the method of uniting the individual soul with the Supreme Soul. Yoga is not acrobatics, magic, or torture. LYoga is a study of human body and mind, but not a religious cult.
Patanjali formulated this science into a definite system under the name of Ashtanga Yoga or Raja Yoga.

Meditation

Meditate to connect with your inner self. You can experiment With Different Types Of Meditation, as there is no one way of meditating that is right. Simple steps to getting started:
  1. Start Slowly
  2. Get Comfortable. Ideally, you sit up straight. Relax your jaw, your neck, your shoulders. Place your hands, palms up, on your knees.
  3. Breathe Deep: To begin, take a deep breath in through your nose filling up your stomach like a balloon, and then exhale out through your mouth. Repeat this few more times. This will help your body and mind relax.
  4. Focus On Your Breath: After your five initial deep breaths, continue breathing in and out through your nose. Focus on your breath as it goes in and out. If your mind wonders, that’s okay. Don’t be mean, don’t judge your thoughts, just notice them, let them go, and then bring your attention back to the rhythm of your breath going in and out.
  5. Repeat Daily: Make meditation a daily part of my life. It doesn’t matter if it’s only for 5 or 10 minutes to start with.
(Some points from: https://www.curejoy.com/expert/connietrowbridge)

Yogasanas

There are thousands of manuals on yoga, including classical traditions of yoga, particularly hatha yoga. Postures and other practices like Pranayama (breath control), and dharana is gaining popularity. There are many yogic traditions in different parts of the world under different names. Just listing few links.

seven chakras

In the philosophy of the seven chakras there are correspondences to the five elements as shared by both Hinduism and Buddhism as well as two other elements:
  1. Sahasrara (Crown): Thought/Space
  2. Ajña (Third Eye): Light/Dark
  3. Vishuddhi (Throat): Ether/Sound
  4. Anahata (Heart): Air
  5. Manipura (Navel): Fire
  6. Svadhisthana (Sacral): Water
  7. Muladhara (Root): Earth

Some of the Patanjali Concepts

Patanjali says: "Disease, dullness, doubt, carelessness, laziness, worldly-mindedness, illusion, missing the point, unstability - these are obstacles in Yoga."
  1. Yama or Eternal Vows: Ahimsa (non-violence) Satya (truth) Asteya (non-stealing) Brahmacharya (continence) and Aparigraha (non-avariciousness);
  2. Niyama or Observances: Saucha (purity) Santosha (contentment) Tapas (austerities) Svadhyaya (study) and Ishvarapranidhana (surrender to God);
  3. Asana (firm, comfortable meditative posture);
  4. Pranayama (the regulation of the Vital Force);
  5. Pratyahara (abstraction of the senses and mind from objects);
  6. Dharana (concentration);
  7. Dhyana (meditation); and
  8. Samadhi (superconscious state or trance)

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