Yoga and Human Consciousness

Human Consciousness and yoga: Balancing the interactive mind

Human Consciousness is more than just a simple awareness and intelligence. As being the subject of mystery for the study of science specially physics, psychology and parapsychology, it’s beyond the boundary of matter and its property. To understand the real nature of our consciousness is the prime goal of Yoga. The self is the limited form of identity which is known as individual ego. We have a tendency to develop false identity of ourselves based on the things that we do, behave and get the response which is always under trouble and can be manipulated with the time and situation. On the backdrop of derived sense of identity remains the deeper identity which is also called as true self. Yoga approves the idea that knowing true self is indeed the understanding of true nature of consciousness.

The wonderful sequence of yoga has subliminal interrelation with the nature of consciousness. Even though the yoga starts its practice from body, it ultimately targets to the attainment of the true nature of the self which means to say that one becomes able to understand the crux of consciousness. For complete well-being of our life, the harmony and congruence of body, mind and soul seems to be highly important in yogic perspective.

The book named Human Consciousness and Yogic Science by Dr. Kamakhya Kumar and Dr. Ajay Bhardwaj mentions in the introduction of the book regarding the types of consciousness.  It mentions that yogis and mystics have categorized consciousness into seven stage or steps. Generally human being can experience three stages; waking, sleeping and dreaming. In meditation one can experience the transcendental consciousness which is called Turiya, the fourth stage of consciousness. When the fourth state called Turiya concurs with the first three states, it becomes fifth state; expansion of I-consciousness to merge with cosmic consciousness. At the sixth state one sees God in everything and everything which is called God-consciousness. The seventh one is the state where exists the coherence inside and outside in the form of unity consciousness.

The book also pens the view on consciousness which is apprehended as non-physical unit which differs the four basic fundamentals of orthodox science; space, time, energy and matter. It is existed with self-sufficient entity of creation.

The Relation between Yoga and Human Consciousness

Yoga is a union, the union in many ways. Borrowing the words of Sadhguru, yoga has been strived to comprehend comprehensive manner. The level of union varies as per one’s need and aspiration. When one tries to find the union in basic level, it is the matter of sexuality. When the same union is targeted in emotional expression, it becomes the matter of love. When it strives to adjoin with mental expression, it becomes the part of ambition, conquest and greed. At the state of conscious level, it is yoga.

Sadhguru says in his speech on yoga and human consciousness, “Consciousness is there all the time. If it was not, you would not be able to convert your breath and your food into life. You are alive – that means you are conscious. But so far, you only have minimal access. As your access improves, your sense of boundary expands. If you become identified with consciousness, you will experience everyone as yourself. This is what yoga means.” The function of consciousness is to bring awareness in a person. Consciousness is always existed there. Only we need to know is to expand ourselves to find that consciousness. He further beautifies the relation between yoga and human consciousness in delightful and adorable lines, “Expanding the sensory boundaries in such a way that if you sit here, the entire universe is a part of yourself – this is yoga; this is raising consciousness.” At the time one becomes able to identify with anything, it increases the state of consciousness which indeed is yoga; the state of union. In this sense, the broader the consciousness becomes the greater and deeper the realization on yoga occurs.

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati  speaks on Yoga and Expansion of Consciousness  that consciousness and energy both are existed in human beings. He mentions the example of a lame person and blind person. He compares lame person with energy and the blind person with consciousness. Without the support of the consciousness energy can do nothing and vice versa. In spite of having dynamic quality, energy can’t move without the cognition, awareness and consciousness. Similarly, consciousness can’t move without the support of the energy even though it has the ability to see. Both are reciprocal and complementary for each other. He further states that prana is cosmic energy and consciousness is evolving energy. Swamji explains the mind as extension of cosmic consciousness. Everything is experienced by the mind either it is happiness, joy, sorrow, philosophy or ideas. The desires, dream and destination are set by the mind and body becomes the medium to work on them while applying the senses as tools to achieve the goals. The understanding of mind as the expansion of cosmic consciousness is the fundamental understanding of yoga.

The subject of yoga combines body, mind and soul to create the balance in all these aspects. Starting from the practice of physical postures and its practice for the well-being of physical body, yoga tends to maintain the balance in mental level. When the talks of mind comes, it has been divided into three types; tamasic, rajasic and sattwic. In the analysis of Swami Niranjanananda, Tamasic is referred as conditioned mind, rajasic is related to aggressive mind, and the sattwic is concerned to balanced mind. The real goal of yoga has been perceived as balancing the mind. The ability to observe the situation of external world and internal thoughts is the condition of balanced mind. Balancing the interactive mind, one is led to the state of consciousness.

Different level of understanding or consciousness is perceived according to the different level of understanding in mind. There is no such thing as conscious, unconscious and subconscious according to Swami Niranjanananda but only the different level of awareness takes the understanding in different level. He says, “as long as there is awareness, we are able to perceive ourselves and the world, but without awareness we continue to exist without that knowledge.” Therefore, the consciousness is taking one to the state of deeper awareness. He further expounds that the stronger the light of awareness becomes, the more the darkness decreases. That is the goal to be experienced in the field of yoga. As the meditation practice dips deeper one starts to realize the causes of many things. There are many thing which are just experienced in our life, but the real root cause of the problem has not been identified. The awareness is the key which leads one to know the real cause either internal or external.

Yoga Therapy for Knee Pain

Knee Pain / injury & its Yoga Therapy which can heal & cure your knee

Knee pain is a common problem with many causes, from acute injuries to complications of medical conditions. The knee is the meeting point of three bones; shinbone which is called tibia, thighbone which is called femur and the kneecap (patella). In this junction of the knee remains the meniscus situated between the shin bones and thigh bones. The ligaments both cruciate and collaterals while the former crisscross through the kneecaps whereas the later run alongside the outside of the kneecap. The knee is perceived as the most fragile part of the body. The physical mechanism of the knee is very sensitive compared to many other part of the body. It is believed that the mechanism of the knee is not considered as the greatest part of the body.

While practicing yoga, one of the most frequently used parts of the body while performing many physical postures. In spite of the delicate structural formation, it has to be used for yoga practice. Therefore, yoga has been both cause and cure for pain since it has taken the time and lifestyle of many people all around the world. The practice of yoga can be applied for healing the knee pain or knee injury and get relief of many knee pain. Yoga is the best antidote for curing the knee pain and problem. Especially to recover damaged ligaments, yoga has been the boon for human kind. With millions of research and therapeutic experience, the practice of yoga as a therapy has found its ultra and zenith of its reputation and recognition in the indispensable aspect of life called health and wellness. Particularly, the present era of 21st century has been the most powerful industry of wellness and health. In the contemporary era, people seem to be investing their majority of income for wellness and health besides their basic needs. In this context, yoga, in addition to its vedic heritage and eternal connection to spirituality, also has been part and portion of the daily life adjacent with health, fitness and wellness.

Every subject has its drawbacks and distinctions. The consequences of yoga asana practice has also not been aliened from this flaw. Indeed, the subject itself is not the cause of this rather the newly developed style and practice systems have been the cause of many issues and disorders in the different parts of the body. Among many parts of the body, knee has experienced comparatively large amount of difficulty and pain by the practice of yoga. It not only happens because of yoga but also because of many other physical works that we perform. Despite of its cause of pain and injury, yoga always firmly supports and cures the knee pain. By performing certain asanas and following yogic therapy in specific and prescribed manner, the knee pain and injury can be cured and eliminated.

Cause of Knee Injury or knee pain

The main cause of knee injury is related to quadriceps. Quadriceps muscles merge into a single quadriceps tendon just above the knee cap. The tendon attaches and surrounds the knee cap. It goes down below the knee caps which is called patellar ligament. The patellar ligament attaches to the tibia.

Likewise, knee pain may occur due to mild to severe injury to the ligaments, connective tissues, joint cavity, muscles, and knee capsules. Knee join actually is taken as a prone to injury area of the body. Osteoarthritis is found to be major cause of knee pain by many medical studies and surveys.

The most prone to knee pain are recorded to be the people with dynamic or mobile work and action such as runners, sports personnel, body builders and athletes. The most recent list high at risk of knee pain has been joined by the yoga asana practitioners.  By the intensive mobility they have to undergo in the practice and play, they are at high risk of fractures, ligamentous tear and muscular sprain. A person excluding aforementioned categories can also be suffering from knee pain. People who use certain drugs which cause demineralization or inflammation. Furthermore, physiological age also create the risk of knee pain. In addition to these things, menopause and obesity can be the cause of knee pain.

Ways to protect the knee from knee pain

To make the knee stronger and resilient it from injury and weakness, the innermost quadriceps is considered as the most important limb to make the knee healthy. When vastus medialis is used properly, it has greater effect on firming the knee. Therefore, the strengthening exercise to vastus medialis has to be practiced regularly for knee strength. Another important thing to follow is not to make hyperextension of the knee. The practice of asana where knee is bent like Virabhadrasana and standing postures can be applied for the strength of the knee.

Before practicing asanas demanding the stretch of knee, it is always important to stretch the hips first. The stretch and warming up of big joints is necessary to prevent the pressure and exertion on the smaller joints. In this regard, before going to the Padmasana, it is always important to perform some hip stretching asansa like Baddha Konasana and Gomukhasana.

Also the use of props are found to be very beneficial for preventing the knee pain as it helps to apply less stretch and stress in the parts of the body. Therefore, the idea of being prop-friendly also can be a vital practice for knee pain prevention. While performing the poses like Virasana and Trianga Mukhaikpada Paschimottansana, it is recommended to apply the props underneath the buttocks so that knee doesn’t bear much pressure. The soft cloths or towels can be used as a prop underneath the buttocks.  In the name of getting more stretch, it is never advisable to make hyper extension. Yes, it comes with the time and may take few more times but in hurry there is no chance of preparing curry. Everything needs time. Don’t be in haste to overstretch your muscles to save your physical body.

The proper feet alignment and strengthening of the leg muscles requires for the stronger and safer knee. It is highly imperative to maintain the knee alignment as well. The alignment of the knee helps to save the knee pain . Especially while performing the Virabhadrasana and Parsvakonasana. The placement of knee in the second big toe is preferred while performing these poses for safer and healthier knee. Also the balancing posture are perceived as the good asanas to be practiced for strengthening the knees as these postures support to create the balance by empowering both the muscles.

Asanas

Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose)

Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

Sukhasana (Easy Pose)

Utthitha Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Big Toe Pose)

Utthitha Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)

Utthitha Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)

Malasana (Garland Pose)

Ardha Bhekasana (Half Frog Pose)

Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)

Virasana (Hero Pose)

Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose)

Krounchasana (Heron Pose)

Simhasana (Lion Pose)

Natarajasana (Lord of Dance Pose)

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

Tadasana (Moutain Pose)

Pasasana (Noose Pose)

Ekapada Rajakapotasana (One-legged King Pigeon’s Pose)

Vinyasa Yoga Flow

What is  Vinyasa Yoga Flow?

Vinyasa Yoga Flow is derived from Hatha Yoga. In spite of many similarities and being the style originated from Hatha Yoga, it differentiates in many ways as it follows faster pace and asanas are connected in a sequence and series of movements with synchronized breaths. It focuses more on breath and transition that is made in every in and out of the postures. Instead of relaxing and loosening the body as like traditional Hatha Yoga style, it instead incorporates the way of flow (Vinyasa yoga flow)and continuity of the asana practice.

The Sanskrit word ‘vinyasa’ means ‘variation within parameters’ or ‘transition between two movements’ which expands the place and platform for different asanas with varieties of taste and toasts to bite! However, the vinyasa style of yoga can be more fun and interesting for the practitioners who have been following yoga for some times. It may not be suitable practice for newbie who rather prefer gentler form of yoga. Again, there is always chance and offer of accepting the challenge of vinyasa in spite of being a newcomer in the field of yoga.

It’s dynamic form of yoga which are performed in a flow with the combination of breath, movement and gesture of the body.  In the contemporary society, it has been one of the most influential style of yoga as it strings asanas in a sequence with flow which has somehow oppose the long-standing traditional procedure of hatha yoga which demands relaxation in between every posture. To make the area broader, it also can combine some other popular style such as Ashtanga Vinyasa and Power Yoga with its practice.

Generally vinyasa is understood as the transitional poses like chaturanga dandasana, upward facing dog, downward facing dog performed in between every poses. As a yoga practitioner who loves to practice different asana every day, the vinyasa yoga flow can be the best way to heal and help one boom and boast in the practice of yoga.

There may be various way of conducting the vinyasa yoga flow. Nevertheless, the indispensable factor of this style of yoga is sun salutation with movement of breathing and body. Indeed, vinyasa style comprises advanced asanas and wonderful alignment. On the basis of schooling and style of yoga teacher has learned, he or she tries to run the class; some starts with sitting postures and some stretching whereas other may begin with standing postures. Above all, all these varieties come under the same umbrella because they contains the vinyasa.

What appeals one for Vinyasa Yoga Flow?

 With the significance of yoga heightens day by day, the style of practice have comprehensively been taken into consideration and application. Among these newly developed and highly sought-after style of yoga is Vinyasa Yoga Flow. Since it has been able to comprise different styles altogether still remaining in its principle, the synchronization of breathe with the physical movement, it has found its place in majority of yogis mat in the world. They have adored the style enthusiastically performing it on the daily life. The question arises what may have been the cause that it has been such a popular style of yoga in the current scenario especially in the Western countries. The curiosity or query may be revealed in following passages!

As it moves from one asana to another in a continual manner which helps to increase the cardiovascular benefits. In addition to releasing the accumulated tension and toxin of the body, it has high effect on building the strength, increasing flexibility and reducing the stress level.

It can be regarded as benefits or weakness that it has no such hard and fast sequence to follow which allows one to go with different yoga asanas maintaining the pace sometimes faster and sometimes slower. Because of its broad area of choice and flow of your own idea, it can be both challenging and interesting style of practice as it doesn’t confine in strict boundary of certain sequence. As a matter of fact, this can be the best yoga style who find difficulty sticking in one specific sequence every day.

Yoga For Pyorrhea Alveolaris

Yoga For Pyorrhea Alveolaris

In this article we are going to explain about Yoga for Pyorrhea Alveolaris. Pyorrhea Alveolaris is a chronic form of periodontitis. Periodontitis in an inflammation in the tissues of the teeth. It occurs because of grow of the germ on the exterior level of the teeth.  It may create the situation of loosening of alveolar bone leading to the exacerbated condition of ensuing loss of the teeth.

How does Pyorrhea alveolar occur?

The solid things that is masticated or chewed in the mouth remains in the mouth in the form of small particles. These small particles enter between the teeth in crack or gap of the gums. These tiny bits start to rot and emit the foul breath. These toxic products enter the blood and cause pyorrhea alveolaris leading to the extraction of the teeth.

There is a chance of formation of pus in the gums.  When gums get defected, it leads to the disorders of digestion.

Regulation for better teeth

Two times in a day, we can brush the teeth.  Immediately after getting up and just before going to bed one should clean one’s teeth.

Organic tooth powder can be applied for brushing the teeth. All sides of the teeth should be cleansed while brushing. After brushing, use the index fingers and thumbs to press the gums. You can bear pain, if it is existed in the teeth. You can also use the three fingers to clean tongue. In the case of tartar in your teeth, the visit to dentist for scaling is advised.

Even indigestion and constipation also exacerbate the condition of pyorrhea.

Dietetic Regulation  for Pyorrhea Alveolaris

Pungent foods, chocolate, sweets, pudding of flour, mustard, coffee, tea, ice, cold foods, meat are advised to be avoided. When one is having fever, one should not take milk and fruit juice.  Otherwise, milk and fruit juice can be consumed along with green leafy vegetables, cod-liver oil. Also, chapattis and vegetables are good for the teeth. However, pudding of flour with bran extracted, white sugar, chocolate, polished rice cause the damage to the teeth.

Yoga for Pyorrhea Alveolaris

Sarvangasana can be practiced twice a day which helps to get rid of the poison of pyorrhea.  It can be practiced for 20 minutes.  Matsyasana also can be practiced. For the sake of constipation and indigestion Shalabhasana; Uddiyaana and Nauli may be practiced. Nadi Shodana is advised to practice six times a day which results to be the boon for the blood purification.

It’s always important to maintain the strength and durability of the teeth as there is connection between problematic teeth and several systemic disease. The decay, the formation of the pus in the gum, cavitation of the teeth can cause several disease.

Vitamin A, C & D and calcium are regarded as nutrients very important for the teeth. Also a glass of orange juice and milk is decent intake for the nourishment of the teeth. other practice of yoga for Pyorrhea Alveolaris are:

  1. Shalabhasana
  2. Dhanurasana
  3. Paschimottanasana
  4. Sarvangasana
  5. Halasana
  6. Matsyasana
  7. Shavasana
  8. Naadi Shodhan

Please, send us comment or other suggestions if you have any good solution. Hope you got  better idea on yoga for Pyorrhea Alveolaris.

Kundalini Yoga

The Sanskrit word Kundalini means ‘circular’, ‘annular’. It is also denoted as the coiled serpent which is remained in dormant form at the base of the spine. The word Shakti-chala is the combination of the word Shakti which denotes the kundalini and the chala the movement. Thus, the flow of kundalini up to the eyebrow centre is Shakti chala. Therefore, an energy needs to be straight from spiral form to get activated and circulated to the third eye from the root chakra finally reaching to the Crown centre. Even though the origin of Kundalini yoga is interconnected with the Tantra Yoga and Hatha Yoga, some yogis differentiate it from Hatha Yoga. Kundalini Yoga is regarded as the combination of Bhakti Yoga, Shakti Yoga and Raja Yoga along with Kriyas and Meditation. It focuses on all these yogas for highly influential achievement or experience of Dharma or the Life Purpose liberating oneself from the Karma, the bondage of the life.  Either Kundalini or Laya, both represents the same Yoga that is awakening the serpent energy.

Elucidating the concept and core of yoga, Laya Yoga an infallible relation to the goal of yoga. Ever effecting aura of yoga has been embraced with meaning of Laya refers to ‘dissolution’, ‘absorption’, and ‘extinction’. Based on the same principle of the absorption of the individual self to the supreme self through the process of specified yogic practices by circulating the quiescent energy to the top of the head from the base of the spine makes the Laya Yoga as one of the vital facets of Yoga.

The practice concentrates on kriyas and meditation to prepare the nervous system and balance the energy channels to make the possibility of the Kundalini energy to flow from the spine to the crown centre. The yoga asanas are designed to aim the activation of certain centre such as navel, crown, other chakra centres and whole spine as well as the implication of Bandhas and Pranayamas to regulate the prana, the vital force, in a systematic manner to the higher part of the body. The practice concerning on the elements of Patanjali’s Kriya Yoga such as Tapas (discipline or perseverance), Swadhyaya (spiritual study or self-study), and Ishwarpranidhan (Devotion to the God) are also practiced in Kundalini Yoga.

As a process of awakening the dormant energy, Kundalini Yoga has an undeviating relation and stimulus with the philosophical aspect of Shaktism and Tantric school of Yoga which incorporates the practice of yoga asana, pranayama, bandhas and meditation. In this sense, Hatha Yoga has greater influence on Kundalini Yoga in that later comprises the ingredient of former in its practice and procedure to activate the latent energy supposed to be stationed at the base of the spine in passive state. The Yogic scriptures of around 15th century such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Shiv Samhita have been very influential texts to enhance the significance of the Kundalini Yoga. Shiv Samhita has mentioned the implication of four yogas; Mantra, Hatha, Laya and Raja to lead oneself into the higher state of awareness and the liberating oneself from the labyrinth of duality.

Who Is Kundalini Yoga Suitable For?

Kundalini Yoga is one of the best yogic practices for the heightened and in-depth entrance into the intricacies of yoga going beyond the boundary of yoga asana. Still assembling the physical postural practice, it tends to concentrate on arising the chakra of the body working on pranic and subtle energy level. With the specific orientation to activate chakra, the postures are set. The postures are performed to effect the energy of certain chakra in combination of pranayama, bandhas and meditation with visualization. It can be the best choice for the seekers who have better interest and inclination towards Chakra activation and its’ relations to the awakening of Kundaini Shakti. Kundalin Yoga can be fascinating and integral style for the spiritual practitioners who are inspired and dedicated to cleanse the energy channel and making the physical body as the bridge to reach to the state of liberation through its yogic association. In General, Kundalini Yoga class is begun with mantra chanting, spinal stretching and flexibility followed by particular asanas for chakras leading to the meditation and ending of the class with closing songs or mantras.  Even though Kundalini Yoga has its perennial history and link to the ancient yogic practice as guru-discipline tradition, it has been practiced in different style and in many schools. As long as the zest of Kundalini Yoga i.e. activating the kundalini energy, is placed on high and intact, the style or pattern would not be discarded as not being a Kundalini Yoga. The Yoga which basically focuses on stimulating the energy centre and awakening the Kundalini energy by its proper practice that is Kundalini Yoga in broader sense.  For realizing the divine destiny of Kundalini Yoga, numerous schools of yoga have been running having carried slightly different philosophies but not forgetting the crux and fundamental aspects of Kundalini Yoga.

 In the modern time Yogi Bhajan has been perceived as the pioneer yogi who started Kundalini Yoga in 1969 in the west beguiling the principle of Healthy, Happy and Holy or 3HO by setting up an organization named Healthy Happy and Holy Organization. Nevertheless, it is still the exotic and esoteric practice in Nepal and India revealed only to the disciples in a very specific and systematic way who are in strict and intensive Sadhana in the discipleship of a guru for few years at least.