Welcome to mantra and aasana series for horoscopes. In the Olden days yoga was not just practiced by itself but it was practiced under a guru in the ancient system of Gurukul. Here the sadhak or the shishya was not just taught yoga but also Ayurveda, Vedic astrology, vastu shastra along with various other important topics which were related to the human mind, the society, country the universe and such other matters.
We wanted to share the mysticism of mantra, asana, the main element of that horoscope along with the planet having a direct impact on it and the polarity the specific horoscope bends towards…
Why should clothes have minimum of stitching ? Answer- Holes pierced during the stitching process increases the possibility of Rajas-Tamas waves entering the cloth through them. Clothes are stitched by piercing tiny holes in them along the required line and weaving a thread through them, creating the stitch. These piercings attract Raja-Tama waves from the atmosphere. Knotted clothes are free from buttons and have minimal stitching. Hence, there is less possibility of Raja-Tama waves rushing into clothes through the piercings created due to stitching.
An individual who wears an unstitched cloth receives Chaitanya and undergoes spiritual healing to a larger extent. Since every thread in an uncut cloth remains intact, it is able to spread waves of Chaitanya all over the cloth. Therefore, when an individual wears an uncut cloth, the Chaitanya spreads in its body and it undergoes spiritual healing. For example, when a sari is worn, the extent of spiritual healing is more. When a cloth is cut, the continuity of the threads in it is destroyed. This creates obstacles in the flow of waves of Chaitanya through them, and thus, the spread of Chaitanya throughout the cloth is obstructed. Hence, wearing a stitched garment imparts less Chaitanya and the extent of spiritual healing is also less
Things are the most important factors to know for anyone before taking up any yoga course…
– How authentic is the teacher?
This can be seen by reading his/her history, asking about their family/guru lineage, the traditions they follow and then doing your own conclusive research about what’s been shared with you…
– What subject is being taught?
There are various subjects which have such important relevance. So much so, that without their knowledge you can’t even be considered to be practicing yoga, but there is lack of awareness about them in the west due to the limited knowledge even today. This doesn’t let a person fully grow in yoga, as they aren’t aware of these subjects. These subjects can add depth to your existing yoga and might be very important for not just your own growth but might have a direct impact on the evolution of your students Incase you’re an existing teacher…
– Can this subject be found in the original transcriptions and scripts of yoga or is it a filtered or toned down or a deviated subject given to you? Authenticity of text is important as these are time and character tested methodology. They are accepted as universal truths because they can be applied to anyone, from any region, at any time!
Adding to that, I would also say it’s important that whose commentary is being taught. Try to avoid as less change of wording in the manual as possible, the more hands it has passed the more away from Subject of yoga it became! All texts existed predominantly in Sanskrit, then were translated to Hindi or other local language, then to English, then to your local language and then someone added their own colour to it, in the end it ended up being just the shadow of what existed.
I would like to say the “best teacher and course” is a subjective matter and indeed in this aspect there can’t be a single best! However having said that, we are talking about yoga and when we talk of yoga guiding a person or giving guidelines to person so that they can have access to the best quality of teachings is the most fundamental aspect and we have to be responsible and truthful about!
Even though today it does act as a parameter of quality of a teaching but the past graduates testimonials also doesn’t speak much. For example if I have zero knowledge of yoga and only 1% of authentic knowledge was provided to me, I will consider that as wholesome 100% and write very nicely about the school and the teacher. This is totally misleading and I can vouch that some leading names have do not teach authentically.
Now the question about whether the question of if the teacher is from India, this is directly relevant to the question of which course to take, even today there are many families in India who have been following and practicing yoga for over 1000 generations and this can not be replaced even with a lifetime of studies as many things in yoga come from real life situation experience after applying the wisdom of the books applied generation after generation. However I would also say that many Indians have compromised for the sake of money, this is why it becomes important to check their guru/family lineage.
Let me at this point also talk of moral and ethical issues, as an indian you would never go for yoga alliance for the reason that no American association can verify and certify an indian cultural practice and those who’ve done the certification of the alliances are simply in it for the money, as a matter of fact there is no body which can measure if you have achieved yoga, so measuring or certifying it becomes impossible. Adding to that there is literally only one certification body in the world recognised by any government and that is authorised by the ministry of yoga in India and is not yoga alliance America or even the Indian chapter of yoga alliance…
In order to explain the importance of the sun, it has been described in Hindu scriptures from immemorial time. Whether we talk about the previous eras or talk about today’s time, Sun has always given us life-giving energy.
Today, scientists have been working hard to know about the sun, whereas the ancient Sage-Muni knew its divinity and its use. Understanding the mystery of the sun is important as when we perform Surya Namaskar then our reverence, diligence, and belief appear in our mind and we can benefit from it.
Gopinath Kaviraj, who is the principal of the Banaras Hindu University, has done 12 years of penance in Gyanganj Ashram in Himalaya. He came back to Benaras in 1920 and wondered about the whole world as a miracle of solar science. In front of hundreds of disciples, he used to transform a thing into another by Sun Science. We are telling you this illustration so that your curiosity and faith in the sun increase and you can get the maximum benefits from it.
1. Aum Mitraya Namah inPranamasana/Prayer Pose: Who is friendly to all
2. Aum Ravayre Namah inUtthana Hasthasana/Upward Salute: The shining one, the radiant one
3. Aum Suryaya Namah in Padahastanasana or Utthanasana/ Hand to feet pose: Who is the dispeller of darkness and responsible for bringing activity
4. Aum Bhanave Namah in Ashva Sanchalan Asana/Equestrian Pose: One who illumines, the bright one
5. Aum Khagaya Namah inMountain Pose: Who is all-pervading, one who moves through the sky
6. Aum Pushne Namah in Ashtanga Namaskara: Giver of nourishment and fulfillment
7. Aum Hiranyagarbhaya Namah inBhujangasana/Cobra Pose : Who has golden color brilliance
8. Aum Marichaye Namah in Adho Mukha Savasana/Mountain Pose : The giver of light with infinite number of rays
9. Aum Adityaya Namah in Ashva Sanchalan Asana/Equestrian Pose: The son of Aditi, the cosmic divine Mother
10. Aum Savitre Namah in Padahastanasana or Utthanasana/ Hand to feet pose: One who is responsible for life
11. Aum Arkaya Namah inUtthana Hasthasana/Upward Salute: Worthy of praise and glory
12. Aum Bhaskaraya Namah inPranamasana/Prayer Pose: Giver of wisdom and cosmic illumination
Sun is the only source of energy for our planet Earth. Hence, Sun gives us lots of benefits in many ways. Here are some advantages of Surya Namaskar or Sun salutation given below:
There is good stretching of the waist and spine by Surya Namaskar, hence it heals all types of back pain. Surya Namaskar improves the digestive system. It balanced the energy on both physical and mental levels. Diseases such as hemorrhoids (piles) can also be treated by Surya Namaskar. It boosts our memory power. It keeps high blood pressure and diabetes in control. Regular exercise of sun salutation leads to better circulation of blood throughout the body, thus reducing the risk of a heart attack. It gives strength to our body. It strengthens our immune system. This strengthens our bones. It improves our skin tone. Weight Loss. As Some poses of Surya Namaskar remove excess fat of the tummy. Therefore it is very helpful in weight loss. This not only reduces your weight but also bring your body in shape. If done fast, then this could turn out to be your best cardiovascular workout.
Best Time For Surya Namaskar The best time to do Surya Namaskar is of Brahma Muhurt. After going to the toilet, take a bath and practice it with a cheerful mind. Wear clean and loose fitting clothes and the atmosphere should be relaxed. The morning time is best for doing Surya Namaskar because the weather is clean at this time and there is no harm from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. For some reason, if you are unable to do sun salutation in the morning, then you can practice it with an empty stomach or can do it during the evening.
Surya Namaskar Precautions: 1. Everyone aged above 8 years can perform this posture. 2. A person suffering from the problem of the spinal cord, heart, high blood pressure, and hernia problem can do practice this posture in the guidance of any guru.
Initial Mistakes During Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) Beginners generally forget to focus on breathing while moving forward and backward. In this exercise, breathing while bending and stretching has great significance. If you are a beginner then do not do this exercise at a high pace, by doing so your attention can get shifted from the breathing, and thus your practice may remain incomplete. In the beginning, you can get confused with Cobra Pose and Mountain Pose, so keep this in mind.
How Many Times To-Do Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)?
1. The practice of Surya Namaskar Yoga must be done in 10-20 cycles. If you are a beginner then do it 2-3 times and then gradually increase the cycles. 2. If you can do it more than you can do it for 50-100 times. 3. If the sun salutation is practiced 25-50 times every day, then there will not be much signs of old age in the body for 100 years.
The planets revolve around the Sun; Life begins with the sun. Hence it holds great importance to us- scientifically and religiously. Performing Surya Namaskars, Sun Salutation we are respecting and celebrating the source of all life forms. Let us know the science and logic that goes into performing Surya Namaskar.
The Solar Plexus According to the ancient Rishis of India, different parts of the body are governed by different Devas (divine impulses or divine light). The solar plexus (located behind the navel, which is the central point of the human body) is said to be connected with the Sun. This is the main reason why the ancient Rishis recommended the practice of Surya Namaskar because the regular practice of this technique enhances the solar plexus, which increases one’s creativity and intuitive abilities.
What is the importance of Solar plexus? According to Sri Sri Ravi Shanker, all our emotions get stored in the solar plexus, and it is also the point from where one’s gut feelings arise. The size of the solar plexus is said to like the size of a small gooseberry. However, for those who do yoga and it becomes much bigger – almost three to four times bigger than the normal size. The more expanded your solar plexus, the greater is your mental stability and your intuition.
The Benefits of Surya Namaskar Surya Namaskar is a set of 12 postures, preferably to be done at the time of sunrise. The regular practice of Surya Namaskar improves circulation of blood throughout the body, maintains health, and helps one remain disease-free.
Help lose weight When done at a fast pace, Surya Namaskar can give an excellent cardiovascular workout to help weight. The postures will help stretch the abdominal muscles while helping you shed pounds around your belly. The movements will also improve metabolism.
Helps strengthen muscles and joints Surya Namaskar offers a good way to stretch and strengthen muscles, joints, ligament, as well as the skeletal system. The movements can also help improve the flexibility of the spine. The limbs become symmetrical helping internal vital organs to function better.
Ensures a better functioning digestive system These yoga poses will help increase the blood flow to the digestive tract resulting in better functioning of the intestines. The forward bend pose will help increase your abdomen space which will aid in releasing the trapped gasses.
Some Other Benefits
Helps cope with insomnia
Sleeping patterns can be improved by the practice of Surya Namaskar. The asanas will help calm your mind, giving you a good night’s sleep.
Ensures regular menstrual cycle
Surya Namaskar can also be beneficial for women who are suffering from irregular menstrual cycles as it helps regulate it. Regular practice of the movements can also help in easy childbirth.
Brings down blood sugar levels
According to our expert, the movements of the sun salutation also aid in bringing down your blood sugar levels and help keep heart diseases at bay.
Due to the active inhalation and exhalation process, the lungs are thoroughly ventilated, and the blood remains oxygenated. This also helps in detoxifying one’s body by getting rid of carbon dioxide and other toxic gasses.
Now the Question if Children Do Surya Namaskar? Surya Namaskar calms the mind and helps improves concentration. Today, children face a lot of competition and pressure. Adopting Surya Namaskar in their daily schedule boosts endurance power and reduces the feeling of anxiety and restlessness, especially during exams. Regular practice of Surya Namaskar gives strength and vitality to the body. Children as young as 5-year-olds can start doing Surya Namaskar daily.