Life is not a cakewalk. It has it’s as ups and downs, curves and blocks.
That is what makes life worth living. It’s the presence of unhappiness that makes happiness better. However, some of us find it very hard to tackle the battle of life. We feel that no matter how hard we try, we go over the same loop of despondency over and over again. How can we escape this and find meaning to our existence.
Nurturing a positive outlook is the most helpful way to look at life. Practicing the habit of thinking positive is the answer. Thoughts are very powerful. It is the powerful thoughts of great minds that became ideas that revolutionized the world. Thoughts create vibrations that have the power to create and destroy. Thus we must be very careful about what we think. Now that we know this, how can we get rid of our negative thoughts which are like viruses in our mind?
Be happy for the little good things. Engage in activities that make you feel better. Be with people who gives you joy. Explore new things. Learn a new skill. Do art. Go on an adventure. Travel. Teach. Celebrate life. Give life its credit.
After doing all these most of us feel incomplete or directionless and want to give a different ethereal color to life and to our existence on this planet. We want to know the purpose of our lives. We want to know what happens after life. We want to leave our imprints in history and time. And we stumble upon spirituality. Once you realize that there is more to life, life is not the same anymore. Now, there is no turning back!
Ancient Indian Philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga is one of the paths that help the seeker to get closer to the truth. Old wise Yogis were aware of the dilemmas of mankind, and they have thus formulated the cure to all our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual puzzles in Yoga. The various methods and practices of Yoga inadvertently develop in the practitioner a holistic way of living. It develops a refreshingly positive way to look at life and the world.
We at the Omkar Yoga studio will assist you in conquering negative thoughts and to cultivate positive thoughts
Eat to live not live to eat.
We are what we eat’ is an old wise adage. However, in today’s busy life, we hardly pay attention to the things that we put inside our stomach. It is only after our body starts reacting to certain food or start showing symptoms of obesity, malnutrition and irritable bowel syndrome that we being to pay attention to our poor diet. When it comes to eating our animal companions are wiser than us. They eat only those items that they know is good for them. They do not eat beyond their capacity. And they poop when the body is ready instead of waiting for the movie or the match to end. It is interesting to see that human beings are the only animal who suffers from constipation and other bowel disorders.
Yogis in ancient India are quite aware of the connection between the gut and the mental, emotional, physical and energy body of us. The proper diet habits and foods that are to be eaten are entailed in the Vedas, Upanishads as well as in the ancient literature of Yoga and Ayurveda. Yoga recommends a habit of ‘mithahara’, which is eating moderately. Hatha Yoga recommends eating only when one is hungry and forbids over eating.
The diet proposed by Yoga is called Sattvic diet. Such a diet helps in enhancing the Sattva Guna in the body. Sattva is the state of the body and mind where it exists in its purity, positivity, creativity and vitality. According to the Indian Sankhya philosophy three qualities or Gunas decide the behavior of the body and the mind – Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Rajas is the quality of animated passion and hyper- activity and Tamas is the quality of destructive chaos and dark inertia. Yoga helps the practitioners to develop the Sattvic quality within. A Sattvic diet is a key factor that helps in this process.
Sattvic diet proposes the body to eat seasonal foods that are geographically available. Such pure, natural vegetables, fruits, nuts, oils, grain and dairy are most appropriate for our body. Processed, canned and imported food from other parts of the world or from another season would work against the natural season within the body. Here the human body is in harmony with nature and her changes and is not fighting it.
Sattvic diet is thus nourishing as well as relaxing for the body and the mind. It helps the practitioner to retain energy, sharpens memory, improve concentration. Sattvic diet ensures an overall healing.
At Omkar Yoga Studio, we are happy to give you Sattvic diet advice and dietary methods. Join us!
Purification Techniques in Hatha Yoga
Being less conscious about what we eat leads to the building up of toxins within the body. This makes us lazy and lethargic. Following a Sattvic diet or following a regular method of detoxification is proven to help in leading a healthy life.
In Yoga, the processes involved detoxification of the entire body is called Shatkriya or Shatkarma. In Hatha yoga, there are six kriyas or practices to ensure the complete purification of the body.
They are: Neti, which involves nasal cleaning using saline water. Dhauti is the cleansing of the entire digestive tract from oesophagus to rectum. This helps in absorbing nutrition and aids in digestion. Nauli is a process of abdominal massage, where after a complete inhalation and tucking in the stomach, the muscles of the stomach are moved vigorously. Basti involves the cleansing of the colon. Kapalbhati is a potent pranayama technique that purifies, vitalizes and balances the brain and the nervous system. It helps in the re-energizing the chakras. Trataka is a method of meditation and concentration where the practitioner gazes at a single point without blinking. Other than improving memory, attention and awareness, this kriya is known to awaken the third eye and invokes various psychic abilities.
These yoga and pranayama practices cleanse the body, boost immunity as well as increases the flow of the life force. It is beneficial for almost at vital and subtle systems of the body.
Shat-kriyas are considered as sacred secret methods and so it should be endowed on the disciple by a Guru. It can never be learned from books or you tube and needs the proper guidance from an experienced Guru. This is because certain kriyas are not advised for people with certain medical conditions. If not done with proper care and advice all these potent kriyas can have adverse effects.
Our experts at the Omkar Yoga studio will help you to master these techniques according to your body and thus you can make them a part of your daily Yoga practice.
Deeper access to joy starts with a peaceful and relax mind
Life today is either dreadfully hectic or insignificantly dull. Even after a busy day, some of us can fall asleep only after popping a pill. Others after sleeping for hours still need the energy to get up and move about. Some of us seek alternate measures to get peace and experience joy. Still others give up everything and take a road less travelled by. Of course, Indian Vedic and Yogic wisdom always have the answers for us!
It is not a secret that giving complete rest to the body by sleeping for 8-9 hours has a healing effect on our entire system. Is it possible to sleep for minimum hours and still find the energy to do everything that we want to do in a day with peace and joy? How can we make our sleep effective? Yoga Nidra is the answer.
Yoga Nidra is Yogic sleep, which is a significant part of Yoga. During Yoga Nidra the practitioner reaches a state of complete relaxation and becomes free from the awareness of all the senses except one or two and reaches a state of meditation. It is a condition where the seeker is half awake and half asleep. It is a state where the self is aware of being in deep sleep. Here the self becomes spiritually aware of the connection between the body, the soul and the Supreme Soul. Here the art of meditation is taken to another level.
Yoga Nidra’s restorative effect on the brain is known to reduce stress and anxiety. It helps with memory and improves reflex. It is a sure cure for headaches and has positive impact in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder. All the muscles and cell within the body undergo healing and rejuvenation during the Yogic sleep.