A Systematic Course in the Ancient Techniques of Yoga and Kriya

A Systematic Course in the Ancient Techniques of Yoga and Kriya

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Language: English

Pages: 977

ISBN: 2:00076525

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This is the most comprehensive text ever published on yoga. It contains a complete course of 36 structured lessons on all the practices of integral yoga. The lessons were compiled from the teachings given by Swami Satyananda and are useful as a practical and theoretical guide to all levels of yoga teachers and aspirants. The book presents a synthesis of yoga in a scientific and systematic manner. The different branches of hatha yoga, raja yoga, mantra yoga, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga and kriya yoga are progressively introduced with special emphasis on practice, theory and application in day to day life.

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with their backs close to a wall, but try to depend as little as possible on the aid of the wall for support. Clasp the hands together. Straighten the arms in front of the body. T h e n while inhaling raise your straight arms as high as possible above the head (see accompanying picture). Exhale while lowering the arms. This is 1 round. Practise as many times as you can - up to 10 or 20. 170 Technique Assume a squatting position. Again if necessary sit with your back to a wall. Grasp the feet

all. When we become relaxed we can see the same situations in a new light. And this m o r e understanding approach helps to bring about positive changes in our life. We clearly see the problems that cause us disruption and work out new ways of coming to terms with our environment. (This process occurs subconsciously providing we are conscious of the factors involved.) This helps to give us a more relaxed and understanding attitude towards life and other people. For this reason, even a few minutes

constipation and flatulence. Apart from this particular characteristic this variation gives all the benefits of the basic shashankasana. Variation 3: Pranamasana (bowing pose) Sit in vajrasana. Grasp the lower part of the calves just above the ankles with your hands. Bend forwards and place the crown of your head on the floor in front of your knees. Your head should rest on a folded blanket. Raise your buttocks until the thighs are as vertical as is comfortable. Breathe normally with awareness.

asthmatics during kunjal. Possibly expulsion of water from the stomach simultaneously stimulates a nervous reflex action in the lungs, which in turn expels mucus secretions f r o m the bronchial tubes. This helps to remove blockages in the respiratory passages of the lungs and brings great relief to the asthma sufferer by allowing him to breathe m o r e easily. People who suffer f r o m asthma should a n d can p e r f o r m kunjal when they are actually having an attack. It is found to

their blood flow. Imbalance of the endocrinal system is often caused by mental tension. Surya namaskara can help to remove or reduce this deeper cause of hormonal malfunction, especially if it is supplemented by other yoga practices. Nervous system: T h e multitudes of nerve connections throughout the body are gently stretched, massaged and stimulated while doing surya namaskara. It is these nerves that connect the different parts and organs of the body with the brain. T h e nerves are the

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