Religion And Yoga

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A religious rights leader in the US recently sparked off a debate with his comments on the inappropriateness of Yoga for those of the Christian faith. Arguments have since flown fast and thick on all sides over the linking of Yoga with specific religions.

As a proponent of Yoga as the ultimate challenge for the attainment of holistic wellness, I have been extremely pained to read all things related to the matter. For one, I havent been able to fathom the reasons as to why this should even be thrown on the table.

It is true that Yoga originated in India, the same country which produced great religious systems such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Indeed, India is one of the two regions of the world which has been the cradle of religious thought, the other being the Middle East which produced Christianity, Islam, Judaism et al.

However, Yoga at its best is a philosophical system which is thought to lead to self-realization. For as long as it has existed, there have been no religious incantations associated with the practice, nor does it propagate the worship of any one supreme figure. It is infact philosophical and not iconic in any way.

The Yogic systems prevalent today are a fragment of an entire pristine system, and are mostly only corporeal; they strive to keep the body healthy through various poses and breathing techniques. The only Hindu connotation I have found evidence of, is the sounding of the syllable Om while breathing, which is also equally construable as a shortening of Amen. Interestingly, Om and Amen have similar meanings and origins as well.

I personally know scores of people of various religious beliefs following Yoga, and who have found no conflict between their religion and the practice. Yoga, which is devoid of any religious connotations is even widely practiced by atheists who would have otherwise shunned it in the name of religious circumvention.

My personal experience tells me that one neednt even go deep into research, because a quick online search will point to the fact that Yoga is linked with environmentalism, healthy food habits, exercise, fitness and mostly good health, but definitely not with any strong religious associations. Even specifically searching for a link did not yield any results to indicate the gentlemans concerns that Yoga is a symptom of postmodern spiritual confusion.

I came across an interesting and relevant blog here which I understand to be a product of a mature and analytical mind.

I would be happy to understand just how practicing Yoga is a shameful act as the US Baptist has claimed. Looking forward to your thoughts, as usual.

How Meditation Can Lead You To Spiritual Enlightenment

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Have you ever found yourself struggling in meditation? You sit to meditate expecting bliss or enlightenment but instead all you really experience is frustration?

That’s because the very attempt to get something out of meditation, blocks you from actually meditating.

Meditation is a bit like gardening.

You plant some carrot seeds and then every day you water it, you pull the weeds, you nourish the carrot plant in every way you can.

You don’t expect a carrot instantly. But out of love for gardening you do the work without expecting anything in return.

And then one day to your surprise,there is the carrot, beautiful, orange and delicious.

Same with meditation.

If you commit yourself to meditation without expecting anything in return; If you give yourself to this moment out of the love of giving.

Because some days meditation will be challenging.

Some days meditation will be blissful and some days meditation will be a challenging surrender to the intensity that is here.

But simply by meditating and by nourishing your awareness in every way you can,one day, without even focusing on it, you could be reading a book or walking in the woods and suddenly there is an opening. Suddenly, bliss is radiating freely from your heart.

Enlightenment will happen without you thinking about it. Without you do anything on your part.

It arises on its own, at its own time, yet it arises also because you planted the seed and helped it grow.

And the best way to help your meditation grow into enlightenment is by sitting in the presence of an enlightened teacher, one who has mastered high states of meditation. Such a teacher naturally radiates a bliss(known as shaktipat) that can be felt by others. And so simply by sitting with them, you easily enter deep states of meditation.

But you can experience this same bliss by listening to a very unique Enlightenment CD.

Simply by listening to beautiful meditation music, you effortlessly attain deep states of meditation and bliss. You can listen to free samples of the music and experience it for yourself by checking out the “Enlightened Spirituality CD” link below.

Stop Sliding In Yoga With A Non-slip Yoga Mat

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If you’re still using a regular yoga mat, your hands and feet may slide out from under you once you start to sweat.

There are many mats on the market now that can help keep you from slipping and sliding.

These non-slip yoga mats are more expensive, but can make your yoga experience much more enjoyable.

Your investment in a more expensive mat will pay off over time, especially if yoga is an everyday part of your life and not a passing fancy.

These upscale yoga mats rely on superior materials and textures that grip to prevent sliding, slipping, and skidding.

Here are the leading non-slip yoga mats currently available:

The Manduka BlackMatPRO has been the most popular premium yoga mat for years, and one reason is because you don’t slide on the mat even when it’s wet with sweat. It is also one of the most expensive mats on the market, but fans say the extra cost is worth it. Though heavy, the dense materials used in contruction of the mat are very supportive, even in standing balancing yoga poses. This Manduka mat stays in place on hard or soft surfaces, like carpet.

Hugger Mugger Tapas Performance Yoga Mat: Once called the Mandara, this top rated yoga mat shares many of the qualities of the Manduka Black Mat Pro. This mat is much cheaper in cost, however.

Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat: This mat is much like the bigger and heavier Black Mat PRO, only it comes in more colors and is the same size as a regular sticky mat. It is a great mat for vinyasa, Bikram Yoga, and hot yoga because it is lighter yet prevents skidding, sliding, and slipping. And it is very affordable.

Jade Fusion Yoga Mat: This thick mat is made of open-cell natural rubber, so it’s very eco-friendly. Having open cells gives the mat a texture that has a lot of grab, which prevents sliding. The thick natural rubber is very cushioning and supportive, and dense enough to support you in standing and balancing poses. This is also a great mat to prevent soreness in the wrists and knees from floor poses.

Jade Harmony Yoga Mat: Also an eco-friendly natural rubber mat, it is 3/16-inch thick. This is one of the most popular yoga mats ever made, and one of the major selling points is that it is non-slip. It is lighter than the Jade Fusion, which makes it easier to carry. Just be aware that some people don’t care for open cell mats because they pick up dirt and can absorb sweat and odor.

I hope this non-slip yoga mats review will help you find the right yoga mat to buy so you can stop sliding in your yoga classes.

Meditation Pillow For Inner Peace

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Every human being desire peace more than anything in this world. Many people go into meditation process to relax their mind and body in order to create for a state of calmness. During this phase, the mind is quieted and the person becomes aware of his inner power to manage anxiety and overcome fear. Even as you need a quiet place to do your sessions, certain enhancing tools can support your quest for peace by making your body comfortable and well rested. Proper posture is necessary when practicing meditations. To maintain this position, one should have the perfect support needed for an effective spiritual process. A meditation pillow is the key element that provides every practitioner with comfort and the right spine alignment when sitting erect.

Meditation pillows make up a large part in the accomplishment of your therapy. Some people may try to get into the state of relaxation without using these pillows for support. For this reason, their concentration will lead them to focus on discomforts and pain that are usually felt in certain bony parts of the body that touches directly to hard surfaces. With this indispensable cushion, the practitioner can enjoy a deeper reflection.

Always plan for the place where you will hold your meditations before choosing the pillows you will use. You may wish to do your sessions outdoor on soft grasses, or you may want an indoor therapy on wooden floors. Others may like to have them on concrete grounds for more stability. When meditating in grassy areas, use lightweight pillows with soft nylon fills. For hard surfaces, you need a double sided pillow with solid foam base at the bottom, and soft synthetic fills on the top. This cushion allows you to easily rise from a seated position and makes you feel comfortable unlike ordinary pillows.

To achieve for a successful sitting, you have to settle comfortably on the cushion, in proper posture, without feeling any pressure or pain that can distract your focus. Sustaining this form for certain durations can be difficult without this pillow aids. There are different floor pillows to use when contemplating on what type to purchase. The most popular is the Zafu cushion which comes in either buckwheat hull or kapok fillers. This round or crescent shaped cushion gives elevated support for your upper legs. Ideally, you have to get seated at the front edge in order to position your pelvis in such a way that there is less strain on your knees. Another fine enhancer is the Zabuton cushion, rectangular in shape and less full than Zafus. It is usually complimented with bolster pillows for added support within the ankles and feet. Also a preferred choice is the horse-shoe shaped Cosmic cushion. It supports both of your thighs when seated, with your feet and ankles well rested.

Undoubtedly, meditation pillows are beneficial to practitioners who desire for inner peace and tranquillity. They make such a tremendous difference in the art of meditation.

Meditation And Meditation Music

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First, I’m seriously wired by nature and am not someone who can stop thinking. I have learned to meditate very effectively once I learned some facts about real meditation.

Problem one is thinking that you can’t meditate, or it’s not real meditation if you have thoughts going through your head. You do NOT have to stop thinking, or empty your mind of thoughts…that will happen ON ITS OWN if you meditate correctly.

If you’re closed-minded, your ability to reach deep states of meditation, or spiritual connectedness, is restricted. This is the way we are designed…scientifically. Meditation at its core, is meant to slow down brain waves, whether you know it or not. It’s just like you may know how to drive a car, but have no clue what’s going on mechanically. People will meditate for relaxation, healing, spiritual connection, communication, access to the infinite field of consciousness…whatever your reason, it is all only attainable directly as a result of slowing your brain waves to a certain frequency range.

The four major brainwave states/frequencies are: Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta in that order. More info is available on the specific states via the link in my bio. Meditation is mainly attempting to bring the brain to the Theta and Delta states. This is where everything happens: the connection, communication, healing, access to the quantum field of consciousness. So the point is to slow your brain waves.

You do need time, especially if you don’t use tools to help you. It’s just like trying to relax, except much deeper. You need time to relax…and you can also use music or other tools to help you. Meditation music was what I found to be the most helpful for me. Real meditation music…like with binaural beats. The music is specially made to influence your brain to slow down…to chill out.

Watch on things that raise the rate of your brain waves, like certain colors. Red, for example is a very high rate of vibration. Deep blue is among the slowest. I recommend keeping your eyes shut the whole time.

Most of the meditation music that I bought, was effective, but very long. I decided to make my own music which is made to bring the brain waves from Beta to low Alpha in less than 6 minutes, and then another music track that goes from low Alpha to low Theta in less than 6 minutes again.

The Beta to low Alpha meditation music track is available for free. The Theta music track is available to buy. There is a music link in my bio.

Dennis Andrew
NNOS Studios Brainwave and Meditation Music

Tips For Meditation Enthusiasts

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Meditation has suddenly gained prominence and popularity amongst many people in the world. It is a form of spiritual heightening with regular practice and exercise. It is a great form of focus and concentration where one can attain peace of mind and inner happiness. With the hectic and chaotic life that we lead, some inner peace, satisfaction and a genuine sense of self awareness is very crucial otherwise stress and chaos will get to us which will eventually lead to a mental breakdown. Well, meditation, especially for beginners, is a rough ride because it takes time to get it correct. But do not get disheartened and preserve! Here are some guidelines on how to go about doing it:

Breathing in the correct fashion is very crucial. Properly inhaling of oxygen and exhaling out the carbon dioxide is very important. Proper breathing will make your mind more focused, pump more blood and regulate the pressure in the body! Did you know that is you breathe deeply, it helps your mind focus more and this is the center stage of meditation!

Did you know that chanting Mantras help? Chant which ever mantra you know and see the effect it has on your breathing and focusing capabilities. It slows your heart rate, mind concentration is better and breathing becomes regulated if you chant the mantra over and over again – so think about it, especially if you find it difficult to sit still and focus.

Make sure you sit alone in your room, preferably not facing a wall (it tends to block positive thoughts and energy). Few minutes, away from the chaos of the world, will do you good and will go a long way in meditation.

Persevere and persevere! There is no shortcut to good meditation practice. You need to be at it regularly and time and again try to concentrate and focus. Your mind may wander about the first couple of times, but gradually you will realize that you are getting better at it and you will be very peaceful after a few attempts!

Music during the process of meditation has its own benefits – calms down our nerves, regulates your breathing, reduces anxiety, eliminates any negative thoughts and overall restores the faith and positivity that one requires!

Do not give up – that is the key to successful meditation! You will soon realize the benefits and you will know why it is so popular across the world!

Yoga Props, A Purchasing Guide

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There are many benefits to using yoga props. Yoga props enhance your routine by allowing deeper stretches, proper alignment and better balance. You should always work at your own comfort level to avoid injuries and to achieve the optimal benefits from your yoga practice. Yoga props help both the beginning and experienced yoga practitioner. In this article I will list some of the more common props that you can purchase along with a few others that are not as common but would be good to purchase.

Yoga Mats

A mat is an essential purchase. Some yoga classes will rent mats; there are many that require you to bring your own mat. If you practice yoga at home you definitely need your own mat. Yoga mats are also called sticky mats because they provide traction and stability. Yoga mats come in a variety of thicknesses and lengths. Be sure, when purchasing your mat, to choose one that corresponds with your needs.

Yoga Brick or Block

Blocks or Bricks help students achieve proper alignment. Blocks or Bricks are generally nine inches long, six inches wide, and three inches high. You can purchase foam, wood or Eco-friendly cork bricks. Yoga bolsters are a must-have purchase for prenatal yoga but it can be of benefit to everyone. Bolsters are cylindrical, rectangular or square shaped pillows. It is used to support the back, legs and stomach. Bolsters can help people with injuries or are suffering from back pain. Bolsters can also be used as you relax around the house.

Yoga Straps

Straps can help to increase flexibility and allows you to hold your positions longer. They are available in a variety of sizes.

OTHER ITEMS YOU MIGHT CONSIDER PURCHASING

Eye Pillows

Eye Pillows are small, weighted pillows that cover the eyes. They help to relax the eyes. Eye pillows can be purchased in a variety of fabrics along with different fillings. The covering of the pillows can either be made from synthetic or natural materials. They can be filled with aromatherapy herbs or flaxseed.

Neck Pillow

Yoga neck pillows are cylindrical in shape and are usually filled with buckwheat hulls. They are covered in cotton or silk. Some neck pillows come with and without scents. Neck pillows conform to the shape of the neck to give support.

Things You Need To Know Before Your First Yoga Class

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Thinking of starting yoga? Bet your body has been yearning for this for some time now. Everyone has their reasons for doing yoga; losing weight, release stress, maintaining good health both mind and body. Whatever your reason is for starting yoga, have fun with it. It is also important to know a few things before undertaking this new activity that will improve your health and here are some:

It is all about you: Even if you are in a class of ten people, this is your time to discover your body and mind. It involves making somewhat awkward body movements, such as being upside down or curving your back! Let yourself go and just explore your inner strength.

Notify your instructor if you need special attention: This is basically if you are pregnant, have terminal illnesses, injury or a condition that may be affected by the type of exercises that yoga involves. Yoga does not have a particular way of how it is done; there are different techniques and poses for different bodies. Therefore, your instructor will know what suits you best.

Follow instructions: Some of the postures you will be required to do might be challenging, actually they are quite tough. You may find it easier to twist or modify the posture to be more comfortable, but this should be avoided because you are risking getting injury that could take a sometime to heel.

Beware, it is addictive: Compared to other exercises, yoga is special. From the technique it uses to the several health benefits it has to your body, your body is left feeling incredible. This makes you want it even more and cannot afford to miss any session!

Go on an empty stomach: It will almost be impossible for you to do yoga on a full tummy. Remember most of the time you will be stretching into postures, which can be very uncomfortable for you if your stomach is full. If you think you cannot make it till the end of the session, take a snack at least half an hour before the class; a light snack.

Do not compete, enjoy! Have fun during yoga class, even if it may take some time to grasp those postures. Take one posture at a time and you can even practice it when you are idle, during your lunch break and before you sleep. You will be a pro in no time!

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How Can I Select A Yoga Mat Bag

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A Yoga Mat Bag is a reasonably essential accent in relation to yoga practice. In the event you observe commonly, ultimately you may be take into account buying your own yoga mat. That is inevitable for anyone who is serious about their practice. Once you spend money on your mat, you’ll start carrying it to class, and realize that it isn’t very easy. Your mat will are likely to unroll, curl up and do other inconvenient stuff. Time for a bag, you will say yourself. That’s when it is best to remember this article.

Identical to with mats, yoga luggage come in every kind of colours, sizes, cloth kinds etc. You will be confronted with a myriad of associated equipment by a million totally different brands. How you can make the suitable alternative?

Listed below are the best tips to contemplate, when selecting the best yoga mat bag.

Size

Be mindful, that almost all yoga mat bags are designed to suit a typical thin PVC mat (the type you discover at your local funds yoga studio). If are this far within the purchase cycle, likelihood is you already have a premium mat, thicker and wider than customary size. Nicely, guess what? Most mat baggage will NOT suit your mat.

If in case you have a thick and broad mat – you want a big bag, such because the Manduka Mat Sak.

Material

Most premium or even intermediate mats are comprised of natural rubber. Treated or not, it still has enough pores to harvest bacterial growth.

In case your yoga bag is made from non-breathable materials, your mat will get stinky very fast. The more “pure” and “eco-pleasant” your yoga mat is, the more severe it properly smell if the yoga mat bag won’t let it breathe.

Select your materials correctly, make sure there are air holes that will allow air circulation.

Size agan

You might not give it some thought at first, however you can use your yoga mat bag as a health club bag. You may carry your small belongings in the identical bag. This would make it really convenient, you won’t want any extra bags. Before you purchase your bag, ensure there will be enough room in your stuff.

Otherwise, ensure your bag is made out of superb material, as it’s going to harness your mat for a very long time, hopefully.

Get pleasure from your apply, and do not forget to breathe!

Bright Career Prospects With Yoga Teacher Training

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Yoga Certification programs conducted in European countries have gained a momentum in the last decade. As increasing number of people are now heading to Yoga for numerous health benefits the demands of certified Yoga instructors is growing tremendously.

Yoga is a traditional form of exercise that includes certain postures and movements. Two most important advantages of practicing Yoga are prevention of disorders and ailments and maintenance of health and fitness in daily life. Other methods of exercises like gymnastics, athletics, aerobics, games, and various other forms are not as good as Yoga when it comes to the results. Due to all these reasons more and more people are referring to Yoga for treating ailments and living a healthier life. Especially in the western countries, an increasing number of people are joining Yoga classes for achieving healthier mind and body.

The Yoga Teacher Certification programs conducted at numerous camps are in huge demand across the country. Owing to the increasing demand of certified Yoga teachers and the bright career prospects, Yoga Instructor Certification programs are attended by numerous individuals wanting to learn and teach Yoga. Those who have completed Yoga Teacher Training program can setup a successful career by teaching Yoga to the people. Another advantage of working as a certified Yoga instruction is that while teaching Yoga to the students, one also practices all the postures and stretches himself/herself. Thus you can maintain a healthy lifestyle for yourself while sharing the benefits of Yoga with others and earning money in the process.

After attending a certified Yoga Teacher Training program you can start your career as a Yoga teacher. All you need to do is rent a studio, inform people about your yoga classes by advertising, and start taking classes. If you cant find a place to rent, you can approach the high profile clients, who prefer to take classes at their own place. This way you can also save the investment that is required to rent a studio and continue teaching Yoga without actually investing a penny from your pockets. There are several such high-end clients who would love to learn Yoga from someone with Yoga Instructor Certification. You can approach your friends and family to refer you name to their colleagues and friends and kick-start you career.

If this article has inspired you and you have decided to join a Yoga Certification program from a reliable and genuine source then you can refer to healthandyoga.com. The website is a complete Yoga information Bank that also conducts Yoga Teacher Certification programs. Besides this, it also offers holiday packages in Yoga retreats, and provides Yoga products like neti pot, mala beads and enema equipment, etc.