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Yogic Sleep, Yoga Nidra | Guided Meditation

The word translates to Yogic Sleep. is not only about the postures, but we also can learn the of sleeping from the . It is the deep state of between sleep and awake state. Several Yogis claim that an hour of yogic sleep equals four hours of regular night sleep. But let’s not get confused and try skipping sleep for Yoga Nidra. It can be incorporated into a .

Five Elements of Human Body

The is made up of five , , , , and . In the same way, a human is also made up of these five elements called panchamahabhuta. The of these five elements is an essential pre-requisite for someone advancing in practice. Whether we know it or not, all practices on the five elements. The foundation of yoga therapy and of  is also a knowledge of these elements (tattwas). Ayurveda uses these .

Health at Your Fingertips – Mudras

A is used in , , , and Jainism as a and symbolic gesture. The most well-known mudras are used as a way of channeling the flow of essential life force energy known as during and practice. The term translates as “gesture,”‘ “mark” or “seal” that is derived from . Although they have been around for thousands of years and have appeared in various and , including , .

Powerful Mantra Om Namah Shivaya

Namah Shivaya is an important and popular in and Shaivism. It is the mantra dedicated to Lord . Shaivism is a sect that claims that the most important  is Shiva. The origin of this mantra dates back to thousands of years and is mentioned Yajurveda in the Shree Rudram hymn. And also in Rudrashtadhyayi which is a part of the Shukla Yajurveda. It is referred to as Shiva Panchakshara or simply Panchakshara, meaning the mantra of “five syllables” (excluding Om). The Gem of All Life (Jiva-Ratnam) is said to be the name of Shiva. ‘Shiva’ simply means auspicious. The Lord is so full of  that it’s said that love itself is Shiva. Who is Lord Shiva? Shiva is Sha + ee + Va .

All you need to know About Navaratri – Durga Puja

Navaratri, the word for “nine nights”, also called is a major festival held in for the honor of the divine feminine. There are two festivals of Navaratri: Chaitra Navaratri and Sharad Navaratri or Maha Navaratri. Chaitra Navaratri occurs during the spring season. Navami, the birthday of great Lord Rama, usually falls on the ninth day of Chaitra Navaratri and thus, Chaitra Navaratri is also known as Ram Navaratri. In .

Gayatri Mantra – The Mother of All Vedas

also called Maha Mantra, which is Great Mantra. The significance of the Gayatri Mantra is that – the 24 letters in the Gayatri Mantra corresponds to the 24 vertebrae of the spine. The backbone is what provides support and stability to our . Similarly, the Gayatri Mantra brings stability to our intellect. Also, these 24 letters are often believed to be a sign of twenty-four powers and abilities. This is why the .

Yogic Practice: Surya Namaskar

means in literature, and the term signifies salutation. Thousands of years ago, a great sage his fellow disciples created these unique postural and breathing protocols on the . They urged all human beings in their everyday lives to perform these yogic practices in front of the Sun for good , mental, and physical harmony. The life on the is only possible through the energy from the Sun. .