THE STEPS THAT UPLIFT YOURSELF
SAI PADUKA YOGA CENTER
With reference to the context of ‘Yoga Practices’, we can take the meaning of the term ‘Yoga’ as ‘Disciplines’ of eight types or the ‘Ashtanga Yoga’ of the great ‘Pathanjali ’ Muni. They are ‘Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Prathyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi’, On integrated implementation of these disciplines in one’s life, they lead one to a holistic living.
As a part of your few weeks of learning ‘yoga’ practices, you can simplify your programmes in line with the ‘Astanga Yoga’ as below and learn them at their basic level’, but get substantial benefits in all aspects of your daily life :
‘Yama’ & ‘Niyama’ : Essentials included in the programme.
‘Asana’, Pranayama’, Dharana, Dhayana or Meditations’ are taught and practiced in the course. Principles and basics of ‘Prathyahara’ and ‘Samadhi’ are covered under ‘Spiritual Science’ and available to interested students as a unique activity of the yoga center. Thus, it is the endeavour of the center to make the great structured yoga module available exclusively to the few people , who are conscious of their health in particular and life in its ‘Totality’.
Pranayama & its Glory : Prana is the sum total of all energy that manifest in the universe and of all forces of nature. Heat , light , electricity, magnetism are some of the manifestation of Prana. The Prana is related to mind and through mind to will , through will to individual self . If you know how to control the subtle waves of prana, working through the mind, then the secret of subjugating universal prana will be known to you.
What is commonly known as power of personality is nothing more than being successful in life ,more influential and fascinating than others. It is all due to the power of this Prana. Such people efficiently manage everyday, unconsciously of course, the same influence which the person who has achieved mastery in Pranayama, uses consciously by the command of his will.
That which moves the steam engine of a steamer, that which makes the airplane fly in air, that which causes the motion of the breath in lungs, that which is the very life of this breath itself is Prana. By controlling the act of breathing you can efficiently control various motions in the body and the different nerve-currents that are running through the body . You can easily and quickly control and develop body, mind and SELF co-ordination through breath control or the control of Prana. It is through Pranayama that you can control your mind and your responses to the circumstances and your character, attitude and can consciously harmonize the individual life with the cosmic life. The breath, directed by, though under the control of the will, is vitalizing and regenerating force which you can utilize consciously for self development and for healing many ailments and disorders in your system.
(Compiled from: Science of Pranayam by Swami Sivananda)
Definition of Pranayama: The regulation of breath or the control of Prana is the stoppage of inhalation and exhalation which follows after securing that steadiness of posture – Yoga Sutra.
Glory of Pranayama is also highlighted in Bhagawad Gita.
Yoga center is the Life’s Service Center.