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Heal with Yoga – Embark the Journey to Good Health

Yoga is a magic like tool for healthy living; a sustainable magic. People seek out yoga for multiple reasons. Some look at it initially as purely physical and to get bodily fit while some might look at it as a way to calm and quiet the mind.

However, whatever the initial reason for coming to yoga could be, what holds its real potential is the journey that yoga takes a person on. Most importantly, it is never restricted to one single aspect; the healing is holistic.

‘’Mind, Body & Spirit, Heal as a Whole’

How to heal with yoga?

Well, there is a saying – ‘we hold our issues in our tissues’; it means that as our mind and body is connected, what we do with one affects the other. Very often repressed emotions due to old trauma gets lodged in the body, tissues, muscles and mind. Yoga allows us to get aware of these old trapped energies, soften them and ultimately release them through the right direction. Yoga and Ayurveda put together with meditation sets a right combination to healing.

Ms. Renu Jain
Her View On How To Heal With Yoga

Healing is a relative term, however it is of utmost importance that you recognise the time you need to start healing. Let us begin from the beginning. Let us understand what brings a stage that needs healing.

Considering today’s fast paced and overwhelming lifestyle, we are always pressed against time. As a result we do not have enough time to catch up with non-materialistic things and hence it leads to anxiety, frustration and irritation. If this lasts longer, we fall prey to various psychosomatic disorders like Diabetes, Hypertension, Migraine, PCOD and many more.

Let us seek the solution that will bring a holistic change.

‘’Yoga helps in holistic healing; it can work at any level.’’

~Renu Jain

Yoga can actually reverse the disturbances and stimulate substantial healing. It offers various tools and techniques in form of Ashtanga yoga, here is how:

Yama and Niyama: It helps in maintaining a harmonious social and personal relationship with oneself and people around

Asana: It helps in maintaining physical and physiological health

Pranayama: It helps in regulating and channelising the vital force which aids in maintaining perfect psycho-physiological health

Pratyahara: It is withdrawal of senses which helps to be content and stay in the state of happiness despite the situation

Dharna, Dhyana, Samadhi: These are the highest state of experiences and the ultimate goal of one’s being

Thus, Yogic practices help us not only at physical level but also at mental and spiritual level stimulating a perfect holistic healing.

Here is how to heal with yoga in 4 primary steps:

  • Imbibe awareness to stop going deeper into the various stages of a disease.
  • As soon as you understand the triggers, take necessary measures to help yourself.
  • Consider yogic tools from leading yoga institutes in India like Kaivalyadhama
  • Implement and practice the recommended yoga and meditation routine consistently.

Don’t let it transform from symptom to disorder, heal with yoga.

Closing thoughts:

Diseases are to be treated not manifested. Yoga is not only for the sick. It also empowers you with ways to stay aware and calm for any disturbances that life might throw at you. Thus, healing is not only at extremes but in regular living too.

Here is your chance to reverse. Heal with Yoga, Heal at Kaivalyadhama.

From disease to ease, Embark the journey to wellbeing.

Ms. Renu Jain

Ms. Renu Jain

A certified yoga professional from Kaivalyadhama who has won over Auto immune disorders like Rheumatic Arthritis, Thyroid, and Alopecia by adopting a Yoga based lifestyle approach.

Mitahara: Yogic Nutrition and Mindful Eating

A well balanced nutritious diet has a huge impact on physical and mental well being. However, even after knowing this fact, the hectic routine hampers the living, making it difficult to maintain a proper diet and then growing health problems.

Increasing number of people these days are moving towards vegan diet, keto diet, raw food diet etc. It is however very important to listen to the needs of your body, adjusting food choices accordingly, rather than following a restrictive plan that could eventually make you unwell. So instead of adopting fasting or different diet plans I will suggest a yogic diet or mitahara. Now you all will ask what is mitahara? So here is the answer to your question.

What in Reality is Mitahara?

Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the yogic text tells the concept of yogic diet (Mitahara) in Chapter-1 (Asana) Shloka-58.

सुस्निग्ध – मधुराहारशचतुर्ााश – वििस्जातः। भुज्यते शशि –
सम्प्रीत्यै शमताहारः स उच्यते।।

(Susnighdha – madhurāhāraśchaturthāmśa – vivarjitah l Bhujyate
śiva – samprītyai mitāhārah sa uchyate ll)

Mitahara is a Sanskrit combination word, from Mita (moderate) and Ahara (taking food or died) which literally means the habit of moderate food. It’s an ancient Indian concept, where one abstains from either eating too much or too little quantity of food for certain varieties of food. It integrates awareness about food, drink, balanced diet and consumption habits and its effect on one’s body and mind. It is considered as a Yama or self-restraint virtue in ancient Indian texts.

Some Basic Principles of Mitahara

  • Eating habits should be conscious and mindful which affects your mind, body and soul. You quickly become aware of how your choices affect you.
  • Food should be of Sattvic qualities, which increases energy and creates balance in the mind and body.
  • Rajasic and Tamasic foods should be avoided which causes anger, depression, fatigue and lethargy in person.
  • Apathya (unwholesome) food should be prohibited for better and healthy living.
  • Diet should be in moderation and overeating should be avoided at all cost. One-fourth of stomach should be left empty.
  • Should be based on the principle of Ahimsa (non-violence).

Effects of Mitahara

  • Leads to optimum health and a peaceful mind in control of a fit body.
  • Promotes health, vitality, strength and relaxation.
  • Helps in easy digestion.
  • Helps in balancing vata, pitta and kapha in the body.
  • Removes body toxins.
  • Brings purity and stability at mental level.

Foods to Eat

  • Wholegrains, nuts and seeds.
  • Green leafy vegetables and herbs.
  • Fresh fruits and juices.
  • Unprocessed and additive and preservative free food.

Foods to Avoid

  • Meats, fish, etc.
  • Caffeine and alcohol
  • Spicy, sour, bitter, dry, salty and fried food.
  • Stale ,over-cultivated food items.

Conclusion

Yogic diet is primarily vegetarian, moderate and pure. People having a sedentary lifestyle can be immensely helped if they along with their regular yogic practices also follow yogic diet. Ultimately food should be used as an enjoyable fuel for our bodies. So keep it fresh and simple. Take small steps, avoid going on diets, make healthy delicious food a part of daily life and always remember to be mindful and conscious of your eating habits.

Yogic diet, yoga and ayurveda along with naturopathy is a perfect blend of holistic living. At Kaivalyadhama, one of the leading yoga institutes in India you can indulge in this blend and have an enriching experience.

Ms. Chhavi Agarwal

Ms. Chhavi Agarwal

I am post graduate in English literature and pursuing PG diploma in yoga education
(2021 batch) at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala.

Ways to Lead a Contented Life with Yoga

India is a nation rich in Yoga and Ayurveda. Fortunately, we have many yoga gurus, teachers, and swamis who have pioneered speaking about living a contentful life. Owing to that, I believe I should share my personal experience as a yoga student & express my learnings from a viewpoint of a common man.

In this blog, I will be sharing my process from understanding my flaws and dealing with them, to creating a peaceful environment for me and for everyone around me.

What is a Contented Life?

It is a satisfactory living that makes you accept and feel gratitude towards whatever crosses you. It can be your job, family, money, or future. What became my hurdle while growing up was my failure to understand reality and getting looped in the societal pressure and eventually losing myself. However, Yoga Philosophy helped me to introspect all these problems, comprehend the reason behind them & understand my purpose.

In modern day-to-day life, human beings are surrounded by several things to consume which are served by Institutions and corporations. It can be education, vocation, relationships, or even food for that matter. Each and every segment is always ready to teach on how to live and how to not.

Falling to this, I derived prejudice about life such as success is defined by how much I have accomplished. Although these defined my place in my community, they also controlled and deprived me of the present. But with time, I realized that these perceptions and biases are actually just parts of my thoughts.

What does Yoga Philosophy Teach?

In Patanjali Yoga Sutras it is said,

“Yogascittavrittinirodhah
||1.2||”

It means Yoga is the practice to gradually decrease mind modifications in order to bring awareness within.

Following this mantra I have realized a pattern of understanding and irrespective of whether it affects me or not, I can now consciously make thoughtful decisions in life. Earlier, I kept myself in a position to question everything that came my way. I wanted to either modify it or change it altogether, and if failed. I would prefer to stay angry. Understanding that sometimes things are the way they are, was never a part of my dictionary. This was simply because I couldn’t see beyond my nose and on the basis of that, I would define what I should deserve and what I should not, which is a human-centric perception of the world.

According to Yoga

“ “Maitreekarunamuditopekshanam
sukhaduhkhapunyapunyavishayanam
bhavanatashchittaprasadanam
||1.33||”,

Decoding – we should be friendly, compassionate, grateful, and indifferent towards happy or sad, good or evil.

I feel that I am coexisting with ants and birds, trees and mountains but I would fail to be concerned and compassionate towards all of them equally, as equally as humans. We are part of this universe where we all are sharing this place, and therefore there is nothing that is mine or yours and that I am only a small part in it with a small role.

My Journey Towards Contented Life

The above-shared theory was making me question my entire existence and I used to put myself in a position where I became vulnerable. But at the same time, it gave me a path to think beyond myself and accept the reality as it is and in fact be responsible towards it. This has also given me the freedom to do something without expectations which leads to the next essential learning,

“Ishwarapranidhana
||1.23||”

According to sage Patanjali, Ishwarapranidhana is the action of surrendering to God.

Here, God can be anything like your work, family, or friendship, and surrendering means committing to the present or devotion. I am expecting something in return for whatever I am doing. What if I am not rational about it? And become ready to just ‘give’ and not measure the ‘gains’ from it. This way I did not have disappointments from whatever comes my way, in fact, it became the simplest method to be comfortable with what I had and what I am. Every human being has flaws, for me accepting them without denying them led me to forgive myself and move on. This has effectively changed my perception to deal with anything and feel content.

Closing Thoughts

Every human carries their past with them and is trying to fit themselves in the present for a better future. Until one realizes their potential to surrender to their role in life, one will never feel belonged and eventually feel lost. Accepting one’s reality is not a compromise but a lens to look beyond oneself. Although it is hard, I am genuinely trying to see the borders and boundaries which I have created for myself and others and trying to push that with the help of Yoga. Here to understand that I am just a flower on a tree and that I am not carrying the entire tree, is beautiful. And the key to a peaceful existence is to believe and be happy.

These are the ways I found to live a contented life through Yoga Philosophy.

Mr. Rathinavel M

Mr. Rathinavel M

I am a theatre practitioner with more than 6 years of experience. Currently, I am a writer predominantly in Tamil language. I have done my CCY (2017) in Yoga and am now a Post-graduate Diploma (2021) student in Yoga Education at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavla.

Naturopathy Treatment:
The Holistic Solution for Complete Well Being

Naturopathy banks on the belief that our body is in possession of the power to heal itself. The conventional treatment methods have been reigning for the last few decades where naturopathy had somehow lost its value. However, now, we see an uprising in the yoga and naturopathy modality as people are gradually embracing the concept of natural means of healing the body in the most harmless way possible.

What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a process that had been developed in the ancient day, the practice involves harmonizing the body’s natural systems and which then helps to regulate and control the metabolic system of the body. Naturopathy treatment embarks on a holistic approach. Here, the body’s vital curative energy is aided in removing the cause of illness from within. Thus, the toxic substance harming your body is expelled likewise.

Naturopathy treatment is essentially non-invasive and engages in the minimal usage of drugs. According to the great naturopaths, it is believed that the body is made up of the five great elements, namely, Akash, Vayu, Agni, Jala & Prithvi. When there is a disbalance in any of these elements, the body acquires toxic materials that lead to diseases. Naturopathy Medicine does not prescribe conventional drugs, it instead focuses on processes like yoga therapy, mud therapy, hydrotherapy, manipulative therapy, food and nutrition, herbal medicine and Acupuncture.

Advantages of Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a great way to relax, rejuvenate and heal your body. Combining Yoga & naturopathy offers advantages that are truly diverse and widespread.

Get an Overall Treatment: The conventional medicines and treatments offered by modern medical system, are just to get over uncomfortable symptoms. They merely help you to get a short-term release from the painful stimulation. On the other hand, naturopathy focuses on the overall well-being of your body, thus eliminating the root cause of the abnormalities in your body.

Safe Treatment all the Way: The medicines provided by modern medical system may provide you with a quick solution, but they do have some remarkable side effects too. When you get treatment from the best naturopathy centers in India, you will be treated in the most natural and non-invasive way which guarantees only positive effects.

Get an Unforgettable Experience: When you get treated by modern medical system it is simply taking a shot or popping a pill. However, naturopathy propagates a holistic policy. It takes into account every sphere of your health: spiritual, psychological and physical. Naturopathy takes care of all aspects of your body and mind.

Naturopathy is Cost Effective: The conventional medicines that you take for lifestyle induced disorders cost a ton, and in due course, if you opt for surgery, the bill just goes higher. When it comes to naturopathy, the magic of nature will help you heal at a much affordable price at the naturopathic wellness retreat in India.

Restart a Healthy Living: When compared to the short-term treatment, naturopathy offers a long-term and genuine treatment that has a holistic approach. It is the best way to start a healthy life.

Naturopathy Therapies for Better Living

There is a plethora of naturopathic treatments available at Yoga health centres like Kaivalyadhama that cleanses your body and mind. Some of the treatments are as follows:

1. Colon Cleansing: This is simply a method to cleanse your colon from unnecessary parasites harming your system, fatty acids, and other such poisonous substances that are injuring your colon. This method of treatment is known to have a number of benefits like a better digestive system and a better level of ph. Additionally, colon cleansing has an undeniably good effect on your nervous system, bettering mood and reducing fatigue.

2. Mud Therapy: At our naturopathy centre, you will be provided with excellent mud therapy. Mud therapy involves the application of mud packs that are enriched in minerals. The treatment has been proved to have a role as an absorbent and is great at leaving a lost lasting cooling and soothing effect. Miraculously mud therapy also has impressive effects on intestinal heat and can even cure digestive problems. If you’re suffering from a troubling migraine or sinus related headache, mud therapy can help in soothing the pain too.

3. Massage Therapy: If your body feels tense and stressed, at our naturopathy centre, there are trained personnel who can provide you with massage therapy that can counter stress and stiffness of your body. Besides naturally being excessively relaxing, the massage can help you soothe pain, tone your muscles, improve the blood circulation of your body and give a boost to your metabolism. Massage is a great good for your skin and gives your skin a healthy glow.

4. Acupuncture: In acupuncture, a well-trained acupuncturist of the best naturopathy centres inserts needles in various positions of the body while maintaining the energy of your body. Acupuncture is used for healing and is also useful against stress and pressure. It has been established that acupuncture can heal your pain and Neurological conditions successfully.

5. Yoga & Naturopathy: It gives wide range of scope to relax and rid your mind of all the fleeting thoughts your mind surrenders from time to time. Through yoga, you can align the muscles of your body in the best way. Meditation through trained personnel will help you to train your mind for betterment. After a stressful week of work, this is the best way to unwind your body and mind from the tension and friction of daily life.

6. Detox Diet & Juices: At Our Naturopathic centre much attention is paid to eating right and eating healthy. It is vital that your body receives the nutrients that are required for a healthy development. Diet therapy is customized keeping in mind the nature and body type of the person being treated. A good diet therapy helps to boost immunity, help soothe digestive problems and is extremely beneficial for obtaining a healthy body weight. It helps in cleaning the accumulated toxins from internal organs like the liver, kidney, spleen, and blood.

7. Hydrotherapy: We have modern Hydrotherapy department with wide range of instruments, our therapy involves hot water massages and cold-water massages along with other aquatic exercises available at our naturopathy centre. This underwater hydrotherapy uses water of different force flowing from one side to another on muscles and other deep-seated tissue layers. The hydrotherapy is excellent as it releases the body from stiffness and soreness. It rids the body from muscle pain, and in turn helps the body to strengthen the tissues, bones, and joints.

Why is Kaivalyadhama Best for These Therapies?

While naturopathy surely has a number of positives, you may find it struggles to find such a wellness retreat in India. Kaivalyadhama is one of the leading organizations providing naturopathic treatments. Among the best naturopathy centers in India, Kaivalyadhama is undoubtedly a choice of the majority because of its tradition and scientific relationship with Indian system of medicine. The organization is well staffed with exceptionally trained staff and specialists who provide therapy in their particular area of expertise. Kaivalyadhama provides wide range of treatments, like Mud therapy, Massage therapy, Hydrotherapy, Packs, Acupuncture, Acupressure, shiatsu, Yoga therapy and it is assured that you will receive such treatment which will help you achieve long-term good health. The science of naturopathy has been deeply studied and practiced at Kaivalyadhama.

For a holistic treatment of the body and mind, you must rely on naturopathy and imbibe in bettering the quality of the body itself.

Heal with Yoga & Naturopathy.

Dr. Ritu Prasad

Dr. Ritu Prasad

Dr. Ritu Prasad, working with Kaivalyadham, BNYS, MBA in Yoga and Naturopathy Physician from SHM college Bhopal. She is an expert in Yoga Therapy, Naturopathy Treatment, Acupuncture and Physiotherapy Treatments Modalities.

Panchakarma – Miracle art of healing and Detoxification

Before you search for an Ayurveda Panchakarma in India, you must know what exactly is Panchkarma. Here is where you will know all about it.

Background

Ayurveda basically intends for maintaining the health of the healthy person and treating the diseased. To maintain good health, it suggests certain daily routines and seasonal routines to follow. In case there is an imbalance in health then it is treated either with help of some medication or with detoxification. And this detoxification process is called Panchakarma.

Panchakarma in Detail

In simple words, Panchakarma is an Ayurvedic art of detoxification used for thousands of years. The process of Panchakarma is carried out in three phases –

  1. Preparation
  2. Detoxification
  3. Rejuvenation

As per the terms used it is Purva karma, Pradhan karma, and Paschat karma. The preparation includes the oileation of the body externally by means of different massage and internally by means of ghee intake with the food. This helps the body for preparation of the main therapy which is either of one procedure from Panchakarma. The therapies include Vaman, Virechan, Basti, Nasya, and Rakthamokshan. After preparation, the main therapy of detoxification is practiced as planned. Post detoxification the rejuvenation therapy is done to give the whole process a comprehensive result. Throughout the process, there are certain supplements and medication advised as per need along with the dietary correction if any.

What are the 5 Fundamental Therapies?

  1. Vaman: Also called therapeutic vomiting
  2. Virechan: It is a medicated purgation therapy that specifically aims at eliminating toxins from the body.
  3. Basti: It is a therapeutic enema. It is either decoction-based or medicated oil-based
  4. Nasya: It is a nasal administration of the medication, mainly medicated oil. This helps for the complaints mainly of sinus, frequent cold, Neck and shoulder complaints also.
  5. Raktamoshan: Literally, like its name, is bloodletting therapy. When the toxins enter the blood level this therapy is done to release impurities from blood tissue.

What is the Purpose of Panchakarma?

There is not one but two

  1. Detach the toxins and remove them from the body
  2. Rejuvenate from within

Who should opt for Panchakarma?

Well, Ayurveda is for all!

  1. One who wants to maintain a healthy state without any health complaints
  2. One who wants to address a specific ailment

What is the Purpose of Panchakarma?

There is not one but two

  1. Detach the toxins and remove them from the body
  2. Rejuvenate from within

Who should opt for Panchakarma?

Well, Ayurveda is for all!

  1. One who wants to maintain a healthy state without any health complaints
  2. One who wants to address a specific ailment

Note: Not all 5 therapies are meant for all. Based on your body’s requirement, the Doctor decides your course.

Now the Most Important Aspect to Consider, the Dos & Don’ts 

  1. Follow the daily routine as suggested by the doctor. It is advised to keep the body warm, drink lukewarm water, etc.
  2. Avoid physical exertion and excessive workout
  3. Follow the said dietary discipline

Conclusion

Panchakarma is an intensive therapy that requires supervision. So if you plan to undergo this magical art of healing and detoxification you must consider doing it under expert guidance from one of the leading healthcare centers like Kaivalyadhama.

So when are you embarking on the journey of discovery, cleansing, detoxification, and awakening of your healing energies and senses?

Dr. Gururaj R. D.

Dr. Gururaj R. D.

Dr. Gururaj is more than an Ayurveda doctor. He is an author, counsellor, therapist, teacher and a healer. His contribution in the Ayurveda department as an RMO for more than ten years is immense, highly appreciated and sustained. He has contributed in the field of R&D, written popular and scientific articles on the impact on ayurveda as an alternative form of medication for various ailments. For those busy minds who want to understand the intricacies and profit from Ayurveda, he has extended his services to conduct practical Ayurveda course and lectures in our college of Yoga.

Chakra Meditation

Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on experiential and transcendental phenomena. It focuses on bringing a positive harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science of healthy living. The science of yoga has its origin thousands of years ago, long before the first religions or belief systems were born.

Did you know? In the yogic lore, Shiva is seen as the first yogi or Adi yogi, and the first Guru or Adi Guru.

Let us First Understand some Types of Yoga

Kundalini yoga derives from kundalini, defined in Vedantic culture as the energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine until it is activated and channeled upward through the chakras in the process of spiritual evolution.

Bahiranga yoga is a Sanskrit term that means ‘external’ or ‘outside’. In the 8-fold path of yoga, it is associated with the first 5 limbs – Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, and Pratyahara.

The fifth limb. Pratyahara acts as a bridge connecting the external to the internal Practice.

Antaranga yoga is common to all paths of Yoga and is verily Kundalini Yoga which leads a yogi to the ultimate state of consciousness.

Moving ahead, Let us Understand the Relevance of Kundalini Yoga for Life & Living

Hatha Yoga (II:2) says that mind and bodily energy are interdependent. If one is calm and stable the other will ultimately become calm and stable. Chakra Meditation, being a part of Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga, has rather direct influence on energy dynamics of the body and thereby direct influence on the mental dynamics.

What is the main aim of Chakra Meditation? 

The main aim of chakra meditation is to normalize the over-activated, depleted, imbalanced chakras. It mainly aims to balance and energize all the chakras for proper physical, mental and spiritual health.

There are seven main chakras, four in our upper body, which govern our mental phenomenon, and three in the lower body, which govern the instinctual domain of our being. The names are Muladhar chakra, Swadhisthan chakra, Manipura chakra, Anahata chakra, Visuddhi chakra, Ajna chakra and Sahasrara chakra.

Thus chakras act as points of connection between our physical and non-physical bodies, enabling energies to flow from one of these vehicles of manifestation to the other. They are means by which we absorb energy from and externalize it to the environment and also exchange energy with others. Generally, some of our chakras are not opened, which means they are not fully operative. If we want to be at peace with ourselves, the balance of chakras is a must pre-requisite. When all our chakras are opened, the energy evens out and becomes balanced.

Scientific yoga research shows immense benefits of yoga and meditation in general. Let us dive deep into what chakra meditation has to offer.

Benefits and Implications of Chakra Meditation are as Follows:

  • Balancing Muladhara Chakra: If the root chakra is not opened adequately, one feels imbalanced, insensible, unstable, and insecure. The person whose root chakra is opened adequately is very much connected to the physical body and trusts people around him/her. If it is unbalanced /under-active, one feels nervous and fearful. In some people Root chakra is overactive. Those people are generally greedy and attached to material things. So, there is a need to balance the Root Chakra.
  • Balancing Swadhisthan Chakra: This chakra deals with feeling and sexuality. If this chakra is unbalanced and under-active, one tends to be apathetic and insensitive and does not open to anybody. Overactive chakra makes you over-emotional and very sexual.
  • Balancing Manipur Chakra: After this chakra is opened sufficiently, you feel good and dignified. A person’s behavior is aggressive if the said chakra is over-active.
  • Balancing Anahat Chakra: Anahat chakra connects lower chakras to upper chakras. This chakra is associated with Peace, Love for self and others, caring attitude, con-genial relationships, compassion, empathy, awareness, forgiveness and so on. If this chakra is under-active, one’s nature is unfriendly and cold. The overactive heart chakra leads to high blood pressure, palpitation and heart attack. Persons having unbalanced anahat chakra live in fear, grief, anger, hatred and jealousy.
  • Balancing Vishudhi Chakra: The fifth chakra is located at the base of the throat which controls the thyroid and endocrine system. The throat chakra is associated with creativity, communication and self-expression. Underactive chakra makes the person feel low in self-esteem, shy and unable to express properly. Overactive chakra, a person tends to speak too much and also is a bad listener. Balanced chakra regulates the flow of hormones and all the functions of the throat and head. One can balance Throat chakra and can become a more effective communicator.
  • Balancing Ajna Chakra: Third eye chakra is located in the middle of the head. Persons with this chakra activated adequately have amazing intellect, intuition, wisdom and spiritual powers. Underactive Third Eye chakra leads to confusion. For thinking more clearly and to develop imagination and awareness one has to balance the Third Eye Chakra
  • Balancing Sahasrar Chakra: Considered to be the highest of the seven chakras and regarded as a gateway to the energy of the universe itself. The proper opening of this chakra opens the door to connect with our higher Self. Underactive chakra tends to make a person rigid in thoughts. Unbalanced crown chakra tends to create depression, boredom, frustration, and greed. For self-confidence, spiritual insight this chakra needs to be balanced adequately.

Meditating through all the chakras helps bring the entire chakra system into a balance between sympathetic & parasympathetic nervous systems. Over time you’ll be able to sense which chakras are blocked or are out of balance and will know the science of self-healing with advantage to your personal, familial and social lives.

If you find a need to experience this advanced meditation, here is a workshop by Kaivalyadhama, a leading yoga institute. This workshop will help you understand chakra meditation in depth and practice it thoroughly.

Tip: Always rely on a health care center that really cares for your wellness. Everybody knows, Kaivalyadhama cares.

Dr. Santosh Pandey

Dr. Santosh Pandey

Working as Research Officer, Scientific Research Dept, Kaivalyadhama

Dr. Santosh Pandey has completed B.N.Y.S, MBA (Hospital Administration); he is also Reiki Grand master level 12, Advance Pranic Healer, PGDIA, and PGDIN. He has been awarded the President’s National award, and has also earned a Gold medal in Yoga and Naturopathy in 2005 awarded by the International Naturopathy Organization in New Delhi, India. He has over 20 years of experience.

The Power Of Pranayama

Pranayama is one of the most renowned ancient and popular practices of yoga. Its practice has been mentioned in the Vedas and its existence dates back to Patanjali Yoga Sutra written in 200 B.C. 

Preliminaries of Pranayama

Pranayama is both a traditional and a scientific technique that balances the mind, body, emotions, and ultimately the soul. Its therapeutic benefits have been gaining popularity all over the world, encouraging people from different walks of life to practice and master the art of Pranayama. Yoga is an art of establishing “harmony between individual existences with cosmic existence” and Pranayama is an application of this “art” through which one develops an awareness of one’s Prana (vital life force).

The soul of Pranayama lays in controlled inhalation, retention, and controlled exhalation of the breath. It not only extends and empowers the Prana, but it also revitalizes and soothes the vital energy so that the body can harness it.

Unleash the Power and Learn Pranayama

There is no doubt that by practicing pranayama one acquires complete control over one’s body. It cures the diseases of Vata (air), Pitta (bile), Kapha (cough) and enhances the gastric fire in one’s body. One who regularly practices Pranayama is able to develop a lustrous face, clarity of voice, brightness of eyes, slimness of the body, freedom from diseases like Asthma, Sinusitis, Hypertension, Ischemic Heart Diseases, Indigestion, and many more. It helps in the management of reproductive disorders, degenerative diseases like Fibromyalgia, reduces the metabolic strain on kidneys and most importantly increases the blood supply to the cortex in the Brain. It improves one’s mental health and cures many personality disorders. Pranayama has a tremendous power to revert back the aging process. It has an inherent power to boost the immune system. It increases one’s confidence and self-esteem and helps in channelizing positive energy.

Did you know?

Mastery over the art of Pranayama helps in the purification of Nadis (channels through which Prana flows), and through determined practice, one may also awaken the Kundalini Shakti. The Prana tends to move along the principle Nadi-Sushumna; the individual starts experiencing higher levels of consciousness, ultimately culminating into a transcendental state. 

Scientific Yoga Research also supports the many Benefits that Pranayama Offers. Here are few of them

  1. Pranayama enhances the blood circulation inside the chest and abdomen, which stimulates their function and excites the nerve endings. (Kuvalyananda,1930).
  2. The breathing process in Pranayama consumes less amount of Oxygen for itself. As a result, more oxygen is available for body functions. (Basu, 1924; Rao, 1968).
  3. Pranayama with Kumbhaka in the long term practice gives voluntary control over many visceral functions. Heart rate and metabolic processes slow down resulting in less consumption of energy by the body. (Byramjee,1975; Chinna, 1980; Karambelkar, 1968; Laubry et. al. 1936).

But ultimately, the soul of Pranayama lies in the simplicity of its art, being complex and powerful at the same time-rewarding the practitioner with enormous benefits, which is beyond any gift that humankind could ever get in this modern era. However, learning this healthful art from an authentic source is a must. Choose the best and the leading yoga institutes to start your journey towards healing with yoga.

“As long as Prana (vayu) is flowing in the body, life exists. Death ascends as soon as Prana (vayu) is drawn out from the body. Therefore Vayu should be regulated and Pranayama should be practiced”. (Sutra 3, Chapter 2, Hathapradipika)

Yogacharya Sandhya Dixit

Yogacharya Sandhya Dixit

Yogacharya Sandhya Dixit is one of the senior-most teacher in Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla. She has experience of 39 years in the field of yoga. She has actively conducted workshops and training camps at national and international levels. Her 10 days online workshops series in March 2020 ‘Yoga for senior citizens’ collaboration with the Ministry of Ayush was applauded and acknowledged by thousands of people. Her Pranayama online workshops have been successful since June 2020. Workshop participants love her style of teachings. She recently is awarded Swami Kuvalayananda Yoga Puraskar 2020 for her dedicated, committed and extraordinary work in the field of Yoga.

Yoga and Mindfulness for Teens

Today’s modern life between all the hustle and bustle of new trends or fads, our  Teenagers or Generation Z usually fail to prioritize their wellbeing. The cherry on the top is the pandemic which has brought various changes to our regular routine and isolation at home and absence of the active environment of an academic institute, giving birth to increased rate of anxiety, stress and depression. Teenagers today are facing challenges which were very rare and unusual 30-40 years back. So the question is how can we help and guide our teens?

Voilà! The solution to this problem is YOGA. Yoga is not only performing asanas, it is much more than that. Yoga is a simple and wholesome process which keeps our physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing in shape.

So, in this blog I’ll be sharing with you about some common teenage problems and how a little bit about yoga for children in this technology centric lifestyle to bring happiness & peace.

Teenage World and Their Problems

Now, let’s take a quick glimpse into the Teenage world. Teenagers between 13 and 19 years of age go through a turbulent phase both internally and externally. They deal with hormonal changes, social changes, academic, competitive exam preparations and peer pressure and on and on which leads to various problems.

Most Common Problems for Today’s Teenagers are

  • Anxiety and Depression: According to some researches 75% of our teenagers cope with various mental health problems unknowingly. Teenagers are more concerned about their physical appearances and as a result they ignore their mental health.
  • Self Esteem: Children with early childhood trauma lack in confidence, they may feel victimized, feel lonely and isolated and also might have negative thoughts about themselves.
  • Body Image: Body image issue can begin in teenagers in response to the changes in body during puberty. Individuals who are obese and dissatisfied with their physical appearance are prone to depression.
  • Cyber Addiction: Today’s generation Z a.k.a. “Loneliest generation” in the race to follow new trends spend endless hours online and on smartphones inadvertently moving them away from human interaction and sending them into isolation with no real people to talk to or have conversations. They Crave for social acceptance.
  • Bullying and Peer Pressure: Bullying and negative peer pressure can cause teens to suffer from low self esteem, anxiety and depression.
  • Lack of Concentration: Physical and emotional changes, lack of sleep, a poor routine, excessive screen time or a family trauma can cause lack of concentration in teenagers. Unfocussed, confused teens are unable to find happiness and purpose in life.

YOGA – A Supreme Secret of Life

Yes, you read it right. Yoga is a magical and a supreme secret to a happy and peaceful life. It’s a remover of misery and destroyer of pain.

As they say “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside”.

Yoga is a path to a new world for today’s stressed out generation. Daily dose of yoga can impact and transform teenagers life in healthier way. They learn to cope with any challenge in life and build a healthy population.

Importance of Yoga in Teenagers

  • Regular practice of yogic practices will help teenagers to live a Healthy lifestyle. It will improve their muscle strength, increase stamina, boost their immunity, improve their body physically and physiologically and reduces chances of childhood obesity.
  • Meditation will improve their concentration and creativity level, it will sharpen their memory and will bring mental stability and calmness.
  • Through the various breathing yogic practices and poses yoga help students feel in control of their body and mind.
  • Yoga at an early age encourages self esteem and body awareness with a physical activity. It creates a better mind and body connection.
  • When combined with mindfulness it increases patience, maintains calmness and improves work efficiency.
  • Most important benefit of yoga is that it will help teenagers to get rid of depression, anxiety and mental stress.
  • It will teach teenagers the techniques to lead a healthy, peaceful and contented living.

I am sharing all above mentioned benefits after experiencing them personally. When I was a teen I suffered from anxiety and work pressure but yoga did wonders for me. So, basically yoga is a whole package that comes with physical, mental and spiritual practices. It’s a way of living which keeps us in harmony and equanimity.

Now that you know the importance of yoga for children, here is an online workshop presented by Kaivalyadhama that will help you bring authentic yoga into practice for the wellness of your kids.

ONLINE WORKSHOP LINK

Click on the link to know more about this need-of-the-hour workshop & take a step towards holistic wellness with one of the leading yoga institutes in India – Kaivalyadhama

Ms. Chhavi Agarwal

Ms. Chhavi Agarwal

I am post graduate in English literature and pursuing PG diploma in yoga education
(2021 batch) at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala.

Appreciation of Pātañjalayogasūtras

Yoga is a Science and Art of living life and going beyond it. Yoga is as old as human civilization. Yoga has been there in various forms. ‘Pātañjalayogasūtras’, ‘Pātañjalayogadarśana’ or ‘Yogadarśana’ was propounded by Sage Patañjali. Sage Patañjali is not the creator of Yoga, he collected the existing knowledge on Yoga, codified it and put it together in form of Sūtras. Sūtra-form was the most suitable form to systematize the entire knowledge in a super-brief fashion. Here’s definition of Sūtra:

अल्पाक्षरमसंदिग्धं सारवद्विश्वतो मुखम् ।
अस्तोभमनवद्यञ्च सूत्रं सूत्रविदो विदुः ।।
Alpākṣaramasandigdhaṁ sāravadviśvatomukham ।
Astobhamanavadyañca sūtraṁ sūtravidoviduḥ ।।

  • अल्पाक्षरम् Alpākṣaram: Made of few words
  • असंदिग्धं Andigdhaṁ: Clear and unambiguous
  • सारवत् Sāravat: Contains the essence of the topic
  • विश्वतो मुखम् viśvatomukham: Having multiple facets
  • अस्तोभम् Astobham: Devoid of redundant words
  • अनवद्यं Anavadyam: Devoid of errors in grammar etc.
  • सूत्रविदो Sūtravido: The knowers of Sūtra
  • विदुः Viduḥ: Know

Yoga is a spiritual experience, which aims at removing the impurities of the mind (the Citta). Sage Patañjali, who was the first to codify Yoga, drew up eight steps – Yama, Niyama, Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Pratyāhāra, Dhāraṇā, Dhyāna and Samādhi, a wholistic discipline for silencing the mind. These eight steps systematically wash away the impurities of the mind, making it progressively pure and clean. It begins with Codes of conduct, for the world / social and personal, talks about having a fit body, conducive physiological functions, leading to withdrawal of engagements in the world and worldly things and sense gratifications, leading to the single pointedness of mind and ultimately absorption in the Supreme reality. ‘Each Soul is potentially Divine…’ the purpose of Human Birth is realization of that Supreme Reality.

In order to learn the ‘Yogadarśana’ one must learn the original Saṃskṛta Yogasūtras. Recitation of the Pātañjalayogasūtras as per the Śāstra is a must, which leads to their understanding. This will help a practitioner to come close to the original Saṃskṛta Śāstra and help in making friends with it. This will simplify the Pātañjalayogadarśana and help in grasping the essence of the Pātañjalayogadarśana in totality.

‘Kaivalyadhāma’, the world’s leading institutes of Yoga, is making efforts towards making the original Saṃskṛta text of the Pātañjalayogadarśana student-friendly. This attempt is executed via its various online and campus program with an aim to spread authentic and original yoga knowledge.

Dr. Rajani Pradhan

Dr. Rajani Pradhan

Dr. Rajani Pradhan is working as Asst. Professor at G. S. College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama. She is a Ph. D. Guide for ‘Yogaśāstra’ at Kaivalyadhama, affiliated to Kavi Kulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University Ramtek, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.

After completing MA in Yogaśāstra, she has done her Doctorate in Yogaśāstra from Kavi Kulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University Ramtek, Nagpur under the able guidance of Prof. Dr. B. R. Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Health and Wellness, HoD, Dept. of Yogic Science, Sri Sri University, Cuttack. She has cleared NET in January, 2018.

Who should Attend the Online Workshop Series ‘Appreciation of PYS’?

These workshop series are for those who would like to know the content of Patañjali’s Yogasūtras or Yogadarśana. There are 195 Sūtras divided in 4 chapters. If we know these Sūtras and their meaning we know the Yogadarśana. Here is an outline of the 3 series of workshop in the months of August, September and October 2021:

1. 6th, 7th & 8th August 2021:

  • Introduction to Yoga.
  • Discussion on selected concepts of Yoga; e.g. Citta, Cittavṛttis.
  • Introduction to Chanting of Pātañjalayogasūtras
  • A basic understanding of Sthāna (place) of the sound production of the Devanāgarī Akṣaras (Letters), Knowledge and Practice of Saṃskṛta grammar in relation to the Pātañjalayogasūtras

2. 3rd, 4th & 5th September 2021:

  • Introduction to Methods of Cittavṛttinirodha.
  • (Aṣṭāṅga Yoga, Kriya-Yoga, Abhyāsa-Vairagya)
  • Chanting of selected Pātañjalayogasūtras
  • A basic understanding, knowledge, and practice of selected Saṃskṛta grammar concepts relevant to the Pātañjalayogasūtras

3. 8th, 9th & 10th October 2021:

  • Discussion on Methods of Cittavṛttinirodha.
  • (Aṣṭāṅga Yoga, Kriya-Yoga, Abhyāsa-Vairagya)
  • Understanding of selected concept of Pātañjalayogadarśana.
  • Chanting of selected Pātañjalayogasūtras

This workshop will deal into chanting of few selected Yogasūtras as well as understanding of some of the concepts therein. Saṃskṛta is written in Devanāgarī Lipi (script), this workshop will have a basic understanding of Sthāna (place) of the sound production of the Devanāgarī Akṣaras (Letters). Knowledge and Practice of ‘Kaṇṭhaḥ’ / Guttural sounds, ‘Tālu’ / Palatal sounds, ‘Mūrdhā’ / Retroflexes, ‘Dantaḥ’ / Dentals, ‘Oṣṭhaḥ’ / Labials, Kaṇṭhatālu / Guttural Palatal sounds, Kaṇṭhoṣṭham / Guttural – Labial sounds, Dantoṣṭham / Dental – Labial sounds etc. Basic understanding of selected Pātañjalayogasūtras. Understanding of selected concept of Pātañjalayogadarśana (e.g., Citta, Citta-Prasādana, Īśvara, Īśvarapraṇidhāna, the three Adhikārīs – Uttama, Madhyama and Adhama or the Manda Adhikārīs and the Yoga-Sādhanās for them in the Pātañjalayogadarśana etc.)

Impact of Yoga on Auto Immune Diseases

We have grown learning and knowing that our immunity is our greatest shield against diseases and works as the defense mechanism to protect our body. But what if this immunity is misled to fight against something it is supposed to protect?

Rheumatic Arthritis, Thyroid, Lupus, Alopecia, IBD, Type 1 Diabetes, Psoriasis, etc are all examples of auto-immune disorders, where the body is literally attacking itself. Modern science has been struggling over the years to treat such diseases and in many cases, there are no real treatments, but just management of the symptoms to ease the suffering.

Understanding Yoga for Diseases:

Studies, research, and experience have shown that Yoga can help manage such autoimmune disorders at a physical, mental, and emotional level. Yoga is truly a lifestyle and thus has a complete message and the blueprint to make the right modifications and recalibrate your health. Adopting such a lifestyle, backed by the right practices, diet, and managing the mind can make a significant positive impact on those suffering from auto-immune diseases.

Recent studies also show that moderate exercises can stop/reduce inflammation in the body, which is common with many autoimmune diseases. Traditional yoga asanas are gentle and practiced to one’s capacity and comfort. Thus regular and sustained yoga practice can increase muscle strength, endurance, and balance. The asanas help in improving flexibility of the joints and mobility which are very useful in the case of rheumatic arthritis. Stress and anxiety are known to worsen auto-immune conditions.

Studies show that yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which reduces the body’s stress response. Yoga & Ayurveda helps to develop a general sense of calmness and wellbeing through mindfulness, meditative focus, and increased body awareness, which leads to a reduction in stress and anxiety.

Managing Auto-Immune Disorders:

One of the most important challenges of Auto-Immune disorders is the changing condition of health/ pain/ suffering experienced each day which literally takes away the joy of living. It is thus necessary for people suffering from autoimmune disorders to shift their focus away from the body to something that is deeper and more meaningful. Realizing that we are not just our body and much more can add a different perspective to the management of such disorder. Understanding the personal triggers which aggravate your situation can only come from a deep sense of total awareness. The awareness can also help us develop the ability to focus on sensations and symptoms that really require attention and thus help immensely in managing the day-to-day life with such disorders.

However, management of such disorders with Yoga needs a careful and well-guided approach by Yoga teachers who have hands-on experience with the disease and understanding of traditional yoga. A combination of asanas, pranayama, diet, sleep management, relaxation, and mental attitude can provide the much-needed answers to manage auto-immune disorders. 

Kaivalyadhama, one of the leading yoga institutes in India offers one such workshop, both online &

on-campus  for your comprehensive understanidng on how yoga helps to manage auto-immune disorders.

Even if Yoga may not claim to cure you fully, it will still give you the tools to take care of yourself and reset your lifestyle to lead a path of health and happiness.

This war is within us and the winning solution for the same can also be found within us. Befriend your body and bring back the joy of living with Yoga.

Ms. Renu Jain

Ms. Renu Jain

A certified yoga professional from Kaivalyadhama who has won over Auto immune disorders like Rheumatic Arthritis, Thyroid, and Alopecia by adopting a Yoga based lifestyle approach.