Yoga Meditation (Dhyana)-Easy Traditional Practices

Facilitator - Prof. R.S. Bhogal

27th & 28th June 2020 | 4.30 pm to 7.15 pm

“Yoga Meditation i.e. Dhyana is an experiential phenomenon when a non-reactive general awareness becomes “comprehensive and abstract (Pratyaya)” and culminates into Samadhi, the state of a complete psycho-physiological balance.” 

Yoga Meditation stimulates our mind-body-intellect complex, fully, and makes us equipped with “Absolute Joy” so as to do away with all our existential miseries (B. Gita:II: 65):

“Prasade Sarva Duhkhanam hanirasyopajayate” (Absolute Joy removes all existential miseries)

The Need & Importance of the Workshop – 

As per Viveka Cudamani (476), apart from obtaining instructions, available in spiritual treatises and other sources, one must necessarily pursue one’s own “experiential practice” so as to obtain pure and authentic effects of the technique being practiced. This very “experiential phenomenon” would be dealt with in this work-shop, so that all participants may get firsthand experience and benefits of practicing traditional meditational techniques.

Outline of the Workshop – 

i. A brief Introduction of Yoga and Yoga Meditation (Dhyana): Traditional and Psycho-Physiological Understanding

ii. Concept of Dhyana and its processes in Patanjala Yoga Sutra (PYS) and Bhagwat Gita

iii. Preparing oneself for Meditative experience, through understanding basic tenets from Samkhya, PYS and Upanishads, Breathing Awareness techniques, Sagarbha Pranayama and Kriya Yoga

iii. In-depth Understanding of Dharana-Dhyana-Samadhi: Theory & Practice

iv. Understanding of Dhyanain Shiva Samhita: Concept & practice, with discussion

v. Practices from Vasishtha Samhita, Agni Purana, Vijnana Bhairava Tantra & those based on PYS (I:35)

Scientific Base of Dhyana – 

Researches done by burrow (1950) and certain experiments, conducted by swami Kuvalayananda in 1956, point out: Since, Yoga Meditation has the element of Absolute-Deep-Serene Joy inbuilt, it is the best available means to get rid of steadfast Samskars for solving all our existential problems. These findings have found support in Bhagwat Gita, as above. Innumerable research findings, today, support the same!

Benefits of Yoga Dhyana – 

  1. Dhyana has transcendental effects that endow the practitioner with a Comprehensive Awareness of realities around, enabling him a better reality perception that, in turn, endow him with a Comprehensive Freedom. Thus, the resulting Absolute Joy, accruing from YogaMeditation, has ameliorating effects in the conditions of insomnia, migraine, tension headache, body ache, hypertension, diabetes anxiety and almost all Stress Related Emotional Disorders. It has proved to be a preventive measure for common ailments too.
  2. Mental Stability, calmness, freedom from cluttering thought processes & emotional overreactions, change in response pattern leading to a natural Stress Management, a general positivity in life & living, a better Problem solving stance, objective Decision Making power and, above all, purposefulness in life & living, are accessed in natural ways, as we become enriched with the rare mental peace & harmony through the priceless Yoga Meditation i.e. Dhyana.

About Facilitator –

Prof. R. S. Bhogal is Joint Dir. Research at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, with more than thirty years of research and teaching experience. Formerly, Principal of Yoga College of Kaivalyadhama (Lonavla), he is Editor-in-Chief of Yoga Mimamsa (a biennial scientific Journal) of Kaivalyadhama, and is author of seven books including,
i) Psycho-physiology of Traditional Yoga (in Korean)
ii) Yoga and Modern Psychology (in English and German)
iii) Yoga and Mental Health and Beyond (in English, Bulgarian, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese & Korean)
iv) Yoga-Psychology & Beyond (English).
Prof. Bhogal is credited with a large number of scientific papers and is a recipient of many National & International awards and accolades. Widely travelled abroad, he is a meditation expert of International repute

Prof. R. S. Bhogal
Facilitator

Schedule –

Day 1 

4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. 

 (i) Yoga Meditation: Concept & foundations: Traditional & psycho-physiological understanding:  15 min.

(ii) Breathing Awareness Techniques leading to Dharana & Dhyana. Relevance of Kriya Yoga to the current Global Calamity (Patanjala Yoga perspective):20 min.

(iii) Kriya Yoga:  Tapah, Swadhyaya, Ishwara Pranidhana:  (practical session) leading to Meditation in seated posture: 25min.

5.30 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. – Break

5.45 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. 

(i) Classical practice of Sagarbha Pranayama leading to meditative states: 20min

(ii) Concept of Pratyahara &  Samapatti and their  application into Classical method of Supine Meditation of Shiva Samhita: Theory & Practice in seated posture:15 min

(iii) Classical mode of Practice of Omkar/Ammen/Aamen, followed by  Supine Meditation of Shiva Samhita: 25 min

6.45 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. – Q&A

Day 2

4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. 

(i) Pratyahara of Vasishtha Samhita followed by Dharana of Vijnana Bhairava Tantra leading to Meditation: 20 min.

(ii) Practice of Omkar Dharana with Bija Mantras, followed by Supine Meditation of Shiva Samhita (Practical Session):40min.

5.30 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. – Break

5.45 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. 

(i) Practice of Sense Pratyahara, followed by Trigunatita  Dharana (Agni Purana) culminating into Yoga Meditation (seated): 30 min

(ii)Bhagwat Gita’s Basic Principles  applied while in the process of Meditation: Kundalini Arousal method through Omkar Dharana leading to seated Meditation: 20 min

6.45 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. – Q&A

Registration

Requirement

Zoom app downloaded on your tab, smartphone or PC / Laptop with internet connection.

Fees

Rs. 2000/-

Date and Timings

27th & 28th June 2020
4.30 pm to 6.30 pm both days (Indian time; +5:30 hrs GMT)

Recordings will be provided for a duration of 7 days, post workshop.