Chakras and Endocrine Glands

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE CHAKRAS

The word, Chakra, literally means wheel, circle, vortex, or whirlpool. The chakras are connected to a network of psychic channels called, Nadis, which correspond to the nerves but are more subtle in nature. The major chakras are seven in number and are located along the pathway of sushumna nadi, which flows through the centre of the spinal cord. Sushumna nadi originates at the perineum and terminates at the top of the head. The chakras are depicted symbolically as lotus flowers, each having a particular number of petals and a characteristic colour. The lotus symbolizes the three stages- ignorance, aspiration, and illumination. It represents spiritual growth from the lowest state of awareness to the highest state of’ consciousness.

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DHYANA… THE PERFECT MEDITATION

When the flow of concentration (Dharana) is uninterrupted, the state that arises is Dhyana. Dhyana is the study of deep concentration, calmness, and tranquility of the mind. As Dhyana grows and matures, the mind goes on – becoming more and more pure. It folds open up, the old Samskaras are dissolved; the ego, the arrogance become humble and then insignificant. One, then, progresses from the unconscious to subconscious state, from subconscious to conscious state, and from conscious to super conscious state (the state of Samadhi). There is no other feeling except a state of Supreme Bliss.

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SIDDHASANA (THE ACCOMPLISHED POSE)

Sidddhasana (the accomplished pose) is the most rewarding of all the sitting postures. It is one of the most important asanas (the best among 84 lakh asanas), whose practice purifies the 72,000 Nadis in the body. Siddha in Sanskrit means – those hidden powers within the body that help individuals to attain spiritual uplift. When Siddhasana is mastered, Samadhi follows without effort and is natural. One, who has mastered Siddhasana, has conquered the Self. A Yogi, who contemplates on the soul, who is moderate in his diet, and who practices Siddhasana for twelve years, without break, can attain Yoga Siddhis (psychic powers). It is the most important asana for breath control, discipline of the senses, concentration, meditation, and self- realization.

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YOGA FOR ANEMIA

Anemia is a condition in which hemoglobin concentration, or the number of red blood cells, is below the defined level. The job of hemoglobin is to carry oxygen around the body. When red blood cells; and therefore, hemoglobin, are low – the blood fails to supply the body’s tissues with sufficient amounts of oxygen. Your lungs and heart will then have to work harder to get oxygen into the blood. Proper food, correct treatment, and the practice of asanas and pranayama, have proved very valuable for the production of hemoglobin, and necessary elements in the blood, in the pure form.

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YOGA FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN

Yoga is a stimulating way to reach children, especially those with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and other developmental delays. Yoga stimulates all affected areas and develops strength, flexibility, concentration, and balance. Yoga calms the physical body, thus making the mind peaceful and quiet. Gradually, the child becomes more organized and focused and develops tolerance for longer schedules. Yoga has a positive effect on gross motor, fine motor, and visual motor conditions. It also promotes strength and self-esteem. Anyone can maximize his or her potential from consistent practice of Yoga, and these children are no exception.

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Raja Yoga

INTRODUCTION

There are many paths of yoga for attaining clarity of mind. Raja Yoga is one of the paths that focuses on meditation and contemplation. Raja means king, and king is always in a state of enlightenment. The pursha (Man), or the king, is always hidden by the workings of the mind. It is avidya which conceals our pursha, and many of us are unaware of its existence. When this process is reversed, and mind becomes master of the senses, we find clarity of the mind and our pursha takes its rightful place. In the yoga sutra, it says that when there is no more restlessness in the mind, pursha will unfold and see. That is Raja Yoga.

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YOGA REGIMEN FOR THE MONSOON

Everybody enjoys monsoon season because we love the rain, pleasant weather, and everything associated with it. However, the rainy season is also the season for a variety of diseases like dysentery, asthma, arthritis, skin diseases, cold, etc. The immune system plays a role in defending the body’s defense against microbes, and other threats to health, but it is also the culprit in the phenomena of allergies and hypersensitivity.

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