Meditation and Mindfulness have become buzz word now a days for good reasons. Meditation means “reflect upon” or “contemplate”. I experience it first time while reading and contemplating a book i.e. the Power of Now by Echort Tolle. It is indeed a very practical book with practical techniques to observe and control one’s mind. I am not an avid meditator but here are some of my experiences with meditation:
1. Uncomfortable at starting it:
It is quite common with me. I always plan that I will meditate after my office hours but I feel so difficult to start the same. Sometimes I have so much of weird though in my mind that this is going to happen or that will happen if i close my eyes and detach myself from my phone and people.
2. Uncomfortable in sitting in a posture:
In starting few minutes like 5-10 mins i feel normal but after that I feel like my legs are freezing. I feel like moving my legs.
3. Dullness and Confusion:
These are quite common things that happens to me number of times after meditation. I feel incomplete and also it feel like whether I did good or something went wrong. I can say that It is one of the vrittis mentioned by Maharshi Patanjali in Samadhi Pada i.e. Pramana.
4. Excess sleepiness:
I feel so much calm after the meditation but at the same time sometimes I fee so much of the excess sleep. I try not sleep at that time but don’t feel like doing anything else as well.
5. Things fall on line automatically:
After I strated meditating regularly, Things has started to sort out on its own. I started waking up in morning just to feel calm and silence when I meditate. It has also regulated my sleep since i hit the bed early and i found enough time to get ready for everyday stuffs.
There happened a incident when my boss was so tense because something went wrong. He was so furious and gave 1 hours of lecture. I simply listened to him. Then he asked what to do now? I answered that problems has already been solved !
7. Stillness in mind:
Meditation is kind of practice to get mind to self whenever it goes outside and stuck in non-essential stuffs.
I do get other experiences as well but that I don’t want to bind into mere words.
For a beginner, I would recommend to start with guided meditation i.e. Panchkosha Meditation. I am giving one of my favorite among all by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar:
After completion of my Online Sri Sri Yoga Level-I, I was so much keen to join the Online Sri Sri Yoga Level-II and to continue these yoga practices for longer enough to make it a daily routine of mine. My expectations with level 2 was like, I will do some next level yoga. I was expecting to learn some more challenging postures and Asanas but nothing of that sort I found. In fact after completing the course, I realised that difficult and challenging postures are not the real Yoga. True meaning of Yoga is when you are in harmony with your body, mind and breath. Guided meditation in Gurudev’s voice is always a blessing in all of the Art of Living courses. Best part of this Online Sri Sri Yoga Level – II was that I got to know about “Patanjali Yoga Sutra”. I have always heard of it and have made perception of it but never experienced it. It was my fortune to listen the Gurudev’s commentary on most of the sutras of Samadhi Pada. He explains things so easily and practically that you can actually feel it. After listening few Sutras, i though, Why I have not read it before. One Sutra which I personally liked that is : स तु दीर्घकालनैरंतर्यसत्कारासेवितो दृढभूमि || I love it not only because it tell about a way for a seeker but also It very practical for everyone else. This sutra tells, “one should practice his duty(/yog/practices) with honour(/respect/love) to be perfect for long time.” There are many more such Sutras and Maharshi Patanjali has compiled the whole human behaviour, ailment and its solutions in this book. We alway have some or other doubt (Sansay) but on the path of yoga you can not have doubt. Either you have to clear the doubt or you will stop moving on the path of Yoga. Maharshi Patanjali has enlisted nine obstacles on the path of yoga. Doubt (Sansay) is one of those. I am reminding it because I always had this doubt in my mind that how is Sudarshan Kriya helpful and where is it mentioned in the scriptures? I was kind of constantly looking for Praman of this question. Then something amazing happened on 4th day of Online Sri Sri Yoga Level -II, Gurudev explained a Sutra from “Patanjali Yoga Sutra” that cleared all of my doubt about “Sudarshan Kriya”.
I also experience the Subtle Strengthening and healing Contractions (Sahasi) technique in this course. It’s really and amazing practice for whole body nerve. This technique is really awesome.
I also got to learn about the Shankhaprakshalana Kriya. It an ayurvedic technique for physical purification because it will clean the intestine tract by removing the impurities with salty water. This practice is also known as “Varisar Dhouti”. Please practice this technique only in the presence of Yoga Teacher. I would recommend everyone to join these yoga courses. You will get better health and mind after the course. Jai Gurudev
I have completed my schooling from Maharshi Arvind Vidya Madir and there was a whole subject for Sharirik Shiksha in class 6th, 7th and 8th. I have had learned few Asanas there but I lacked practicing it later during my college days.
I have forgotten Yoga completely until I got to know my father is going for group yoga in morning. Papa used to tell me about Anulom Vilom and Kapal Bhati but I never took it seriously.
I got enthusiastic about yoga and meditation again after listening so many people from west explaining benefits of it.
Specially when I got to know Steve Jobs has came to India for seeking some spiritual knowledge 😇.
It actually opened my eyes.After that I started listening people like Sandeep Maheshwari, Khursed Bataliwala (Bawa), Sadhguru and even Echort Tolle.
Between all of this quest, I got to know about Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar because of ongoing preparation of World Cultural Festival in 2016.
I searched about Him and I found myself so attached to Him. Later, When I got to know that Bawa is his disciple then I was very much clear about what to do.
I have heard about Sudarshan Kriya by one of the Art of Living Volunteer at IIT Madras Campus for the very first time.
Then searched about it over internet and I found an answer on Quora by Bawa himself and then I did not have any other thought expect to learn this amazing technique as soon as possible.
I made a call at Art of Living Bengaluru Ashram and got a closest and nearest Happiness Program by Johan Arora and Anshul Arora.
The Location was 15 Kms away from where I was staying and 5 Kms away from my Office. I choose evening time to that I could manage it with my office. I attended this course and It was really an eye opener for me.
I would recommend everyone to attend this awesome program so that you will become happy and spread happiness 😃.
Jal Neti is an ancient yogic practice to keep nasal passes clean and strengthens respiratory system. It has lot of benefits as written in many books but I will be sharing what I have experience till now.
I always used to feel that one of my nasal pass is blocked and I am not breathing fully with that particular nasal pass. Breathing is equivalent to living. If you are not breathing well then You are not living well. It made my breathing better with time and I now feel like living more.
If you are not breathing well then You are not living well.
Once I started feeling better with the breathing pattern. I also started feeling to have improved vision, calmness in mind and also reduction in my anger.
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I was looking for an alternative of regular gym to keep my body and mind fit so I got to know about Yoga Techniques By The Art of Living. I searched for it everywhere but I could not find any teacher in my area in my home town.
I came to Mumbai in 2016 by the virtue of my job and got some time to focus on my body and mind. I again started looking for nearby yoga classes by The Art of Living.
I did a google search and came to know that “Happiness Program” is happening near to my office so I joined the program and It was really awesome and I still feel so good whenenver I remind myself about the teaching I have learned in the program.
I was introduced with an amazing Breathing and Meditation technique know as “Sudarshan Kriya”. I felt so good after trying it for first time.
I have enlited some of the Yoga Techniques By The Art of Living below. You can go through these techniques. You never know, you may need it and you are not even aware about these techniques.
Sudarshan Kriya by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath which harmonize the body, mind and emotions. The Art of Living SKY is a unique and powerful breathing technique which eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving you calm yet energized, focused & yet relaxed.
Kapalbhati Pranayama Breathing Technique – Also known as Skull Shining Breathing Technique is a very effective for the weight loss.
Surya Namaskar is an ancient form of Yoga, an art of solar vitalization. It is a meditative technique to lose weight, improve posture and to strengthen muscles. Surya Namaskar is a great method to keep yourself in high fitness level and also relieves you from stress.
Padma Sadhana, to rejuvenate your body and mind. These practices can make you more sensitive to subtle sensations in the body and is one of the surest way to steady the wandering mind. It helps in toning the leg and arm muscles and adds greater flexibility to the back.
I am promotiing Yoga Techniques By The Art of Living but I am sharing it becase I have met many people who dont start yoga just because they want to do it in correct way. These videos could be very helpful in starting your yoga journey but these voideo can never replace the importance of having a yoga teacher and learning it directly from teacher itself.