Category: Spirituality

Dharana – Fixing the mind 0

Dharana – Fixing the mind

Dharana can be translated as the concentration or fixing the mind on the object of contemplation. It is the initial step of deep meditation. When the mind becomes free from external objects caused by...

Pratyahara – Withdrawing the Senses 0

Pratyahara – Withdrawing the Senses

Pratyahara is the fifth limb or step mentioned in the yoga sutras by Maharshi Patanjali. The first four steps are: Yama (restraining harmful thoughts), Niyama (cultivating good habits), Asana (learning postures) and Pranayama (breathing...

Asana – Learning postures 0

Asana – Learning postures

Asana literally means a seat. Patanjali says “Sthira sukhasanam”, which means: that which is steady and comfortable is Asana. ‘Sthira’ means steady, balanced and ‘sukha’ means comfortable. Therefore, when we sit for a meditation,...

Niyama in Patanjali Yoga Sutra 0

Niyama in Patanjali Yoga Sutra

Niyama means rules. Niyama is the cultivating virtuous habits and practice of self-training to improve the quality of the mind and make it stronger. The niyamas are tools for preparing ourselves for higher possibilities....

Yama in Patanjali Yoga Sutra 0

Yama in Patanjali Yoga Sutra

Yamas deals with ethical standard and integrity by restraining harmful thoughts and impulses. Yama in Sanskrit means, restraint, the act of checking. They are like moral rules and code of conduct. The word Yama...

Patanjali Yoga Sutra: Eight steps of Yoga 0

Patanjali Yoga Sutra: Eight steps of Yoga

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra states that Ashtanga yoga comprises eight steps of yoga which has to be perfected to reach divine self. Though, yoga was existed and being practiced before Patanjali’s time, it was scattered...

Who is Sage Patanjali? 0

Who is Sage Patanjali?

  Rishi Patanjali is a great saint who is believed to have lived during 2nd century BCE, roughly 2500 years ago. He is known as the father of modern Yoga. He was a great...

Pranayama: Techniques of Rhythmic Breathing 1

Pranayama: Techniques of Rhythmic Breathing

  Pranayama is a rhythmic breathing exercise. Pranayama consists of two related words; Prana and Ayama. Prana means Life force or cosmic energy and Ayama means to regulate or control. There is cosmic energy...