Tattvas and the Breath

Tattvas and the Breath

In the Chandogyopanishad it is stated that the five tattvas have evolved from the mind,the mind has evolved from prana and prana has evolved from pure consciousness. Thus the tattvas are present in every form of creation. In the physical body, they manifest as chitta shakti, prana shakti and atma shakti, which act on the body and mind through energy channels or nadis and the breath or swara. Read More

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Ajna Chakra; The Third Eye

Ajna Chakra is a point where the higher intelligence, the non-manifestation and the manifested intelligence, are both experienced at the same level. Therefore, the yogic traditions have called ajna chaltra the seat of intuition, the seat of the guru or the seat of the sixth sense. The five senses belong to the manifest dimension, the manifest experience. The sixth sense or the intuitive experience is the transcendental manifestation of the supreme intelligence. It is here that we have to focus our creativity, willpower and desire to either be a receiver of or a receptacle for the manifest or non manifest experiences. Read More

The Nadi System (Channel Of Our Life Force) nadis

The Nadi System (Channel Of Our Life Force)

Imagine the rush of energy that you experience when you are excited. Try to feel the channels through which the energy flows out during such experiences. At first  this may seem incomprehensible, but these energy flows may be traced when you focus. Modern science explains this process in terms of nerve impulses, but the ancient seers perceived it as energy and consciousness flowing through interconnected channels in our body called nadis, which form an energy network.The word nadi means ‘flow’. Thus nadis are subtle flows of energy, just as electricity, radio waves and laser beams are subtle flows. Nadis relate to the energy in our body and should not be confused with nerves, which relate to the physical body. Nadis are pathways of pranic, mental and spiritual currents, which form a matrix throughout the physical body. They provide energy to every cell, and every organ through their vast network, carrying prana back and forth in every direction. Read More

Chakra Shuddhi: Cleansing of Chakras

Chakra Shuddhi: Cleansing of Chakras

Chakra shuddhi means ‘purification of the psychic centres’. These practices are used in kundalini yoga for the location of the psychic centers. In japa yoga these practices make up a special anusthana which can bring great benefits to a serious practitioner, who is able to devote one week or one month uninterruptedly to the practice. In kundalini yoga it is said that before the kundalini awakens, the chakras must be purified, opened and awakened. These practices form an important part of this process. Each psychic center is dealt with, in separate stages, and in the final stage all the psychic centers are dealt with consecutively.In chakra shuddhi, first each center is located and identified. Then with deep breathing, a psychic passage is established between the chakra kshetram, or trigger point in front of the body, to the actual chakra point in the spine. Finally, with the addition of mantra, the chakra is purified and opened. As the sound vibration of the mantra gradually builds up along the psychic passage, the psychic center is awakened. Read More