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At the Vishwa Foundation, Yoga is based on the techniques taught by Paramsadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj of Akkalkot
”Yoga is the method of calming the mind and cessation of its fluctuations” – Patanjali Yogasutra
The word “Yoga” came from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means “to unite, to bind together.” Ancient seers believed that for man to be in harmony with his own self and his environment, integration of the body, the mind, and the spirit was a pre-requisite. Yoga is about achieving this union of the body, mind and soul complex.
The techniques taught in Yoga lay down a route for attaining this connect of mind, body & soul. Yog provides guidance and support to assist the process of introspection, looking within one’s self.
A healthy body and healthy mind need to be in touch with the spirit or the soul, because that’s the only way to experience eternal joy, Ananda. Experiencing the feeling of being one with the self liberates an individual from all attachments and bonds of sadness and pain. When an individual attains this state of union, the state of Param Ananda- true eternal bliss is attained.
At Vishwa we use the Yoga techniques followed and taught by Shree.
Asana comprising yogic body postures, is one of the eight parts of yoga. Asana consists of various body postures and movements which bring about suppleness and flexibility. Vishwa lays special emphasis on the Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation. Surya Namaskar is an important asana, comprising a set of 12 cyclic postures performed one after the other with synchronized breathing techniques. Surya Namaskar is considered beneficial, important, and special amongst the other Asanas because it involves stretching, compressing and exercising of all major muscle groups along with toning digestive and respiratory systems.
Gaining strength, toned muscles, pain prevention, better breathing, mental calmness and stress reduction are some of the immediate benefits of performing various Asanas.
Prana is life energy. Every day through our breathing we inhale vital Prana from the universe that keeps us alive. It flows through the channels of energy and provides the necessary energy and fuel for us to be able to perform various metabolic functions. This energy takes care of our physical vitality, gives us emotional strength, and looks after our general well being.
Pranayama is a technique that helps us to achieve regulated and controlled breathing pattern; promoting intake and release of life energy. Pranayama aids the body in the process of connecting it to its tremendous potential energy within.
Pranayama breathing techniques channelize this vital energy for better emotional and physical awareness, which is not possible in normal course. When you practice Pranayan, you witness immediate improvement in your lung capacity, immune system, memory, a recharged nervous system, etc which is impossible to achieve via normal breathing.
Dhyana means meditation. Meditation is the practice of concentrating or focusing your mind, restricting your thoughts and distractions to look deep into yourself. Practicing Dhyana and experiencing a quiet meeting with your inner self gives you a better understanding of your real purpose in life, besides providing you with physical and mental health benefits.
Meditation alleviates suffering and promotes healing. This has been known and practiced for thousands of years. For meditation the very first step is to accept that focusing our mind is not as easy. It is simpler to empty our mind of the thoughts but to prevent the thoughts from coming back is much harder. Meditation helps an individual reach positive and holistic health. Meditation is practiced to develop awareness and energy required to transform deep-rooted emotional patterns. It can be learned and practiced by anyone. It is above and beyond age, gender, caste, colour, creed, etc.
The Pranava Meditation practiced at Vishwa is an ancient method of meditation. It is a unique way to balance a person’s physical and emotional states. It is simple and can benefit everybody. During Pranava Meditation, one goes through a state of deep relaxation, while the mind’s awareness level is increased. This results in faster reactions, greater creativity, and improved comprehension.
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