Yog asana are a prerequisite for cleansing the mind, body and chakras. Asanas may be comprehended as exercise for the purpose of removal of toxins. The purpose of yoga however is different, it is self-realization. Asana is a preparatory exercise to condition the body for yoga, it is not yoga. Yoga is the art of returning back to the creation, which always bestows upon us. Yoga is the journey of getting rid of our inner wastes and facilitates a journey towards self.
To teach the art of excelling our inner being, Dhyan Foundation teaches ‘Sanatan Kriya’ which is assimilation of Vedic techniques encompassing all the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga as laid down by Sage Patanjali. Sanatan kriya brings closer to the deepest mysteries of creation, the magnanimous gyan of the Vedic seers, and the ancient secrets to health, beauty and glow for not just the physical body but also the external layers that comprise the being; layers which are invisible to the uninitiated but evident to the practitioners of Yog and Sanatan Kriya.
The easy steps of sanatan kriya fulfill different purposes in our hectic lives. The Ujjai pranayam purifies the body. The basic joint rotations regularize the flow of prana in the body. The chakra santulan pranayam redistributes this prana in the various chakras. The paanch mahaprana dhyan balances the five vayus that control the physical body and balances the five elements. Charity and service are also an integral part of the kriya and indispensable for purification of the self, as well as growth.
Yoga enhances the vitality, memory and productivity. It helps us to strengthen our senses and relieve us from anxiety. Yoga is a natural healer for chronic ailments and it imparts a sense of joy, peace and fulfillment within the people.
Happy International Yoga Day (21st June) to all!
Beginnings are an epitome of hopes, happiness and immense enthusiasm. The Hindu New Year or Gudi Padwa or also called as Ugadi is widely celebrated to inaugurate the Hindu year. This is the first day of the Indian month of Chaita according to the lunar calendar. This day also marks the beginning of new season and end of the Rabi crops. People from all around India perform special rituals on this day and welcome the New Year with immense joy.
The preparations for this special day include proper cleansing of the house and decorating the home at its best. The family members install the Gudi at the entrance of their residence by taking a long stick, a sacred cloth which is mainly red or yellow in colour and a Kalash. After placing the kalash it is adorned with mango leaves and flowers. This ceremony is highly sacred and considered to bring happiness, prosperity and success for the family.
The festival is celebrated in honour of Maratha Shivaji Maharaj, a great king who had a kingdom that spread across the entire part of western India. This is the reason people worship the Gudi which is a cloth which flies like a flag that is usually a sign of victory in an army.
This day also represents love and devotion between the wife and husband. On this day newly married daughters with their husbands are invited for special meals and resents. Thus this is the festival where families and relatives get together to celebrate the joy. Special delicacies are also prepared like Shrikhand and Poori or Puran Poli in Maharashtra and a mixture of six tastes called Ugadi Pachhadi or Bevu Bella in South India.
This year Gudi Padwa is on 8th April 2016 and we wish that it brings new ray of hope in everyone’s life.
Sweetness of rewari, fragrance of popcorn, illumination of bon fire and musical traditions; the pompous Lohri is here. The festival of happiness and joy holds immense traditional and cultural values. It is widely celebrated among parts of North India on 13th January every year. On the eve of this festival people gather around a bon fire and celebrate while dancing and singing traditional songs. Some of the unknown facts about this beautiful festival are as follows:
- People believe that this festival is named after wife of Sant Kabir, Loi. Whereas another tale suggests that Holika and Lohri were sisters.
- The festival is dedicated to Sun God as it is the transition phase from winters to the warmth of springs.
- This festival marks the beginning of the harvest season and is a way to adore God for successful harvest in the new season.
- The festival of Lohri is often related to the legend of Dulla Bhatti who was a heroic character during the Mughal Empire. Lohri is celebrated in honor of Dulla Bhatti with folk songs describing his brave saga.
- The new bride is like a blessing to the family, similar to this festival of success and prosperity. Therefore newlywed couple celebrate this festival with all their family and friends.
- People light a large bonfire at sunset, toss sesame seeds, gur, sugar-candy and rewaries in it, sit round it, sing, and dance till the fire dies out.
Navaratri– the nine days of joy, enthusiasm, fun and celebration to cherish the victory of good over evil is beginning from 13th October 2015. Literally ‘Nav’ refers to nine and ‘Ratri’ is night, so Navratri is the nine nights and ten days period to receive the powerful grace of Ma Durga. Adoring Ma durga during nine days by keeping fasts and worshipping her is the perfect way to realize our upmost goal and motive of existence, which gets blur in the magical world of materialism.
So to perform the puja during these auspicious nine days, Shubhpuja has made your work easier by providing you the puja samagri for Navratri. The list of samagri is as follows:
- Agarbatti/ Incense sticks
- Moli/ red thread
- Roli/ sacred vermillion powder
- Areca nuts (Supari)
- Saffron/ kesar
- Diya and Batti
- Durga Saptashati book
- Green bangles
- Red cloth
Loads of people are practicing yoga nowadays, either being fitness lovers or for pleasure; but few of us practice this art for the attainment of peace, self-contentment, inner joy and relaxation of soul. Yoga is one of the ancient art form of India and holds divine significance for people around the globe.
Yoga means union with God. This union is a conscious union. We are all united with God but we are not aware of it so when we practice Yoga, we become conscious of our union with God. Yoga is a spiritual journey from getting rid of the stressful life and achieving bliss and happiness.
- Yoga is not just a practice, it’s an inner subject which has to be lived, loved and cared. Yoga transcends us to real satisfaction and gaining free consciousness.
- The art of yoga brings our mind, body and soul in harmony that helps us to connect with the cosmic energy of the Universe.
- During the practice of yoga, one has to focus on the divine context rather than the superficial level. By continuously working with this thought, one shreds of the artificial attainment of beauty and gains peace and joy.
- Numerous troubles and tensions surround us the entire day and we might try to control hem to keep ourselves calm. Remember yoga is not about getting rid of problems or controlling them, rather it is about keeping the tolerance and inner peace intact and facing the situation.
- Yoga aware us about our very existence through simple techniques of focussing on our body processes and breathing, which in turn leads to better understanding of our own body and mind and expressing gratitude.
- We usually admire the creation and forget the creator, thus yoga instils us with the balance of admiring not only the creation but also the creator himself.
- Yoga fills us with the feeling of surrendering ourselves for the welfare of humanity, which in turn leads us to living for the supreme energy.
Thus yoga is the journey of attaining enlightenment like Lord Shiva, Lord Mahavir and Lord Buddha and becoming closer to our ultimate goal of life which is oneness with the supreme master. By gaining peace of soul, we would be contended as we will each closer to God.
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja