7 Kundalini Yoga Postures to Clear the Chakras “Men of great knowledge actually found out about the chakras – their workings, their petals, their sounds, their infinity, their co-relationship, their powers. They found that the life of a human is totally based on these chakras. They developed into a whole science. This total science gave birth to Kundalini Yoga. The human body is a complex system encompassing vast energy systems that are not immediately perceptible with our limited eyes. Asana,or postures, are positions of the body used to activate and direct energy to open both a physical and an energetic position in the body. 1) First Chakra, the Root Chakra (Muladhara): Foundations, fear, survival Asana: Crow Pose 2) Second Chakra, the Sacral Chakra (Svadisthana): Creation, desire, relationships Asana: Frog Pose Keep the heels together and the fingers on the ground. 3) Third Chakra, the Solar Plexus (Manipura): Will, action Asana: Stretch Pose Lift the head and the feet six inches off the ground. Asana: Camel Pose Asana: Cobra Pose
Pictures of the brain's activity during Yoga Nidra / Bindu 11 / Issues of Bindu / Articles Article from Bindu no 11 by Robert Nilsson "We had not expected the meditators to be able to control their consciousness to such an extent." (Brain researcher Troels Kjær, The Kennedy Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark) Preparation for the scanning at The State University Hospital in Copenhagen. Researchers have for the first time succeeded in taking pictures of the brain during a meditative deep-relaxation, with as short a scanning time as one minute per image. When they contacted us, they said they wanted to measure awareness! At first we proposed that people doing Kriya Yoga could be measured. We therefore agreed with the researchers to measure people practising Yoga Nidra from the CD Experience Yoga Nidra, guided by Swami Janakananda. We limited the research to those who practised Kriya Yoga regularly - they were to do Kriya Yoga in the morning, before going to the hospital to have brain scans. The measurements The subjects lay one at a time in the PET scanner. The results Conclusion 1. rest
A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way I consider myself something of a prospective meditator—meaning that a serious meditation practice is always something I’m about to start… next week. So for years, I’ve been making a mental note of new studies showing that meditation can literally change our brain structure in ways that might boost concentration, memory, and positive emotions. Jacob Wackerhausen The results seem enticing enough to make anyone drop into the full lotus position—until you read the fine print: Much of this research involves people who have meditated for thousands of hours over many years; some of it zeroes in on Olympic-level meditators who have clocked 10,000 hours or more. Pretty daunting. Well, a new study offers some hope—and makes the benefits of meditation seem within reach even for a novice like me. The researchers tracked 16 people who were participating in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, the training program developed more than 30 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Yoga Beginners Expert Q&A - Asanas for the Chakra System A prescription of asanas to help balance the subtle energies of the chakra system. By Barbara Kaplan Herring Seventh Heaven There are seven chakras, or energy centers, in the body that become blocked by longheld tension and low self-esteem. But practicing poses that correspond to each chakra can release these blocks and clear the path to higher consciousness. The chakra system provides a theoretical base for fine-tuning our yoga practice to suit our unique personality and circumstances. Each chakra is associated with particular functions within the body and with specific life issues and the way we handle them, both inside ourselves and in our interactions with the world. These imbalances may develop temporarily with situational challenges, or they may be chronic. A deficient chakra neither receives appropriate energy nor easily manifests that chakra's energy in the world. Next: Muladhara Chakra (Root) Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Mindfulness Meditation Linked With Positive Brain Changes, Study Suggests Scientists have found that a kind of Chinese mindfulness meditation practice is linked with actual physical changes in the brain -- changes that may even have protective effects against mental illness. Researchers from the University of Oregon studied past data from a 2010 study of 45 undergraduate students, as well as a past study on 68 students at the Dalian University of Technology in China, who practiced integrative body-mind training. The meditation technique places heavy emphasis on being aware of the mind, body and environment. Using diffusion tensor imaging, a kind of MRI imaging technique, the researchers were able to look at the brain structure changes that occurred in connection with the mindfulness meditation practice. The researchers found that after two weeks of practicing this kind of meditation, the study participants had an increase in the number of signaling connections in the brain, called axonal density. Close It Makes Your Brain Plastic
How to Meditate: What you didn’t know about Empty Mind Techniques and your bliss Sow a thought and you reap an act; Sow an act and you reap a habit; Sow a habit and you reap a character; Sow a character and you reap a destiny. Empty mind meditation is one of the most popular and yet misunderstood types of meditation. I love it because it trains you to still (or control, depending on what you want) your thoughts and emotions. Why should this matter? Empty mind meditation is also a neutral form – it is free of all the different teachings and belief systems, so everyone can practice it without getting sucked into something they might not want to. I’ve been asked a few times about my favourite meditations, so I’ll describe it here, with a few personal variations. If you’re an experienced meditator, you can skip the next few sections and get straight to the goods. Benefits of empty mind meditation I have used empty mind meditation to great effect; it was one of the most important practices I used to get out of extreme negativity. Continued practice of meditation: Posture
How to Open Your Spiritual Chakras: Step-by-Step Instructions User Reviewed Community Q&A According to Hindu and/or Buddhist belief, chakras are vast (yet confined) pools of energy in our bodies which govern our psychological qualities. There are said to be seven main chakras in all; four in our upper body, which govern our mental properties, and three in the lower body, which govern our instinctual properties. They are: The Muladhara (root) chakra. Read on to discover the art of becoming aware of the chakras, as well as a very reliable technique designed to open them. Steps <img alt="Image titled Open Your Spiritual Chakras Step 1" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn" onload="WH.performance.clearMarks('image1_rendered'); WH.performance.mark('image1_rendered');">1Understand that if you are opening your chakras, there is no need to try to make over-active chakras less active. Community Q&A Ask a Question Tips
The Ultimate Beginners Guide To Meditation You have read about the benefits of meditation and just want to get started. You are convinced that meditation can bring life lasting advantages and now you want a small map to guide you through the basics of meditation. You might have tried to sit once in a while, but never had a clear picture of what to do when and how to progress. If you feel yourself nodding yes, then this beginners guide to meditation is for you. This is just one way of getting started, a way I feel can have powerful and lasting effects (to also just gently let go in the end.) Interested? I will start describing a simple yet necessary posture. Why? If you don’t develop a strong equanimity (non-volatile awareness) first, then you will be easily distracted when trying out insight meditation. As I’ve been taught in numerous Buddhist retreats and monasteries, focus and insight are the two wings of meditation, you need both to fly. The Basics of Meditation Ready? I like to do all three things mentioned. It is simple. 1. 2.