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  1. Generally speaking our thoughts control us, but we can learn to be the ones in charge. Our thoughts do control how we view the world, which in turn determines how we interact with the surrounding world. This doesn't have to be bad, but usually is because of the experiences we had and the lessons we learned, since there are more big negative experiences than there are big positive ones. Basically, every experience we had leads us to view life in a certain way, this view causes thoughts to arise which determine the way we interact with the world. So, to sum it up, you interact with the environment depending on the experiences you had. Now, we can make that work for us by interjecting at any point in this line-up! We can control what we experience by following the positive ones and getting rid of the negative ones, which in turn affects the way we view the world and therefore, how we think about it. We can also control how we view the world and what we believe by looking for evidence of the beliefs we want to hold, and by faking it until we make it, which, again, affects the way we think. Lastly, we can directly affect our thoughts by letting go of them or chosing to think about something different. You can think about whatever you desire right now, about dogs, cats, humans, the way the world works or the purpose of life. The problem does not reside with the conscious thoughts, but with the subconscious thoughts that control us. To deal with those we have to get in the practice of consciously thinking about the things we want our subconscious mind to think of. For example: If you think, every day, how horrible your life is, then the pathways in your brain will strengthen, which means that more activity is centered around those areas, both subconsciously and consciously, which means you will be more inclined to think about negative things since the pathways are faster to travel. Let's put that in a better metaphor: Your thoughts are like cars driving on roads. Now, the more cars, or thoughts, travel to a certain area, the better it will be if that road gets bigger, and that is exactly what your brain does. So by chosing to think about positive, empowering and amazing thoughts, we strengthen those roads, meaning that they will become the highways in our brain, and will be used a lot more by all thoughts. To answer this question with all of this information, I would say our thoughts control us, but we can control what thoughts we want to have to control us. Basically, we elect the thoughts that have the most say in how we interact with the world, but ultimately it is the thoughts that control the way we act.
  2. First you must know " What is MEDITATION? " before you start meditating. Meditation is journey from sound to silence, from movement to stillness. People have different concepts about meditation. According to many, meditation is concentrating on something. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, meditation is deconcentration. Meditation is accepting this moment – living every moment totally. However, the result of meditation is improved concentration. When the mind is engaged in some activity, it gets tired. So any type of concentration, contemplation or any activity in the mind can drain your system. Meditation is that which doesn't drain you, but just gives you deep rest. It is almost like sleep, but not exactly sleep. Meditation calms the mind and gives it deep rest How to Meditate? 1. There is no need to get into any particular posture, unless you feel like it. Just keep your spine straight. While meditating if spine bend , don't think that you were doing wrong, it may happen. Whenever you become aware that your spine is bent , again straighten your spine. 2. Do not position your attention in any particular way. 3. Let whatever happens happen. Let the random thoughts come. You can't control thoughts. Remember whatever you resist, it persists. 4. Any time you notice yourself doing anything intentionally, stop. Doing anything intentionally means something you can voluntarily control, and therefore can stop. If you cannot stop doing something, then it's not intentional, and therefore you don't need to try to stop doing it. So, Anything you can stop doing, stop doing. Some examples of things you can stop doing are: (a) Intentionally thinking (b) Trying to have equanimity (c) Trying to keep track of what's going on (d) Trying to focus on something specific (e) Trying to meditate (f )Let go of doing anything like this 5. Keep doing nothing for at least 10 minutes, or as long as you like. It's not as easy as it seems , but practice will make you perfect. Everytime you meditate your experience will be different. There is nothing like RIGHT or WRONG in meditation. Whenever you feel SLEEPY or taking a NAP after meditation , you were not meditating (You were SLEEPING). If you feel +ve energy, deep rest, calm mind, fresh, enthusiastic etc after meditation you were meditating.
  3. I suggest you to go for yoga during pregnancy. Yoga gives you high benefits to prevent disease like diabetes, blood pressure or depression. It is a good way for developing baby so that you feel relaxed and stay fit. While yoga is a great form of exercise for pregnant women, Bikram yoga specifically in its hot environment is not safe. It can lead to dehydration and overheating. I recommend you to find specific prenatally designed yoga classes. You can also get take help from this article Yoga During Pregnancy. You can gain better insight to yoga if you go through it.
  4. Yes, I have read somewhere that people who had been practicing Transcendental Meditation for over five years had a biological age twelve years younger than their chronological age. May be because of DHEA. As DHEA levels plunge, ageing related problems come to the fore more strongly and it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is known to play a critical role in the development of many diseases of ageing, including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis and certain cancers. It prevents atrophy, dementia, depression and many other age correlated problems. The longer we maintain higher DHEA levels, the longer we put off the many problems that accompany old age. And the practice of meditation achieves exactly this.
  5. It really depends on what you want to achieve, but generally speaking I recommend practicing yoga twice a week to start with, if you are feeling enough benefit stick with this, but if you feel you need more you can increase it gradually. There are so many options that it may also depend on time and your schedule.
  6. Hi everyone! I see there is a lot of confusion between nose and mouth breathing and some people recommend mouth breathing over nasal breathing. So, just thought of sharing this here to make it clear. Proper breathing technique is a bridge between your body and your mind. Concentrating on the breath works as a nexus, a focal point to unite our awareness and action in common point linking all three. Breathing is fundamental in all kinds of yoga sessions because it activates the parasympathetic nervous system allowing the relaxation response to take over and helps in establishing more profound inner gaze and meditative state. Not only the nose should do breathing but also inhalation should be directed towards the back of the throat and it should be slow, even and measured. It is extremely important to use nasal breathing in our yoga practice for following four reasons:- 1) To center the mind. By focusing on the breath, drawing it out, it allows you to stay in a specific state of mind (calm and focused). 2) To keep heat regulated in the body. 3) Cooling effect on brain. 4) It diminishes distractions and allows the practitioner to remain self-aware and grounded in the practice. In addition, we should not breathe out through the mouth, but exhaling should be done only through nose. When we breathe out through the mouth, we are wasting energy, even though there are some specific exercises in yoga where mouth breathing does happen. Mouth breathing can contribute to the following: misaligned bite, bad breath, snoring, sleep apnea, and nighttime urination. Air exhaled through the nose creates back pressure when one exhales. It slows the air escape so the lungs have more time to extract oxygen from them. Therefore, it is more appropriate to breathe out through the nose. Moreover, breathing through nose allows the body to use its natural filtering system and following the nasal path, the breath flows in through the nose up through the brain, flowing down through the throat to the rest of the body up through the stomach out mouth. This is the body’s way of cleansing itself and providing the other nutrients of breath. Therefore, Majority of Yoga poses promotes nasal breathing. So what’s the big deal in nasal breathing?
  7. Do you agree that prior to performing difficult Yoga asanas one should warm up - similarly to warming up before strength training?
  8. What are the differences between Kriya yoga and kundaliniyoga? Which is more faster growing technique or more useful?
  9. For me, Navasana is the most difficult and uncomfortable.
  10. Good choice! I do love pigeon, sirsasana, padmasana, but my favorite is sarvangasana - shoulder stand, because of its rejuvenating effect (if held for at least 4 minutes).