Meditation Video – What is Meditation?

Posted on June 21st, 2015 in Meditation by Anmol Mehta

Welcome to the new meditation video series on Mastery of Meditation and Yoga.  This series will do a deep dive into meditation and explore this amazing art from basic techniques to it’s very advanced levels.  In this series, you will learn not just what meditation is, but also understand what it is not.

This first video of the series will introduce you to true meditation and help you understand the real purpose of this practice.  In it we will explore the teachings of J. Krishnamurti and expand on his explanation of the activity of meditation.



An In-depth Look at Tadasana – Yoga Mountain Pose

Posted on June 10th, 2015 in Yoga,Yoga Illustrations by Anmol Mehta
 
Tadasana is a basic standing posture that forms the foundation of many other postures – not just standing poses, but also seated postures. A deep understanding of Tadasana will inform your entire practice.  You will find more information and variation of Mountain Pose on the website here.

While it sounds so simple – just stand there – there is a huge difference between an embodied Tadasana and merely an idea of Tadasana.



Here’s how to embody your Tadasana:

Lift up your toes, and spread them wide, feeling all four corners of your feet engaging the ground. Feel your arches naturally lift. 

Let your toes release onto the ground while maintaining the evenly grounded feet.

Line your ankles, knees and hips up so they stack one on top of the other.

Engage your quadriceps and feel them lifting up toward your pelvis.

Release your pelvis down toward the earth – not tucking under, but extending.

Extend your spine toward the sky and broaden your collarbones.
Relax and soften your shoulders, letting the shoulder blades slide down the back of your spine. 

A strong, supple Tadasana is the perfect base posture to explore arm pranayamas. Each of these has a slightly different effect. 

Maintain awareness of your torso and legs in stillness even as the arms are moving in tandem with the breath. Be aware of the grounding action through the pelvis, legs and feet, and the ascending, lifting action of the spine.

Arm Pranayama Variation #1

  

Arms start at your side. 

Inhale and extend your arms out sideways bringing them all the way up until they meet above your head. 

Keep your arms straight and be aware of a straight line of energy moving from the heart, through the shoulders, elbows and wrists.

  

As you exhale, press your palms together and  bring your arms down the centre line of the body. Be aware of drawing energy into your body.

As the exhale ends, begin the inhale again, opening the arms wide.

There is a sense of opening to embrace the world and drawing the world’s energy into the body.

Arm Pranayama Variation #2

  

Arms hang loose by your sides, palms facing up and elbows slightly bent.

On an inhale, lift your hands up towards the sky to about your armpits.

As you exhale, turn your palms over and press them down into the ground as if you were squashing the air.

  

Focus more attention on the exhale, releasing the exhale and excess energy into the earth.
 

 

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Surya Namaskar Variation and Video

Posted on March 17th, 2015 in Yoga,Yoga Illustrations,Yoga Videos by Anmol Mehta

Most of us are familiar with a Standard Sun Salutation A or B. However, there are many more creative variations of sun salutations that work the body and nervous system in a holistic manner.  



Complete 30 Minute Yoga Set – Part 2

Posted on March 9th, 2015 in Health and Wellbeing,Kundalini Yoga,Yoga,Yoga Illustrations,Yoga Pranayama by Anmol Mehta

All titles below are links to the yoga poses and techniques used in this set, so click the link to read the full details on the particular exercise.



Excellent 30 Minute Yoga Set – Part 1

Posted on February 26th, 2015 in Health and Wellbeing,Yoga,Yoga Illustrations,Yoga Pranayama by Anmol Mehta

All titles below are links to the yoga techniques article, so click the link to read the full details on the particular exercise.



How Deep Acceptance of What You Don’t Want Can Lead to Joy & Bliss

Posted on February 12th, 2015 in Emotional Mastery by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah writes about all kinds of things, from home practice and parenting to the etiquettes of yoga class and the ethics of yoga. One of her specialities is the psychology of mastering yourself – something she learned through her home yoga practice.

This article, written in 2011, illustrates how it’s never our circumstances that cause either happiness or suffering, but our approach to our circumstances. 

by Kara-Leah Grant  

There's always an opportunity on the horizon
There’s always an opportunity on the horizon


How to maintain a home yoga practice with a new baby in the house

Posted on February 10th, 2015 in Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah writes about all kinds of things, from home practice and parenting to the etiquettes of yoga class and the ethics of yoga. One of her specialities is the psychology of maintaing a home yoga practice – she’s even written a book on it, Forty Days of Yoga. It’s something she knows about intimately, from the inside out. This article was written five years ago, when her son was still a baby.

by Kara-Leah Grant  

Fitting babies into a yoga practice - Samuel at 6 months
Fitting babies into a yoga practice – Samuel at 6 months


Why an Attitude of Trusteeship Liberates while Ownership Binds

Posted on February 6th, 2015 in Emotional Mastery,Spiritual Blogging by Guest Author

Welcome to a new article by our regular contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children.

To be a trustee, means taking care or looking after, for short period of time. It is a responsibility which is given considering some facts.

The one who gives the responsibility trusts completely and expects the best outcome from the relationship.

A trustee faithfully completes the responsibility.

We can live happily in this world, by adopting this trusteeship attitude. It means having wealth, relationships, careers and experiences with detachment. A trustee believes completely that this responsibility is short term and gives it his full attention and commitment.



Reflections on a Different Way to Perceive the New Year’s

Posted on February 2nd, 2015 in Meditation,Personal Development by Guest Author

Welcome to a new article by our regular contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children.

 

The year has gone by, like a whiff of breeze. Every time the New Year arrives, it brings with it a realisation of the time that has gone by.

Experiences, good, bad and ugly happen as events and occurrences, going by as life experiences itself. Like a flicker of light which shines for a moment and goes away.



How to Achieve Your Goals when You’re Quaking with Fear

Posted on January 28th, 2015 in Emotional Mastery,Wealth & Prosperity by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah writes about all kinds of things, from home practice and parenting to the etiquettes of yoga class and the ethics of yoga. One of her specialities is the psychology of achieving dreams. It’s something she knows about intimately, from the inside out. 

by Kara-Leah Grant  

You’ve finally done it – you’ve committed to that big dream of yours even though you’re shaking with fear right down into the tips of your boots.

Yes, you’ve taken that big, bold step that shifts your dream from being something inside your head, to something that other people can see.



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