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The Benefits of Practicing Tantric Sex

The benefits of practicing Tantric Sex or High Sex are many. Tantric sexual states have long been associated with similar high states of Theta wave as achieved by meditation. The primary purpose of these high states of sexual energy has been to achieve unity consciousness or ‘mahamudra’ with life. Any sexual activity is beneficial not only to the body but to the psyche as well. We know that when one is in a high state of sexual arousal the body unleashes hormones that give us a sense of euphoria and flood the endocrine system. Sexual energy nourishes our bodies and gives us a sense of aliveness. When making love we open our hearts to another and give ourselves the opportunity to receive and give pleasure.

Sacred sexuality goes beyond this to teach us about the deeper inner realms of our psyche and provides us with true understanding and compassion. Through passionate, sensual awareness you can increase the quality of your sexual life.

Through the practice of Tantric Sex you have the opportunity to awaken what is known as the ‘Kundalini’ energy. This energy is highly beneficial to you. Tantric sex enables you to begin to understand the power of this sexual energy. Sexual energy is one of the most powerful energies on the planet. When cultivated within the body it can not only bring you into ecstatic states of being, it can heal your physical and emotional states of being as well. Dr. Patti Taylor, an expert in the field of expanded orgasm, explains that when a person is in an orgasmic state for a long period of time they can process their emotional state much easier and receive pleasure at the same time. This is a very different way of looking at emotional clearing and much more fun.

The Tantric school of thought now used in the West is called Neo-Tantra. It combines White (devotional), and Red (sexual) Tantra, and principles of yoga and meditation. It weaves together both sensuality and spirituality so that the practitioner sees the act of making love as sacred. A loose tradition to begin with, Tantric teachings offer no clear record of their origins. Some believe they originally began by using bodily fluids as offerings to Tantric deities. Even the definition of the word ‘Tantra’ has varied and is sometimes defined as, “web,” “weaving,” “expansion,” and “liberation.” No matter what the definition, the heart of Tantra involves honest communication, creating intimacy and Self-realization.

Self-Realization is infinite and beyond space and time. The ultimate goal of Hindu-Buddhist based Tantra is Self-Realization, which leads to complete peace of mind, contentment and unity consciousness. It does not require you to change your spiritual beliefs in order for the process to work. Neo-Tantra Neo-Tantra may also include accessing high states of consciousness as its main objective. But for most Western practitioners it offers another way to enrich, expand and enhance their lovemaking. Osho, the “father” of Neo-Tantra, said, “The first part has to be sex. The second part has to be love. The third part has to be prayer. And the fourth has to be transcendence. So from the gross to the subtle you move. And in the fourth, sex has to completely disappear, love too, prayer too. Make it absolutely silent, peaceful, meditative… not even a trace is left. These are the four stages of Neo-Tantra…” “Neo-tantra typically makes use of the traditional tantra yoga asanas (positions), breath control, and meditation, but it is taught outside the framework of Hindu culture and religion…. Unique to Neo-Tantra is a modern or New Age tendency to include massage (so-called “tantric massage”), Reichian body-work (e.g. “bio-energetics”), and even counseling (e.g. “sexual healing”) to the course of study.

Below are 20 Sacred Sexual Secrets, that will assist you in receiving the most benefits from Tantric sex. 20 Sacred Sexual Secrets

1.Be In The Moment: Most people miss what is going on for them in the moment. Be present for the fun.

2. Make Conditions Right: Turn off the TV, get focused, feel rested and take advantage of the desire.

3. Cultivate Sexual Mindfulness: Be playful, attentive, erotic and be involved in the sensory moment.

4. Create a Sensual Atmosphere: Utilize the power of light, the scent of aromatherapy, the magic of incense and the toning of music.

5. Entice with Natural Aphrodisiacs: Nature holds the key, with sensual foods such as oysters, coco and juicy fruits.

6. Open Your Mind: Expectations can kill the moment! Try things that empower, enlighten and return you to the magic of youthful energy.

7. Let Go of Fears: Inhibitions are useless and block who you really aspire to be. This is really the time to complete who you are. The more you let go of your fears, the more highly aroused and more deeply impacted you will be by the sexual experience.

8. Be In Tune With Your Surroundings: Feel each sensation, your breathing, your environment, your sounds, your emotions. Whether you are alone or with a partner, be conscious.

9. Experience The Power of Color: Use color therapy by incorporating candles of color, lingerie, lighting or fabric in order to bring color into your environment.

10. Use Your Chakra Energies: The Chakras are stations along the central axis of your being. Each one is a point at which energy can be expressed in a certain set of actions, attitudes and emotions.

11. Rev Up Your Kundalini: This major life force energy is an ancient system originating from India that helps the student awaken and merge their spiritual natures.

12. Give Up Control: Allow for the give and take of each others’ lead. The giving up of power can be just as arousing!

13. Flow With The Rhythm: Entrainment is the tendency of two oscillating bodies to lock into phase, so that they vibrate in harmony.

14. Take Your Time: Only by exploring the erotic landscape, savoring all of the body’s hot spots, can we find a road to ultimate fulfillment.

15. Express Your Joys: If it works, let your partner know. Being vocal about your pleasure may help entice your partner. If it’s not, show them where it can.

16. To Release or Not To Release: Whether you’re a believer in the great release of energy or simply transmuting this sexual energy through other channels, there is always pleasure through a Sacred Union.

17. Reach New Heights: Rediscover the deep interrelationship between sexuality and spirituality.

18. Sex Is The Common Denominator: Sex is the energetic healer of our mind, body, and spirit.

19. Honor Pleasure As A Divine Gift: Sex is the most honest aspect of the Universal creative life force, which electrifies every stage of our lives.

20. Cultivate Pure Ecstasy: The goal of your Tantric practice is to bring high states of sexual arousal while remaining completely relaxed.

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Thai Massage Versus Sports Massage – Which Is Better For Athletes?

Thai massage may be the ultimate sports massage. By understanding the world’s oldest medicine systems, we become better equipped to treat athletic conditions.

Thai massage, also called Thai-Yoga, is rooted in the 7,000-year-old medicine system of Ayurveda. Although Ayurveda is ancient, the U.S. is just discovering its therapeutic riches.

What is Thai massage?

Thai massage is also called Thai-Yoga because it is rooted in yoga. Thai massage is like having yoga done to you.

Like massage, Thai massage is performed by a practitioner onto a recipient. The client passively receives a series of stretches and compressions. Unlike most massage styles, a highly-skilled therapist will also receive therapeutic effects by offering the treatment.

Like yoga, a session involves a series of dynamic stretches. Like stretches or postures in yoga (asanas), many muscles are stretched simultaneously.

And the stretches tend to be multi-planar. This means each stretch moves the muscles in more than just one direction. Multi-planar stretches prepare the muscle better for everyday activities than do stretches that are isolating or uni-directional.

The most notable effects of the treatment sequence include:

* Stretching tight muscles

* Loosening stiff joints, and

* Improving energy circulation.

The treatment improves energy circulation by loosening muscles that commonly tighten and restrict the flow of blood, nerves, oxygen, and other vital energy. In many Eastern health practices, this focus is called clearing chakras. By clearing all of the body’s major chakras, vital energy flow is restored throughout the body.

How is Thai massage different from Sports massage?

Sports massage is a common style of massage used to train athletes and treat sports injuries. Most massage therapists receive special training or a distinct sports massage certification in order to practice it with athletes.

Sports massage is a combination of assisted stretching and massage techniques. The application depends on the phase of the athlete’s training.

The benefits of assisted stretching are limited, however, because muscles are stretched in isolation, uni-directionally.

Thai massage is also typically applied in a gentle manner that enables the recipient to relax. When the body is relaxed, and stretches are received passively, the muscles can be stretched more deeply.

Using multi-planar, dynamic stretches, with a relaxing approach, is more beneficial than typical assisted stretching focused on muscles in isolation.

Clearing chakras is also more restorative than working on muscles individually or treating problematic areas separately from the rest of the body.

While most Americans consider massage to be holistic medicine, Thai massage is truly more holistic by nature than most other styles of massage, including sports massage.

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Prenatal Yoga – Start Your Baby’s Life Off Right With Prenatal Yoga

Most expectant mothers have been told by their doctors at some point or another that proper exercise is an important part of a healthy pregnancy, but that overdoing it is never okay. It can be tough to know where to draw the line, and what the difference is. What would normally be considered strenuous can have adverse effects on the baby, and what might normally be considered a light workout is often sufficient for an expecting mom. Practicing such exercise throughout one’s pregnancy can feel like it’s not even worth it at times, especially for those moms that simply can’t find a place to draw the line.

This is where prenatal yoga comes into play. With the help of prenatal yoga classes and instruction, expectant mothers can easily find that line between what is acceptable and what is too strenuous for a pregnancy and stay on the safe side of it. At the same time, prenatal yoga is a great excuse to start a healthy new hobby and get your baby’s life off to the right, healthy and fit start.

Where to Find Prenatal Yoga

Many of the yoga centers in your community offer prenatal yoga instruction, usually at far less a frequency than other yoga classes. Yoga classes of this type are often held once or twice a week depending on the need, and do not always run as long as other classes as they are supposed to be less strenuous.

Certain types of instructors teach prenatal yoga as it takes a complex understanding of the reproductive system and what it is and is not able to withstand as far as exercise while carrying a child. Poses are designed to strengthen the body and the immune system and help to provide a degree of fine tuning and support that other types of fitness endeavors a pregnant woman might undertake (like walking) may not offer.

Benefits for Lifelong Yogis

There are benefits to the fact that yoga can be practiced during pregnancy. There are many moms who are devoted to yoga and don’t want to have to stop their hobby while they are with child. This gives a great excuse for expectant mothers who would normally be pretty sedentary otherwise to get up and moving about in a healthy way. Women who practice yoga are known to gain less ‘bad weight’ during pregnancy and have easier births at that; that is something that all new moms can get with!

Is prenatal yoga right for you? Talk to your doctor before you start out, and start looking around at yoga studios today if you don’t already belong to one.

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Happy Endings

Stacey helps relieve people of their aches and pains. And she loves it! Massage therapists share a certain trustworthy anonymity with hairdressers and bartenders. Within a few sessions, her clients are telling her their deepest secrets, their personal issues, and all their juicy gossip. She enjoys her relationship with most of her clients, usually contributing only enough to the conversations to suggest interest and keep the client relaxed. They bare their souls and leave the sessions feeling better in body and spirit. But unfortunately she has to bite her tongue with one particularly nasty customer. Steve is a big, vulgar, middle-aged business man who can not resist telling stacey about all his sleazy encounters with prostitutes when traveling on business. He takes pride in how well he keeps his womanizing a secret from his wife. This evening, the explicit descriptions of his latest sexual exploits are too much for Stacey. Disgusted, she ends the massage with no intentions of ever allowing Steve back into her clinic.

Feeling especially tense and, yes, dirty after she gets rid of the smug braggart, Stacey decides to slip into the yoga class offered every evening upstairs from her clinic. Yoga is a phenomenal aid to relaxation and coping with the stress. And right now, this idiot has filled her with stress. Already extremely in tune with her body, she quickly catches on to the philosophy and techniques of the discipline. She is pleasantly surprised how calm, centered she feet going home later.

In short order, evening yoga sessions become an integral part of her routine several days a week. Soon she is reading about the history and philosophy of the ancient discipline. She comes across multiple references to different forms of meditation, yoga of the mind, as one writer called it. Practitioners claim that the benefits of meditation are evident in all aspects of their lives: greater productivity at work; increased personal satisfaction, heightened sense of identity; even a more rewarding sex life. She contemplates enrolling in one of the meditation classes, but her statements emphasize personal goals and achievements, so she decides to do it on her own. Soon she is delving into advanced techniques. She feels herself changing. She is less stressed, more satisfied with life; she sees the world and her role in it more clearly, and she is more content than she's been in years.

One evening, an advance meditation exercise takes deaf into herself than ever before, to a realm unfamiliar to her. So unprepared for the strangeness of the experience that she is rendered temporarily unconscious. When she awakes, her body tells her she has been out for a while, forty-five minutes by the clock, although she has no sense of the passage of time. She is several feet from the mat she sits on to meditation, the coffee table and the love seat are out of position, and the lamp that was on the end table lies broken on the floor. She has several bruises on her shins and right arm, evidently from violent contact with furniture. Her hair and sweatshirt are wet and matted with a white frothy substance.

Afraid that she may have had a seizure, she sees her doctor for a medical check-up. Everything seems fine. She takes the week off work at the doctor's request, but by Saturday she is antsy and accepts an appointment with one of her regular patients. Sylvia requires regular massage to control her migraines. She is in a terrible state because Stacie was unavailable for her usual scheduled Wednesday appointment. Midway through the treatment, Stacey senses something odd happening. As she massages Sylvia, her fingers begin to tingle and a cool sensation climbs her arms, crosses her shoulders, and runs up her neck and into her head. She is momentarily lightheaded, but succeseds in shaking it off. Although she is a little preoccupied, waiting for other strange sensations in her hands, the rest of the massage proceeds without incident.

The day's strangeness is not over yet. Stacey's sleep tonight is interrupted by a terrible nightmare. She is being abused and beaten by an angry man, her husband in the dream. The man punches her in the face, and just as her head hits the kitchen counter, she awakens in her bed. Sleep is elusive the rest of the night.

Sunday is spent pacing and wondering, 'What the hell is going on?' Monday afternoon, Stacey is massaging another regular, Diane, when the strange cool feeling comes back. But this time, the sensation starts in her forehead and travels down her neck, over her shoulders, and down her arms to her fingertips. Again she leaves disoriented, lightheaded, but quickly recovers. As the previous time, nothing untoward occurs the rest of the day. But the next day …

Diane calls Stacey to report having intense heads since the session yesterday, headaches unlike anything she has ever experienced. Could the massage have caused such headaches? Stacey admits the possibility, but stresses that such occurrences are rare. She recommends that Diane drink plenty of water to flush from the body the toxins released during massage that can cause flu-like symptoms, including headaches. A few days later, Diane is not feeling any better and plans to see her doctor.

The next day, Sylvia returns for her Wednesday massage in extremely high spirits. She has never felt better. She has not had a migraine since Saturday, not even a hint of a headache. Being pain-free, she feels like a new person. Overwhelmed by the possibility that her life might be changing, she tears up and hugs her therapist.

After Sylvia has gone, Stacey sits quietly staring at the wall, trying to make sense of the events of the last few days. Time passes unnoticed; by the time she comes back to the here and now, she is late for her evening yoga class. Afterwards, Stacey apologizes to the instructor for disabling the class by her late entry and requests him if he has time to stay. She needs some advice. When they are alone, she tells the instructor about her experience meditating, the strange nightmare and what happened with Sylvia and Diane. She has come to the conclusion that she absorbed the migraine symptoms from Sylvia and transferred them to Diane. Is it possible, she asks, that something happened to her during her meditation experience that could have caused this new ability.

The instructor points out that her hypothesis is far from proven, but he will accept the promise for the time being. He explains that the brain is a powerful, but mysterious organ. Brain activity can be measured in all areas of the brain, but all the functions of the human body can be adapted to a small portion of the brain. The rest is active, but we have no idea what it is doing. Many scientists have postulated that some of these areas of the brain may harbor metaphysical abilities that we have not yet discovered how to use, or sometimes have forgotten how to use. It is entirely possible that rough mediation, she may have opened a corner of her mind to which the rest of us are denied access. Perhaps this newly opened chamber has given her the ability to collect memories, emotions and physical sensations from one person through her hands, then transfer them to another. The real problem is its apparent randomness at the moment. Stacey must learn to control the absorption / transfer process. If she does not, the consequences could be disastrous.

The next few days Stacey experiments. She tries different amounts of pressure, using more palm and less finger pressure, then vice versa. She works first quickly, then more slowly. She evaluates the effect of several types of lotions and different types of hand movements. She discovers that if she quickly lifts her hands off the clients when her fingers begin to tingle, the sensation dissipates. She is relieved that she can control the absorption with such a simple motion. She fine-tunes the skill by transferring minor feelings from one client to another, and back during subsequent sessions. Over a week or so, she is becoming pretty adept.

Steve calls on a Friday morning. He needs a massage badly because he twisted a muscle while entertaining a female friend at a Vegas convention, if she got his drift. Stacey can almost hear the * wink wink * over the phone. Her first impulse is to claim she is fully booked, to hang up on the freak. But a perverse but satisfying idea crosses her mind. She schedules Steve for 4:00 pm, then makes a call.

Diane arrives to the clinic at 3:00, as scheduled. She thanks Stacey for offering to help her with her migraines. They come every couple of hours, and constantly medication prescribed by her family physician, they are unbearable. She is desperate; she can not go on living with such pain. Stacey reassures her that the migraine will be a thing of the past after this session. She uses some of her yoga techniques to help her relax. Within a minute or two of beginning the massage, Stacey's fingers begin to tingle. She smiles and welcomes the cool streak running up her arm.

An hour later, Steve swaggers into the clinic. Stacey invites him in with a smile and a promise of something special today.

'Oh yeah! Does it involve a happy ending? ' requests Steve, suggestively.

'I guess you could call it that,' answers Stacey, smiling.

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The Benefits of Using a Meditation Stool

Anyone interested in meditation knows how the awesome benefits that this ancient technique can bring to mind and body. However, are you aware of just how much your daily meditations could benefit from using a traditional meditation stool?

Although meditation is very much based on mental discipline in order to get the major benefits from its practice you need to be able to sit comfortably for long extended periods. This is the main reason most people fail to realize their meditation goals and give-up in their attempts to master this ancient mind / body technique.

In fact failure to relax the body properly accounts for the vast majority of failures with meditation! This is why the mediation stool was invented thousands of years ago!

Relaxing the body is an important step in the meditation process. You must still the body so that you can focus your attention on the mind. If you are having to constantly adjust your position in order to get comfortable your mind will be occupied by your physical self and not focused on your mental practices.

This is why meditation is considered a mind / body discipline. You must still the body before you can ever still the mind.

If you have trouble completely relaxing your body, or you get tense or uncomfortable during your meditations then the traditional meditation stool could well be the answer to your problems!

A traditional meditation stool allows you to sit very comfortably for long periods and was designed solely for meditative purposes.

A traditional and well designed meditation stool provides backless seating. Although there are a few different designs the traditional approach means you are close to the floor with your knees bent and legs tucked under the meditation stool.

Although this may sound, as we are use to much higher up with our feet firmly on the ground at a right angle using a meditation stool is in fact extremely relaxing and very comfortable.

There are some excellent advantages of using a meditation stool. Firstly a meditation stool is designed to keep your back straight. By keeping your spain straight when placed properly on the meditation stool you are actually being conditioned to use correct posture.

We all know that poor posture can cause back complaints and other physical problems but from a meditative point of view poor post can interfere with your ability to remain focused. For these two reasons alone a meditation stool is very advantageous.

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Planetary Aspects That Favor A Businessman – Career Horoscope And Astrology Predictions

A lot of people wish to become an entrepreneur but only those with appropriate planetary combinations in their birth-chart grow to be a thriving business. Let us recognize those planetary combinations which cause the individual to turn into an eminent and prosperous businessman.

Planetary Combinations in the Birth-chart

1. In the birth-chart the conjunction between the lords of the Trine house or Kendra or their aspect relationship gives rise to the Raj Yoga, which provides favorable results to the individual. Likewise, when the lord of the Trine or Kendra develops a relationship with the eleventh house or the second house, the potential to make money will be great. A powerful fortune and wealth are the critical resources of a businessman. Raj Yoga builds the fortune and Dhan Yoga multiplies his earnings.

2. When Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are in conjunction in the Kendra, the Yoga to make money is created in the birth-chart. Additionally, if Sun is located in the eleventh house the individual will get high potential to earn money.

3. To be a flourishing businessman, the presence of favorable Panch Mahapurush Yoga and Rajyoga is mandatory in the birth-chart together with Dhan Yoga.

4. Mars should be the Ascendant lord in the birth-chart of Aries Ascendant and it should be exalted in the tenth house forming Kuldeepak Yoga and Ruchak Yoga, and Mercury should also be located with Mars. Or Jupiter should aspect the ninth lord from the second house. Or Sun should be the fifth lord, Moon the fourth lord and Venus the seventh lord in conjunction in the eleventh house.

Rahu should be exalted in the Ascendant. Additionally, Saturn as the lord of the tenth house or eleventh house should be placed in the ninth house. Consequently, these Yogas will influence a person to be clever, ambitious and influential with strong determination and he will become a booming businessman and will develop his business more.

5. If the second lord and the fourth lord are located in the Ascendant Saturn as a Yogakaarak planet in the eleventh house in the birth-chart of Taurus Ascendant, and Mars and Venus are in conjunction in the second house, Jupiter in the tenth house and Rahu in the seventh house then the individual will enlarge his business and achieve popularity, fame, money and wealth.

6. In the birth-chart of Cancer Ascendant, Jupiter and Venus are to be positioned in the Ascendant, Sun in the eleventh house, Mars which is the Yogakaarak of the tenth lord is to be sited in the third house, Moon which is the Ascendant lord is to be located in the second house and Saturn as the seventh lord is to be found in the ninth house, Mercury should be in its own sign and located in the house of expenditure. Thus these yogas will provide wealth, fame, and make the individual brave and a triumphant businessman.

7. If Saturn is in its own sign and shares an aspect relationship with the tenth or eleventh house / lord and Rahu also affects the eleventh house and the Ascendant or the Ascendant lord is in relationship with the tenth house / lord or ninth lord or it influences the Ascendant house and together with this Mercury develops any kind of relationship with the eleventh lord or the second lord then the individual will become a winning businessman.

8. If Mercury is the Ascendant lord and exalted in the fourth house with the eleventh lord and the second lord is in the tenth house, and among the ninth lord, third, fifth or tenth lord any two are in conjunction in the eleventh house individual will be very well-off and a victorious businessman.

9. If Mercury is exalted and placed in the second house with the Ascendant lord in the birth-chart and if the ninth lord is in conjunction with the third lord or the tenth lord is in the third house and influences the twelfth or tenth house and Rahu influences the eleventh house or the second house then the individual becomes a booming businessman.

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Yoga And Its Importance

Yoga is a traditional system of healing for the mind and body. It means union. It is a popular belief that yoga can cleanse your body of toxins and improve muscle tone, as well as help in blood circulation. Yoga was first originated in India, where it still remains a living tradition and is followed as a means to enlightenment. This spiritual practice has been evolving for more than 5,000 years now. In yoga there are many spiritual and physical exercises that are practiced to improve ones health and well being. It is very beneficial for people suffering from anxiety, arthritis, headache, migraine, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, and much more.

Healthy body and happiness:

It is a popular saying that a sound mind could lead to a healthy body. Everybody has the right to be happy. Happiness and peace comes from within. It depends on your thinking and also on your body. Your body's health and your mind are directly related. Only if you have a healthy body will you be free from any physical pain, and your mind will not be disturbed. Without good health you can not be completely at peace. In yoga various types of meditation are taught, and you are made to concentrate on your inner self. It helps to focus on positive thinking and push all the negative thoughts away. Every disease and sickness is considered nothing more than an imbalance in the natural harmony of the body and mind. Restoring this balance leads to true healing.

Yoga has become very popular worldwide. People are seeking for it, as they realize the importance of self-contentment and inner peace. Be it work pressure or health problems, yoga can help you see through it. Following yoga postures, breathing exercises and meditation can treat you from all pains and troubles. Yoga can also help you to lose weight. It lets you tune in, chill out, and shape up, all at the same time.

Health benefits of Yoga:

Yoga is said to be beneficial for healing many problems. Some of the benefits of yoga are:

o Helps to control anxiety

o Reduces stress

o Improves arthritis, back pain, and osteoporosis

o Relieves asthma

o Controls blood pressure, diabetes and epilepsy

o Combats chronic fatigue and depression

o Cures headaches, heart disease and multiple sclerosis

o Improves concentration and creativity

o Improves blood circulation

o Lowers fat

o Creates a sense of well being and calm

Risks:

It is very important to practice yoga under the supervision of an experienced and well-trained trainer; otherwise doing wrong exercises can sometimes worsen your problem and lead to complications. The best time to do yoga is said to be in the morning. Pregnant ladies can also do yoga, as it helps in easy delivery and helps lose weight post pregnancy.

Reach your goals:

Yoga means to unify all forms of life. It has a holistic approach to all aspects of life – physical, mental and spiritual life. Each person is considered a unique combination of body, mind and soul. It teaches the importance of maintaining harmony between the mind and the body. One can achieve happiness, contentment, liberation and enlightenment from the union with the divine consciousness known as Brahman, or with Atman, the transcendent Self. With yoga, one can achieve these goals.

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5 Benefits of Practicing Daily Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is now a common practice by persons targeting deep tissues including ligaments, tendons and joints. This involves limited movements where a person stays in one position for an extended period of time, usually between 3 and 5 minutes. The poses involved great work for parts of the body with more connective including thighs, pelvis, spine and hips among others. Most of the poses involved are practiced when lying or sitting on the floor, and these are usually held for around three to five minutes. It is, therefore, important to wear comfortable clothing. As a beginner, you should not aim to hold the poses for long, but you should start with what you can handle without overstretching your limits. It will only be a matter of time before you start noticing some improvements.

The major benefits that you will enjoy when practicing Yin Yoga include:

1. Strengthening connective tissues: There are numerous functions associated with the body's connective tissues with some good examples being promoting mobility, maintaining posturing and promoting the proper function of blood vessels among others. By practicing Yin Yoga, you will be strengthening these tissues, and they will be performing their functions more efficiently. This will also help to reduce cases of injuries.

2. Improved energy flow: You can rely on Yin yoga to enhance the flow of energy through various body channels and this helps to boost the health functions of different organisms. These exercises are also known for boosting the body's immunity and slowing some signs of aging like wrinkles and receding vision among others.

3. Improved flexibility: Most people only come to learn of connective tissues after being involved in injuries like a blown out knee, strained spine and sprained ankles among others. Yin yoga helps to gently stretch the limits of tissues like tendons and joint ligaments, therefore, helping to improve flexibility in such areas. This means that your body will now be prepared for more challenging situations.

4. Reducing stress: Due to our current lifestyle, most of us are stressful which greatly affects our performance, feelings and even thoughts. These leads to health problems like hypertension, heart ailments and diabetes among others. You can reduce stress by practicing Yin Yoga since the deep exercises are known to calm the mind. This prepares the body to handle even more stressful situations.

5. Increased circulation: Poor blood and fluid circulation in the body can contribute to numbness and tingling in various parts like hands and toes among others. Holding some of the poses involved in Yin yoga will greatly help you to improve circulation in vital body organs like the spine and glands. This also promotes better flow of synovial fluids that improving mobility in joints like knees and pelvis.

You should take the time to find reputable Yin yoga trainers to ensure that all poses involved are safe and that these are practiced the right way. This will help to enhance effectiveness and limit cases of injuries.

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Classification of Yoga Postures

Classification of Yoga Postures has always been a discussion in yogic culture. Some yoga schools classify yoga postures as STANDING, SITTING, LYING ON BACK & LYING ON STOMACH. While some yoga school will classify as: FORWAD BENDING, BACKWARD BENDING, TWISTING, INVERSIONS, EXTENSIONS & BALANCING.

Here I would like to put the traditional view on classification of Yoga Postures, where there are only 3 categories as below:

Cultural Postures

Postures for Relaxation

Meditative Postures.

CULTURAL POSTURES: All yoga postures that help to stretch the body from various directions/angles are known as cultural postures. By activating specific muscles, ligament, tendons and nerves, the purpose of cultural postures is to release tension from each and every part of our body. The effects of cultural postures are not limited to the muscles and joints, but they also stimulate our internal organs and helps us regulated the functions of our internal organs. As a result we don’t only gain suppleness and strength in our body, but also get enhanced physical wellbeing and a great sense of control. These postures can be very therapeutic as they help in preventing various conditions such as back pain. All type of forward bend, backward bend, twisting, balancing, inversion, and extensions are Cultural postures. For example: Pachimottasana (seated forward bend), Bhunjasana (cobra pose), dhanurasana (bow pose), vrikshasana (tree pose), Ardhya-matysendrasana (Seated twisting), Shirshasana (Headstand) etc. are cultural postures.

POSTURES FOR RELAXATION: The purpose of these postures is to provide rest to the body in between or/and after the practice of cultural postures. Traditionally there are only 2 postures for relaxation: SHAVASANA (The Corpse Pose) & MAKARASANA (Crocodile Posture). Usually a typical Hatha Yoga session ends with Shavasana, as it provides a complete rest to the body and the yoga practitioner feels more refreshed and energized after the rather feeling tired. In yogic tradition, there is great importance of SHAVASANA as the practice of YOGA NIDRA (physic sleep) is done in SHAVASANA. SHAVASANA is also very therapeutic and it is highly recommended for those who suffer with high blood pressure, insomnia etc. MAKRASANA (Crocodile Posture) is greatly beneficial for strengthening diaphragm in order to activate diaphragmatic breathing. Proper breathing literally means, living joyfully and live more carefully. Especially in the modern world, where we don’t breathe well, there is great importance of MAKARASANA for those who often breathe through chest. We should not forget that (chest breathing produce anxiety and tension within the body). Diaphragmatic breathing is also a great foundation of PRANAYAMA and MEDITATION.

MEDITATIVE POSTURES: The purpose of CULTURAL POSTURES and POSTURES FOR RELAXATION is to prepare the body for meditative posture. Meditative postures provide good stability and comfort to the body in order to sit longer without any physical distractions during meditation. We must not forget that physical stability and comfort, both are complementary to each other. Stability in the meditative postures brings great comfort and vice versa. Meditative postures helps to keep the back straight by maintaining the natural bends of spine. By keeping the back straight, we allow our diaphragm to move freely and thus there is no blockage in the energy flow during meditation. One can choose a comfortable meditative posture for meditation, which allows proper blood flow towards lower half body. There are total of 4 MEDITATIVE POSTURES as per tradition are: SUKHASANA, PADMASANA, SIDDHASANA & SWASTIKASANA

Note: Some traditions do recommend VAJRASANA (thunderbolt pose) as a meditative posture. But, traditionally it is not a meditative posture.

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Thousand Pillar Hall – An Acoustic Marvel in Madurai Meenakshi Temple

India is very famous for its temples. Thousands and thousands of temples built and maintained from time immemorial. The sculptures and the building techniques will speak itself the glory of the great tradition.

Madurai is situated at 462 kilometers south of Chennai (Madras as it was known in earlier times). The famous Meenakshi Amman Temple is located in the centre of the city. Inside the temple, there are famous halls like Marriage Hall, Thousand Pillar Hall etc.

The Thousand Pillar Hall is very famous for its beautiful construction.

The hall, even though called as thousand pillar hall, it has only 985 pillars. The pillars are erected in such a way as to fall in line from any angle we view..

In the year 1983, an expert team from audiology department went in to the hall and carried out an extensive study. They have used latest scientific gadgets and found that there is absolutely no echo in any part of the temple even with all the crowd around the sound level seldom exceed 80 dB (decibel)

Naturally the noise level in a quiet surrounding will be 40 dB, in a crowded street about 80-85 dB and at the airport when a jet aircraft takes off, it will be about 100 dB.

According to the team headed by Dr Kameswaran, an ENT specialist, there appears to be a built-in mechanism in the precincts of Madurai temple for containing the echo. The total noise does not exceed a specific level which would make it unpleasant to the visitors.

The temple is an acoustic marvel, observed the experts. Near the road there is one Ashta Shakti Hall. There the noise level is only 40 dB.

The team members said that with this ambient noise it is possible for a person to contemplate and meditate the Divinity.

Roughly about 5000 to 6000 people visit the temple daily. And the sound level recorded during the peak hours is of the order of 70 dB to 80 dB.

It implies that the artisans were aware of the basic principles of acoustics. The huge icons on the unpolished pillars, the distribution of vents, the allocation of open space all around, are all mechanisms to contain the noise level. The arrangements are so made that is not crude but there is an artistic planning combining utility with beauty. This arrangement strangely contrasts with arrangement made in certain modern buildings where instruments for breaking noise and absorbing sound are hung from the roof in a very clumsy and unartistic manner.

This hall is a classic example of perfect sound engineering technique. The average height of each pillar is about 12 feet. The pillars depicts four kinds of motifs, one consisting of moulded squares, the other with rampant dragon, the third with a figure of a deity and the fourth that of a donor or his family. The unpolished pillars of exactly of same size and shape are placed at mathematically accurate positions. These aspects have made the hall echo resistant.

In addition, the pillars are so peculiarly arranges that anyone sitting at a specific spot could view a central figure without any obstruction in any position. At any position inside the hall, in consequence to the arrangement of the pillars, there open up around us 16 colonnades of varying width and such length of each side that the perspective afforded by them is simply marvelous.

The expert team rightly described the thousand pillar hall as an acoustic marvel.

Thousands of such intricate wonders are hidden in these Indian temples.

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