Īśvara Praṇidhānā – The Express Way!

Samādhi or Yogic Concentration is a tool that is employed to achieve Viveka Khyāti or discriminative knowledge. This knowledge aids in destruction of attachments, aversions and fears arising from Avidya or incorrect knowledge. As a result, an adept Yogi’s mind is established in clarity and tranquility. Sūtra 3.55 summarises this beautifully.

(Sūtra 3.55) sattva puruṣayoḥ śuddhi sāmye kaivalyam / Through purity the intellect resembles Consciousness or Self (Puruṣa) and leads to liberation (Kaivalyam).

Now, Yoga Sūtras say that there are three ways to get to Samādhi. Some people are naturally gifted with the ability to effortlessly get into deeper states of concentration. Samādhi come easy to them. Continue reading

Veganism, Non-Violence and Yoga

I had the pleasure of conducting a workshop on Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali recently in Singapore. One of the participants raised an interesting question on Ahimsa. “Isn’t injury to oneself also considered part of the definition of “injury”? Doesn’t a vegan diet inflict injury on oneself? Where do we draw the line?”

My thoughts (and the answer to the question) are as follows.

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Weekend Musing – The Happiness Problem

Observation

The world is always changing. Objects arise, wither and disintegrate. Mind, the instrument of perception, is also in constant flux.

Implication

We desire an object. Attainment of it produces happiness. However, the object changes. We change. Our own preferences change. What produced happiness does not produce happiness anymore. It produces suffering. Continue reading

Yoga for Traders – Mind Those Hip Flexors!

Traders, Bankers, coders and other office slaves sit (on chair) for long hours on daily basis. The hours and days add up and result in postural imbalances that cause other issues. Sitting cannot be avoided for most of these professionals. So, any well constructed Āsana training should address restoration (i.e. mitigate/correct the imbalance from sitting) and more importantly, preparation (i.e. prepare the body adequately for sitting prolonged time). Continue reading

Āsana Kitchen: Office Yoga

In the previous post, I mentioned that it is better to practice in small segments, but more frequently, especially when we are trying to change old patterns.

Here is a simple practice that can be done at your desk, in your work clothes and does not take more than 7-10 minutes. Aim for once every 1.5 or two hours. (When I was a desk slave at an investment bank, I used to sneak into a conference room and do this routine.) Continue reading

Yoga for Traders

I have a suspicion that Patañjali was a derivatives trader. Yoga seems to have been created specifically for traders. There is much in Yoga that can aid a trader to become better at what he or she does.

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Heart in Yoga

It is fashionable to bash intellect in modern spiritual circles. One often hears: “Heart, not brain”. Or some variation of it. Interestingly, although “gut feel” is used in popular discourse, it does not seem to be popular in the spiritual circles. I wonder why!

Is using one’s brain actually detrimental to spiritual growth? What do the classical texts on Yoga say on this? Continue reading

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