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Philosophy of Yoga

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  • Dimensions:8.5 inch x 6.0 inch
  • Edition:2010
  • Author:Lalit Kilam
  • Publisher:Parimal Publication Pvt. Ltd.
  • ISBN:9788171103645
  • Cover Type:Hardcover
  • Number of Pages:136 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
  • About the Book

    Today people in the East and west have lost faith in the mainstream religions and yet continue to understand that their life is not meaningless. Naturally they turn to the Philosophy of Yoga to unravel the power of their internal realm. The philosophy of Yoga deals with the mysteries of Creation, Universe and the life on the planet earth. It encourages a seeker to explore as to where we came from purpose of our existence and the problems of survival since the beginning of time.

    Regular practice of Yoga, Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation can help a seeker control their mind a concentrate on their chosen ideals, which brings about perfect equilibrium between the body mind and spirit. This enables them to advance into a higher from of consciousness.

    In this book the evolution of the philosophy of Yoga has been examined with great concern and its involvements in a fulfilling happy and healthy life. Chapter on Cakras and Ayurveda are also given at the end their relationship with Yoga is also being discussed.

     

    About the Author

    Lalit Kilam was raised an orthodox Brahmin and was educated in an Ayurvedic school within the mountainous region of the Himalayas. He has received a Master degree in engineering at one of the prestigious universities in Europe. There he realized the scientific nature regarding the philosophy of yoga in day to day life; an approach towards the betterment of human life; and how it contributes to the ancient eastern and western philosophies comprehensible to scholars common people and devotee alike.

    At present he is serving computers and interconnecting the masses by providing internet services via high speed and wireless broadband to customers in Saskatchewan Canada.

    He is founder of the Vedic Yoga Center; and studies of the ancient eastern and western philosophy.

    His previous literary works include Existence and yoga, existence and Beyond and Yoga Practices. “Be established in Yoga and do all your duties for well being and happiness”

     

    Foreword

    Yoga means “Union” i.e. the union of the individual’s soul with the universal. Yoga is an ancient philosophy of life as well as a system of exercises that encourages the union of mind body and spirit. In the words of sage Patanjali author of the Yoga sutras “Yoga is the ability to focus the mind on a single point without distraction. “Yoga is a physical discipline; it uses the body ad breathing to develop self awareness and mental clarity.

    Yoga is a perfect way to attain elevation of mind and move towards truth and welfare. The art of Yoga developed by ancient Indian sages is a divine science that imparts a number of benefits on the performer. Yoga is the best technique for making a person calm and relaxed. It helps to lower the level of stress hormone in the body. Other benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and improving the immune system of the body.

    Yoga is the best way to understand our own self better on all levels. A Yogic scholar can bring out the best in his personality by creating unison in thought speech and action in a most comprehensive way. The practice of Yoga bestows the bounties of life on earth fulfilling one wishes and attuning to the spiritual dynamic energy by upfoldment of one latent potential within.

    Maharsi Patanjali says in his Yoga sutras (Second Book, verse 2)

    Yoga is for the purpose of establishing meditation and for the purpose of extenuating such as ignorance egotism, desire, aversion, and tenacity.

    Philosophy of Yoga the present book by Lalit kilam is indeed a welcome publication. The author has done a commendable work in bringing out this book on Yoga in front of readers and learners. Only an earnest follower of Yoga can dwell into the deep ocean of Yogic science. He is himself a performer as well as a teacher of Yoga from last several years. His own postures inside the book of various asanas of Yoga indicate his mastery on various techniques of Yoga. This book is an outcome of his devotion to Yoga and its philosophy. He has also outcome of his devotion to Yoga and its philosophy. He has also written very useful chapters on Cakras and the ancient medical science i.e. Ayurveda the relation of Yoga and Ayurveda and the importance of Ayurvedic diet for good health and good thoughts.

    I hope this book will be very useful for both the beginners as well as the practitioners of yoga. I congratulate the author for writing such an authentic book on Yoga and the related topics. I wish him for all his future endeavours.

     

    Introduction

    Today people in the East and West have lost faith in the mainstream religions, and yet continue to understand that their life is not meaningless. Naturally they turn to the Philosophy of Yoga of unravel the power of their internal realm. The philosophy of Yoga deals with the mysteries of creation, Universe and the life on the planet earth. It encourages a seeker to explore as to where we came from purpose of our existence and the problems of survival since the beginning of time.

    In this volume emphasis has been given to the concept of consciousness its origin and its role in today’s materialistic world.

    The discoveries made in the field of astrology and the influence of different planets on our lifestyle and our destiny are especially helpful. It enables us to understand certain facts of our Yogic life as there is a relationship between the laws of higher life and the life as it exists on this physical plane.

    The evolution of the philosophy of yoga has been examined with great concern and its involvement in a fulfilling happy and healthy life.

    Yoga offers mankind the methods to develop the Universal existence and it enlightens society to a path of universal existence and it enlightens society to a path of morality compassion and virtuous living. Individuals from every cultural race, sex, and economic status can be benefited from it; they can transform in order to realize the truth.

    Yoga practices have their roots in the ancient Vedic times when the mystics of truth with their keen observations discovered the finer forces of nature. They also uncovered the finer forces that govern our physical mental and spiritual being.

    Regular practice of Yoga, Asanas, Pranayama and meditation can help a seeker control their mind and concentrate on their chosen ideals which brings about perfect equilibrium between the body mind and spirit. This enables them to advance into a higher form of consciousness.

    The ancient science of Ayurveda is one of the most powerful approaches for healing of the body. According to this science our body should be appropriately nourished with proper food so that we can keep our Dosas in balance.

    To delve into the philosophy of Yoga Astrology and Ayurveda a seeker with an under attitude may resolve the complex nature of our existence on this planet.

    In this volume the mistake of mine are an indicator of my ignorance as I am a student of yoga myself; and so should be excused. Lessons that may be received by the reader are because of the blessings of God at the Tirumala hill.

     

    Contents

     

    Introduction  
    Chapter 1 17
    The theory of evolution 17
    Where the earth came from 21
    Importance of sun for the earth 22
    Origin of life on Earth 23
    Origin of man from plants and Animals 26
    The Missing Link 28
    Chapter 2 30
    Astronomy and chemistry as soul of our life 30
    Rasis or signs names and functions 32
    The twelve signs of the Zodiac 32
    Chapter 3 37
    Evolution of Yoga 37
    Yoga Asanas with Animal Name 37
    Pre-classical Yoga period 38
    Classical Period 38
    Post-Classical Period 39
    The gift of Yoga to the world 40
    Yogic Physiology of Body 42
    Three types of bodies 42
    Five Sheaths of the body 43
    Physical sheaths - Annamaya kosa (Physical body) 43
    Vital Sheath - Pranamaya Kosa (astral body) 44
    The mind Sheath - Manomaya Kosa (Astral body - lower mind) 44
    The Intellect Sheath - Vijanamaya Kosa (Astral body higher mind) 44
    The Bliss Sehath- Anandamaya Kosa (Casual body) 45
    Type of Yoga according to the needs of the body 45
    Chapter 4 46
    Yoga in Practice 46
    Steps of Astanga Yoga 46
    Useful rules for Yoga Practices 50
    Chapter 5 52
    Yoga Asanas in day to day life 53
    Sun Salutations 53
    Position (1 &12) 54
    Position (2 & 11) 55
    Position (3 & 10) 56
    Position (4 & 9) 57
    Position (5 & 8) 58
    Position 6 59
    Position 7 59
    Benefits of Surya Namaskara 60
    Padmasana 61
    Siddhasana 61
    Benefits of Siddhasana 62
    Pascimottanasna 62
    Benefits of Pascimottanasana 63
    Bhujangasana 63
    Benefits of Bhujangasana 64
    Sarvangasana 64
    Benefits of Sarvangasana 65
    Halasana 65
    Benefits of Halasana 66
    Ardha Matsyendrasana 66
    Position 1 67
    Ardha Matsyendrasana 67
    Position 2 68
    Benefits of Ardha Matsyendrasana 68
    Savasana 68
    Benefits of Savasana 69
    Pavana Muktasana 69
    Benefits of Pavana Muktasana 70
    Ustrasana 70
    Benefits of Utrasana 71
    Utkatasana 71
    Benefits of Utkatasana 72
    Trikonasana 72
    Benefits of Trikonasana 73
    Padangustha Spar sasana 73
    Benefits of Padangustha Sparsasana 74
    Sasakasana 74
    Benefits of Sasakasana 75
    Parivrtta Trikonasana 75
    Benefits of Parivrtta Trikonasana 76
    Utthita Trikonasana 76
    Benefits of Utthita Trikonasana 77
    Navasana 78
    Benefits of Navasana 78
    Matsyasana 78
    Benefits of Matsyasana 79
    Candrasana 79
    Benefits of Candrasana 80
    Chapter 6 80
    The Sacred Cakras 83
    Prana or Energy Centers 83
    Kundalini and its awakening 84
    Chapter 7 84
    The art of Yogic Breathing 86
    Importance of breathing 86
    The Five Pranas 88
    Five forms of Prana 88
    Oxygen is vital for our bodies 89
    Oxygen purifies the blood stream 90
    Puraka (Inhalation) 90
    Abhyantara Kumbhaka 91
    Recaka (Exhalation) 91
    Bhaya Kumbhaka (Pause after Exhaling) 92
    Important preparations 92
    Kapalabhati (The Cleansing Breath) 93
    Technique 1 93
    Kapalabhati 94
    Technique 2 94
    Antara Kumbhaka 94
    Benefits 94
    Bhastrika Pranayama 95
    Technique 1 95
    Preliminary method 95
    Technique 2 96
    Basic methods 96
    Technique 3 96
    Antara Kumbhaka (internal retention) 96
    Benefits 97
    Chapter 8 98
    Yoga and Ayurveda 98
    Basic Principles of Ayurveda 99
    Five universal elements Pancamahabhutas 99
    Dosas 100
    Body constitution 101
    Constitution of our body 101
    Analysis of the Dosa and their characteristics 103
    Five types of Vata in the body 103
    Characteristics of Vata 104
    Anatomy of Pitta 104
    Five types of Pitta in the body 104
    Characteristics of Pitta 105
    Anatomy of Kapha 105
    Five types of Kapha in the body 106
    Characteristics of Kapha 106
    Seven steps of Physiology or Sapta Dhatus 107
    Mala or the Metabolic end Products 108
    The driving force-Agni 109
    Some of the treatments of Disease Samprapti 109
    Asanas for different types of body constitutions 111
    The asanas useful in balancing the Vata-Dosa 111
    The asanas useful in balancing the Pitta-Dosa 112
    Following are some of the asanas useful for kapha-Dosa 113
    Ayurvedic and Yogic Diet for well Being 114
    Forbidden foods 115
    Foods which may be eaten 116
    Glossary 117
    Index 123

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