Meditation within Asthang Yoga
Meditation or Dhyana is the seventh limb of Patanjali’s Ashtang yoga. The sixth is Dharana (concentration) and eighth is Samadhi (liberation). These three together are termed as ‘Antar-sadhana’ (inner meditation). Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi together are also called Smayam.
Objectives

  • To take the individual (Jeev) closer to its source (Brahma)
  • To awaken the Kundalini that lies dormant/coiled at Mooladhar
  • To live in the moment of divine bliss realizing unity with the source of boundless energy
  • To effectively counter negative emotions with resolute positivity and attain joy and peace
  • To train the body to relax and strengthen the immune system
  • To improve physical, mental and emotional health
  • To purify individual at every level – physical, emotional and spiritual taking him closer to the ultimate truth
  • To inculcate attitudinal change, behavioral modification and integrated development of personality
  • To promote a satvic and simple lifestyle in tune with nature with love and respect for others and all beings!
Metaphysical basis
  • Breathing is natural. A healthy person breaths 21600 times in 24 hours
  • Just become aware of this natural process
  • Tie it with a higher goal –identification with Soul
  • Keep mind occupied with an attribute of Brahma
  • Mind has one limitation –it can cling to only one thought at a time
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Scientific basis

  • Neuro-endocrine system regulates and governs human body and psyche
  • Hormones are responsible for mood swings that trigger thoughts and actions
  • Subconscious mind impacts human behavior
  • Innate mechanism defines human personality
  • Stillness of body calms senses including mind
  • Matter (body) responds positively to repetition
Benefits Physical
  • Unobstructed and rhythmic breathing
  • Improved respiration and flow of vital energy
  • Carrying more oxygen into the lungs and more CO2 out of it
  • Inducing flow of oxygen into alveoli where actually gas exchange takes place
  • More revitalized body cells
  • Biochemical changes to give a feeling of wellness
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Enhanced positivity and strength
  • More agility resulting in better health and longevity
Mental

  • Improved mental capacity and balance
  • Increased memory, concentration and decision power
  • Greater patience and tolerance capacity
  • Calm, tranquil and relaxed mind
  • Enhanced willpower and self-confidence
  • Less of tension, depression, stress and worry
 
Emotional
  • Ability to operate on higher spiritual plane
  • Less prone to mood swings
  • Better psychic control
  • Greater discerning ability
  • Enhanced ability to transform a negative emotion into positive
  • Better control over psychological disorders
Behavioural

  • Ability  to change attitudes and habits
  • Control over basic human afflictions – desire, anger, greed and delusion
  • Inner repulsion to habits like addiction, violence and indulgence
  • Higher degree of detachment towards material things and circumstances
  • Increased efficiency, creativity, and respect for finer values
  • More active and least reactive
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Our day out there in the world is only as good as our thoughts within?