Meditation is quite an enigma amongst those who are contemplating dabbling in the practice, and as such, there seem to be quite a few myths around its existence. In addition, people have huge expectations of meditation. I hope to gently break down some of those myths and reveal some of the truths I have discovered about meditation. â€˜Yogash citta-vritti-nirodhahaâ€™ = â€˜Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mindâ€™ (Yoga Sutras 1.1 â€“ 1.4) [...]
In todayâ€™s fast paced world, where everyone is running after money and more money, people often tend to ignore the core and engine that propels their daily lives. No, itâ€™s not your cellphone, but your very own body. So this weekend take some time off for yourself and get to know a little more on how you can better take care, of the most amazing invention in the world better known as the the human body. My Foot â€œMy Footâ€œ,
A study of various religious texts highlights the fact that what they preach are essentially the basic principles of life. One among the various philosophies enshrined in these texts is that of gaining self-discipline and control over our physical senses. Abstinence better understood as the self-enforced restraint from indulging in pleasure giving activities is described in detail in most scriptures. When we think of abstinence in the 21st century, four terms come to mind, namely alcohol, tobacco, coitus and food. Of these four wants only one is a need, as it is required for the basic functioning of all living organisms on earth - FOOD. Abstinence from food is thus seen as the ultimate penance and the only way to overcome the trap of worldly indulgences. It thus comes as no surprise that the act of Fasting is explained in great detail in all faiths, particularly in Islam and Hinduism.
On 16 March 2012, at Mirpur in Bangladesh, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar while on the score of 99 scored one run with a flick of his wrists onto the legside. In the game of Cricket, one run is the least that can be scored from a single delivery. However, just like an artistic masterpiece is incomplete without its creator's signature, Sachin Tendulkars 100th century was incomplete without that one run. While there were no arguments about his greatness even before 16 March 2012, post that date, his name got etched in stone as he joined the league of extraordinary gentleman in the world of sports.
In today's hyper-active, always-on and connected world where the alarm clock has been replaced with an iPhone, it is extremely essential to get the right amount and right quality of sleep on a daily basis. This raises the perennial question as to what does it take to get a good night's sleep, does it require a great bed or does it just require the right amount of tiredness and exhaustion? Since people are known to doze off on trains, buses, sub-ways, cars and sometimes even while standing up the latter seems to be a reasonable conclusion. However, most people will agree that there's nothing like crashing into your own bed after a day of intense work or a night of crazy fun. Which is what brings the focus on to the kind of bed that you must possess to make sure you wake up refreshed everyday.
The mind is the musician, the body is the instrument and breath is the tone. Play well and engage in skillful techniques to enhance your well-being. This quote is from one of my all time favorite yoga teachers, Nevine Michaan. Every Wednesday I would make the effort of travelling for upto 60 minutes on the subway just to take her hour long Pranayama class and two hour asana teacherâ€™s class. It was the highlight of my week. I honestly felt â€œhighâ€, happy, euphoric every time I could spend those 3 hours with Nevine.