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Sattva, Asana, Prana, Dhyana

  • Two types of Samadhi described in the Yoga Sturas are Samprajnata and Asamprajnata. Both are states of corresponding to the eighth step of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga.  Samprajnata means Samadhi with Prajna or highest wisdom. On the other hand, Asamprajnata has two prevalent definitions because scholars disagree on it.

  • Symmetry is visually appealing and we along with other creations of nature have learned to understand it over the eons of our evolution as something exceptional and good. It perhaps even represents a good genetic makeup and is favored in natural selection. Yet we break it every day.

  • Human spine is a formidable structure that rebelled against gravity and gave us the evolutionary breakthrough which no other creature of the planet has managed. Both spiritually and medically the spine has been much revered from Socrates to Hippocrates to modern science.

  • Spine is a critical medium for the subtle body as it is the cornerstone of all spiritual development. It is considered a physical embodiment of the mythological mountain, Meru, which is the centre of all physical, non-physical and ethereal worlds just as the human spine is the axis of our individual and spiritual existence.

  • There is nothing that goes on in our body without the brain being involved and there is nothing that goes on in the brain without the spine being involved. Together they control all the functions of our body from the very first breath to the very last thought.

  • Posture or Asana is how our body chooses to take up space in this world; in fact, in evolutionary terms it is our posture that first made us human. All life originated from one single celled ancestor swimming in the seas and somewhere along the way one life became many different animals and one of those animals became a ‘social’ animal – a human.

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