Mind N Soul provide best Yoga and Meditation classes in Varanasi. Yoga is a way of life, an art of righteous living or an integrated system for the benefit of the body, mind and inner spirit. This art originated, was perfected and practiced in India thousands of years ago. Yoga Classes are available in ‘Upanishads’ and ‘Puranas’ composed by Indian Aryans in the later Vedic and post- Vedic period. The main credit for systematizing yoga goes to Patanjali who wrote ‘Yoga Sutra’, two thousand Years ago. He described the principles of the full eight fold yogic discipline. He composed the treatise in brief code words known as ‘Sutras’. ‘Yoga Sutra’ is the most important basic text on Yoga Classes. It is through this basic treatise that the essential message of yoga spread throughout the world.
Aim of Yoga is the attainment of the physical, mental and spiritual health. As per Patanjali eight stages of Yoga discipline are as described below:
The vibrant health, flexibility, and stamina this unified body-mind brings us, living in the body is also an integral aspect of spiritual practice. The most tangible way that we can know what it means to be compassionate or not grasping is directly through the cellular experience of the body. The most direct way that we can learn what it means to let go is through the body. When we have a self-destructive addiction–the impulse to overeat or to take drugs–this happens through the entrenchment of neurological and physiological patterns in our bodies. And on a more basic level, it’s hard to feel focused and purposeful when our bodies are full of aches and pains or burdened with illness and disease.
Ah, yoga. What’s not to like about stretching your muscles, sprawling out on a comfortable mat, and losing yourself in tranquility? Not only does practicing yoga tone your body and refresh your mind, it also improves your immune system, helps lower your stress level, and provides so many more health benefits. Yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years, and we’re still fine-tuning the practice. Today, aside from having a yoga studio around every corner, we have many different styles of yoga. Even though they’re all based on the same poses, each style has a particular focus. For example, one style has a purpose to improve flexibility, while another style primarily strengthens your core.
What is Yoga / Asan? :
The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit. What is commonly referred to as “yoga” can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or pose. Asanas are designed to promote, a state of mental and physical well-being or good health. This may be defined as the condition that is experienced when all the organs function effectively under the intelligent control of the mind. Asanas have an extraordinary capacity to overhaul, rejuvenate and bring the entire system into a state of balance. Mind N Soul provide best yoga classes in Varanasi area.
Surya Namaskar means greeting or bowing the sun. Usually all sessions of Yoga asanas begin with the ‘Surya Namaskar’ or sun salutation. It nourishes and energizes the upper part of the body.
Utthan Pada Asana (Leg Lifting Posture)
‘Utthan’ means to raise up and ‘Pada’ means legs. In this posture the legs are lifted upwards. It strengthens the spinal code and removes disorders of the back.
Paschimottanasana (The Forward Bend)
Paschimothan Asana also known as touching toes posture, means stretching the back. It brings flexibility and corrects disorders of the spine.
Bhujanga Asana (The Cobra)
‘Bhujanga’ means serpent or snake. This asana is named after the king of the snakes, Cobra. It provides a youthful appearance and for women, makes child birth easy.
Salabha Asana (The Locust)
‘Salabha’ or locust is a type of grass hopper. It is a reverse of cobra posture. It is strenuous and can be practiced in parts at the initial stage. It favourably activates all the organs of the lower part of the body.
Sarvanga Asana (The shoulder Stand)
‘Sarva’ means all and ‘Anga’ means body, so Sarvanga is theposture of the whole body. As the whole body weight in this posture rests on the shoulders, it is also called ‘Shoulder Stand Posture’. It is a purifying, nourishing and energizing asana beneficial to the whole body.
Matsya Asana (The Fish Posture)
Matsya Asana is so called because in its perfect posture, one is supposed to float like a fish in water. It is beneficial to perform this asana after Sarvanga Asana. It has corrective effects for the neck and shoulder troubles.
Dhanur Asana (The Bow Posture) The body form in this asana resembles a bow or ‘dhanur’. It is one of the best asana for activating and strengthening the joints of the body. It has some special benefits for women.
Hala Asana (Plough Posture) The plow or Hala Asana is an extreme forward bending exercise. It has some excellent benefits and occupies a very prominent place in asanas. It is a unique asana for gaining sexual powers.
Shava Asana (Relaxation Posture) ‘Shava Asana’ means posture of a dead body. Also known as ‘Yoga Nidra’ which means yogic method of sleep. It is an asana which claims to provide a satisfactory relaxation of both the body and the mind.
“Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external circumstances”.
The rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep that you can ever have. When the mind becomes free from agitation, is calm and serene and at peace, meditation happens. Sooner or later our happiness turns into dissatisfaction, and we find ourselves engaged in the pursuit of more worldly pleasures. Directly or indirectly, worldly pleasures cause us mental and physical suffering by stimulating attachment, jealousy, and frustration. Moreover, seeking to fulfill our own desires often bring us into conflict with others.
The benefits of meditation are manifold. It is an essential practice for mental hygiene. A calm mind, good concentration, clarity of perception, improvement in communication, blossoming of skills and talents, an unshakeable inner strength, healing, the ability to connect to an inner source of energy, relaxation, rejuvenation, and good luck are all natural results of meditating regularly.
In today’s world where stress catches on faster than the eye can see or the mind can perceive, meditation is no more a luxury. It is a necessity. To be unconditionally happy and to have peace of mind, we need to tap into the power of meditation. Meditation used in a specific way, gives you deep relaxation and also keeps you alert. It effortlessly allows the conscious mind to settle down. And when the mind settles down, it lets go of all tension and stress and centers itself in the present moment.
“My work and meditation just complement each other. If I only work, it brings me boredom and soon, I don’t find any joy in it. So when I alternate it with meditation and offer best meditation classes in Varanasi area, I enjoy working much more”- CMD, Mind N Soul Spa.
If true fulfillment can’t be found in worldly pleasures, then where can it be found? Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external circumstances. If our mind is pure and peaceful we’ll be happy, regardless of our external conditions, but if it is impure and unpeaceful, we will never find happiness, no matter how much we try to change our external conditions. The purpose of meditation is to cultivate those states of mind that are conducive to peace and well-being, and to eradicate those that aren’t. Only human beings can do this. Animals can enjoy food and sex, find homes, hoard wealth, subdue their enemies, and protect their family; but they cannot completely eliminate suffering and attain lasting happiness. It would be a great shame if we were to use our precious human life only to achieve results that even animals can achieve. If we wish to avoid such a wasted life and fulfill the real purpose of being born human we must devote ourself to the practice of ‘lamp for the Path to Enlightenment’
“The purpose of meditation is to cultivate those states of mind that are conducive to peace and well-being, and to eradicate those that aren’t.”