Sankalpa & Yoga Therapy

“A resolve or sankalpa is made during the practice of yoga nidra. It should be something of immense importance to you. In the state of yoga nidra passivity, this autosuggestion is very powerful.

Such resolves can change your whole life. They will certainly come true if you repeat your resolve with enough conviction.”

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

A sankalpa or resolve is an affirmation which you make to overcome any weakness affecting your body, performance and life, and to awaken any other strength you may feel is necessary to provide you with internal balance.

Rather than saying, ‘I am going to give up…’, give a complementary thought such as, ‘I am developing…’. In that way you can make a sankalpa according to your choice and wish.

Treat the matter as if it has already happened. Be one step ahead of what you want to achieve.

The sensitivity and potentiality of the mind is increased by the sankalpa. It increases the willpower. Initially, through a form of positive suggestion, it takes you into the psychic dimension, where the mind is sensitized and where the faculties of the mind have a lot of force. Read more…

from Resources, posted January 2016

Scientific Research into Jala Neti

Jala Neti is one of the Hatha Yoga cleansing practices. It has been practiced as part of Hatha Yoga for centuries.

The benefits of Neti in preventing colds, relieving sinus problems, relieving the symptoms of hay fever etc are well known to the people who practice it but more and more the practice is being recognised by the medical world.

Neti is now advocated by many doctors and ENT specialists as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of nasal and sinus problems.

There is a growing body of scientific research into the practice, inclduing this excellent article entitled ‘The Safety and Efficacy of Nasal Saline Irrigation’.

The article goes into a great deal of detail, backed up by a number of studies. The conclusion though is this :

“All evidence published to date supports nasal saline irrigation as a safe and effective
therapy for a wide variety of sinonasal symptoms. Efficacy has been shown for viral
upper respiratory symptoms, acute and chronic sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and pregnancy
rhinitis. Treatment is effective in pediatric and adult populations. No side effects outside
of mild and transient discomfort in the nose and ears have been demonstrated.”

The full article, by Diane G. Heatley, M.D., Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine can be found here  :

The Safety and Efficacy of Nasal Saline Irrigation


from Resources, posted September 2014

How can we apply Pratipaksha Bhava?

From Swami Niranjanananda : Satsang 2003

Pratipaksha bhava has been defined in the Yoga Sutras as thinking of the opposite quality in relation to the attitudes one develops and expresses in day-to-day situations.

Attitudes such as envy, jealousy and competitiveness all lead to the development of a particular type of human expression, which involves a change in the total personality. Jealousy, for example, begins as an idea, but you begin to feel an emotion, which is termed ‘jealousy’. Read more…

from Mindfulness Techniques, Resources, posted September 2014

Benefits of Meditation

The Many Benefits of Meditation

Dr Rishi Vivekananda Saraswati

What is meditation? Webster’s Dictionary defines meditation as:

  1. To focus one’s thoughts on, reflect on or ponder over;
  2. To plan or project in the mind: intend, purpose.

This is exactly what meditation is not! In fact, it is only when we take our awareness away from those everyday thinking processes that we are able to move into true meditation.

Read more…

from Resources, posted July 2014

Seven Steps to Heaven

Persevere with your Sadhana on a Daily Basis, Easily & Happily!

  1. Know that your practice is an investment – it pays dividends!
  2. Practice at the same time, in the same place, every day.
  3. Create a daily SADHANA (personal practice) that suits you.
    Include asanas, pranayama and a meditation practice.
  4. Practice exactly the same programme for at least one week
    – you can have it written down and kept in the place where you practice.
  5. Regularity is more important than the length of time you devote to the practice – use your common sense. Sometimes “less is more!”
  6. Go to classes and Yoga seminars / days, retreats etc when you can – it helps to keep you inspired.
  7. Practice what you know well and keep your practice simple and fresh. Even if you have practiced a particular technique a thousand times, practice it as if it is the very first time. Enjoy it!

Taken from Swami Nirmal, teaching in Sheffield 2013

from Resources, posted June 2014

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