Category: Hatha Talks


Benefits of Surya Namaskarah Practice

Saluting the Sun – How to live in Harmony with Nature “In the olden days, people would wake up in the morning, bow down to Mother Earth, and then, facing the sun, they would chant prayers and perform Surya Namaskarah. The whole time they were praying they were exposed to the rays of the rising sun.” —Amma It was an idyllic time. They lived life in communion with Nature and her rhythms. People understood the context of their lives within the whole of Creation. Their routine was constant awareness and worship. Their lives existed in harmony with the cycles...

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Why Yoga Sadhana Retreat at Amritapuri?

Retreat is a crucial part of yogic life. Seekers striving to free their minds recognize the importance of taking time away from worldly life, temporarily or permanently, in order to concentrate more fully on meditative practices. With the numerous responsibilities of life, especially in a fast-paced digital era, there is still no better way for devoted practitioners to encourage spiritual unfolding than to relinquish busy schedules and practical concerns by going on retreat. Whether we go for four days or three months, these periods of uninterrupted practice and quiet reflection allow us to melt away the distraction of compulsive...

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Art of Breathing

The Art of Breathing Since I began teaching yoga in 2004, I have found that the most common question is: How should I breathe? My reply is always: Stay relaxed. Even if you are not aware of it, you are still breathing. Try to observe this natural process to find the hidden secrets of the breath. Most people do not know how to breathe. Strange fact, isn’t it? But it’s a fact. Breathing naturally isn’t the same thing as taking deep and meaningful breaths. I don’t mean ‘meaningful’ in a spiritual sense, either. I’m talking about breathing properly in...

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Amma’s Message for IDY 2019: Yoga Promotes Love and Solidarity in the World

Yoga is the means of realizing the infinite potential within by properly training and integrating body, mind, and intellect. Yoga helps us become more efficient in day-to-day life as well. It enhances our health, our sense of well-being, and our sensitivity to universal values. Indeed, in these times of lifestyle diseases and tension, yoga is a real boon to humankind, says Mata Amritanandamayi in her message on International Yoga Day. Yoga is the means of realizing the infinite potential within by properly training and integrating body, mind, and intellect. It is for these reasons that the relevance and popularity...

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Diksha Initiation – Workshop for Teachers at Amrita Vidyalayams: Mangalore, Secunderabad and Amdavad

Everybody was enthusiastic about the Initiation, an exclusive workshop for school teachers. The slogan for the workshop was Inspire, Ignite, Innovate. The teachers didn’t mind at all staying after school late for this session. They were happily chatting and enjoying their snacks. Amrita Vidyalayam schools are more than just educational institutions. Created with Amma’s blessings and Sankalpa, they have immense value in preserving the culture and developing values in children, based on ancient Indian traditions. In this age, when the world is changing so fast and India is getting so influenced by the West, it is very important to...

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