Category: Hatha Talks


A Wonderful Yoga Initiation – Adi Yogi

Adiyogi means the first yogi. According to yogic philosophy, Lord Shiva is not just known as a God, but as the Adiyogi or the first yogi – the originator of yoga and the first guru or Adiguru. He was the one who first put this seed into the human mind. From Sanskrit, adi means first and yogi refers to an adept in yoga. On another level, when we say “Shiva,” we are referring to a certain yogi, the Adiyogi or the first yogi, and also the Adi Guru, the first Guru, who is the basis of what we know as the yogic science today. Yoga is the means to know the essential nature of our existence. The first ones to learn Yoga The great privilege of learning Yoga for the first time from the Adiyogi was given to Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. Eventually, Lord Shiva chose the Sapta Rishis (the seven sages) to learn Yoga from him and spread it all over the globe. On Shiva’s instructions, these rishis then moved on to the various parts of the globe to spread the message of Yoga. Hindu myth maintains that Matsya, a fish, overheard Adiyogi’s teachings to Parvati and attained enlightenment. Matsya then accepted Shiva’s offer of reincarnation and came to be known as Matsyendra, after whom the yoga posture Matsyendrasana was named. He was also one of...

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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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