Sanskrit for Yoga Blog
Posted on: August 8, 2012 by admin“Just as the large tree is to be found potentially in the banyan tree seed, so this world, both inanimate and animate, abides in the ‘seed’ of the Heart.” ~ Abhinavagupta ~ There are 16 vowels in the Sanskrit alphabet that connect in sequential order to the waxing and waning phases of the Moon. Each lunar phase affects your mind and emotions in specific and predictable ways. When you intone the Sanskrit vowels, you align your consciousness with the waxing and waning movements of the Moon. These sounds create a biochemical balance in your physiology, regulate your hormones and relax your mind and body.
Posted on: July 27, 2012 by adminThe arrangement of the Sanskrit alphabet follows the pathway of the breath across these five regions of speech. As you exhale and voice the sounds, the points capture the life-force in your breath and redirect it back into your body. In this way, Sanskrit as pranayama prepares you for meditation.
Posted on: June 1, 2012 by adminIn contemplating your next Sanskrit tattoo, consider that the Sanskrit letters are outer symbols that express the intercommunication between human and divine. Sanskrit is a sacred geometry that is replicated in yoga asana.
Posted on: March 22, 2012 by adminPatanjali's Yoga Sutras contain the secret to ending the botheration of your mind. Your mind's habit, which is set to repeat, finds repose in no-mind, the state of samadhi. There it regains its innocence.
Posted on: March 18, 2012 by admin
There’s a secret behind Vedic chanting in Sanskrit that awakens the experience of meditation within you. It’s found within the six rules required of any Sanskrit student to chant the Vedic mantras. Each rule corresponds to one of the six cakras in the body, and when adhered to properly, the energy of the Sanskrit mantra awakens the upward ascent of kundalini within the central channel connecting the base of the spine with the top of the head. In this way, Vedic chanting is a powerful form of yoga and meditation.
The first rule is varna, proper pronunciation of the Sanskrit syllables. To make each sound correctly requires a precise positioning of the organs of speech in order to direct the prana...
Posted on: February 27, 2012 by adminThe Sanskrit alphabet is more than just a set of letters used to represent sounds made in the language. When pronounced correctly, the Sanskrit mantras serve to enliven your very life force or prana. This isn't academic theory, but a reality you can experience within your own body.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 by admin
When I chant Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras in Sanskrit, something amazing happens. I actually become what the translation is talking about. I know this sounds weird: I get what the “seer-thing” is all about.
And when I chant the Sanskrit syllables related to being a witness-to-all-things, the “I” in me dissolves into something I can’t really describe but I know exists. It’s something a priori—a sense of being that stands before what I...
Posted on: February 7, 2012 by adminSanskrit mantra is a powerful form of meditation that reveals the 7 layers of our mind. As you chant the mantra OM for example, you become conscious of each layer and realize your identity with the Self, the source of your Being, that Patanjali described as the "Seer" in the Yoga Sutras. In this way, Sanskrit is the secret to mastery in yoga.
Posted on: February 7, 2012 by adminIt's essential for all yogis to learn how to chant the Sanskrit mantra OM properly to derive its full body-mind-spirit benefit. Quoting from the ancient source on this subject, the Mandukya Upanishad, I explore how the three Sanskrit letter that make up the mantra OM connect to three important regions of the body. When chanted, they increase the prana (life force) within the core of the body, inviting relaxation and peace to the mind.
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Posted on: February 4, 2012 by adminWhat’s amazing about the Sanskrit names for the yoga poses is that the vibration of the syllables said together perfectly matches the “shape” of the creature’s life force as it corresponds to the relevant marma points on the human body. This connection arose out of the original discovery of yoga. The ancient yogis observed nature very closely. They noted the pattern of breath in creatures and plants when their bodies formed certain shapes. The yogis replicated those patterns with their own bodies, matching their breath to the breath of the creature they imitated. Envision yourself in cobra pose. First you feel the energy flow from deep within the inner core toward the center of the chest leading to the back of the ear lobes. Then you lightly press your palms into the earth, extending your feet outward behind the body. You’ll feel the energy rise up through the center of the hands and...