Author: Navodita Pande

Tantra: Material World and its Experiences for Attaining Enlightenment

Satyananda Yoga believes that Tantra is a collective title, which covers a vast range of practical teachings leading to the expansion of human consciousness and the liberation of primal energy (Kundalini). The material world and its experiences can be utilised to attain enlightenment. Navodita deals with this, in detail, in the weekly column, exclusively in […]

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Shivananda Yoga: Ignorance makes us Perceive Diversity Rather than Unity

The Self, or the Supreme Soul, is the essential nature of man, the common consciousness in all beings. Full awareness of the Self can be attained through yoga. One should stay away from ignorance. It is due to ignorance that we perceive diversity rather than unity. The apparent difference between the individual, the world, and […]

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Shivananda Yoga: Five Easy Ways to Live a Healthy, Prosperous Life

Swami Shivananda’s teaching for physical and mental well-being is the spiritual strength behind Shivananda Yoga centres around the world. This school of Yoga stresses on five easy ways to live a healthy and prosperous life: asanas, pranayama, Savasana, vegetarian, Vedanta, and Dhyana. These five things are important sources of life energy. Our Yoga expert, Navodita, […]

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Yoga: The Abiding Experience of our Innermost Self

The experience of the Self is always present and is at the root of our natural state of awareness, yet we are generally unaware of the presence of this expanded awareness as our minds become busy in the details of daily life. Navodita, our Yoga expert, delves into the subject, in the weekly column, exclusively […]

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Anusara Yoga Believes we are part of the Divine and Supreme Consciousness

The art of Anusara Yoga is a co-participation with the Supreme – not of domination, subjugation or control of Nature. The poses are considered to be heart-oriented, meaning that they are expressed from inside-out. Instead of trying to control the body and mind from the outside, the poses originate from a deep creative and devotional […]

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Understanding the Role of Five Kleshas on the Path to Yoga

Continuing with the five other kleshas (afflictions) of ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion and clinging to bodily life maybe so ingrained in us that we cannot even see these exist. One way to get rid of these five afflictions, according to most yoga sages is allow, acknowledge, pay attention and accept. You should try not to […]

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Overcoming Three Kleshas or Way of Life through Yoga

Yoga is another word for equanimity, poise, and harmony. Our Associate Editor, Navodita, a Yoga expert, tells us how to face the three Kleshas (way of life), in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.   Yoga is about equanimity and poise and harmony. If something is disturbed or in a state of constant flux, […]

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Denial of Ego, Upholding Truth and Nonviolence are the Essence of Yoga

There is an important element to the dimension of inner life – that’s the submission and denial of the ego is the greatest good for an individual. This is the first vow. There are Sanskrit sayings which praise the two other vows of Satya and Ahimsa as among the highest principles of Dharma or righteousness. […]

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Yoga: Find True Selves, be in Harmony with Nature and Rejuvenate Ourselves

Physically you are subject to the afflictions of hunger pangs, thirst, and fatigue, heat, and cold while mentally, emotionally and sentimentally, you are always subject to the affliction of varying states of mind. Yoga philosophy says that this is an unnatural condition. You are not a creature subject to such afflictions. However, your experience contradicts […]

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Yoga: The Awareness that all Problems are within us is the Key to Self-realisation

The awareness that the real problem lies within us opens up completely new options: the possibilities to create solutions to external problems are very limited. We cannot change other people or create a just and peaceful world. But when we become aware of your inner confusion, or a negative emotion like anger, we can work […]

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