Essential Yoga Practice

Vedantic Practice Vichara or Self Enquiry

Vedantic Practice Vichara or Self Enquiry is explained. While much has been said and written about the sublime philosophy of Vedanta, little attention is given to the practices emerging out of this lofty philosophy. In fact, for most of us Vedanta remains an intellectual...

How to practice Vichara or Self Enquiry

Mahavakyas

The only way to understand Self Enquiry is to practise it. You can do Vichara anytime, anywhere. Close your eyes if possible. And talk to your mind. It sounds like a strange idea to talk to oneself, in fact your first reaction might be, "I'm not crazy!" But on second thought you...

"Who am I?" Vedantic Practice of Self Enquiry

"Who am I?" is a special form of Self Enquiry or Vichara. This practice has often been attributed to the great sage of Arunachala, Raman Maharshi. In fact this practice is as ancient as life itself. It is also refered to in ancient texts such as the Tripura Rahasya, a text the great sage...

Atma Vichara: A Monthly Plan

This monthly plan for Atma Vichara offers some suggestions to start a dialogue. Internal Dialogue or Atma Vichara is a very important step, but is one that few students understand. To succeed in meditation you have to develop this important step. You do not begin with meditation itself. First...

Understanding Asana Practice in Yoga Meditation

Asana practice in Yoga Meditation is quite different from that of modern yoga studios. This guide to Asana practice is for those participating in Yoga Mentoring with Radhika Shah-Grouven. The word asana is a Sanskrit word and is translated as "seat, pose". Our Tradition is a meditative...

Diaphragmatic Breathing in Meditation

Diaphragmatic Breathing is the most efficient method of breathing. This article explains one of the single most important practices to learn before beginning meditation.  The human body is made up of head, torso and 4 limbs.  The torso itself can be divided into 3 parts: thorax or...

Vrikshasana - The Tree pose

Asana practice in Yoga Meditation is quite different from that of modern yoga studios. Vrikshasana, the Tree pose is described here for those participating in 1-1 Yoga Mentoring with Radhika Shah-Grouven. Vriksha is Sanskrit and means Tree. The Tree prepares you for the meditative postures of...

Bhujangasana - The Cobra

Asana practice in Yoga Meditation is quite different from that of modern yoga studios. Bhujangasana is described here for those participating in Yoga Mentoring with Radhika Shah-Grouven. Bhujangasana is the Cobra pose. It is a very powerful backward bending pose and highly recommended for...

Makarasana - The Crocodile Pose

Asana practice in Yoga Meditation is quite different from that of modern yoga studios. Makarasana, the Crocodile pose is described here for those participating in Yoga Mentoring with Radhika Shah-Grouven. There are two variations of the Crocodile pose. One is extremely useful for Breath training...

Paschimottanasana - The Posterior Stretch

Asana practice in Yoga Meditation is quite different from that of modern yoga studios. Paschimottanasana is described here for those participating in Yoga Mentoring with Radhika Shah-Grouven. Paschimottanasana, the Posterior Stretch is called so because it stretches the back, the posterior body,...

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