Yoga Q&A

Are incense sticks useful for Yoga Meditation?

Yoga Meditation is the process of gradually going inwards with body postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and eventually your personal meditation practice. Meditation is recommended in clean and quiet surroundings with a minimum of external stimuli and distractions. Thus incense is not...

It is impossible to practice Yoga daily. Can you help me?

Changes can never happen overnight. Important is: to make no dramatic resolutions (ahimsa). Develop simple goals for yourself.  Start working with one habit at a time. Do not try to do everything at the same time. This is needless stress for the mind and body.Adopt a gentle approach to...

What has Yoga got to do with the caste system?

Nothing! Yoga originated and developed outside the bounds of society. While the Hindu society placed great importance on the group, spiritual seeking always emphasized the individual. Salvation and knowledge of the Truth were always open to all, irrespective of caste or sex. Vedanta, Yoga and...

What is the difference between Yoga and meditation?

None. Yoga is meditation. Yoga Meditation is the process of withdrawing the senses from the external world and going inwards. We begin our Yoga Meditation session with body poses, move on to breathing exercises and relaxation. Having touched upon the body and the level of energy, we are ready to...

What is a Swami? What is Sannyasa? What is renunciation?

Swami means Master, that is, one who is "Ma" Master over "Swa" or the Self. While this really is the fundamental idea, the word swami has many layers of meanings. What is sannyasa or renunciation? To understand who or what a swami is, we must first understand sannyasa. The...

Do I have to become a Hindu to practice Yoga Meditation?

No! You do not have to become a Hindu, a vegetarian or an Indian citizen in order to practice Yoga Meditation! In fact you do not have to add any more labels to yourself. We have put enough labels on ourselves such as young or old, woman or man, rich or poor. All these besides other labels of...

Will I live longer if I practice Yoga Meditation?

The determination of the span of life (ayus) is a rather complex matter depending mostly on karma (action) performed in the previous life. Thus the span of life is determined already at birth. This has been studied in ancient Indian texts. The ancient masters calculated the age of a person not in...

How do I find an authentic yoga class?

You can begin by joining the yoga class closest to you or one recommended by a friend. The only way to find out if it is authentic or not is through experiences and experiments. You do not have to settle down to the first yoga teacher you find. Take some time to explore different paths as well...

What is a Yogi?

In the words of the great Paramahansa Yogananda, "Anyone who practises a scientific technique for divine realization is a Yogi." Householder Yogis A Yogi may be either married or unmarried. A householder Yogi, also called Karma Yogi, lives in the world yet above it. He lives in the...

Does God exist? What do the Yogis say?

How would you describe the beauty of colours to a person who has been born blind? He cannot relate to your world of colours, though you may be able to experience his world of darkness. How would you convince him that there is really such a thing as red, yellow and blue? How could you possibly...

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