Sivananda Yoga Farm https://sivanandayogafarm.org Focus, rejuvenate, recharge, relax Wed, 05 Jan 2022 05:41:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.3 https://sivanandayogafarm.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cropped-logo370wide-32x32.jpg Sivananda Yoga Farm https://sivanandayogafarm.org 32 32 175420319 Health & Disease https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/health-disease/ https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/health-disease/#respond Wed, 05 Jan 2022 04:59:18 +0000 https://sivanandayogafarm.org/?p=13181 Diseases do not happen like right away, let’s say you are angry, you are resentful, it stays in the system for a long time; resentment is like rust, slowly, slowly it eats your body as it eats your mind; so then slowly slowly, after ten years of resentment, you develop some kind of problem, for example, problems on the liver, arthritis problem. Any physical health problem always has some kind of equivalence in the mind. If you are grieving, for example, you were crying, or you never really recovered for years, then you might one day have a problem with the lungs.

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HOW TO MEDITATE IN DAILY LIFE https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/how-to-meditate-in-daily-life/ https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/how-to-meditate-in-daily-life/#respond Wed, 05 Jan 2022 04:32:38 +0000 https://sivanandayogafarm.org/?p=13180 There are different definitions of meditation. One of the definitions, the classical way, is the definition according to Patanjali. According to Patanjali, meditation is at the seventh rung. That means seventh step of the eight steps ladder of yoga, a Raja Yoga system. That means you have to prepare yourself, in order for you to be able to be still. Yamas and niyamas are the two first rungs in Taja Yoga, guiding you to have proper behavior that will not bring about any kind of reaction, that will bring about peace.

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Vairagya – Detachment or Dispassion https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/vairagya-detachment-or-dispassion/ https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/vairagya-detachment-or-dispassion/#respond Fri, 19 Nov 2021 23:42:20 +0000 https://sivanandayogafarm.org/?p=13052 The topic of today is an important topic, a philosophical topic. It is the topic of detachment. Those who study Vedanta in the TTC, you know that it is part of the practice of Vedanta to learn to detach so that your mind and heart are not so involved in everything that is temporary. You remain yourself.

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HEALING KARMA: Our karmic tendencies and how to work it out https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/healing-karma/ https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/healing-karma/#comments Sun, 31 Oct 2021 18:47:46 +0000 https://sivanandayogafarm.org/?p=13029 Karma is action and consequence of action. It Implies that we are born as consequence of past action and thought. Action comes also in terms of thoughts. This life has a cause and what we do in this life will have a consequence in the future. So, we have to see the big picture to understand your life at the present. There is a reason for certain things to happen that way, and there is a way you can then get out of it, alleviating it.

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Seven Practices to learn how to Love https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/seven-practices-to-learn-how-to-love/ https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/seven-practices-to-learn-how-to-love/#respond Fri, 29 Oct 2021 19:48:01 +0000 https://sivanandayogafarm.org/?p=13011 Love is selfless and unconditional. Conditional love is selfish and emotional. Emotions need to be purified to become pure love. Emotions come from our lower mind and our subconscious mind which carries impressions of the past. Yoga teaches us to purify the usual, habitual, tainted love, in other words, our lower mind and to activate our higher mind.

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Why Meditate? Seeking beyond the Pattern of the Mind https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/why-meditate-seeking-beyond-the-pattern-of-the-mind/ https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/why-meditate-seeking-beyond-the-pattern-of-the-mind/#respond Sat, 23 Oct 2021 01:51:43 +0000 https://sivanandayogafarm.org/?p=13006 You need to understand why we meditate, then you can practice meditation for a long time and more seriously. The reason why we meditate, or we do yoga, is because in classical yoga, and yoga means meditation - meditation means yoga, there's no separate thing. People think yoga means we're doing some exercise and going to meditation is Zen meditation, or vipassana meditation or something separate. However, In the ashram,  everything we do is included in the word meditation, and everything is preparation for meditation. Everything is meditation, everything is preparing you for meditation.  

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The Guru Tradition https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/the-guru-tradition/ https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/the-guru-tradition/#respond Wed, 20 Oct 2021 20:06:22 +0000 https://sivanandayogafarm.org/?p=13000 The guru tradition is very old, before the time of Adi Shankaracharya (eighth century). Adi Shankaracharya himself was enlightened. When he was just six years old, he knew all the Vedas. When he was only nine years old, Adi Shankaracharya received permission from his mother to take sannyasa, the renunciation phase of life.

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Four Qualifications of an Aspirant https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/four-qualifications-of-an-aspirant/ https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/four-qualifications-of-an-aspirant/#comments Thu, 30 Sep 2021 03:41:20 +0000 https://sivanandayogafarm.org/?p=12966 We are used to seeking outside for pleasures and happiness that are in the sensual world and that are temporary. If something does not happen the way we want, we are disappointed; we blame something or somebody. The reason for our disappointment is always external to us, in the external world.

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STAGES OF LIFE & INNER MOTIVATIONS https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/stages-of-life-inner-motivations/ https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/stages-of-life-inner-motivations/#respond Tue, 28 Sep 2021 05:21:11 +0000 https://sivanandayogafarm.org/?p=12946 The ancient teaching of the Vedas have given you some guidance. And of course, you need to have a teacher who knows you very well, who can tell you (more or less) where you are at, and what are the different steps that you need to take. Today I'm going to present to you a little bit of these different ideas to guide you.

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Six Virtues of a Spiritual Seeker https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/six-virtues-of-a-spiritual-seeker/ https://sivanandayogafarm.org/blog/six-virtues-of-a-spiritual-seeker/#comments Sat, 18 Sep 2021 21:47:21 +0000 https://sivanandayogafarm.org/?p=12919 Number one, you have to discriminate. This is my mind and this is the Self. It is extremely difficult to do this, because for years and years, lifetimes and lifetimes, you have thought that you are the mind. You need to accumulate a lot of sattva, purity, for this realization to dawn in you, “Oh, it's my mind”. Consequently, you have been observing the patterns of your mind for a long time. You have to disassociate from the mind. That is part of the meditation practice when you detach from the mind.

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