Havan Ceremony| Vinyasa yoga in Rishikesh| India

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Havan is a Sanskrit word that refers any ceremony, wherein offerings are made into a fire. Havan, also known as homa or homan. Generally, the word Havan is used in northern India, while homa is used in southern India. A Havan is sometimes called a “sacrifice ceremonial” because the fire destroys the offering, but a Havan is more accurately a “votive ceremonial”. The fire is the agent, and the offerings include those that are material and symbolic such as grains, clarified butter, milk, incense, and seeds. It is a purification method by fire and mantras to a internal soul or its surrounding environment.

It is rooted in the Vedic religion, and was adopted in ancient times by Buddhism and Jainism. The practice spread from India to Central Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia. Havan ceremonies is playing an important part of many Hindu religion, and variations of Homa continue to be practiced in current-day Buddhism, particularly in parts of Tibet and Japan. It is also found in modern Jainism.

A Havan ceremony is known by alternate names, such as “yajna” in Hinduism which sometimes means larger public fire ceremonies. In modern times, a Havana tends to refer to a private ceremonial around a symbolic fire, such as those observed at a wedding, or many other things where we newly work starts .

 

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The Havan Ceremony was conducted in the Vinyasa Yoga in Rishikesh by Shiva Tattva Yoga school to seek grace and choicest blessings of God for the candidates appearing for Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Rishikesh, India.

We do Havan ceremony at the starting of new batch and ending of the batch. The Havan was performed religiously under the divine fervor and spirituality. Prasad was distributed to all.

HOW HAVAN PURIFIES THE ATMOSPHERE

When the havan is implemented the fire burns with air, environment , human soul their body gets purified and becomes lighter in nature. So this light air goes up and replaces the cold/ the impure air , Impurities and this process continues and the air keep getting purified till the ritual is being performed.

The main item in havan is five fruits like mango, apple, guava, Banana and orange.  Wood which when burnt releases “FORMIC ALDEHYDE” a gas which kills harmful bacteria’s thus purifies the atmosphere as per the research . This gas which is used to preserve the fruits, vegetables and species in the medical laboratories.

The jaggery burnt in the havan also releases the formic aldehyde gas. A scientist found that if we stay in a place where havan is being performed for Half an hour the germs of typhoid fever are killed.

The cow’s ghee is a very important item of havan has been referred as a medicine to the poison in VEDAS. Its fragrance purifies the physical atmosphere. Ghee, when burnt in fire, goes up in the atmosphere and the fat particles get laden on the dust particles in the atmosphere and come back to the earth in a form of rain thus cultivates the vegetation on the mother earth.

Sweets like honey and jaggery, nutrition like ghee and dry fruits, fragrant herbs like ela, dalchini, Lavang , rose petals, antibiotic herbs like guggal and gyal, and material like ghee and samigri, when burnt it purify the atmosphere.  Havan ceremonial is like giving back to the atmosphere, what we have taken from the atmosphere or our nature. The aromatic herbs when burnt remove the foul odor in the atmosphere by their fragrance. With this mantras also chanting .

At last end of the ceremony distribute sweets to all of the members and said Namaste to every one with happily.

This is the process to complete Havan ceremony.

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Surya Namaskar And Their Benefits

Surya Namaskar (Sanskrit: सूर्यनमस्कार), it is also called by name Sun Salutation, It is a Yoga to warm up the whole body by Surya Namaskara routine based on a sequence of graciously linked asanas. The terminology refers to the symbolism of Sun as the soul and the source of all life its light. It is relatively a modern practice that developed in the 20th century.

Without the sun there is no life exist on Earth, and the Surya Namaskaras or the Sun Salutations, as they are popularly called, are an ancient method of showing gratitude or paying respect to earth the sun that is the source of all forms of life on the earth.

The best time to practice the Sun Salutation is early in the morning when the sun is rising. You must make sure your stomach and bowels are empty.

The ancient yogis say that the different parts of the body are ruled by different devas or godly urges of light. The Surya Namaskaras are a complete body workout. Doing 12 sets of this exercise transforms into undertaking 288 powerful yoga asanas in a period of 12 to 15 minutes.

In a single round of Surya Namaskaras helps you burn out up to 13.90 calories. With this as a primary benchmark, you can decide how many sets to do at a time. In a practice, you should be able to do 108-time Surya Namaskar and as you attempt to reach that numbers, you will automatically become fit and toned.

Steps of Surya Namaskar

Position 1

Namaskar (Salute)

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Standing Pose

Start in a standing position, pranama pose, facing the sun. Both your feet should touch each other then palms joined together, in prayer pose.

Position 2

Ardha Chandrasana (Half moon Pose)

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Inhale, breathe in, raise both arms above your head and little slightly backward-curving your back.

Position 3

Padangusthasana (Hand to foot pose)

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Exhale, breathe out, bend forward and touches the mat, both palms in line with your feet, forehead touching your knees.

Position 4

Surya Dharshan (Sun Sight Pose)

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Inhale, bring a right foot forward position in Between two hand. Your Both hands should be decisively planted on your mat, your left foot between your hands, head tilted towards the ceiling.

Position 5

Purvothanasana (Inclined Plane)

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Inhale, bring your Both foot away from your body, in a big backward step. Both your hands should be definitely planted on your mat, your left foot between your hands, head slanted towards the ceiling.

Position 6

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward facing Dog Pose)

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Exhale, breathe out pushes your hips up towards in mounted position, forming an upward mountain. Your arms should be straight and aligned with your head.

Position 7

Sashtand Dandawat (Forhead, Chest, Knee to floor pose)

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Exhale, breathe out, Your lower body down till your forehead, chest, knees, hands, and feet are touching the mat and your butt sloped up. You could take a normal breath in this pose.

Position 8

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

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As you inhale, make a gentle effort to push the chest forward; as you exhale, make a gentle effort to push the navel down. Tuck the toes under. Ensure you’re stretching just as much as you can; do not force your body.

Position 9

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward facing Dog Pose)

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Take a deep inhalation, slowly down forward till your head is up, your back arched concave, as much as possible.

Position 10

Surya Dharshan (Sun Sight Pose)

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Inhale, bring a right foot forward position in Between two hand. Your Both hands should be decisively planted on your mat, your left foot between your hands, head tilted towards the ceiling.

Position 11

Padangusthasana (Hand to foot pose)

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Exhaling deeply, rise up and touch the mat, keeping both your palms in line with your feet, forehead touching your knees.

Position 12

Ardha Chandrasana (Half moon Pose)

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Inhale, breathe in, raise both arms above your head and little slightly backward-curving your back.

Position 13

Namaskar (Salute)

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Return to a standing position, pranama pose, facing the sun. Both your feet should touch each other then palms joined together, in prayer pose.

Surya Namaskar Benefits

  • It Strengthens the entire digestive system including stomach, pancreas, intestines, liver, and cures, and prevents constipation.
  • It purifies the heart and will cure and prevent blood pressure, shiver.
  • It Strengthens the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers, back, stomach, waist, abdomen, intestines, thighs, knees, calves and ankles.
  • It Will free to women of morning sickness and warped taste and appetite, peculiar to pregnant women and regarded as expected.
  • If you do every day Practicing, the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are also balanced.
  • Depression is improved and nervousness is reduced.
  • Sleep and concentration are improved.

Importance and Benefits of Pranayama, Breathing Techniques

Vinyasa-sunrise-yogaPranayama (Sanskrit: प्राणायाम ) is a Sanskrit word translated as “breath control”.The word is composed of two Sanskrit words: prana meaning life force and either ayama are to restrain or control the prana, implying a set of breathing techniques where the breath is intentionally altered in order to produce specific results. It is a yogic way and its origins in ancient India. It serves as the link between the consciousness and the mind. It was believed that once the breath starts to wander, the mind also becomes unsteady. Once the breath is still, your mind is still as well.

Importance Of Pranayama

Pranayama plays a very important role in Yoga that directly or indirectly affects the proper functioning of different systems of the body. If you practice pranayama regularly, it shows beneficial impacts upon the respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system and endocrine system. Pranayama makes sure more oxygen to lungs and good for hearts too. Pranayama tones up kidney and control the functions of nervous system. Kumbhaka of breath helps the supply of oxygen or exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide thus facilitates better work of lungs and helps the brain to work more efficiently. Pranayama affects autonomic nervous system which controls heart rate, glandular secretions, respiration, digestion and blood pressure.

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 85

Contd. from knowledge sheet 84
“Tasminsati shwasaprashwasayorgativicchedaha pranayama’’ (II Sutra 49)
“In that state of being in asana or posture, breaking the movement of inspiratory or expiratory breath is regulation of breath.”
There, in that state of asana, obstructing the flow of breath that is natural. You are blocking the natural flow because your flow is not natural at all. We have made our breath so unnatural, is unnatural. So whatever is natural is now unnatural. We have to revert backward. How do you revert back? It’s not just by accepting what is. “However the breath is going, I accept it”. No. Gati vichchedaha – break its movement. Break the movement of the breath by consciously breathing long, subtly and with counts and having attention at different places.

The next sutra:

“Bahyabhyantarastambhavruttirdeshakalasankhyabhihi parid rash to dirgha suksh maha’’ (II Sutra 50)
“Internal and external breath and total restraint of breath is regulated by place, time and number and thus the breath becomes long and subtle.”
This one sutra has described all the pranayamas, just one sutra. Breath in, hold and breath out with different counts; while having attention on different parts of the body. In one sentence, in one sutra, all the pranayamas are summed up.

There is one more pranayama which happens automatically. When all the thoughts, ideas in the mind and the objects are cleared, there is a natural pranayama which starts. It throws out all the impurities from the mind. That is the fourth pranayama.

“Bahyabhyantaravishayakshepi chat rt haha’’ (II Sutra 51)
The fourth type of pranayama happens when the regions of internal and external breaths have been gone beyond of.

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Types Of Pranayama

  1. Quiet Breathing, Deep Breathing, Fast Breathing
  2. Tribandha and Pranayama
  3. Nadi Shuddhi Pranayama
  4. Ujjayi Pranayama
  5. Bhramari Pranayama
  6. Pranayama from Hatha Yoga (Surya Bhedan, Bhasrika, Ujjayi, Shitali, Sitkari, Bhramari, Murchha & Plavini Pranayama)

Benefits of Pranayama

  1. Pranayama creates oxygen circulation smooth, helps in weight regulation by melting fat as more oxygen burns more fat.
    Pranayama is the key of Intelligence.
  2. It provides lightness to the body; acts as diseases destructor brings vigor and power.
  3. Pranayama helps in lungs expansion thereby improves its efficiency and makes it healthy.
  4. It also helps in contending blood pressure and heart diseases; makes digestion smooth.
  5. It cures the phlegm, mucus and tonsillitis problems. Makes your gums and teeth healthy.
  6. Pranayama transfers stillness and calmness to the mind, increased concentration and stability of mind.
  7. Pranayama is good for physical, mental and spiritual happiness.

Best Yoga Poses To Avoid High Blood Pressure| Vinyasa Yoga

In todays world every person suffer from High blood Pressure Problem . Now Question is arising “How could you avoid high blood pressure to maintain your healthy life” that is Yoga . Yoga has marvelous assistances such as increased flexibility, better concentration, stress relieve, stronger bones and muscles, and much more. But for some people with certain conditions, yoga needs to be practiced with extra safety.The practice of Yoga poses(Vinyasa Yoga) (Hatha Yoga) offers tremendous health and wellness benefits. High blood pressure is a serious health condition that generates many possible contraindications especially in Yoga postures that invert the head below the level of the heart.

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What Is High Blood Pressure?

When your heart beats pumps your blood round your body to give the energy and oxygen it needs. As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strong point of this pushing is your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra stress on your heart and this may lead to heart attacks and strokes.

There are two types of blood pressure:

  1. Systolic blood pressure refers to the pressure inside your arteries when your heart is pumping.
  2. Diastolic pressure is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart is resting between beats.

Causes of High Blood Pressure

  1. Smoking
  2. Coffee or other caffeinated drinks
  3. A full bladder
  4. Recent physical activity
  5. Consume too much salt.
  6. Don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
  7. Do not workout.
  8. Overweight
  9. Drink too much alcohol.
  10. Tension
  11. Blood pressure is also affected by your emotional state and the time of day

What are the poses To avoid High Blood pressure?

Some of these poses are :

  1. Sukhasana
  2. Uttanasana
  3. Adho Mukha Svanasana
  4. Virasana
  5. Baddha Konasana
  6. Supta Padangusthasana
  7. Setu Bandhasana

Sukhasana

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The Sukhasana is also called the Easy Pose. It is a meditative pose that works on calming both the mind and the body. Asanas works on the nervous system and regulates its stroke. It successfully aids in reducing hypertension, and therefore, directly or indirectly works on bringing down blood pressure.

Uttanasana(Standing Forward Bends)

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Helps reduce fatty deposits in the abdominal region, thus enabling weight loss. It also acts as an effective stress reliever and normalizes high blood pressure.

Adho Mukha Svanasana

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Benefits Of Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) Adho Mukha Svanasana leaves you feeling energized and rejuvenated. It calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. It growths the spine and supports the muscles of the chest thereby increasing lung capacity.

Virasan

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This asana is a meditative pose, so it is best if you practice this pose in the morning. But you could do it in the evening as well. It gives the ankles, thighs, and knees a good stretch.It improves the circulation of blood in the legs and relieves tired legs.It helps cure high blood pressure, asthma, and flat feet.

Baddha Konasana(Bound Angel Pose)

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Stimulates the heart and leads to better circulation of blood all over the body. It also relieves stress and weariness.Baddha Konasana also known as the Butterfly or Bound Angle Pose, is a seated pose that strengthens and opens the hips and groin while eradicating abdominal discomfort. During each exercise, will make sure to maintain a focus on your proper breathing.

Supta Padangusthasana

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This asana stretches the arms and legs, allowing the release of the trapped stress in the limbs. When all the energy blocks are opened up, blood and oxygen flow are improved. The back is also stretched and relaxed. It is a great asana to practice when your ultimate goal is to bring down blood pressure.

Setu Bandhasana(Bridge pose)

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Stretches the chest, neck, spine, and hips. Strengthens the back, buttocks, and hamstrings. Improves circulation of blood. Helps alleviate stress and mild depression.

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