What is Yoga?

Yoga is actions for achieving a particular task. According to ancient books, Yoga means connection with the universe. A yogic is a person who tries to develop his mind power to achieve goals in his personal & spiritual life. A yogic is a sagacious hermit or seer who is committed to practicing yoga. Actually yoga is not meditation, a spiritual group or exercises. It is a way of self-control. A person who has self-control of his mind can achieve good health, happiness, calm & wisdom. In Sri Lanka, people use yoga to develop mind power, cure diseases, reduce stress & develop stamina to achieve their personal life goals. In this web page we discuss how we use herbal medicine or ayurvedha, yoga & meditation for success in our life. Generally, people have knowledge of yoga exercises, therefore we won’t detail those in this web site. There already exists a lot of yoga websites related to India & the Himalayas. Please refer to those web sites to know more details on yoga exercises. Anyhow, firstly we give you some names of yoga poses which are suited for common sicknesses:

Yoga Asana or Yoga Poses are important to cure diseases & remove laziness of yogic. Normally a yogic doesn’t give first priority to exercises, but some steady & calm exercises can help to cure a lot of sicknesses. But sometimes a yogic practices meditation for a long period of time, therefore his mind becomes lazy. To remove such negative feelings, yoga asana is very helpful to everyone. Also to do meditation, yoga asana helps to keep the mind concentrated for long periods of time. Yoga poses are inherited by poses of animals, natural objects, star groups & own experiments of some yogic like Siva. However to get the best results, you want to stay at least 30 minutes in one pose. But, initially practicing for the first time, 10 minutes is sufficient. You can increase the duration at a later time. It is not recommended to do yoga poses as soon as you consume meals. It is essential to do asana when your body is clean (i.e. after you have bathed). But as soon as you finished asana, it is not good to bath. You must relax for at least 30 minutes. It is also not good to do yoga asana when there are strong cool/hot winds or heavy rainfall. The best time periods to practice are between 4am to 7am or 5pm to 8pm. However to do yoga asana you need to have a well experienced teacher with their full guidance. Good Asana for Buddhist meditation are: Vadjrasana, Padmasana, Sukhasana & Siddasana. In meditative poses there have a certain way to keep the fingers positioned called Mudras. Mudras help to locate energy in the chakra into one point in the astral body.

Foods & Life

People recently have started to discuss how herbal food or vegan meals protect our body health. But as advance yoga & ayurvedic teachings have told, what foods we consume not only influence our body health, but also assists to our decision making, career, stress level, brain power, mind power, education & social links. A famous verse in yoga is "When eating fresh foods, internal body parts also become fresh, when the internal body becomes fresh, memory also develops. Developing memory power helps to increase capacity of the brain. This helps to remove all bonds & attachment from the rebirth cycle". Some foods help to create a dull mood after consumption while some foods help to grow stress. Here we give some basic food types which you can use in your daily meals for your own success:

Introduction To Kundalini Yoga

Every yogi’s main aim is to achieve Kundalini power. This power was found by God Siva. From our research, we found that God Siva was a human in his past life who did experiments on meditation systems. From his research he found that Kundalini power is located in every human & animal. Then he taught this power to all yogis, hermits & monks. He also helped poor people from this ultimate power. From the merits he had earned, he became reborn as a powerful god. In yoga, Kundalini is the power which is located in the human body as a serpent. Kundalini literally means serpent. This serpent sleeps in our sacral region (region between sexual organs & urine system). Every animal and human is connected with an astral body, physical body & perceptions body. Our astral body links with our physical body via Nadhi.

Nadhi means channels or tunnels which are carrying life energies between the astral body & physical body. There have more than 300,000 nadhi channels in our astral body. Actually nadhi means vibrators, which creates the astral body. Nadhi & life energies carry on as vibrating waves. But mainly only three nadhis are very important to understand. Those are Susumna, Idha & Pingala. Here we detail a short description about these nadhis. In our head there is a hole called Brahma Randra which connects the astral body with the physical body via a silver cord. When this cord is broken down, then we experience death. When we die, our consciousness travels via this hole. Also ghosts & devils come into our body via this hole. These nadhis are not what we learnt in herbal medicine as inside the physical body. Nadhis help to link our energy body with solar system and universe. This way astrology helps to determine occasions in our life linking with heavenly bodies.

In our astral body there exists Chakras or lotuses. Chakra means a group of nadhis which are located in a particular place in our astral body. These are mainly energy spheres. There exist a lot of sub energy spheres in our astral body. But primarily there are seven major chakras. Each chakra belongs to a particular task of body health, body functions and ESP powers in the mind such as divine-eye & telepathy. Kundalini is hiddenin the first chakra called Muladara. When we perform meditations & merit works, this Kundalini is powered & gradually emitted to the other six chakras. When it comes to the final chakra which is called Sahassa, it is emitted from the Brahma Randra hole. At the same time, it is also absorbed by the body therefore enabling the yogic to attain Kundalini power. As a result, the yogic can do marvellous things from their mind power. In yoga, human being means small packet or show piece of universal energies. Those powers include:  

Listed below are details of Chakras

Yoga Chakras are particular places in our astral body which have large amounts of nadhis. There are seven main chakras. When kundalini is emitted, it combines all the chakras together enabling the yogic to attain the ultimate power in the universe. In Kundalini yoga, each human being is considered as an energy droplet among the whole energy present in the universe. However there does exists more chakras than the seven listed below.

There are lot of ways to awaken kundalini & chakras. In our daily life we can wake up kundalini by making clear our nadhi system. As a Buddhist person, we can do this via our normal merit works such as Bodhi Puja, offering flowers to Buddha in our home on a daily basis, chanting parittas, performing merit works such as alms or clothes giving to Buddhist monks & practicing Buddhist meditations. Here listed below are some methods:

Meditation Of Breathing

In Hindu yoga there is a meditation called Pranayama or controlling the inhale & exhale of the breath. This is used to emit powers via Ida-Pingala nadhis & fire Muladara chakra. This will heat up and help to awaken Kundalini power. However in the Buddhist system, we don't used Pranayama but instead practice meditation of the breath. This is called Anapanasathi Meditation. This is the Buddha's meditation & silent way to achieving wisdom. Breathing meditation helps to stop the swaying state of the mind & brings it into a calm state. It also reduces tension, stress, sadness, anger & tiredness. You may need a good teacher to practice this meditation. You can do this meditation on yoga poses of Vadjrasana, Padmasana, Sukhasana & Siddasana. Here we give full translation of Anapanasthi Meditation from the Sutra Pitakaya; this sutra is called Sathi Pattana. Translation has been obtained from www.metta.lk - Buddhist web site:

"And how does a monk remain focused on the body in & of itself?

There is the case where a monk - having gone to the wilderness, to the shade of a tree, or to an empty building - sits down folding his legs crosswise, holding his body erect and setting mindfulness to the fore [lit: the front of the chest]. Always mindful, he breathes in; mindful he breathes out. 

Breathing in long, he discerns that he is breathing in long; or breathing out long, he discerns that he is breathing out long. Or breathing in short, he discerns that he is breathing in short; or breathing out short, he discerns that he is breathing out short. He trains himself to breathe in sensitive to the entire body and to breathe out sensitive to the entire body. He trains himself to breathe in calming bodily fabrication and to breathe out calming bodily fabrication. Just as a skilled turner or his apprentice, when making a long turn, discerns that he is making a long turn, or when making a short turn discerns that he is making a short turn; in the same way the monk, when breathing in long, discerns that he is breathing in long; or breathing out short, he discerns that he is breathing out short... He trains himself to breathe in calming bodily fabrication, and to breathe out calming bodily fabrication. 

In this way he remains focused internally on the body in & of itself, or externally on the body in & of itself, or both internally & externally on the body in & of itself. Or he remains focused on the phenomenon of origination with regard to the body, on the phenomenon of passing away with regard to the body, or on the phenomenon of origination & passing away with regard to the body. Or his mindfulness that 'There is a body' is maintained to the extent of knowledge & remembrance. And he remains independent, unsustained by (not clinging to) anything in the world. This is how a monk remains focused on the body in & of itself." 

Yoga Environments

A person who does yoga must keep his physical & mental environments clean & in a neat way. You should not need to tell the world that you are a yogic who only eats vegetables. He does not need to stay in an artificial or mentally created life. A lay person who does yoga or meditation must keep those activities separate without affecting their family life. Also yogic must follow higher mental rules called the five precepts to discipline one’s own mind. He or she must collect knowledge, exert the mind at the right time, encourage the mind when feeling lazy, control the mind during an angry, erotic or sleepy state, avoid bad people, consult teachers at the right time, limit the mind for unnecessary attachments, always keep a concentrated mind & build self-confidence for spiritual goals. He or she can build or rent their house near a river, lake, under a mountain, near the forest or on the top of a mountain. Those natural sceneries will give extra encouragement for practicing meditation. A yogic can involve their family members for his or her path, but don’t need to force them. A yogic doesn't need to stay in a crowded or complex environment like a town or city area. His yoga room must have fresh air (which have two or three windows) & without many household goods. In this room you can keep a small book rack of yoga & meditation books, must hang a picture of Buddha & small mattress to do yoga asana or meditations. In the morning or evening times, a yogic should light incense sticks such as sandalwood or jasmine to stimulate spiritual feelings. As well as one’s room, you must also clean & wash your body to practice yoga. A yogic need to keep his mind strong by removing the following negative counterparts: