By Shyam Sundar Goswami
The vintage Hatha yoga handbook for a robust, important, appealing physique and a balanced, harmonious, satisfied brain
• contains directions for lots of complicated Hatha yoga workouts to construct power, stamina, and sturdy posture, the required foundation for non secular improvement
• presents special workout plans that can assist you strengthen your individual weekly perform
• Explains conventional yogic tools of fasting and inner detoxing, practices to bolster the endocrine procedure, equipment for complex sexual keep an eye on, breath keep an eye on practices, and focus workouts to enhance brain energy
Based upon old Sanskrit works on yoga in addition to millions of years of oral teachings, this Hatha yoga vintage strikes past the introductory point of yoga and offers illustrated directions for plenty of complicated asanas and different yogic strategies to construct energy, stamina, and strong posture--a priceless prerequisite for non secular improvement.
Offering distinctive workout plans that can assist you improve your own weekly yoga perform in addition to options to focus on particular components of the physique, akin to the stomach muscular tissues, this booklet additionally includes special directions on many sorts of prânâyâma (breath control), together with trade nose respiring, kapâlabhâti, and sahita, in addition to meditative equipment for constructing your powers of focus and psychological self-discipline. With directions on nutrition, fasting, inner detoxification, complicated sexual regulate, and strengthening the endocrine method, Sri S. S. Goswami’s vintage textual content provides the entire photo of a complicated Hatha yoga way of life for a robust, important, appealing physique and a balanced, harmonious, satisfied brain.
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The pupils in these schools receive theoretical and practical instructions, adopt a new mode of life, and follow certain physical and moral rules. Their exercises become more and more difficult and, finally, they reach the highest stage of mental concentration. In this way Yoga has been imparted for thousands of years. It has thus been possible to collect experiences and make continuous observations to ascertain the effects of the methods on human subjects. According to my opinion, these methods must be considered to be much more reliable than any of the modern systems, which are based upon experiences and observations of a very short period of time.
Breath control develops such extraordinary control over the vital organs that their normal functions may be altered and even suspended. The stopping of the heart and pulse and the suspension of breathing for a long period have been demonstrated. A condition of latent life—which is an impossible form of existence for man at a common level—has also been demonstrated. In 1837, the great Haṭha Yoga master Haridāsa gave a demonstration of how he could remain buried underground for forty days. Present at his burial were Maharaja Ranjit Sing, the ruler of the Punjab, his court, and a number of English and French gentlemen, among whom were medical men.
The Auspicious Posture (Svastikāsana) is derived from svasti, which means “success or prosperity” (Ṛigveda); it was symbolized as a special cross mark called svastika, which denoted success in an endeavor in the Chalcolithic Age in India. From sidh, which means to be successful (Ṛigveda), came Accomplished Posture (Siddhāsana), that is, a posture that leads to success in concentration. Vīra, from which came Hero Posture (Vīrāsana), means “a hero” (Ṛigveda), who is able to go deep into concentration in a difficult posture.