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dhyana

The Yoga of Maharshi Patanjali is Ashtanga or comprised of 8 limbs, Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyan Samadhi.

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The initial four stage are the basic stages which help the person to attain “Sthiram” (stability of mind) which is the prior necessity for practicing the further stages of meditation.

 As we have seen, to concentrate is Dharana and to prolong that concentration state of mind is Dhyan (Meditation). If Dharana is the drop, Dhyana is the river. The spontaneous concentration of the mind on the object is Meditation. It means that you are no longer distracted by external stimuli and when your mind is completely controlled and remain effortlessly at one point that is meditation. Meditation is the study of deep concentration, calmness and tranquility of the mind. It is the study of attaining complete control over ones mind. Meditation takes the consciousness beyond conscious, sub conscious & unconscious states to super consciousness. Once you gained fairly good control on Dharana (Concentration) you can try for the ‘Dhyan’. In dharana we used a picture of Om to fix our attention on.In this method Sadhak has to concentrate with the help of his sensors like ‘ Eyes, Nose, Ears, Mouth and Touch by, Gazing the target. Reciting the mantra. Listening the mantra. Here sensors like ‘ Eyes, Nose, Ears, Mouth are used. This actions not allows him to think about anything except the target. After some period, stop the japa, close the eyes and try to concentrate the mind on the memories of Om sensed through the gaze, the tongue and the ears. This experience transcends the sensory organs and the engagement of mind this is Dhyan.

Benefits of MeditationA lot of research is being done on the effects of meditation on physiology and psychology of human. Research has shown that Meditation can contribute to an individual’s psychological and physiological well-being. This is accomplished as Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state, which is a level of consciousness that promotes the healing state. More and more physicians are prescribing meditation as a way to healthy life style. It is a flexible approach to coping with stress, anxiety, many medical conditions and the day-to-day “static” that robs us of inner peace.

Physical Benefits Dhyan regulates and controls electrical and chemical activities in the brain, heart rhythm, blood pressure, skin’s capacity of resistance and many such functions inside the body.

• Meditation keeps one young. Younger biological age i.e. one is younger than one’s chronological age.

• Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing. This has been very helpful to asthma patients.

• Deep rest-as measured by decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, and reduced work load of the heart.

• Lowers levels of chemicals associated with stress eg. cortisol and lactate.

• It reduces the chances of tissue damage though, the free radicals are controlled.

• Decreased high blood pressure.

• Drop in cholesterol levels.

• Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing. This has been very helpful to asthma patients. And that’s just the surface stuff. In fact, most of the benefits mentioned above are secondary  to yoga’s original purpose.         

Psychological Benefits Meditation is extraordinarily useful in healing old traumas, it may lead to a breakdown of screen memories so that early childhood abuse episodes and other traumas.

• Increases brain wave coherence. Harmony of brain wave activity in different parts of the brain is associated with greater creativity, improved moral reasoning, and higher IQ.

• Reduces anxiety, depression, irritability and moodiness.

• Improves comprehensive ability and memory.

• Enhances emotional stability.

• Brings happiness and leads to vitality and rejuvenation.

 

Spiritual Benefits of Meditation

• Builds comprehensive awareness.

• Promotes an interdependence between mind, body, and spirit.

• Helps you live the concept of “oneness.”

• Creates sense of well being and calm.

• makes one to discover one’s true nature i.e. realizing one’s self, in finding what one seeks – consciously or unconsciously.

• Controls the mind.

• Sets one free from one’s illusions and preconceptions that prevents from fulfilling oneself.

• Dhyan dissolves the ego a person attains the union between a person’s own consciousness and the cosmic consciousness.  

Note

Practice mediatation regularly and preferably at the same time every day (early morning is the best time for this).more on Dharana (Concentration)

Research

An introduction to Kundalini yoga meditation techniques that are specific for the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Non-linear dynamic complexity of the human EEG during meditation.

Changes in EEG and autonomic nervous activity during meditation and their association with personality traits.

Psychophysiological correlates of the practice of Tantric Yoga meditation.

Electrophysiological correlates of higher states of consciousness during sleep in long-term practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation program.

The physiological correlates of Kundalini Yoga meditation: a study of a yoga master.

A comparative study of the driving effects of dextroamphetamine and yogic meditation on muscle control for the performance of balance on balance board. Autonomic changes during “OM” meditation.

Alterations in auditory middle latency evoked potentials during meditation on a meaningful symbol-“Om”.

Longitudinal impact of mindfulness meditation on illness burden in solid-organ transplant recipients.

Pratyahara : senses withdrawal- Yoga Nidra Meditation

According to maharishi Patanjali, when senses leave their objects of enjoyment and get engaged in realising true self(svarup), it is called Pratyahar. So, to bring senses inward is Pratyahar. Normally the senses go outside and develop likes and dislikes after coming into contact with worldly things. Our liking to a thing develops attachment and dislike develops ill will. Pratyahar is fifth limb in Astanga yoga.  After practice of Pranayam control of senses follow and is an important step to inward journey.

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Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep), a kind of Pratyahar, is a powerful yoga technique, which helps one to achieve deep relaxation and awareness of ones own body through yogic sleep. It as a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation, while maintaining awareness at the deeper levels as well as  it’s an excellent technique for inducing lucid dreaming and out-of-the-body experiences during sleep.

Yoga nidra , makes reference to Brahma, the Hindu creator god, who “sleeps” between successive world creations. His sleep is never unconscious.  

Benefits of Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra may have untold benefits that go beyond the therapeutic.

Yoga Nidra helps harmonizing two hemispheres of the brain and the two aspects of autonomous nervous system viz. sympathetic and parasympathetic. The rotation of body awareness stimulates different parts of the brain that control each and every body nerve. When you are aware of each part of your body, you are actually massaging the corresponding part in the brain as well. You establish the connection between the body and the mind. The impressions in the subconscious are brought to surface, experienced and removed. Thus, the fixation of awareness to the body is replaced with the awareness linked to subtler aspects of prana and spiritual dimensions.

 

Note

Everyone can practice. Even beginners who are stiff.

Yoganidra Or Deep Relaxation

It is a powerful yoga technique, which helps   one to achieve deep relaxation and awareness of ones own body, mind and emotions through yogic sleep.

Yoga Chi Gung

Yoga Chi Gung (YCG) is a synthesis of aspects of Chi Gung and Yoga, drawing on practices from Tibet, Japan, India and China. It has also been influenced by principles and practices from Awareness Through Movement, Pilates and the Alexander Technique.

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History Yoga Chi Gung

For thousands of years in the Orient, energetic exercises have been used to help heal disease, prolong life, integrate the body and mind, resolve stress and cultivate spiritual awareness. Yoga Chi Gung (YCG) is a synthesis of aspects of Chi Gung and Yoga, drawing on practices from Tibet, Japan, India and China. It has also been influenced by principles and practices from Awareness Through Movement, Pilates and the Alexander Technique. It is a simple yet powerful, body friendly system of self-development created by Grant Woolven, drawing on his study and practise of the internal arts and natural medicine since 1974. Purpose YCG helps the individual to cultivate self-awareness and engender health of the body-mind. It catalyses the ability to self reflect and awakens the appreciation of the mysterious. Practising regularly helps to bring about simplicity, creativity, healing, resolve conditioning and relate more harmoniously with the environment. The techniques utilised involve body, breath, sound and mind. YCG is more than the name of a specific form of practice; it is a way of methodology for practising and teaching using techniques from a variety of traditions, in a logical and intelligent format. As a human being ages their requirements change reflecting the stage of life they are in. Practices need to support this process in the optimum way and when necessary, be adapted to the unique needs of each individual.

 

Alterations in auditory middle latency evoked potentials during meditation on Om

The International Journal for Neuroscience.

1994 May;76(1-2):87-93.

 Telles S, Nagarathna R, Nagendra HR, Desiraju T.

Department of Neurophysiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India.

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Middle latency auditory evoked potentials were recorded in 18 male volunteers with ages between 25 and 45 years, 9 of whom had more than 10 years of experience in “Om” meditation (senior subjects), whereas the other 9 had no meditation experience (naive subjects). Both groups were studied in two types of sessions.

 (1) Before, during, and after 20 minutes of mentally repeating “one” (control session), and

 (2) a similar session, though with 20 minutes of mentally chanting “Om” (meditation session). The senior subjects showed a statistically significant (paired t-test) increase in the peak amplitude of Na wave (the maximum negative peak between 14 and 18 ms) during meditation, while the same subjects showed a statistically significant reduction in the Na wave peak amplitude during control sessions. In contrast, the naive subjects had a significant decrease in the Na wave peak amplitude during meditation sessions and a nonsignificant trend of reduction during control sessions, as well. This difference between senior and naive subjects was significant (two-way ANOVA). There were no significant changes in short latency wave V or Pa wave (the positive peak between the Na wave and 35 ms). The changes in the Na wave suggest that both mediation on a meaningful symbol, and mental repetition of a neutral word cause neural changes at the same level (possibly diencephalic). However, the change could be in opposite directions, and this difference could be correlated with differences in the duration of experience in meditation between senior and naive subjects.

 

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