Everybody today is busy—with tight schedules and no time for some ‘me time’. Are you looking for a way out of this busy lifestyle? In this busy, hectic, and polluted environment, what one actually needs is a yoga retreat! Practicing yoga for an hour every day will give you a break from your daily routine and will also ensure that you feel rejuvenated.
Yoga doesn’t just mean heavy exercises or intense asanas/ poses. But it is a perfect blend of poses, breathing exercises, and meditation. A complete yoga session includes practicing yoga poses (either basic, intermediate or advanced—depending on the practitioner), pranayama which is very important as it controls and regulates your breathing and last but not the least – Dhyana which means meditation. Meditation is a means of deep relaxation for your mind and body. It helps in rejuvenating your body and soul.
Introducing Siddha Yoga:
Yoga has many types. Siddha yoga is one such type of yoga that helps a person relax his mind and body. Siddha yoga was imbued by Guru Yogacharya Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. He is a great meditation master and a spiritual head in the field of Siddha yoga.
Siddha yoga incorporates intense meditation. There are various Siddha yoga centers, retreats, and ashrams where one can enroll and practice this wonderful form of yoga. But with the kind efforts of Gurumayi, it has become possible for yogis to practice Siddha yoga even at home. All they need is knowledge of the right technique to practice it.
Practicing Siddha yoga meditation at home is not a difficult task. It is an easy-to-do meditation session, which includes chanting mantras/prayers. These siddha yoga mantras help you create a positive environment around you which in turn get transferred to your body in the form of energy.
How to Practice Siddha Yoga?
Follow these instructions carefully and you will definitely feel as if you are practicing meditation at a Siddha yoga ashram:
1. Sit in a comfortable place. Choosing the right kind of place for meditation is very important. The place should be free from external noises (as far as possible).
2. Sit in a cross-legged (Sukhasana) pose or however you feel comfortable. This depends totally on the practitioner.
3. Place a photograph of a God in front of you whom you worship everyday. Look at the picture for a minute until you fix the image in your mind. If you are not religious, place an object that will help you focus.
4. Close your eyes. This is the actual stage where you begin meditating. Choose the duration for which you want to practice meditation.
5. Visualize the image in front of your eyes. The proper way to visualize the image is between your eye brows, right at the centre. Keep looking at it deeply for about 3-4 minutes.
6. While visualizing the image, start chanting mantras/prayers slowly, steadily, and deeply. The prayers should come straight from your heart.
7. As you chant mantras and visualize the image in front of you, you will feel a positive energy being created from inside you. The energy will surround you and try to influence the whole atmosphere of the room.
8. Here, let positive thoughts enter your mind. As you reach this point, you can gradually shift your focus from the image to your positive thoughts.
9. Visualize your thoughts, look for their positive aspect and let it pass by. One by one, lets all your thoughts come and go. This will help you in relaxing.
10. Shift back your focus to the mantras and continue for 2-3 minutes.
11. Lift up your hands and rub your palms against each other. Keep your palms over your eyes. You will feel the heat on your eyes. This heat is nothing but the energy that you created around you during meditation. This process is known as ‘palming’ in yoga.
12. Slowly open your eyes. Look at your surroundings. Let your body and mind get in touch with the world outside and resume your routine life!
So now it’s time you dedicate an hour from your daily routine to Siddha yoga every day and feel rejuvenated!
How do you relax? Do you follow a routine to help you relax? Have you tried yoga for relaxation?