Raja Yoga, also known as Royal Yoga, is a more meditative practice. About 70 percent of the practice is spent in meditation, while the rest of the practice is spent preparing the body for meditation. The practice starts with gentle asanas, has some pranayama component, and then relaxation like yoganedra before meditation.
Legs crossed. Gently bend forward, stretching arms outward. Then slowly stretch to left, keeping hands on the floor. Then Right.
Gentle forward folding and backward bending.
Traditional Triangle pose.
Twisted Side angle
Pranayama: Ujjai or Brameri
Relaxation: Nadi Shodana
Third eye meditation
What is IRT, QRT, and DRT?
All three techniques were developed at the Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research Foundation. They stand for Instant Relaxation Technique, Quick Relaxation Technique, and Deep Relaxation Technique respectively.
Instant Relaxation Technique: Lay in savasana. Tense the whole body, hold. Release and exhale at the same time. Repeat 3x
Quick Relaxation Technique: Lay in savasana. Tense abdomen. Focus all attention on abdomen. Produce the beginning of the Aum sound- ‘ah’ at the abdomen. Repeat for 10 minutes.
Deep Relaxation Technique: Similar to QRT. But, in this technique one focuses on the abdomen, chest, and then throat while proceeding through the three sounds of AUM. “Ah”, ‘oo” “mm”. The practice is preceded by yoganedra or body awareness techniques.
Explain the Soul, Mind, Body connection.
In the holistic approach to medicine, the body is viewed as a series of unique but interrelated pieces. There is a definite and important link between our soul, mind, and body. The soul in incorruptible at most connected to the bliss and unity of our true nature. The mind dictates our thoughts and so can color our perception of our true nature. In this sense the mind has the powerful ability to direct our energy in positive or negative ways. The direction that our mind dictates will affect our health. Positive perceptions and thoughts will be conducive to health, while negative perceptions lead to disease.
IN this model, the mind is the director or distinguisher that largely shapes the way we perceive reality. It can point us in one direction or another. So, disease will actually arise in the mind as a function of how the mind directions our attention and energy.
Why is Panchkosha the foundation of yoga therapy?
The Panchkosha model allows us to distinguish various layers of the human experience and establish different approaches to treatment depending upon what level of our being is the root cause of an ailment. This model allows us to go beyond seeing our human experience as a purely physical one. As such, it provides a context to discuss the deeper, more lasting aspects of who we are. We can use this model to see what the main cause of a problem is, or to make treatments for various layers of the person. So, a person may have a poor diet that is contributing to a weight problem. The Panchkoska model lets us provide treatment to all layers of the person. So, we can recommend a better diet for the person’s physical layer, but also treatment to undue the stress or spiritual ills that are causing the bad behavior in the first place. This model allows us to use all aspects of Yoga in treating an individual.
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