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Yoga & Meditation at The Ananda in the Himalayas
Yoga & Meditation at the Ananda. Subjects featured: YOGA : Yoga, the science of man, based on ancient Indian wisdom and culture, is an art of living a healthy, balanced, peaceful and contented life. Yoga, being a total integrated system, studies man in his wholeness - body, mind and spirit and is integrated to certain principles, ideas, values, attitudes and a way of life for personal and social benefits.

Conceived by the great sages in their quest for self-realization, it has come to be recognized during its long travails from the hermitages to the cities, as the science of man, a philosophy old life, a code of conduct, an attitude and an approach, as well as an art of living which is capable not only of ensuring physical well-being, mental peace harmony, moral elevation and spiritual uplift of man but also of transforming man from his gross animal existence to the sublime heights of divinity.

It must, however be kept in mind that it is a long and arduous journey calling for perseverance, persistence, dedication and total surrender. There is no instant yoga. It is not a question of merely closing one's eyes or of sitting in a posture. It involves cultivation of an attitude and approach to life. It must not only be a philosophy to be imbibed but a practical philosophy which must be lived.

It is therefore, not enough to think of yoga but to do it and to live it in our lives. It is also necessary to understand that yoga is not a substitute for action. Human effort is indispensable. The transformation is not at the cost of action but to enable us perform our duties more efficiently, more effectively and honestly.

Yoga had recognized and accepted the importance of the mind and the subconscious over the total human personality much earlier than modern psychology did in its present form. Yoga is a stepwise, stage wise eightfold path to final liberation from pain and suffering. These steps progressively take us to the highest state of creativity, of discriminative knowledge and towards attaining the desired perfection.

The eight steps are :
Yama - Conditional yoga behavior, personal and social
Niyama - Attitude sublimate to yoga norms
Asana - Discipline of the physical body.
Pranayama - Control over bio energy through respiratory action.
Pratyahara - Withdrawal of the senses inwards through abstraction.
Dharna - Concentration.
Dhyana - Meditation.
Samadhi - Transconciousness
Asana yoga in ananda. Of these, the first five, which border on the Psychosomatic Approach, are referred to as External (Bahiranga) yoga, popularly known as Hatha Yoga, while the latter three, which directly affect the psyche are known as internal (Antarnaga) yoga, popularly known as Raja Yoga. It is almost impossible to try internal yoga (Raja Yoga) for the average man before accomplishing the external one (Hatha Yoga) for the average man before accomplishing the external one (Hatha Yoga). The respective sequence of the eight steps as the standard methodology of yoga.

Yoga is based on a deep understanding of man and his position in this world and was the first system evolved in the world to recognize the connection and the interaction between body and mind. It studies in depth the very structure of the human personality, through analysis the psychological complexities and the cause of human pain, sorrow and suffering.

It has laid down psychosomatic means through its various psycho-physiological processes for dealing with the body-mind complex and tries to harmonize and integrate the human personality at all levels and stages of life. Yoga is basically a way of LIFE which has been evolved as a system to go beyond the personality - complex and achieve absolute freedom-liberation of the spirit from the matter.

What role yoga plays in your life ? It associates mind and body in a very balanced way. It enables you to be watchful of all kinds of grasping through senses, all changes from gross to subtle within or outside and all psychic activities.

Through yogic posture and discipline one can balance each and every organ of inner and outer body. It is a step to enter into the higher conscious states of mind and spiritual (minute and subtle) world. It creates within you concentration, zeal, patience and contentment.

Yogic postures with technical explanations: under this process, the various yogic postures and activities are explained that help in the balancing of the body (inner and outer) and mind that in turn helps in accelerating efficiency, healing and keeps one in good health and spirits.

The royal history of India often recounts tales of princes and kings practicing the art of Yoga. Yoga is a strain of ancient spiritual practices originating in India. Since time immemorial, yoga has represented a universal desire to evolve and transcend the worldly limitations. It has been perceived as a way of connecting with the inner life force within us. At our Spa, we offer integrated yoga for a healthy body, creative mind and evolving spirit, abiding by the rules and practices of the Bihar School of Yoga.

Private yoga classes Ananda We offer group & private classes. The individual classes will be specially designed to suit your personal requirements and level of yoga. To choose the appropriate private class for yourself, we recommend you first take our general class and then discuss with the teacher which other classes would be suitable for you.

The Yoga class will consist of Asana - Yoga posture, Pranayama - breathing techniques, and a short relaxation meditation. Our teachers are committed to the science and ideals of yoga. At the Taj Spa we endeavor to impart the essence of this great Indian treasure to our guests.

Level 1 - Duration - 90 Mins
This is a basic yoga class covering a selection of chosen asana, pranayama, mudra and bandha practices. There will also be a short relaxation or meditation practice.

Level 2 - Duration - 90 Mins
This general yoga class is for those in a healthy and fit physical condition. The class covers a selection of asana, pranayama, mudra and bandha practices. It ends with a short relaxation or meditation practice.

Duration - 90 Mins
This class emphasizes on asana practice, and the asanas chosen are dynamic in nature. Dynamic practices often involve energetic movements of the body. These are intended to increase flexibility, stimulate circulation and release energy blocks from different parts of your body, thereby inducing tranquility of body and mind. Dynamic practices are particularly valuable in order to balance energy. The class ends with a pranayama and a short relaxation session.

SURYA NAMASKAR - Sun Salutations
Duration - 90 Mins
The sun symbolizes spiritual consciousness and radiance. In this practice, we salute those qualities and hope that the grace of the sun will unfold these qualities in us. This dynamic group of asanas is an effective way of loosening up, stretching, massaging and toning all the joints, muscles and internal organs of the body. The twelve asanas are the physical matrix around which the form of the practice is woven. The class ends with a pranayama and a short relaxation session

Duration - 90 Mins
Surya Namaskar in Ananda Static, classic asanas are performed by intermediate and advanced practitioners. Static practices have a more subtle and powerful effect on the pranic and mental bodies. You will also be guided through the appropriate pranayama, mudra and bandha practices. The class ends with a short relaxation practice.

Duration - 60 Mins
In this class of subtle asana practice, Pawanmuktasana Part 1, a series of anti-rheumatic exercises will be explained and taught to you. This group of asanas is very gentle, and works to loosen and rotate all the major joints in the body. It is especially recommended when vigorous physical exercise is curtailed. This is one of the exclusive contributions of Bihar School of Yoga. This practice is followed by a short relaxation or meditation practice

Duration - 60 Mins
Awareness is relaxation. The focus of this class will be on body and breath awareness. When combined with awareness, the asanas have a profound effect at every level of being. Simple asana and pranayama will be introduced in this class. It includes a short practice of meditation.

Duration - 60 Mins
The fundamentals of the art of pranayama will be explained. You will be introduced to some preparatory practices and essential pranayama techniques. In the beginning, emphasis is placed on inhalation and exhalation in order to strengthen the lungs and balance the nervous and pranic systems. The class includes a short relaxation or meditation practice.

MUDRAS AND BANDHAS - Psychic Gestures and Locks
Duration - 60 Mins
This class explores the significance of mudras and bandhas. Mudras can be described as psychic, emotional, devotional and aesthetic gestures or attitudes. Bandhas refer to a psychic locking action. Bandhas work to lock prana (the life force) in particular areas and are extensively incorporated in mudra and pranayama techniques. The class includes a short relaxation or meditation practice.

These are practices of purification given in hatha yoga to purify and prepare the body for more advanced yoga practices. Shatkarma practices are excellent in keeping away diseases and are useful to alleviate many chronic respiratory and digestive ailments. They also work on a psychological level to impart an inner feeling of lightness and well-being.

Duration - 60 Mins
Jal neti in Ananda This is a process of cleansing the intestines by drinking glasses of saline water and performing a series of asanas alternatively. The saline water, along with the peristalsis movement stimulated by the asanas, work to wash and clear the intestines. An extremely rejuvenating practice.

Duration - 40 Mins
A process of cleansing the digestive tract, chest and stomach with saline water. On a physical level, this practice is exceptionally beneficial in alleviating chronic respiratory and digestive problems such as asthma and acidity. On a more subtle level, it works to release contained emotions and mental disturbances.

Duration - 30 Mins
This is an ancient Indian yoga technique of cleansing and purifying the nasal passages with saline water. A special neti pot is used to pour saline water from one nostril out the other. This process cleanses the nostrils and clears nasal passages. The practice leaves you with a feeling of lightness and clarity and is a panacea against colds and sinusitis.

Duration - 30 Mins
Trataka is a process of mental cleansing by intensely gazing at a point or object. In this session, Trataka is performed in the evenings by gazing at a candle flame. The practice aims at focusing the dissipating energies of the mind, subsequently concentrating and awakening the mind. It is recommended to alleviate mental tension, anxiety, insomnia and depression.

Duration - 50 Mins
Meditation refers to a state in which the body is consciously soothed and relaxed and the mind is made calm and focused. Since ancient times, it is believed that meditation restores harmony and rejuvenates and heals the mind, allowing it to release stress and fatigue.

This is an introduction to the fundamentals of meditation and to the various important postures involved. It includes a short practice of meditation.

Calming The Mind :Chanting of the Gayatri Mantra and a meditative chanting of "OM", followed by silent meditation. Kaya Sthairam - Body Stillness. The emphasis is on developing a calm steady posture while remaining comfortable. The key lies in the stillness of the body.
YOGA NIDRA - Yogic Relaxation
Yoga nindra in Ananda. Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness where one flits between sleep and wakefulness. It is a state of inner awareness wherein one communicates with the subconscious and higher consciousness. This practice relaxes the entire body and mind through the awakening of the faculties of hearing and feeling.

AJAPA JAPA - Spontaneous Mantra
Ajapa Japa is the spontaneous repetition of a mantra. In this practice, you will be made aware of the passage of breath through a visualized passage and the spontaneous mantra soham. This is an extraordinarily calming, soothing and therapeutic practice.

ANTAR MOUNA - Inner Silence
In this practice, one remains a silent witness of every thought that is traversing the mind. One focuses on what the mind is thinking, how it is reacting and on what images are appearing from the subconscious. Antar Mouna teaches one to observe the processes of the mind and find ways to bring them under control.

HIRDAYAKASHA DHARANA - Concentration on Heart Space
In this practice, one can be guided to become aware of the heart space. One observes the heart space with the attitude of a witness watching one's prevailing and changing emotions. This practice allows us to communicate with our emotions and provides a detached space to view and express one's emotional being.