The importance of practicing Yoga on a regular basis is accepted world wide as beneficial. Adi Shankaracharya calls it “an essential ingredient to attain freedom”. Yoga is therefore so much more than just stretching and bending the body in various postures.
Energetic & Calm
Yoga helps to harmonize the body and mind. Feeling energetic and calm at the same time. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi stated in 2014 to the United Nations General Assembly “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise, but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being.”
Nāda Yoga, the Yoga of sound, works to experience a sense of well being. According to the Yoga Sutra “every thought, emotion, and experience leaves a subconscious imprint in the mind”. So basically the body is an accumulation of our (past) thoughts, emotions and actions. With the help of Nāda Yoga the mind can focus on the flow of the sound, while it’s processing emotions and thoughts that are connected to our actions.
Honestly, I’m not an expert on Yoga. Perhaps the wisdom of Sadhguru will resonate much more with you. In this video he explains beautifully the connection between Raga Music and Nāda Yoga.
Nāda Yoga for beginners
Decide which asana’s you like to do and for how long. While you are doing your set of asana’s, on your yoga mat, listen to soothing repetitive mantra music such as ‘Aum Namah Shivaya’ or ‘Aum Suryaya Namah’. Any sort and simple mantra will work. Embrace the sacred sound while you are paying attention to your emotions. If you are open to it… repeat the mantra in the rhythm of your breathe when your body is in a Yoga posture. If you prefer to meditate then you can sit in the Padmasana (lotus posture) or lay down in the Savasana (laying down posture). Both postures will help you to calm down the mind and relax your body.
All the best!
And….Let’s celebrate International Day of Yoga on 21st of June together.