• Om

    Om as Guru

    One who chants Om, which is the closest form of Brahman, approaches Brahman. This liberates one from the fear of the material ...

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    Intention

    Intention “You will find that intention on liberation is the means to it. When this intention is full no other means is ...

  • Moksha: Liberation, the fourth goal of life

    “Of all the instruments of emancipation, Love is supreme.” So wrote the 9th century yogic sage, Shankaracharya who spread ...

  • The Depression of Arjuna

    We were listening to the Bhagavad Gita being chanted, and i put it on for a reason. The Bhagavad Gita is pretty much all ...

  • Pranayama: Breathing Techniques for calming the mind

    Breathing Awareness The core of meditation techniques the world over is breathing awareness. Awareness of the breath refines ...

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Yoga Meditation Technique

In May 2012, at Harvard College's 35th Reunion, a handful of grads were asked to give a brief “Life Talk.” Among them was yoga teacher Mary Reilly Nichols who spoke about the benefits of yoga meditation techniques such as better cognitive function, improved memory, and stress reduction. She also spoke about her own experience with her guru, Swami Muktananda, and how it is possible to reverse engineer higher states of consciousness and spiritual experiences with yoga meditation techniques. She also gives a basic breathing exercise that illustrates the power of the breath to relax the parasympathetic nervous system, calm the mind, relieve anxiety and heal our stress.