….kawiyoga……simple, gentle and happy!

This web-page is a medium for me to meet friends who are also interested in following the path of Yoga.

Yoga is popular now. Unfortunately, many books and also some teachers emphasise the challenges of complicated postures and acrobatic skills.  This is not the  primary purpose of yoga. Yoga simply aims to promote a healthy body, mind and spirit.

As a Balinese, I like to adapt ancient yoga practice to suit people who live in our modern society.

According to yogic principles there are four aspect of Mokshartam Jagadita, the attainment of life’s goals.  These are:

1.Bhakti Yoga, love and devotion (ceremonies, dancing, chanting etc.)

2.Karma Yoga, service to others

3. Jnana Yoga, study, knowledge and wisdom

4. Raja Yoga, using meditation.

The root word of yoga, “yuj”, means union.

Union of what? of ourself, with an object of concentration, with work skills and, finally.with God.

In the Balinese language, the word “yuga” means the harnessing of two cows, ‘uniting’ them to plough the land.

Hatha Yoga

The word Hatha Yoga is formed from two Sanskrit words “ha” meaning “sun” and “tha” meaning “moon”.  This indicates a balance, male/female, positive/negative etc. As for Yoga is the union between these two energies.

These two together create equilibrium and harmony.

Hatha also means “forceful” meaning that the body should be forced by the practitioners will.

Hatha Yoga is primarily a cleansing practice, purifying the body and mind in preparation for meditation. Its practice promotes a longer life,through improved health (physical, mental, spiritual). It balances mind, body, spirit and emotions, using the breath as the link between all four.

People who practice Hatha Yoga regularly may have less heart disease, lower blood pressure, less back discomfort, lower rates of depression, a more optimistic attitude, and generally enjoy better health than many of their peers.

“Hatha” Yoga, is for health, strength, balance, concentration and relaxation. This practice necessary to make our body and mind fit and ready for those four ways already described.

Yoga can become your life, or .just something you do for a few minutes a day. The more you put into it, the more you will gain. Feel comfortable and happy, with gratefulness, enjoy every moment.

The Patanjali Yoga Eight Fold Path

1. Yama (principles or moral code)

Ahimsa (non-violence); Satya (Truth); Asteya (non-stealing); Brahmacharya (self control); Aparigraha (unselfishness)

2. Niyama (personal discipline)

Saucha (cleanliness); Santosha (contentment); Tapas (great effort); Svadhyaya (self study); Ishvara Pranidhana (faith in God, dedication)

3. Asana (yoga postures, position, a stable and comfortable posture which helps attain mental equilibrium)

4. Pranayama (yoga breathing, extension and control of breath)

5. Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses, a mental preparation to increase the power of mind)

6. Dharana (concentration on object, concentration of mind on one object and its field)

7. Dhyana (meditation, withdrawing mind from all external objects and focusing it on one point and meditating on it)

8. Samadhi (state of super bliss, joy and merging individual consciousness in to universal consciousness. Union between jivatman and Paramatma.

The  benefits of yoga :

“To become easeful in body, peaceful in mind and useful in society” (Swami Satchitananda)

“Selamat berYOGA!” or Ready for Yoga!

  • Traditionally it is recommended to practice Yoga at sunrise or sunset. Early morning would be energizing and stimulating;  evening routine would be restful.
  • The amount of time you allow should notbe less that 15 minutes or more than two hours.
  • Never strain or use force to achieve a position.  Stretch only slightly beyond the point of comfort, not to the point of pain. Take time to rest between postures or groups of them.
  • Wear comfortable loose clothing.
  • Do yoga before eating, not directly after meal.
  • If you have an injury, choose your postures carefully to prevent possible aggravation.
  • Women who are menstruating should avoid strenuous exercise or postures, back arches, and inverted poses.
  • Consider your personal needs and restrictions. “Be aware of your body and its messages” Work slowly and carefully.
  • Do not practice yoga under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • If you are a smoker, have your last cigarettes at least one hour before practice (preferably quit the habit)

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The Facts of Life….

This is a story about four people named:

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

(——-, from Ashram Prayer book)

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Asana/Yoga posture

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More Yoga….Yoga is Life…

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Prayers…

The Patanjali Invocation

(Sage Patanjali was the first person to present the ancient tradition of Yoga in a systematic way. Thus he is considered the founder of Yoga. Patanjali lived around 200 BC)

Om Yogena cittasya padena vacam

Malam sarirasyaca vaidyakena

Yopakarottam prvaram muninam

Patanjalim pranjaliranato’smi

To the noblest of sages, Patanjali, who gave us yoga for serenity of mind,

grammar for purity of speech and medicine for the perfection of the body, I salute.

Abahu purusakaram

Sankha cakrasi dharinam

Sahasra sirasam svetam

Pranamami Patanjalim

I salute before Patanjali whose upper body has a human form,

whose arms hold a conch, and disc and a sword,

who is crowned by a thousand headed cobra.

Oh incar­nation of Adisesa my humble saluta­tions to thee.

 

Mangala Gita

* Saba mangala ho, saba mangala ho –

Saba mangala mangala mangala ho -2

(sab: all;  mangala: pure, auspicious, good)

Naba mangala ho, jala mangala ho –2

Prithivi ka kana kana mangala ho -2

(naba: sky;  jala: water

prithivi: earth;  kana: smallest particle)

(repeat *)

Cittha mangala ho, mati mangala ho -2

Vyakhti ka kshana kshana mangala ho -2

(cittha:citta; mati: intellect, brain

vyakhti: person;  kshana: every moment)

(repeat *)

Saba mangala ho, saba mangala hooo…..

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Om Shaantih!

Om Shaantih means Prayer for the Peace….

May Peace prevail on earth!

Thank you for visiting my web-page, and

See you in Bali!

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