<![CDATA[Blank Title - Blog]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:56:36 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Aging Slowly with Yoga]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:54:59 GMThttp://artoflivingtoronto.org/1/post/2016/08/aging-slowly-with-yoga.htmlEverybody wants to look good, and cosmetics ensure that they give you what you need. However, this bargain comes with its share of problems.  

Modern day cosmetics are full of chemicals and compounds that have been known to cause headaches, allergies, skin reaction, hair fall, ageing and even cancer. Its common knowledge that women use more on cosmetics and spend exorbitantly on cosmetics, than men do and consequently  they face a greater risk of being exposed to its side effects.

But, looking good doesn’t necessarily have to come at such an exorbitant price tag and with so many unwanted ill effects. In ancient India, yoga and Ayurveda took care of almost every physical wellbeing aspect you could think of.  Although thousands of years old, yoga and Ayurveda are still in vogue today and both yoga and Ayurveda are natural, without side effects and relatively inexpensive

Ageing is a natural phenomenon and there’s no escaping it. Luckily enough, you do have the option of ageing slowly and gracefully by following these tips:

Kapal Bhati pranayama, also known as the Skull Shining breathing technique, this pranayama improves blood circulation and adds radiance to the face It also improves the flow of prana (energy) In the body

Simhasana -This face yoga asana specifically affects the facial muscles by relaxing them, thus alleviating any stress.

Pink stretching -Stretching the neck helps get rid of those scary wrinkles while eliminating excess fats on the neckline It also helps keep the skin from sagging.
<![CDATA[Why is Yoga Called a Discipline?]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:00:47 GMThttp://artoflivingtoronto.org/1/post/2016/08/why-is-yoga-called-a-discipline.htmlAtha yoganushasanam – The disciplines of Yoga mentioned in Patanjali Yoga Sutra are Shasana and Anushasana. Shasana means rules someone imposes on you. Anushasana is the rule you impose upon yourself. Now, why is yoga called a discipline? Where is the need for discipline? When does the need for discipline arise?
When you are thirsty and want to drink water, you do not say “Oh! This is a rule, I must drink water”. When you are hungry, you just eat. When it comes to the question of enjoying oneself, no discipline is necessary.

Where does discipline come into the picture? Discipline arises when something is not very charming to begin with. Isn’t it? When you are happy, when you are in peace or happiness, then you are already in yourself. There is no discipline there. But when the mind is wagging its tail all the time, then discipline is essential to calm it down.The fruit of it is eventually blissful, joyful. As a diabetic says, “I have the discipline not to eat sugar.”

There are three types of happiness.

  • Sattvic — happiness which is not pleasurable to begin with, but ends in joy
  • Rajasic — happiness that seems to begin well but ends in misery
  • Tamasic — there appears to be happiness but in reality there is only misery from beginning to end
No discipline is necessary for tamasic happiness. Wrong discipline results in rajasic happiness. For sattvic happiness, discipline is essential to begin with. It need not be uncomfortable all the time. But if it is uncomfortable, then you should be able to bear with it. You need discipline. That is why Patanjali begins with the present, when things are not clear and when your heart is not in the right place.

Discipline and yoga – It is nobody’s imposition; it is self-imposed. There is a lot we impose on ourselves — every morning we wake up and brush our teeth, we then brush them again before going to bed. This is your discipline. However, these have been self-imposed from childhood. Haven’t they?When you were a child, your mother had to impose the discipline on you. Then, once it became a habit, you understood it was for your own good. Then you found it was no longer your mother’s rule but your own.
In the same way, keeping yourself clean, hygienic, exercising, meditating, being kind, considerate etc. All these rules you have imposed on yourself are all discipline.. Isn’t it?

Yoga means uniting with your source. When does that happen? This happens when the mind, which is chattering all the time, suddenly becomes silent.