Posted in inspiration

Notice to all my blog subscribers

Namaste,

You may have noticed that I have not blogged here in the last month or so. The reason I did not do was because I faced a technical problem which I could not solve. And, in the process of solving the problem, I created an entirely new website, http://happilyoga.com.

If you are following this blog, I request you to please visit my website http://happilyoga.com and please follow my blog once again there!

I tried to migrate all subscribers to my new website and blog but am still unsuccessful. Hence am writing this request.

As a bonus, I invite you to join my free online meditation group practice. All you need to do is register here, http://happilyoga.com/home/classes/

 

Posted in health

Improve Eyesight & Insight – Try Tratak Kriya

Amongst the six yogic cleansing techniques (shatkarmas; shat: six, karma: actions), Tratak kriya is an awesome technique. I would encourage you to try this for 21 days at a stretch.

I have been doing this regularly for the last three weeks and here is the key benefit I have seen: My eyesight seems to have improved.

Please read below for how I do it:

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  1. Light up a lamp with naked flame – like above. Use any oil, or ghee. I personally use sesame oil or ghee. It is also easier for me as I use the same lamp I use to light up in front of the puja room (where I keep a few images of ‘God’). You can use candle as well. If you are uncomfortable using naked flame, use a flameless option.
  2. Place the lamp at about 4 to 8 feet distance from you.
  3. Sit comfortably in any of the sitting asanas (Sukhasana, Vajrasana, Padmasana, Siddasana) and gaze at the light without blinking.
  4. When your eyes begin to water, close your eyes gently and imagine the flame in between your eyebrows.
  5. After a few seconds, open your eyes and repeat.

I do Tratak for 10min a day.

Why did I do this?

I saw that  my eye-sight was getting a bit blurry (despite my spectacles) – and I tried cleaning my specs quite often assuming that there was dirt in the specs. But that did not solve the problem. I realized that either I go to the optician to check my power again (within 3 months?????), or try tratak. This time around, I tried tratak kriya and it surely improved my eyesight.

Additionally, they say that tratak improves the insights one develops – I have not yet seen those benefits accrue to me. But, what the heck – sitting down for 10 minutes and doing tratak daily does not bother me much – all I need to do is to cut down my TV time by 10min!

What do you think?

Would love to hear your thoughts,

 

 

Posted in meditation

My Meditations on Insight Timer App – Update

My guided meditations on insight timer app are being used by a lot of people. There are several good reviews. Check out the stats below

The key data I track is how many people have the guided meditation in their favorites – this is a measure of how often they are likely to use my guided meditation repeatedly.

  • 282 people have favorited my meditations (average of all four techniques)
  • 1425+ people have played my meditation atleast once (average of all four techniques

This means that 20% of the people are likely to repeat using my guided meditation technique to beat their stress.

Am so glad and so blessed to note that people are finding this useful.

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Posted in meditation

Reviews of 3 Meditations on Insight Timer App

In the last fortnight, I published three guided meditation practices on Insight Timer. 

I was amazed to see the response to the three meditations. 

I was able to reach over 3600 people, and over 600 people rated the meditations, with an average of 4.4* on a scale of 5*.

More than 300 people have favorited the meditations. 

I hope that there will be at least 100 of them who will take up the 21 day meditation challenge and practice 21 consecutive days of 20min /day meditation

Posted in meditation

How Does Meditation Help?

Here is what a few friends wrote about how meditation helps them. They have been practicing 10-25min daily for the last three months.

PC says

I think it calms me down. Between three kids, new house, new job, taking care of parents, there’s so much noise in the head. I don’t think I’ve been able to quieten it all down, but I know it helps to slow the mind during the day. And it helps me get to bed really quickly at night, which may not be the intended purpose! 🙂

RG says

I went to the dentist today to follow up on an implant. For the soreness he gave me pain killers. I’ve decided not to take any and use meditation to see if I can handle it – let’s see how long this lasts! Need to go for 2-3 days…

And I asked him who was the winner – medication or meditation. Here is his response:

Meditation it is…at least this time!

PV, a well known music teacher in Bay Area says,

Today I had the pleasure of meditating with my students at the end of music class. They were all saying that it was relaxing! I used the guided 13 min session.
Students said thanks to Rajesh !!

PV also says this about her meditation experience:

Totally positive. In fact it is addictive. I look forward to the time with my eyes closed , thinking about nothing. The repetition of the phrase attitude of gratitude is a daily reminder for me to be a good citizen on a daily basis.
I don’t start things very easily but when I get into it, I take it very seriously.
Thanks for introducing me to meditation!

RB says:

The biggest difference is how I react to situations. I just feel I am taking a more tempered, composed approach to everything. Of course, others are the best judge of my reactions. But feel like there is an increased sense of acceptance of things that don’t go my way.

RB also says:

Had severe nasal congestion and headache all day. Attempted meditation a couple of times and gave up. Finished 20 minutes meditation after the conversation with Rajesh. Accepted my breathing issue and headache as “normal” and continued as much as I could. It’s been better since then. Glad I avoided medicating myself and chose to meditate for minor ailment. Thanks Rajesh!

How about you?

Are you ready to take up the 21 day meditation challenge?

Talk to me!

Posted in yoga

Course Sequence for My Beginners’ Yoga Class at Milpitas Temple

I feel fortunate to facilitate a beginner yoga class in the VEDA temple in Milpitas. Apr 15th was the first Saturday for the class. We have nine more Saturdays to go.

In the next nine Saturdays that we would meet, my goal is to help the participants learn basic asanas that improve health & well being. Here attached is a slide deck of the course sequence I will follow. While I will not complete the entire sequence on day-1, I intend to complete it by the time we meet six times.

More importantly, I plan to help them understand the mind-breath-body connection. While asanas will be used extensively to work on the body, I will emphasize how to combine breathing with asanas.

Lastly, my goal is to help integrate yoga in their daily lives (yoga = ‘union’). What use is yoga if it does not integrate into each of our lives?

The temple has agreed to lower the donation from $100 to $60. Their goal is to get more people do yoga and reap the benefits in their lives. In full disclosure, I am not getting paid for this course. All donations will go to the temple.

If you are in South Bay, I encourage you to join.