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Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda born as born Narendranath Datta in Calcutta in 1863 is considered to be a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. He is considered as one of the most influential people of modern India and Hinduism.

Raja Yoga is a book by Swami Vivekananda about “Raja Yoga”, his interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The book was published in July 1896. It became an instant success and was highly influential in the global understanding of yoga.

Raja Yoga contains transcripts of lectures by Swami Vivekananda & his interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and his commentaries. It presents Vivekananda’s understanding and interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, “and a selection of Hatha yoga teachings on the basis of the beliefs that he shared with his students.

Swami Vivekananda’s other notable literary works include Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Jnana Yoga.

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Key Literary Works by Swami Vivekananda

Raja Yoga

Raja Yoga

Raja Yoga is Swami Vivekananda‘s interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. It has been a seminal work on Yoga and has helped spread the ancient knowledge of Yoga.

The book is comprised of multiple chapters, which introduce the practice of yoga, and then subsequently explain the sutras (aphorisms) by Patanjali. At its core Raja Yoga has 4 chapters, which explain the 195 Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

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Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti yoga, also called the bhakti marga or the path of devotion is a spiritual practice within Hinduism focused on loving devotion towards any personal deity. It is one of the three paths in Hinduism which lead to Moksha (salvation), the other paths being Jnana yoga and Karma yoga. It has been discussed in detail by the Bhagvad Gita.

Bhakti Yoga is one of the key literary works by Swami Vivekananda, where he has discussed the path of devotion (bhakti) in detail.


Yoga poses if you Sit for long hours

5 Must Do Yoga Poses if you Sit for Long Hours

If your job requires you to sit for long hours perhaps in front of a computer, it can lead to many issues including poor blood circulation, pain in the back, and poor posture. According to research, total sitting time is associated with a higher risk for cardiometabolic disease and mortality. There are multiple approaches that you can use to counter it. In this article, we’ll discuss 5 Yoga Poses if you Sit for Long Hours that can be of great help. 1. Paschimottanasana Paschimottanasana (back stretching pose) is a part of the Forward bending yoga poses . stretches the hamstring muscles and …

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5 Yoga Postures for Relaxation

In most yoga sequences, you’ll find yoga postures, which help the body relax. These generally are at the start of the sequence, after intense yoga poses, and at the end of the sequence. They are also done generally before you begin meditation to help the body relax. After the body is worked out, stretched and opened, the body has to let go of all the tension. Constant postural abnormalities put excess strain on the muscles of the back and just lying down does not relieve it. This is where poses for relaxation or relaxation asanas come in. These relaxation practices, …

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Pranayama in the Bhagavad Gita

Pranayama in the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita in the fourth chapter has beautifully indicated pranayama as a method to reach the goal of realization of the self. The 29th verse of the fourth chapter mentions अपाने जुह्वति प्राणं प्राणेऽपानं तथापरे |प्राणापानगती रुद्ध्वा प्राणायामपरायणा: || Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4 verse 29 apāne juhvati prāṇaṁ prāṇe ’pānaṁ tathāpareprāṇāpāna-gatī ruddhvā prāṇāyāma-parāyaṇāḥ Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4 verse 29 The verse translates to “Others offer as sacrifice the out-going breath in the incoming, and the in-coming in the out-going, restraining the courses of the out-going and in-coming breaths, solely absorbed in the restraint of breath.“ In this verse we …

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