Hatha Yoga Tip
HALF SPINAL TWIST – Ardha Matsyendrasana – Beginner Level
Lateral rotation is very important for achieving complete flexibility of the spine. This twisting asana works on the rotation of all the vertebrae, as well as on rotation of the hip joint. You should follow with Child’s Pose as a relaxing counterpose. This asana is named after the great yogic sage, Matsyendranth.
1. Sit with your legs extended straight in front of you and take both arms behind your back. Place your hands palms down, with your fingers pointing backwards. Breathe rhythmically in the abdomen.
2. Place your left foot flat on the mat outside your right calf. Inhale and lift your right arm straight up.
3. To come into the full pose, exhale, bring your right arm down and push it against the outside of your left leg. Catch hold of the sole of your left foot or ankle. Turn your chest, head and eyes to the left. Breathe slowly in your abdomen. Hold for up to one minute. Slowly release first your head, then your spine. Repeat on the other side.
• Helps to improve the flexibility of the spine.
• Helps to tone the roots of the spinal nerves.
• Helps to energize the gastrointestinal system.
• Enhances the functioning of the large intestine.
• Improves the appetite.
• Rotation or twisting of the spine is not a common movement in daily life. By exploring this unusual movement in daily life. By exploring this unusual movement, your mind will also become more flexible and adaptable.
The Hatha Yoga that I have been teaching you is nothing more than right discipline. Follow that discipline in your life every day, and God will give you the ultimate peace. – Swami Vishnudevananda
Acquire spiritual strength by resistance to the opposites. – Sri Swami Sivananda
03 Ekadasi; Gita Jayanti
A true unity of heart is the real remedy for the diseases of separatism, hatred, hostility and a great deal of misunderstanding among individuals. – Sri Swami Sivananda
Gita Jayanti, or the birthday of the Bhagavad Gita , is celebrated by all the admirers and lovers of this most sacred scripture on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of the bright half of the month of Margaseersha (December-January), according to the Hindu almanac. It was on this day that Sanjaya narrated to King Dhritarashtra the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, and thus made the glorious teachings of the Lord available to us, and to people of the world, for all time.
The Gita is the most beautiful and the only truly philosophical song. It contains sublime lessons on wisdom and philosophy. It is the “Song Celestial”. It is the universal gospel. It contains the message of life that appeals to all, irrespective of race, creed, age or religion.
The Gita is a source of power and wisdom. It strengthens you when you are weak, and inspires you when you feel dejected and feeble. It teaches you to embrace righteousness and to resist unrighteousness.
The Gita is not merely a book or just a scripture. It is a living voice carrying an eternally indispensable and vital message to mankind. Its verses embody words of wisdom coming from the infinite ocean of knowledge, the Absolute Itself.
The voice of the Gita is the call of the Supreme. It is the divine sound explained. The primal source of all existence, all power, is the manifested sound–Om. This is the Divine Word. It is Nada Brahman, whose unceasing call is: “Be ye all ever merged in the eternal, unbroken, continuous consciousness of the Supreme Truth.” This is the sublime message that the Gita elaborates and presents in all comprehensiveness and in a universally acceptable form.
The Gita may be summarised in the following seven verses:
1. “Uttering the one-syllabled Om, the Brahman, and remembering Me, he who departs, leaving the body thus, attains the Supreme Goal”.
2. “It is meet, O Lord, that the world delights and rejoices in Thy praise; the demons fly in fear to all quarters, and all the hosts of Siddhas bow to Thee!”
3. “With hands and feet everywhere, with eyes, heads and mouths everywhere, with ears everywhere, He exists in the world, enveloping all”.
4. “Whosoever meditates on the omniscient, ancient ruler of the whole world, minuter than an atom, the supporter of all, of form inconceivable, effulgent like the sun, such a one goeth beyond the darkness of ignorance”.
5. “They, the wise, speak of the indestructible Asvattha, having its roots above and branches below, whose leaves are the metres or hymns; he who knows it is a knower of the Vedas”.
6. “And I am seated in the hearts of all; from Me are memory and knowledge, as well as their absence. I am verily that which has to be known by all the Vedas; I am indeed the author of Vedanta, and the knower of the Vedas am I”.
7. “Fix thy mind on Me; be devoted to Me; sacrifice to Me; bow down to Me; having thus united thy whole Self with Me, taking Me as the Supreme Lord, thou shalt verily come to Me”.
Glory to Lord Krishna, the Divine Teacher! Glory to Sri Vyasa, the poet of poets, who composed the Gita! May his blessings be upon you all!
From Hindu Fasts and Festivals by Sri Swami Sivananda