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Dhāraṇā (धारणा) – sustaining attention.

This article was written by Srivatsa Ramaswami and is reproduced here with his kind permission: The terms Dharana and Pratyahara are the lesser members of the Rajayoga family. Usually, a lot of importance is given to Asana and dhyana/samadhi among Hatayogis and Rajayogis. But Dharana is a very important anga of yoga. It is the […]

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SAMKHYA: Guiding Light.

This article is written by Srivatsa Ramaswami and is reproduced here with his kind permission: I have mentioned earlier that in the 1970s Sri Krishnamacharya stopped teaching for a short while and asked his long standing students to study under his sons. I was asked to study yogasanas with Desikachar, whom as we all know […]

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Ākāśa

This article was written by Srivatsa Ramaswami and is reproduced here with his kind permission: One of the facilities we take for granted is space or what is known in Sanskrit as Ākāśa. It is said to have emanated first from Brahman/ Ātman according to the  the taittirīya upaniṣad–”ātmanaḥ ākāśassambhūtaḥ”. As per Sāṁkhyas, ākāśa emanated […]

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