Prayer opens the path of yoga

The saints always advocate about the importance of Prayer. Whenever prayer is done with true feeling and connection, then, help comes from divine and someone becomes the medium. It so happened with this gentle lady who was not keeping well and was on the verge of surgery. One fine morning, with too much sadness, stress and disappointment, she prayed to her God wholeheartedly to show her the light and guide to the right path. After her prayer, she picked up the newspaper and one leaflet fell down from the newspaper. She took the leaflet and read it. It was for a Yoga class which was being conducted near her home. After reading the leaflet in the morning, she joined Yoga session at 11.00 am on the same day and from there, the change took in her life, which transformed her. Today she is a very sincere yoga practitioner.

I am sharing the feedback of her journey towards health under the shelter of yoga and by the strength of her true prayer to Almighty.

“Hello, Om Shanti!

I am Rajeshree Patil. I am 63 years old. This month, I completed one year of my yoga class. I want to share my experience of yoga effect. One year ago, I used to do yogasanas while watching TV but something happened in my life.

In Dec.2016, I started to feel irregular heart-beats. For few days, I took rest, I tried my best to stop it but I could not. Then I went to my family doctor. He examined me, gave medicines and told me to come after one week. I took those medicines but the problem was same. I went to my doctor. My doctor sent me to Cardiologist.

The Cardiologist monitored my chest for 72 hours {halter test} and the report was horrible. At some points my heart beat was 186 per minute. Doctor sent me to Ruby Hall Clinic to do other tests, like 2D Eco etc. Then I collected all reports and went to visit my Cardiologist. He suggested me to undergo a pace-maker surgery. I was devastated but I was determined not to undergo surgery and was finding a more healthy and safe option considering my age.

During this period, I noticed a pamphlet regarding yoga class which was being conducted at Sunderban Yoga Studio under the guidance of Shri Prashant Pandey Sir and Smt. Ruchira Pandey Ma’am. From 1st Feb 2017, I started attending the class. Right from 1st week, I started to see improvements in my condition. Within a few weeks all my medical conditions were successfully solved and I started to feel young and healthy again. It felt as if I was given another chance in life to enjoy and live to my best. After six months, I decided to check myself and evaluate the situation. The report simply surprised me. The heart beat condition was absolutely in control and in normal phase. The bonus I got was that my cholesterol levels too had decreased and my haemoglobin, vitamin B-12 and D-3 levels had increased.

Last month (In January 2018), I did a full body check-up and everything, means everything, was reported healthy and there were no hiccups whatsoever. I owe all of this success which I achieved within a year due to Pandey Sir’s method and way of understanding this amazing and spiritual yoga class. I literally mean it when I say I owe him this healthy life.


I believe that no journey of a student is complete without a teacher or mentor. I am very grateful to my destiny and perhaps feel lucky that I happened to meet this spiritual and wonderful person as my yoga teacher. A day does not go by when I don’t thank him with all my heart for entering my life and making it better, and I am sure that he will help make it best. Thank you very much Sir for helping, nurturing and elevating my yoga experience. Thanks a lot Sir!”



Postgraduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT)

Symbiosis Centre for Yoga, Pune is introducing a new course – Postgraduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT). This course is exclusively for medical and alternative medical professionals which is very relevant from yogic perspective. In the field of therapy, positive and motivating results can be seen, if, a medical practitioner or alternative medical practitioners learn and experience yoga in depth and combine the knowledge into their profession.

Recently, I attended the International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and Its Application (INCOFYRA) in S-VYASA, Bengaluru, India. The theme was “Integrative Oncology: The Future of Cancer Care”. In this conference, many dignitaries delivered their lectures and presented their respective research works. Out of those, there were two talks which were very appealing and relevant to the future of therapy:-

The first one was from Dr. H.R.Nagendra who is the Chancellor of S-VYASA. He mentioned that once he visited abroad to one of the best cancer hospitals and was surprised to see the advance technologies in the field of cancer treatment. During the meeting to the head of that hospital, he congratulated for the development and asked if there is any reduction in the cancer patients due to these advanced technologies. The head replied-“No, there is no reduction, rather it is increasing.” Then he asked about the reason of cancer and the head had no idea about the reason of cancer. Dr. Nagendra has conceptualized and described that the root cause of cancer is not in physical body but in the Manomaya Kosha (mental body) under Viparyaya which is called the state of wrong knowledge in which the enemy cells are considered as friendly cells. From his point of view, if we have to treat the cancer then through yogic practices, work on Viparyaya (wrong knowledge) i.e. the Manomaya Kosha is needed.

The second one was a research work done with Meditation on Cancer. The researchers have found that the practices of Meditation and Chanting lowers down the NFkB within few months. NFkB is called the mastermind of inflammation and is inherent in each cancer cell.

So likewise, there are many other important perspectives to yoga which are very relevant in the therapy. The objective of this course is planned in a systematic way to cover the yogic perspective of therapy as well as philosophy, so that, the participants can develop the understanding of Yogic Health Management in depth and lead the wellness movement with yogic prescription for health & healing.


Prashant Pandey

Yoga Teacher, Consultant & Therapist


About the course:-

  • The course commences on 24th March’2018.
  • Venue:- SIMS, Khadki, Pune
  • Days:- Only Saturdays
  • Time: – 7.00 am – 1.00 pm.
  • Duration:- 1 year
  • For registration please go on
  • For enquiries and admission, contact 9130098707 or

Yoga Teacher Training & Retreat Courses in Rishikesh

There is a saying that “Where there is a will, there is a way”.

If someone has a wish to experience the energy of Spiritual Capital Rishikesh and learn Yoga, then there is a perfect place called “Rishikesh Yogis Yoga Teacher Training & Retreat Centre”.

Nowadays, there are lot of Yoga-centres, that’s why for a person, it is important to select the right place to live and learn Yoga. For a successful Yoga Teachers Training & Retreat Program, there are few factors which play very important role to fulfil the purpose of training & retreat. Those factors are:-

1.       Quality Teaching & Guidance

2.      Yogic lifestyle & Diet

3.      Proper Accommodation

As far as the feedbacks and observations are concerned, Rishikesh Yogis Yoga Teacher Training & Retreat Centre, Rishikesh, fulfils all these factors. They have quality Teachers lead by Mr. Sushant Pandey. He has started his Yogic journey from Bihar Yoga Bharati, Munger, Bihar, India, under the surveillant vision of his Spiritual Guru Swami Nirananjananda Saraswati, the Chief Patron of Bihar School of Yoga. Bihar Yoga Bharati runs under Bihar School of Yoga which is the most authentic institution of the world to impart Yogic knowledge. He lived there many years, completed his masters degree in Yoga Psychology and was appointed as lecturer in Bihar Yoga Bharati to impart the knowledge of Yoga to national and international students. His approach and understanding on Yoga and Psychology is excellent. Mr. Pandey’s quality of dedication towards his teaching and welfare of the students is appreciative.

He has a team of dedicated and committed members who give their thought and effort to take care of all the needs of the students and guests who are enrolled for the courses or retreats. They have started their centre recently in Rishikesh and almost immediately positive feedbacks and complements started coming from the students and guests. The participants not only enjoy the course and schedule, but with observation of the honest approach of the team, they imbibe the teaching and develop the attitude of cooperation. I heard a incident that in one of the courses, one participant expressed her need to have curd every day. To fulfil this, one of the team members bought the curd every day for her from the market. One day she asked- “why you people go out for my curd every day, why you don’t keep arrangement in your centre!” They told her that they didn’t had refrigerator to do the needful. As soon as she heard this, she went back to her room, got the money and handed over to the centre management with a request to buy a refrigerator. Now, these kind of help and attitude develops only when someone gets connected and experience an honest and sincere approach of the centre.

On the eve of New Year, I personally give good wishes to the team of Rishikesh Yogis Yoga Teacher Training & Retreat Centre and also to all the aspirants of Yoga for a successful New Year 2018.

I am sharing the web link and contact number of Rishikesh Yogis Yoga Teacher Training & Retreat Centre, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, to those aspirants who wish to visit Rishikesh and learn the science of Yoga.

Email :-

Mobile :- +91-7017342203


                                                                 HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU

Prashant Pandey
Yoga Teacher & Consultant





First Hand Yogic Experience in Parkinson’s Disease

There are three types of information-sharing for any project or undertaking. First one, the proposed Project; second one, work-in-progress; and third one, result declaration of the project.

Today, I decided to publish this blog based on the second type of information sharing i.e. Work-in-progress. This is a project on “Yogic management of Parkinson’s disease” and through the practices of Yoga, very inspiring and motivating results are being observed. Purpose of this blog is instead of waiting till the end, to share the information of the progress to let people have a glimpse and motivation, towards preventing and managing Parkinson’s disease or any other neurological disorder.

I met Mr. Sisodia at Sir Jehangir’s house and saw his eagerness to start Yoga. The next day, I received a call from him in which his keen willingness and interest to start Yogic practices showed up prominently. His strong willingness gave clear indication that the right time had come to move towards improvement of his health and happiness through Yoga which is one of the main outcomes of Yogic practices.

We organised a meet at his house where he shared about his problem that he was diagnosed with mild form of Parkinson’s disease in 2014. He told that he will be staying in India for a month or so. Finally, we decided that he’d go through Yogic practices for at least next 2 months.

With the permission of Mr. Sisodia, I planned to publish this blog with date wise information and feedback received by him, from the day we started Yoga till now. I am including my observations as well so that by going through date-wise feedback and observations one can see that slowly and gradually, positive and uplifting aspects are being re-organized and re-established in his life which was disturbed due to the disease.

3rd April 2017

We started the Yoga session on 3.4.2017. On first day, when he started practices and the way his body had tremors, I was unsure of the time he may take to settle down. When he sat, his hands were shaking and head shook while lying down.

7th April 2017

I observed that after performing Asanas, when he laid in Savasana for relaxation, the head shook but for a while the head became steady, which gave me a glimpse of hope.

11th April 2017

In the class, Mr. Sisodia gave the feedback that he slept well for the past nights.

17th April 2017

During Yoga Nidra practice which he did after Asanas, I observed a very clear and positive change in Mr. Sisodia that he had almost no tremor of his head. During and after pranayama practices his hands were steady.

18th April 2017

Mr. Sisodia gave the feedback that before he had to take medication in 3 to 4 hours in order to relax his muscles, but today he has extended up to 5 hours. I suggested him that whenever he starts feeling stiffness in the body next time, then instead of taking immediate medicine to relax the muscles, he should try to do relaxation in lying position which he knew well by this time.

24th April 2017

When I reached his residence for the class, I saw Mr. Sisodia lying on the floor. He said that he was experiencing the stiffness, so was trying to do relaxation instead of taking medicine. When I heard this, then without making any change in the position, I told him to start breathing techniques i.e. Abdominal breathing, Thoracic & Clavicular breathing and Yogic breathing. Then I gave him Yoga Nidra, followed by few Asanas and Pranayama practices. After Yoga session, when I asked how he was feeling, he said- “Good, but if I walk a little bit then I can figure out more clearly”.

I asked him to take his time and walk. So, he went for a short walk and said he was feeling better than normal.

I was happy to hear this. The job of medicines was now being done by Yogic practices (of relaxing muscles consciously).

28th April 2017

The similar situation was repeated on this day. He waited for Yoga session instead of taking medicine as he was feeling stiffness in the body. After almost the same set of practices, he said – “FEELING NORMAL”. This day’s feedback now proved that Yoga was working on his Parkinson’s disease.

29th April 2017

He told he had extended intake of medicine to one hour for relaxing the muscles, which in itself is a big achievement as Parkinson’s is said to be a stubborn disorder. He also told that he was now able to lie down flat on the back for sleeping which was not possible before.


These are the feedbacks and observations for the month of April 2017 which show the progress. The important aspect in this progressive phase of Mr. Sisodia is his sincerity and regularity of practicing Yoga. Without his sincere efforts, such progress may not have taken place.

The purpose of this blog is to create awareness of how Yoga helps in all aspects of the life, whether there is some health issue, or we want to experience a higher state by enhancing the skill and excellence because whatever is the case, management of body, mind and emotions are necessary and Yoga harmonises them perfectly.

I request everyone to share this blog with friends and relatives. The objective of this blog is to reach to the needy people who are losing their hopes due to Parkinson’s disease or any kind of Neurological disorder. I want to say that don’t lose hope, results are very positive if you learn Yoga properly, do it with sincerity and regularity. You just need to exercise your will-power to come in the shelter of Yoga or pray to God to give inspiration, motivation and strength to start Yoga today itself. Why to wait for tomorrow!

I’m coating the practices that Mr. Sisodia is doing:


  • Pawanmuktasana part 1
  • Utthanpadasana
  • Supta Udarakarshanasana
  • Pada Sanchalanasana
  • Chakra Padasana
  • Tadasana
  • Tiryak Tadasana
  • Kati Chakrasana
  • Marjariasana
  • Saral Bhujangasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Ardha Shalabhasana
  • Vimanasana
  • Advasana


  • Abdominal Breathing
  • Thoracic Breathing
  • Thoracic & Clavicular Breathing
  • Yogic Breathing
  • Nadi Shodhan Pranayam
  • Bhramari Pranayam
  • Ujjayi Pranayam


  • Shavasana & YOGANIDRA


  • Trataka


  1. Gayatri Mantra- 11 times
  2. Mahamrutyunjaya Mantra- 11 times
  3. 32 names of Devi Durga- 3 times (all 3 mantras daily in the morning)

Mahamrutunjaya Mantra 108 times every Saturday

Aditya Hridayam Path 3 times every morning.


Prashant Pandey

(Yoga Teacher, Therapist & Consultant)

International Women’s Day

This year, when Jehangir Hospital, Pune, decided to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, I was approached to present my perspective on women in relevance with Yoga, to which I readily agreed. In Jehangir Hospital, Yoga has now become an integral part.

More than 250 female family members of our Hospital collected when the function started. There were beautiful cultural programs organised by the gorgeous ladies of all varied departments.  They had chosen to give a strong message of “We can & We will” to the society through each performance. We all enjoyed each presentation.

When my turn came, I was pleasantly surprised at the attention and silence during my talk. I had a very good demonstrator who demonstrated all the practices for everyone on the stage. The Yoga presentation was applauded very well.

I chose the subject – “Importance of Yoga for Female Reproductive System” to speak on, as this is one area which is still not very clear to many ladies and they suffer many disorders or abnormalities in regard to this. I know that women even today feel shy or find themselves in a dilemma to speak to anyone on the imbalance in their reproductive system, hormonal troubles (many can’t even figure out), agonising menstrual cycles, etc.

Yoga provides solution with specific Asanas, Pranayamas and Yoganidra. The Yoga practices I selected are the ones which strengthen the female reproductive system, work to manage disorders, prevent future diseases and promote a healthy system with proper balance of hormonal secretions. With regular practice, one can achieve the 3 H’s –

  1. HAPPY( the capability to be joyful in any situation)
  2. HEALTHY( no health issues)
  3. HASSLE FREE (ability to lead a stress-free life)

Now we are working on celebrating each day as women’s Day for this whole year till next International Women’s day in Jehangir Hospital, by giving the practical experience of the Yoga program to each female employee.

This Yoga program is my personal research work. I’m sharing this with you all so that those of you who want to, may benefit from practicing the program.



  • It’s important for us women to remember to take time out to nurture and look after ourselves.
  • As women we can probably relate to experiencing a hormonal imbalance at some point in our lives causing mood swings, irregular menstrual periods, fatigue, weight gain, digestive problems etc.

How Yoga helps?

  • We must remember that all systems, organs of human body are interconnected and interlinked. One Yoga practice effects many areas of our body, apart from the specific section we are working on.
  • To balance hormones: Yoga helps stimulate, activate and balance the glands, and organs responsible for hormonal health – mainly the pituitary gland, adrenals, thyroid and ovaries.
  • Aides with our menstrual cycle: A regular and dedicated yoga practice can help to regulate our menstrual cycle, reduce symptoms of PMT (pre/post menstrual symptoms), lighten heavy bleeding, and ease cramps and pains.
  • Reduces stress: Stress can be unavoidable and as women we can take on the role of the multi-tasker and play many different roles to different people. Yoga helps to reduce stress levels by regulating the breath, relaxing the body and bringing us into the present moment where we can find a sense of calm.
  • Yoga also helps to:

ü Strengthens bones

ü Tones the body

ü Enhances metabolism

ü Boosts Fertility

ü Experience serenity and calmness within.





TYPE OF ASANA:  standing & stretching asana

AWARENESS: On maintaining balance, stretch in the whole body and on breath.

BREATHING: Inhale while stretching up; exhale while lowering the feet


  • Develops physical and mental balance.
  • Entire spine is stretched, and loosened.
  • Helps clear congestion of spinal nerves.
  • Stretches the Rectus Abdomini Muscles.
  • Very helpful to check blood sugar level.
  • Thus removes constipation (extremely helpful to open the whole body in the morning after waking up).
  • Useful during the first six months of pregnancy to keep abdominal muscles and nerves toned.


TYPE OF ASANA: A standing side bending asana

AWARENESS: On coordination of movement, balance and on the stretch to the side of the trunk.

BREATHING: Inhale while raising arms and returning to center; exhale while bending on sides


  • Affects the muscles on the sides of the trunk, the waist and the back of the legs.
  • Stimulates the nervous system and alleviates nervous depression.
  • Improves digestion, stimulates appetite, activates intestinal peristalsis and relieves constipation.
  • Strengthen pelvic area and tones reproductive organs.
  • Regular practice reduce waistline fat.
  • Its emotional benefits: calms mind, relieves anxiety and reduces nervous tension.


  • The only post-digestive Asana.
  • Very helpful for varicose veins.
  • Assists women during labour pains.
  • Preventive measure against hernia.



TYPE OF ASANA: Sitting; from Vajrasana

AWARENESS: On the movement of abdomen contracting and stretching.

BREATHING: Inhaling while arching the spine; exhaling while lifting the spine up


  • Improves the flexibility of neck, shoulders and spine.
  • Gently tones all female reproductive organs.
  • Gives good relief in cramps during menstrual cycle.
  • Women suffering from menstrual irregularities must practice regularly.
  • Reproductive disorders get eliminated.
  • Helpful in PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
  • Improves digestion.
  • Relaxes the mind.
  • Tightens the abdominal muscles, very helpful post-delivery.


TYPE OF ASANA: Sitting, from Vajrasana

AWARENESS: on the pressure of the abdomen against the thigh

BREATHING: Exhale while bending the trunk down; inhale while raising the trunk upright.


  • Stretches the back muscles
  • Separates the individual vertebrae from each other, releasing pressure on the discs on the back
  • Regulates the functioning of adrenal glands
  • Tone the pelvic muscles, and the sciatic nerves
  • Helps alleviates disorders of both male and female reproductive organs by a strong yet gentle compression of the abdomen.
  • Reduces anger and cools the brain by fresh blood supply


TYPE OF ASANA: Backward bending asana

AWARENESS: On the systematic arching of the back, pressure on abdomen

BREATHING: Inhale while raising & curling the body; exhale while lowering down


  • Removes backache during menstrual period pain.
  • Keeps the spine supple and healthy – a stiff spine interferes with all nervous impulses sent from the brain to the body & vice versa.
  • This asana notably tones the ovaries and uterus, and helps alleviate menstrual and other gynaecological disorders.
  • Useful for leucorrhoea, painful periods and absence of periods.
  • Relieves physical stress and mental fatigue.
  • Stimulates appetite, reduces hunger, thus improving digestion. The kidneys which purify our blood, are compressed thereby removing stagnant blood.
  • The adrenal glands situated on top of kidneys also receive a good massage.
  • Bhujangasana helps to maintain and encourage the correct secretion of Cortisone, a major hormone secreted by adrenal glands, which has been found to be closely associated with the occurrence of Rheumatism.
  • Thyroid gland is regulated.
  • This practice expands chest more than usual, helping to improve one’s breathing habit and eases symptoms of Asthma.


TYPE OF ASANA: Twisting in supine position

AWARENESS:  On the relaxation of back and the diagonal effect on abdomen

BREATHING:  Inhale in center; exhale on sides


  • The twisting of torso squeezes the internal reproductive organs giving good massage and relieving congestion of reproductive system.
  • Tightness and tiredness of lower back are relieved.
  • Pelvic and abdominal organs are toned through its massaging action.
  • Relaxes sciatica nerve and helps alleviate sciatic pain to great extent.


TYPE OF ASANA: Backward bending asana with Inverted effect.

AWARENESS: On abdominal area, stretch in spine and back, chest expansion and thyroid gland.

BREATHING: Inhale, retain the breath to lift; exhale while lowering body.


  • Realigns the spine and navel.
  • Rectifies rounded shoulders.
  • Relieves backache.
  • Massages and stretches the colon, liver and all abdominal organs improving digestion.
  • Tones and strengthens the functioning of male sperms and female ovaries, improves the health of uterus – helping couples overcome infertility and miscarriage.
  • It also helps beats vaginal discharge due to infections and increases lubrication within vagina.
  • Kandharasana is used in yoga therapy for the management of menstrual disorders, prolapse, and various bronchial and thyroid conditions.


TYPE OF ASANA: Sitting with legs out-stretched.

AWARENESS: on breath, forward-backward movement of pelvis, lower back & abdomen.

BREATHING: inhale while leaning back, exhale while bending forward.


  • One asana which gives very good massage in the lowermost abdominal area.
  • Eliminates energy blockages in pelvis and abdomen.
  • Reduces abdominal fat.
  • It is especially useful for gynaecological disorders.
  • Removes constipation.
  • Helpful in postnatal recovery.


  • Pranayama is a technique through which the quantity of prana in the body is activated to a higher frequency.
  • Pranayama comprises of two words – prana and ayama which means “expansion of prana with the help of breath”.


POSTURE: Done in a comfortable sitting meditation posture, breath should be silent and not forced.

MUDRA: Nadi shodhan is done performing Nasagra mudra.

AWARENESS: on breath, on count.


  • Our mind has a tendency to keep regretting or glorifying the past and getting anxious about the future. Nadi Shodhan pranayama helps to bring the mind back to the present moment.
  • Nadi shodhan pranayama ensures the whole body is nourished by an extra supply of oxygen.
  • Carbon dioxide is efficiently expelled and the blood is purified of toxins.
  • Helps harmonize the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which correlate to the logical and emotional sides of our personality.
  • The pranic channels are purified and decongested.
  • Controls the oscillations of the body-mind network.
  • Brings balance and harmony throughout the system.
  • Practiced by alternating the inhalation and exhalation between left and right nostrils.
  • It induces tranquillity, clarity of thought & concentration; recommended for those engaged in mental work.


  • When the internal stress reduces, the actual beautiful self starts to show. This is what Yoganidra helps in.
  • Yoganidra is done in Shavasana.
  • Using the conscious mind, the awareness disciplines sub-conscious mind, relaxes the body-mind complex, and releases the suppressed stress.
  • The secret of Yoganidra lies in withdrawal of mind in a very friendly way, enter a state where you are neither in deep sleep nor completely awake, whatever impressions enter the mind become powerful, and they remain there.
  • Yoganidra also known as “ART OF RELAXATION”.
  • A systematic practice of Yoganidra helps to release muscular tensions, emotional tensions and mental tensions progressively.
  • Yoganidra is the fastest technique to explode Samskaras, allowing the possibility of change of habits, & personality.


  • This Yoga program covers the important benefits of each practice.
  • One must learn these practices from an experienced yoga teacher.
  • When done with regularity, consistency and dedication, results would show.


*The information has been extracted from the books of Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, Bihar, India.

Blog written by Ruchira Pandey.

Ruchira Pandey

Yoga Teacher & Therapist

Jala Neti

Jala Neti is an important aspect of Yoga Sadhana. I would say from my personal experience that this practice brings immediate change in perception. If you were in a negative or bad state the previous day, and the same state is still carried to the next day, you don’t know exactly how to come out of that state, just do Jala Neti in the morning after brushing your teeth and see the change. A positive state of mind will be experienced and in that changed state of mind, it has a maximum possibility that you will find a way to learn lesson from past experiences, and move forward in the right direction. The positive experience or right decision comes because the practice of Jala Neti awakens one of the important psychic center, called Ajna Chakra, the center of wisdom.

One of my friends who I used to give personal Yoga sessions, had once given another dimension of Jala-Neti. After practicing Jala Neti, he said- “Sir, I feel Jala Neti is one of the best methods to remove hang over of previous night’s party.” 🙂 What he experienced was the Freshness after Jala-Neti.

These are the major benefits of Jala Neti:-

Mucus and pollution:-Removes mucus and pollution from the nasal passages and sinuses, allowing air to flow without obstruction.

Respiratory tract diseases:-It helps prevent and manage respiratory tract diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and pulmonary tuberculosis.

ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) Specialist:-To relieve allergies, colds and sinusitis, tonsillitis together with various disorders of the ears, nose and throat.

Muscular tension:-Relieves muscular tension of the face.

Brain:-Cooling and soothing influence on the brain and is beneficial in the treatment of epilepsy and migraine.

Psychological aspects:-Alleviates anxiety, anger and depression, removes drowsiness.

Freshness:-Makes the head feel light and fresh.

Balance in hemisphere:-A balance is brought about between the right and left nostrils and the corresponding left and right hemisphere, inducing a state of harmony and balance throughout the body and the systems governing circulation and digestion.

Perception:-Perception improves, allowing for a better relationship with the world and with ourselves.

Hormonal balance: – Neti has positive impact on pituitary gland, which is called the master gland, thus helpful practice in bringing balance in the hormonal system.

Ajna Chakra:-According to Yogi Swatmarama, perfection of Neti leads to Divya Drishti. Neti is said to stimulate Ajna Chakra.

Overall Health: – Jala Neti stimulates the various nerve endings in the nose, improving the activities of the brain and the overall health of the individual.

Disclaimer: – Do not attempt Jala Neti without expert supervision of a Yoga Teacher.

Beautiful Journey – From Hatha Yoga to Raja Yoga

कुंभकप्राणरोधांते कुर्याच्चित्तम् निराश्रयम् । एवमभ्यासयोगेन  राजयोगपदं  व्रजेत् ।।

 “By stopping the prana through retention, the mind becomes free from all modifications. By thus practising, one can achieves the stage of Raja Yoga.”  thdr8jfaqs

Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 2 (verse 77)

If through Raja Yoga, you can control the mind, Prana is automatically suspended, but this is difficult, particularly in the beginning. It is not easy for anyone to control, unify or isolate the mind from the sense experiences and ego. Therefore, through Hatha Yoga we try another approach – first control the prana, so that suspension of the mind takes place. That signifies success in Yoga.                                           –Swami Muktibodhananda

This whole process is the beauty of Bihar Yoga/Satyananda Yoga which is also called Integral Yoga. It starts with the practice of Asanas, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and then moves towards Relaxation and Meditation. Experiencing the state of meditation is purpose of Yoga. Highlighting the importance of Meditation, once Swami Satyananda said that “Diseases take place due to emotional injury and meditation is the way to heal that injury.”

For the beginners and even for the advanced practitioners of Yoga, the process and system of Integral Yoga becomes very effective and clear. They practice Asanas, understand the physiology and anatomy of the physical body, they practice Pranayama, Mudra, and Bandha, get to understand the pranic body. By experiencing the physical & pranic state, the mind becomes calm and is prepared to take a natural shift in the state of Meditation. This becomes a beautiful journey from Hatha Yoga to Raja Yoga as described by Swami Swatmarama in one of the reliable text in Yogic literature called Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

– Prashant Pandey