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Health and Hatha Yoga - With Sections on Kundalini, Swara Yoga, Brahmacharya and Meditation

Health and Hatha Yoga - With Sections on Kundalini, Swara Yoga, Brahmacharya and Meditation
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Item Code: IDK767
Author: Swami Sivananda
Publisher: The Divine Life Society
Edition: 2021
ISBN: 817052217X
Pages: 345 (Illustrated Throughout In B/W)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
weight of the book: 395 gms
Back of The Book

In the first section of this comprehensive book, Swami Sivananda gives us a lucid understanding of what constitutes good health, including many aspects that are often neglected.

The second section, hatha yoga, deals with exercise for flexibility (covering all the joints of the body); classical yoga asanas and variations; twelve bandhas and mudras, and the shat-kriyas (cleansing techniques). The concise every aspect of this important practice. In the section on kundalini the different aspects of this mysterious power are described in simple language. Sections on swara yoga and brahmacharya follow, and the book concludes with a chapter on concentration, meditation and samadhi.

 

Contents

 

Acknowledgements   ix
 
Section I
 
 
Health
 
Chapter 1: Secret of Health and Long Life 1
  What is Health? 1
  Disease 4
  Karma and Laws of Nature 7
  Spiritual Materia Medica 9
  How to become a Centenarian 9
Chapter 2: Science of Relaxation 11
  Mental Relaxation 15
Chapter 3: Exercise 17
  Necessity for Exercise 17
  Forms of Exercise 19
Chapter 4: Sleep 21
Chapter 5: The Best Therapy 25
  Natural Treatment 25
  Important Factors  
Chapter 6: Food 32
  Proteins 32
  Fats 33
  Carbohydrates 33
  Mineral Salts 34
  Vitamins 35
  Water in the Human System 36
  Vegetable Acids 36
  Calorie and Calorimeter 37
  Philosophical Vitamins 37
Chapter 7: A Well-balanced Diet 39
  Vegetarian Food 39
  Value of Vegetables 45
  Honey 47
  Milk and its Products 48
  Dangers of Meat-eating 49
  Yogic Diet 50
  Eating for Health 53
  Fasting 54
  The Yogi's Secret 56
  Dietetic Rules 57
Chapter 8: Health and Hygiene 59
  Personal Hygiene 60
  Clothing 61
  Hygiene of the Eyes 63
  Hygiene of the Skin 67
  Care of the Teeth 69
  The Benefits of a Sunbath 73
Chapter 9: Mental Therapeutics 77
  Health and Psychology 79
  Mental Health 81
  Auto-suggestion 86
  Twenty-four Precepts 87
 
Section II
 
 
Hatha Yoga
 
Chapter 1: Hatha Yoga 93
  Physical and Mental Efficiency Through Yoga 93
  Hatha Yoga 94
  The Benefits of Yoga Asanas 95
  The Accessories for a Yogi's Gymnasium 98
Chapter 2: Exercises for Flexibility 100
  Surya Namaskara 107
Chapter 3: Asanas fr Meditation 111
  Padmasana 112
  Siddhasana 116
  Benefits of Padmasana and Siddhasana 118
  Svastikasana 118
  Sukhasana 119
Chapter 4: Mukhya Asanas 121
  Sirshasana 121
  Sarvangasana 126
  Halasana 128
  Matsyasana (Fish Pose) 131
  Paschimottanasana 132
  Janusirshasana 133
  Mayurasana 134
  Ardha-Matsyendrasana 137
  Bhujangasana 139
  Salabhasana 140
  Dhanurasana 141
  Gomukhasana 143
  Vajrasana 144
  Garudasana 149
  Padangushthasana 150
  Trikonasana 152
  Baddha Padmasana 153
  Padahastasana 155
  Matsyendrasana 157
  Chakrasana 159
  Tolangulasana 160
  Kukkutasana 161
  Garbhasana 162
  Sasangasana 163
  Simbhasana 164
  Gorakshasana 164
  Kandapidanasana 165
  Sankatasana 166
  Yogasana 167
  Utkatasana 167
  Bhadrasana 169
  Vrischikasana 169
  Yoga Nidrasana 170
  Physical Culture in Bed 170
Chapter 5: Relaxation 172
  Asanas for Relaxation 172
  Savasana 172
  Mental Relaxation 175
Chapter 6: Important Bandhas and Mudras 176
  Mula Bandha 176
  Jalandhara Bandha 178
  Uddiyana Bandha 179
  Maha Bandha 180
  Maha Vedha 181
  Maha Mudra 182
  Yoga Mudra 182
  Khechari Mudra 183
  Vajroli Mudra 184
  Viparitakarani Mudra 184
  Shakti Chalana Mudra 185
  Yoni Mudra 186
Chapter 7: Shat-Kriyas 187
  Dhauti 187
  Basti 188
  Neti 189
  Tratak 190
  Nauli 190
  Kapalabhati 192
Chapter 8: Special Instructions 193
Chapter 9: Pranayama 200
  What is Prana? 200
  The Functions of Prana 202
  The Colour of Pranas 203
  The Length of the Air-Currents 203
  Cleansing 204
  The Centering of the Prana 204
  Breath and Prana 205
  What is Pranayama 205
  The Qualified Person 206
  The Five Essentials 207
  The Place 207
  The Time 208
  Yogic Diet 209
  Posture 209
  Purification of Nadis 209
  The Lungs 210
  Control of Breath 212
  Deep Breathing Exercises 213
  Pranayama in Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga 214
  Pranayama Exercises 215
  Automatic Pranayama 216
  Easy Comfortable Pranayama 217
  Sivananda's Pranayama 219
  Pranayama While Walking 219
  Pranayama in Savasana 220
  Rhythmical Breathing 220
  Surya Bheda 221
  Ujjayi 222
  Sitkari 222
  Sitali 223
  Bhastrika 223
  Bhramari 225
  Murchha 225
  Plavini 225
  Kevala Kumbhaka 225
  Pranayama: Different Authorities 227
  Importance and Benefits of Pranayama 229
  Pranic Healing 231
  Distant Healing 232
  Special Instructions 233
  The Aspirant's Daily Routine 239
  General Order of Practice 241
 
Section III
 
 
Kundalini
 
Chapter 1: Kundalini 245
  Nadis 246
  Ida and Pingala 246
  Sushumna 247
  Chakras 248
  Petals on Chakras 249
  Muladhara Chakra 249
  Svadhishthana Chakra 251
  Manipura Chakra 252
  Anahata Chakra 253
  Vishuddha Chakra 254
  Ajna Chakra 254
  Sahasrara 255
  Chakra Concentration 256
  What is Kundalini? 256
  Need for a Guru 257
  The Time 260
  The Age 261
  The Awakening of Kundalini 261
  Problems on the Path 262
  Kundalini Yoga 264
  Need for Purification 266
  Pranayama for Purification of Nadis 267
  Pranayama for Purification of the Sushumna 268
  Anahata Sounds (Nada) 269
  Experience on Awakening of Kundalini 270
  Eight Major Siddhis 271
  Minor Siddhis 272
  The Gradational Ascent of the Mind 273
 
Section IV
 
 
Swara Yoga
 
Chapter 1: Swara Yoga 277
  Swara Vijnana 278
  Changing the Flow 278
  Use of Nadis 280
 
Section V
 
 
Brahmacharya
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Chapter 1: Brahmacharya 285
  Celibacy 286
  Benefits of Celibacy 288
  Celibacy and Longevity 289
  Need for Celibacy 290
  Virya the Vital Fluid 293
  Mind and Virya 295
  Destroy Vasanas (Subtle Desires) 298
  How to Overcome Lust 301
  Fasting and Celibacy 304
  Celibacy in Active Life 305
  Celibacy for Women 307
  Celibacy for Householders 309
  The Stage of Studentship 311
  Rules for Brahmacharis 312
 
Section VI
 
 
Concentration and Meditation
 
Chapter 1: Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi 321
  Chakra Concentration 322
  Pancha (Five Concentrations) 322
  Concentration on the Solar Plexus 323
  Meditation 324
  Samadhi 325
  Appendix 326
  Human Body: The Primal Source of all Attainments 326
  Yogic Recipes 327
  Schedules for Practice 329
  Glossary 331
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