Aparigraha: Simple Living and Yoga’s Lifestyle

Dada Vedaprajinananda continues his series of podcasts on the ethical fundamentals of yoga, turning his attention to Aparigraha, non accumulation of unnecessary physical objects.

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Brahmacarya: Remaining Attached to Brahma

Dada Vedaprajinananda continues with his explanation of the parts of Yama and Niyama, the ethical principles of yoga.  In this episode Dada looks at Brahmacarya, the practice of remaining connected with the Supreme Consciousness during daily life.

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Ahimsa: Not Hurting Others by Thought, Word or Deed

The foundation of yogic spiritual practice is morality, and the first item in yoga’s guide to human conduct is to refrain from inflicting harm on others.  Dada Vedaprajinananda discusses the implications of this principle in a 15 minute podcast.

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Chakras and the Subtle Anatomy of Yoga

What are chakras and how do they work. This podcast explains the spiritual, psychological and physical role of the chakras. It is based a a new chapter in the forthcoming revised edition of The Wisdom of Yoga by Dada Vedaprajinananda.

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“Karma – The Law of Action and Reaction”

Dada Rainjitananda explains how the law of Karma works, and how we can live in the world without becoming burdened by the reactions from previous events.

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Perfecting the Layers of the Mind

This is a workshop-class by Dada Vedaprajinananda at a retreat at Ananda Liina (www.anandaliina.org) in Urbana, IL on September 30, 2012. According to yoga, there are six layers of the mind (including the physical body) and they can be perfected and purified using the eight limbs of yoga practice (known as Ashtanga or Astaunga yoga). Dada explains yoga practices can be used to bring about the perfection of mind.

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Vegetarianism, yoga and meditation

In this wide-ranging interview with WEFT,  Champaign, IL, Dada Vedaprajinananda explains the importance of vegetarianism for yoga and meditation, as well as revealing important points about the process of meditation.

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Ashtanga Yoga: The eight limbs of yoga practice

This podcast is an explanation of the eight limbs of yoga practice as formulated by Patainjali around 200 years BCE.  The presenter is Dada Vedaprajinananda.

The eight limbs mentioned in the podcast are:

1. Yama – practices of controlled contact whose result is to bring a person in harmony with the society around him or her.  These practices are : 1. Ahimsa, 2. Satya  3. Asteya 4. Brahmacarya and 5. Aparigraha  (listen to the podcast for the explanation!)
2. Niyama – practices whose result is inner purification.  The components of Niyama are 1. Shaoca 2. Santosa  3. Tapah  4. Svadhyaya  5. Iishvara Pranidhana
3. Asana – yoga postures
4. Pranayama – control of vital energy
5. Pratyahara – withdrawal from sensory stimuli
6. Dharana – concentration of mind at particular points
7. Dhyana – meditation, making the mind move in an unbroken flow towards the Supreme Consciousness
8. Samadhi – absorption of mind and unit consciousness in the Supreme Consciousness

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