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    The Bhagavad-Gita is a rather small section in the overall massive text of the Mahabharata. However, the size of this passage had no effect on its ability to influence. The likes of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Annie Besant, and Mohandas K. Gandhi were all inspired or influenced by this text. The Bhagavad-Gita wouldn’t be the inspiring text is it today if it hadn’t been influenced by many other religious texts that came before it. The Bhagavad-Gita takes ideas from other religious texts and reinterprets them to fit with its own agenda. One of the texts that the Bhagavad-Gita uses is the Upanishads. A section of the Upanishads contains an extended analogy that likens the various portions of a being to the makeup of a chariot. This passage states that the self is the rider, the body the chariot, intellect the charioteer, ones mind is the reins, and the senses are the horses. By the Bhagavad-Gita making Krishna Arjuna’s charioteer it adds more meaning to Krishna’s role in Arjuna’s decision making. Krishna is being represented as Arjuna’s understanding, and throughout the entirety of the Bhagavad-Gita Arjuna’s understanding of the world and faith is changed by Krishna. This is quite a lengthy allusion to the chariot passage in the Upanishads, a more direct reference to the same passage states “If his mind submits to the play/ of the senses,/ they drive away insight,/ as wind drives a ship on water” (BhG 2.67). While the analogy has shifted from chariots to ships the…

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    Examples Of Nostalgia

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    A sudden Nostalgia in a Yoga class. We, human beings, tend to build intimate and emotional connections towards various things we encounter or have and places that we visit. If, ever, our relationships with these things or places come to an end; we may well mourn their absence or go through an experience of remembrance. This emotional an existential remembrance could include the past; our past experiences, incidents we got through, actions, places we have been to and people we met. Despite the…

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    Yoga Exercise Analysis

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    oga originated in India and has the purpose of stimulating both spiritual growth, mental wellbeing and physical health. Yoga contains many exercise programs, of which physical exercises, or hathayoga, is one. In the following the basic principles of hathayoga are outlined. An important part of physical yoga is the breathing exercises, or pranayama. This part is in many ways the most fundamental, because the basic type of breathing is also a part of the yoga postures - the asanas. The postures…

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    In other words, Awareness is the A and Z or A to Z of Yoga i.e. Yoga begins with awareness and ends in awarenes. Awareness is the cornerstone of Yogic philosophy (Patanjali’s Yoga Darsana) and of all yogic practices. The entire focus in Yoga is on awareness. The goal of Yogic practices is the realization of Pure Awareness and every practice of Yoga aims at sharpening this…

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    Wellness Review Essay

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    On the gorgeous hot spring weekend of April 23rd and 24th, I participating in a wellness festival called the WigWam Wellness Fest. The festival took place at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and was centered around yoga and meditation, offering multiple classes and workshops through sessions throughout the day. I met many fellow yogis, some old friends and some new. The festival was made with the purpose of being kind of like a positive energy music festival. The “stages” were in nature on a…

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    Hahnuman Research Paper

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    Hanuman is a Hindu god and a devout follower of Rama, which is one of the many avatars of the god Shiva (Wikipedia). Hanuman is a monkeylike deity who is one of the most worshipped figures in Hinduism (Wikipedia). He is known for his “bravery, perseverance, strength” as well as his abstinence from sexual activities and his loyalty towards Rama (Heaphy). Because of Hanuman’s loyalty to Rama, he is mentioned in the Ramayana, an old Sanskrit which depicts ideal characters such as “the ideal…

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    Embodied Health

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    In 2012, Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) conducted a study to determine embodied health effect on medical students (Bold el al., 2013). What they wanted to see through this experiment was improvement of empathy, self-compassion, self-regulation, well-being and reducing stress in medical students. Twenty seven first and second year medical students at BUSM participated in this study. They learned an hour long yoga posture (asana), meditation (dhanyas) and breathing techniques…

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    Influences Of Yoga

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    How Yoga Has Influenced India So Far What is yoga? “Yoga” is union – the one that connects your mind, body, and soul at once. The term yoga (derived from the word “yuj” of Sanskrit) is used for connection of the individual soul with the universal spirit. Usually, by yoga, people understand some kind of physical exercise that involves stretches, twists, and deep breaths. However, it has a far broader horizon than most people’s imagination. It is an essential science aspect, which contains in…

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    Four Types Of Yoga

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    Tran, Anh - Assignment #2 Question: What is Yoga? Critically define the four yogas, intention, style, focus, and personality. Which one would you think most suited to your personality? Explain why. Simply put, yoga is a form of moksha (liberation). It is a spiritual exercise that brings peace, balance, and calmness to oneself. There are four types of yogas. The first one is jnana or knowledge yoga. This type of yoga is intended for spiritual aspirants who have a strong reflective bent; it is…

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    Spiritual Healing Benefits

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    The practice of yoga and meditation are proven to be a powerful source for many people around the world and can be practiced if you’re a beginner or in advanced yoga. Practicing yoga has many benefits that can change an individual’s life mentally and physically. Spiritual healing is one the benefits that has helped individuals live happier and healthier lives when they experience spiritual healing throughout time. Spiritual healing is defined by Merriam Webster of or relating to a person’s…

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