Pranayam Meditation Gentle yoga during covid-19

Pranayam Meditation Gentle yoga during covid-19 By Pratibha Jani

In this time or crisis all around the world the best thing sometimes and the hardest thing to do is take a deep breath relax and let go. The Covid -19 has affect us all and we truly are all in it but we are all in it together. So hang in there and this too shall pass.

Shri Govind Damodar Stotra Pratibha Jani

Meditation: on your own if possible.

Allow the rock ripples in the lake to quiet down. A good time to practice relaxation would be 20 to 30 minutes. After this we try to get into Meditation.   Please remember to always  Practice under the guidance of a well qualified teacher. Be yourself. Let go. Enjoy the nothingness. Share your experience.  A healthy mind nurtures a happy and healthy body. As we all know, having balance in life is the most important part of a Human life.

Relaxation and Stress Management:  In order to attain this balance we need synchronization between our body, mind and soul. Various techniques of relaxation and meditation are one of the best ways to achieve this peace of mind. 

Best times to practice just before or as sunrise, just before or at sunset, at night before going to bed. Please make
sure you have not had anything to eat or drink at least an hour or two before meditation.

  • A small, QUIET, clean and almost empty room/corner/area (not too much light-or just draw the shadesdown).
  • A small Asana to sit on.
  • Have an intention to practice relaxation.
  • Be in the present during the practice.
  • Resolve to try and not to judge yourself or others during practice

If you need to be with someone please join us virtually (my subscribed members only please)

Gentle Beginner Yoga and Meditation : Group Classes 

2020 sessions will resume later in the year due to Covid-19 emergency

Due to Covid-19 emergency situation and social distancing guidelines,and in order to keep connected to my members and the community, I am running some online live meditation and gentle yoga sessions. Please try and stay connected during these trying times.  All who are able to, Reach out and join the classes online if you wish.

ONLINE SESSIONS only for the month of April 2020

  • Monday 5.30 pm to 6.15 pm 
  • Tuesday 10.30 am to 11.15 am
  • Wednesday 5.30 pm to 6.15 pm
  • Thursday 10.30 am to 11.15 am
  • Thursday 5.30 pm to 6.15 pm. 

Stay safe. Stay Positive. Stay virtually connected. We truly are all in this together. e mail : aatmayog@gmail.com to sign up.

Early morning short shlokas

Early morning short shlokas

Early morning is a wonderful  time and the best time to do Prayers/meditation. The two hours before sunrise is the best time to do prayers in Hindu culture.

Here are three short beginner shlokas for to start teaching the children as they are around four or five years of age. It will help them learn a lot more than just the shlokas.  It will stay with them thru the student years and follow thru the next stage in life of householders as well.

I was taught this by my grandmother many decades ago and it just stayed with me.

1.   Before getting out of bed in the morning sit up in your bed. Open both your palms together and look at them. as you recite this shloka

कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मि, करमूले सरस्वती करमध्ये तु गोविन्द प्रभाते कर दर्शनम् ||

Karaagre Vasate Laxmi, Laramoole saraswati, Kara madhye to govinda,Prabhaate kara darshanam.

Meaning:

On the tip of your palms reside Laxmi (the goddess of wealth),On the base of your palms reside the goddess saraswati(Goddess of knowledge /learning). In the center of your palms reside the Lord Govind(Vishnu) Early in the morning pray to these to make your morning a fruitful one.

2.      Before placing your feet on the ground in the morning. Situp with our feet dangling from the bed and look at the goddess mother earth (Floor) resite this shloka

समुद्र वसने देवी पर्वत स्तनमण्डले |  विष्णु पत्नि नमस्तुभ्यं पाद श्पर्शह् क्षमश्वमे ||

Samudra vasane devi, Partava stana mandale, Vishnu patni namastubhyum,Paada sprashah Kshamashvamey.

Meaning: -Oh mother goddess(Earth), one who wears the ocean as her wardrobe, Holds mountains to her heart, to that consort(wife) of Lord Vishnu, I bow to please forgive me for placing my feet upon your being. (In other words, ask forgiveness for putting your burden on the earth and thank for the help.)  These thoughts and prayers make one and humble person and teaches us to be respectful to every little favors we have from Mother nature. It also teaches us to appreciate what we always take for granted.

3.      stand on your two feet, bring your palms in prayer pose, close your eyes and pray to the creator of the universe with this shloka.

वसुदेवसुतं देवं कनस चाणूर मर्दनम् | देवकी परमानन्दं , कृष्णं वन्दे जगत् गुरुं ||

Vasudevasutum Devam, Kansa chaanura mardanam, Devaki paramaanandam,krishnam vande jagat gurum.

Meaning:  To the Son of Vasudev , to the one who killed evil persons such as Kansa and Chaanura, the one who brought ultimate happiness to Devaki, to that Lord and Guru (teacher) of the universe Krishna/Govinda/Vishnu, I bow with utmost respect.  Saying so, have a positive intention for a fruitful,successful and a wonderful day ahead.

 Sources : Many and unknown just like the entire sanskrit and Hindu culture and religion. These shlokas are from ancient Hindu culture/knowledge and wisdom. Many of them are used by various religious organizations as their own. However all the shlokas and the knowledge itself is from thousands of years before and is not owned by any one organization/ institution/culture.

Shlokas to recite before meals यज्ञ शिष्ठा शिनः सन्तो

Shlokas to recite before meals   यज्ञ शिष्ठा शिनः सन्तो

Here is the pdf in sanskrit and English format to follow along यज्ञ शिष्ठा शिनः सन्तो मुच्यन्ते सर्वकिल् विषैः Shlokas to recite before meals