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Welcome again from Poland Dhananjay, namaste. For quite some time I have been battling a recurring problem of irregular sleep patterns and oversleeping, which was a way to "escape" reality back in the old consciousness when it was unbearable and fearful. Due to many years of that escapism it's extremely hard for me now to regulate my sleep and I tend to lack energy and focus. As a matter of fact I am writing this to you in the middle of the night (3 am) and last night I slept 14 hours straight. No alarm clocks can wake up me as I'm simply.. oversleeping them. Please let me know if you know ways to improve my concentration and sleeping habits since they play a vital role in spiritual practice. I've been trying to give it all to my guru and simply trust, but it feels like i need more of a tool, something more practical and i want to use no more time on sleep no matter how tempting it seems to me.

This problems solves in the course of time only after applying the tenets of a Yogic lifestyle with a moderate qty of vegetarian food & the Yogic practices described in past answers.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)


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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."


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