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repected sir,
         its been very kind of you to answer previous question
i have read all your answers on the site and still have some doubts, kindly guide..
1.i would like to bath after warm up exercises and before morning practises is it okey to do that ?? prescribed 10 asanas on a previous answer, how many times an asana should be performed ?
3.should nadishodhana be performed before bandhas ?? or pranayama ? said that all the three bandhas combined become mahabandha , how can we practise in mahabandha pls explain .. and how many times ??
5.should one only practise dhyana in siddhasana or padmasana ?? i like to follow sivanandas siddhasana(right leg heel on guda and left leg heel on the begining of genital) is it okey ??
6.the sivanandasana instruced by you is same as ardha matsyendra asana ? ardha paschmothanasana the same as janusirasana ?? it okey to start third eye meditation with this ??
9.when one go on with this practise should he increase the time span of the practise or should he continue with the practise the same time span with two times a day ??
 i beg your pardon for asking too many question one time coz there is no one else, and apreciate your good nature making time for guiding..
         with regards sabari..

1. The correct approach is to bathe after getting done with early morning Yogic practice & meditation. However, since in the case of beginners, 'Tamas' (inertia, the cause of sleepiness) may be high early in the morning, having a bath and then commencing practice is recommended.

Once the aspirant sits for practice, it is not recommended to get up and divert the mind (and therefore Prana) on other things.

2. Once, by maintaining the final and correct pose for a few seconds.

3. Asana, Bandha, Nadi-Shodhana, Pranayama & Meditation (on the formless Supreme, no different from the self) is the order.

4. The three Bandha-s in conjunction are called 'Tribandha'. The method of practice, in detail, is available in past answers.

5. There is only one 'Sidhasana'. The left heel is placed under the perenium and the right heel above the genitals, with both the calf muscles in between the thumb & second finger of the opposite feet.

6. No.

7. Similar but not the same.

8. Meditation can be practiced in a seating Asana, which one finds stable, comfortable and leading to equillibrium of the body & mind. The spine, neck and head have to be be in the same line. Sidhasana, Padmasana, Vajrasana & Sukhasana are most preferred. 'Sivanandasana' can also be employed for meditation, after one masters it.

9. Same span, same Asana-s & at the same time.

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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