Patanjali defines yoga as “citta vritti nirodhah”, that is, stopping (nirodha) the vibrations (vritti) of the consciousness (citta). Let’s take a closer look at what chitta is, because consciousness is a fairly broad concept. Different teachings give their own interpretations of this term, but in fact, chitta manifests itself in a person as antahkarana. We can say that antahkarana is different levels of citta, consciousness.

The very concept of antahkarana means “an internal tool or organ of mental activity”, and usually includes three components: Buddhi — intelligence that gives us the ability to distinguish between good and bad, right and…

We are usually tuned into the outer world, into society, into what we do. We are in some way tuning in with other people, with some kind of activities. Yoga begins when we tune in with ourselves, return to ourselves, try to catch our own vibration, feel the energy, breath. Breathing is an expression of our prana, which anyone can feel. Not everyone feels the energy, but everyone is familiar with breathing. That is, we look into ourselves.

In fact, this is a reflection of the universal process, when Shiva looks at himself. He creates duality, separates himself from Shakti…

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Indian term Santosha derives from sam («completeness», «wholly») and toṣa («contentment», «satisfaction»). This is contentment by what you have in the moment. It sounds simple but has a deep influence on the life of every human being. It’s an important, necessary quality for yogin.

Inner contentment is a base of true calm and peace in your soul, while discontent always produces disturbance, anger, annoyance and other poorly controlled emotions. Of course when we begin to meditate with all this turbulence in our mind, we can’t have a good result, a true state of dhyana (or it can be, but will…

Pranayama, or breath and energy control, is one of the most important practices in Hatha Yoga. At first glance, pranayama is just a breathing exercise, and it seems that you just have to follow the technique correctly, and everything will work out. But it is not true. There are many nuances, without knowledge of which pranayama does not give the desired effect, it becomes boring or unsafe.

Here are some tips for practicing pranayama that can help in its proper mastering and further development:

⚡️ Perform the practice of pranayama in the same place, at the same time, regularly. This…

Brahmacharya is a widely used term in India and it may be explained in different ways by some Traditions or Gurus. It is very useful to know the literal meaning of this word.

Brahmacharya consist of “Brahman”, Supreme Reality or Absolute, and “charya” that means “following”, “behaviour”, “one who practices or performs something”. That is following Brahman or lifestyle oriented on Brahman, Absolute.

In vedism and brahmanism brahmacharya is the period of life approximately from the age of 10 till 25 when disciple learns up from Guru the knowledge of Vedas, Upanishads etc. in Gurukula (special school).

In many other…

Second and also very important principle of Yama is Satya.

Let’s look into its meaning. Satya means “real” or “reality”, and “true”, “truth”, “truthful”. Nowadays some people explain this principle as “to be honest and speak only the truth”. But the meaning of Satya is much deeper and more complex for ordinary people. Because one cannot know the Truth if he hasn’t experienced himself as eternal Atman. One usually knows only relative truth when he perceives that part of Reality which is connected with him. And don’t forget about the role of mind that always affects feelings and perceived information.

Investigating the doctrine of Yoga, even in modern perspective, we find that Yoga contains some moral principles. These principles are called Yama and Niyama.

Unfortunately it is hard to find a comprehensive explanation of Yama and Niyama principles, and since many people don’t really understand the foundations of Yama-Niyama, especially in modern yoga-society, they usually simply forget about them.

But we will start with the fact that Yama-Niyama is not just a list of moral principles as many consider. They are principles of energy management and self control. Without energy management the fruits of your sādhanā will not mature. All…

In many ways, the goal determines the outcome and effectiveness of the practice. Unfortunately, in our time, yoga ceases to be yoga, because the goals it should be directed to are lost along the way and techniques without the goal are quite useless. With the information available to everyone, anyone can take any technique and somehow apply it or make a business out of it. And such businesses in order to be competitive create more new techniques that like goods and services are sold to people. And people tend to change yoga schools and teachers to find the best and…

Karma is quite a popular word nowadays. People use it all the time, sometimes not really understanding the true meaning behind it. So it’s just a new habit to say, “hey, do not spoil the karma!”.

Anyway for us as a spiritual practitioners this topic is very important in the first place because karma is not something abstract, something that lives on its own aside from us. In fact, we are karma ourselves. Let’s look deeper into karma.

Word “karma”, that is sanskrit term, derives from the root kṛ कृ [“to do”] and means “deed”, “action”, “work”. Originally karma denoted…

Recently I’ve received so many questions about how to join our Nath Sampradaya, how to enter to Natha’s Community etc. Generally it is a good, important question and I’m going to consider it.

First of all it is necessary to be aware of the role of Guru in the Nath Tradition. As Siddha-siddhanta Paddhati says, Guru is the essence of the Siddha’s teaching (the teaching of perfect yogis):

आज्ञासिद्धिकरं सदा समुचितं सम्पूर्णमाभामकम्।
पिण्डे सर्वगतं विधानममलं सिद्धान्तसारं वरम्॥
भ्रान्तेर्निर्हरणं सुखातिसुखदं कालान्तकं शाश्वतं।
तन्नित्यं कलनोद्गतं गुरुमयं ज्ञेयं निरुत्यं पदम्॥ V.93 ||

ājñāsiddhikaraṁ sadā samucitaṁ sampūrṇamābhāmakam | piṇḍe sarvagataṁ vidhānamamalaṁ siddhāntasāraṁ varam ||…


My full name is Yogi Lakshminath. I practice and teach traditional yoga (Natha Sampradaya).

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