Hatha Yoga, which literally means “union through discipline of force”, is a school of Yoga that stresses mastery of the body as a way of attaining a state of spiritual perfection in which the mind is withdrawn from external objects. Hatha Yoga has grown in popularity in the West as a form of exercise that develops strength, flexibility, bodily relaxation, and mental concentration. (1)


Swami Kriyananda Didn’t Mention the Plank Pose; Is It OK to Do?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from April Bryson: My chiropractor suggested I do the plank pose every day to strengthen certain muscles. I do not see this pose in my Raja Yoga book. Did Swamiji not teach it? Also, how does a person know which of the many poses to do? I did yoga postures while at The Expanding Light retreat, but don’t include it in my routine.…


Leg Pain in Meditation

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Question from Debashis Ghosh: I have been practicing meditation for more than 2 or 3 years but I skip out after every 2 or 3 days. When I meditate for more than 20 mins, my legs pain. Could you let me know how to meditate without getting into this pain? I am also able to concentrate max. for 25 to 30 mins. Recently I…


How to sit properly for meditation

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Bhushan Patel: As i have learnt about meditation technique where in one has to sit keeping back streight on ground in “padmasan” or “sukhasan” for better flow energy through spine etc i can practice it for sometime but longer i am more comfortable sitting in a chair giving support to my back but yet fully engrossed in meditation watching my breath gazing…