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Spiritual Destinations You Shouldn't Miss in India

Experience the true meaning and purpose of one's life and achieve complete peace of mind, body and soul. Explore India with these top spiritual destinations to maximize your spiritual experience.


Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is one of the seven sacred Hindu cities with a very old history.


Ancient Haridwar (the "Gateway to God") is another of the holiest places in India, and one of the oldest living cities. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand.


Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, is a popular place to come and meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of Hinduism.


Amritsar, in the state of Punjab, was founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, the fourth guru of Sikhs. It’s the spiritual capital of the Sikhs and gained its name, meaning "Holy Pool of Nectar", from the body of water around the Golden Temple.


Bodhgaya is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage place in the world. Located in the state of Bihar, it’s here that Lord Buddha became enlightened during intense meditation under a Bodhi tree.
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Located around four hours from Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Tiruvannamali attracts spiritual seekers to its Sri Ramana Ashram and Hindu pilgrims who walk around holy Mount Arunachala and pray at Arunachaleswar Temple, where Lord Shiva is worshiped as the element of fire.
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Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple 

The Dhyanalinga is set amidst the lush dense forests at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains, the first of its kind to be completed in over 2000 years. Created by a profound mystic and yogi Sadhguru, it embodies the distilled essence of yogic science.

This powerful meditative space does not ascribe to any particular faith or belief system nor does it require any ritual, prayer, or worship.
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Morning Breathing Exercises to Increase Your Effectiveness For The Day!

Living in a hectic and highly competitive world, it’s not enough to establish proficiency in one or two aspects of life. You need to take a more holistic approach if you hope to gain that all-important edge.
By following this simple breathing exercises in your morning routine will take care of physical and mental wellness—soul, mind, and body. You’ll be on your way to a happier, healthier, and more productive life. 

Morning Yoga Exercises for Peaceful Mind & Body

We are always surrounded by busy schedules, loud noises, deadlines and daily chaos that we don't even remember when was the last that we saw the first rays of sunlight. But if we really want that time for ourselves we should wake up at 4:30 to the mystical moment where the Sun would appear. See how rays of light break over the horizon, and the landscape below us slowly emerge from darkness. It's serene, its beautiful, it's peaceful. See how quiet, and a serene silence enfold us for the day. Trust me you would love the experience.

Let's commit to our body and mind an early wake up call and do our morning rituals to be peaceful and calm for the rest of our day.

Five stages of practice can help us acquire a deeper level of silence within:
Body awareness;
Body and breath awareness combined;
Breath awareness alone;
Breathing combined with mantra;
Mantra alone.

This experience of silence is amplified by concentration. Conversely, when concentration is abandoned, silence is diminished as well. A mantra, then, is a sound that leads to silence. This silence, gradually acquired through an awakening of the inner observer, is both transforming and lasting.

A Tribute to Famous Yoga Guru B.K.S. Iyengar

World-renowned yoga guru and founder of the Iyengar School of Yoga B K S Iyengar passed away here early this morning following illness.
96-year-old Iyengar had been ailing since some time and was admitted to a private hospital here a week back. He was put on dialysis after his condition worsened two days back. He breathed his last at 3.15 AM.

Iyengar, honoured with Padma Vibhushan, is survived by a son and daughter. Iyengar was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and had written many books on yoga practice and philosophy including 'Light on Yoga', 'Light on Pranayama', and 'Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali'.

"Generations will remember Shri BKS Iyengar as a fine Guru, scholar & a stalwart who brought Yoga into the lives of many across the world," An eminent exponent of yoga as enunciated in the ancient "Patanjali Sutra", Iyengar was credited with spreading practice of yoga to about 60 countries which he visited carrying message from the east to the west.

Some of his popular books which are worth a treasure....

Mudra Secrets: Vayu Mudra (Mudra of Air)

Vayu means air and the Vayu Mudra helps to regulate the element of air inside the body. Yoga mudras are specific hand gestures that help to channel the flow and balance off the different elements inside the body.

Vayu mudra (Mudra of Air)
can be practiced in a standing, sitting or lying down posture. It’s easy to do. Fold your index finger. As you fold your fingers you can see two bones. These are called phalanx bones. When you have folded your index finger the second bone that you see, you have to press it with the base of your thumb just as shown in the above picture. The rest of the three fingers should be kept extended as much as possible.

Do this at any time of the day as per your convenience. There is also no compulsion of doing this at an empty stomach. You may also practice this mudra with a full stomach.

Once you achieve the benefits from this mudra, stop doing it. After a certain time, it may cause imbalance within your system.

As the name suggests vaayu mudra, it balances the air element within your body. 
  • Thus, the benefits of the Vayu Mudra extend to problems such as flatulence and joint pain related to rheumatism, sciatica, arthritis, or gout.
  • This Mudra is also said to help with the uncontrollable tremors experienced by those suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
  • If you feel uneasy after a meal, you should practice the Vayu Mudra while seated in the Vajra Asana (Diamond Pose).
  • It can also be used for pain management for the victims of polio.

Top 10 Yoga Fails And How To Avoid Them

Yoga's an every-woman activity. But just because anyone with a mat and a will can bust some yoga moves doesn't mean you're doing it right-or getting the most out of your hour.

"When you practice yoga on autopilot, not looking at your mistakes and working to correct them, your form and awareness suffer, reducing your practice's benefit and increasing your risk of injury," says yoga expert Kimberly Fowler, author of Flat Belly Yoga! and founder of YAS Fitness Centers. And we aren't just talking newbies here. "Yoga is a practice. You never achieve perfection," she explains. "The goal is to constantly improve."

So whether you're a beginner or an experienced yogi, chances are that your practice can benefit from some fine-tuning. Fowler suggests you start by watching out for these 10 common yoga mistakes.

Goa to promote Ayurveda, Yoga tourism at Arabian Travel Market

Goa will promote itself as a centre for wellness and Yoga tourism to attract travellers during the monsoon season from the Middle East at the forthcoming Arabian Travel Market (ATM) event to be held in Dubai.

"You can't sell beaches to them during monsoon. We will promote wellness, Ayurveda and Yoga tourism," said Nikhil Desai, Managing Director, Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), a head of his visit to the ATM.

Arabian Travel Market is the leading international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals from across the globe. ATM 2014 is scheduled to be held during May 5 to 8, 2014. A huge contingent of travel agents and hoteliers will also participate to promote Goa at the ATM, where it has its own stall.

"Months from June to September, when tourism is lean, can be promoted amongst the West Asian countries and Jordan and Iranian tourists, who look out for cooler locations when the scorching sun burns their region," Desai said. Desai said these travellers look towards Scotland or Kerala in India as they love rains.

"We want to attract this segment of tourists, who also include expatriates," he said, adding that Goa has been a mid-haul destination for these travellers, who don't mind coming here on the weekends. Goa, which usually witnesses peak tourist season post- September, also has hotels offering attractive packages during monsoon. "Occupancy in five-star hotels in Goa is 60 per cent during monsoon, and is 50 per cent in other hotels," Desai added.

Yoga for Increasing Your Height

Research studies have also shown that yoga and proper breathing techniques can play a fantastic role in increasing your height naturally. It is said that when we inhale deeply during yoga exercises, we release the stress that causes tension in your back muscles, which in turn removes the obstacle to enhance growth of the body. There are also a number of yoga postures which are particularly helpful in increasing your height. These yoga poses for keeping your body upright and increasing height are as follows:

  • Surya Namaskar : This is an age-old yoga exercise with 12 different postures and performed in a chronological manner.

  • Trikonasana : Trikonasana helps in improving your balance. This yoga exercise gives you a good posture. Also known as triangle pose.

  • Talasana : Talasna strengthens your arms, legs and spines. Keeps your body smooth. Helpful height gain.

  • Sukhasana : This is supposed to be the central position from which the other yoga postures started. You control your breathing and tone your lower back and hips by doing this asana.

  • Adhomukha Savasana : Also known as the downward facing dog. This asana increases the blood flow to your face and neck.

Yoga Asanas Health Benefits: Garbhasana

When this asana is performed, the pose achieved resembles that of a human foetus in the womb. So this asana is called Garbhasana.

  1. This asana helps to cure diseases like colic pain, flatulence, enteritis, chronic fever, constipation, etc.
  2. This asana keeps the abdominal organs trim. It cures gas-trouble and increases the digestion power.
  3. The abdominal organs, the breast and the joints of the arms and the legs get sufficient exercise through this asana and their ailments disappear.
  4. This asana helps to preserve the semen and the mind begins to have communion with the soul.
Technique: How to perform this asana?

Yoga for Healthy Hair

Yoga originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. It is a system of mental and physical exercise that can have an immense effect on many areas of life, including the health of your hair.

Hair loss is largely caused by genetics, but lifestyle also plays a role, and the principles of yoga can help.

Blood Circulation
Blood circulation is a key component to a healthy scalp and hair. There are several yoga poses that can increase blood flow directly to the head to provide more oxygen to your scalp and hair follicles. Stress 

It is common knowledge in all areas of medicine that stress is a major cause of many health problems. It can also cause your hair to thin and eventually fall out. The entire purpose of yoga is to create balance between your body and mind. Practicing yoga, even for beginners, will help you manage stress in your life more effectively. You will be able to realize a state of ease and calm more often, and any adverse effects the stress has had on your hair will slowly dissipate.

Whole Foods
A yoga lifestyle is about balance, and balance cannot be achieved by putting overly processed foods into your body. True yoga practitioners choose whole, unprocessed foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. Eating whole foods will introduce more nutrients to your body, help you lose weight and have a positive effect on your hair.

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