It is believed that ‘knowledge is power’ and it is only knowledge that makes an individual powerful! Jnana is involved in all process, even yoga involves jnana. Gyana or knowledge is one of the types of yoga.
It takes years of practice for a person to master the art of yoga – especially the four pillars of yoga. These include Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga and Raja yoga. Jnana yoga is based on the Hindu tradition called Advaita (nondual) Vedic knowledge. Jnana yoga is also known as the yoga of right knowledge.
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There are various ways in which one can practice jnana yoga. It can be best practiced with deep meditation. Jnana yoga has 8 stages involved in its process. To practice jnana yoga at home in simple and easy steps, follow the step by step instructions given below and get started:
Jnana Yoga Practice
1. Sit down on the yoga mat in comfortable cross legged (Sukhasana) position or you may choose to sit in Ardha Padmasana (For this pose, you have to sit down on yoga mat in comfortable cross-legged position. Spread your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your right knee, lift it up with your right hand and place it on the outer side of your left thigh. Fold the other leg and place it against the other leg), Padmasana (For this pose, you have to sit down on yoga mat in comfortable cross-legged position. Spread your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your right knee, lift it up with your right hand and place it on the outer side of your left thigh. Bend your left knee, lift it up with your left hand and place it on the outer side of your right thigh.), Vajrasana pose(Vajrasana one has to kneel down on the floor in such a manner that the upper part of your feet should touch the ground. Your knees, toes and ankles should be parallel to each other and should touch the ground. Place your hands on your knees.)
2. Close your eyes, concentrate on your breathing. Inhale and exhale deeply. Continue breathing for some time.
3. Free your body from the surroundings, worldly passions and emotions. Do not let thoughts enter your mind.
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4. Now your mind is calm, away from any environmental disturbance and totally ready for Jnana yoga meditation.
5. Jnana yoga is about knowing your true self – asking questions and finding out answers from your inner self.
6. Jnana yoga is all about asking questions, seeking the truth about your inner gut feeling and your inner self.
7. You have to discover facts inside yourself. Concentrate on one question at a time and then move on to the other.
8. Remain in this Jnana yoga meditative position for as much time as you can stay. Once you have reached the final stage you can put an end to this session.
9. While ending the session you must take care of certain things. Do not open your eyes in a moment. Perform palming. Keeping eyes closed, rub both the palms against each other (it generates heat), place it over your eyes and then slowly open your eyes.
10. Release from the pose in which you are sitting.
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Benefits of Jnana Yoga Poses:
- Relieves tension, stress and mild depression.
- Calms the brain
- Increases memory power
- Improves concentration
- Rejuvenates your mind, body and soul.
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Enriched with immense benefits, Jnana yoga invigorates your mind, body and soul. So now it’s time, you take a break from your busy schedule and practice Jnana yoga at home. Happy Practicing!