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Creating a conscious humanity the yogic way

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Creating a Conscious Humanity: The Yogic Way
“It is rarest of rare to be born a compassionate and disciplined human” said the great Tamil Saint Avvai. The spiritual quality of such a human incarnation is further enhanced when we are given the chance to create a future offspring in a truly conscious manner. No conception is an accident in the Universal scheme of things and hence we as parents are bound by our responsibility to be as conscious as possible of all the positive factors influencing the creation, birthand nurturing of a new living being. When we truly ‘care’, we become ‘careful’ and when this is done with love, we enable the Divinity of each Athma to manifest through us in the best possible manner.
Yoga is the art and science of conscious, mindful and common sense living. It has enormous potential to help expectant parents prepare themselves physically, mentally, emotionally for this grand experience that should be a very spiritual one too. Yoga as a way of life focuses on right living and right thinking while utilizing various tools for the overall psycho-physiological health of the parent and child.
The various pratices such as the Jathis, Kriyas and Asanas help promote healthy functioning of all body systems while Pranayama induces psycho-somatic harmony with a Pranicenergisation of every cell of the body. Various Mudras and Bandhas such as Aswini Mudra, Yoni Mudra and MoolaBandhabalance ApanaVayu and tone up the pelvic musculature while inducing a sense of inner wellbeing. Various concentrative and contemplative practices (Dharana and Dhyana) enable an inner peace with the development of a deep sense of self-understanding. Yogic relaxation practices facilitate a balanced and relaxed anabolic inner environment that promotes the healthy growth and development of the baby with the facilitation of healing at all levels of being.
Yogic diet with a stress on natural life-giving (Satvic) foodsand adequate hydration helps the mother nurture the child growing within herself and fortify herself for the challenging events to come. A balanced lacto-vegetarian diet rich in calcium, iron and other essential vitamins and minerals is advocated with training in the preparation of soups, salads and sprouts. Foods of the Sattwic nature elevate the mother’s consciousness thus helping to create an uplifting psycho-mental-spiritual inner environment developing the inherent potential of the child in a wonderful manner.
The role of the father in the whole process must never be underestimated and his involvement in both the practical Yoga sessions as well as in the adoption of a Yogic diet with positive attitudes is vital for the success of the programme. Yoga can help the family top bond together and such a bond is a boon to the entire social unit that is based on healthy inter-personal relationships.

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Creating a conscious humanity the yogic way

  1. 1. Creating a Conscious Humanity: The Yogic Way Yogacharya Dr. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI MBBS, ADY, PGDFH, PGDY, MD (AM), FIAY, C-IAYT, DSc (Yoga) Director: Centre for Yoga Education, Therapy and Research (CYTER), Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry. www.sbvu.ac.in/cyter Keynote for National Conference on Creating Conscious Humanity, Pondicherry-2019
  2. 2. What is this?
  3. 3. What is this? a) Alien ships attacking Mother Earth
  4. 4. What is this? a) Alien ships attacking Mother Earth b) Tadpoles in a Pond
  5. 5. What is this? a) Alien ships attacking Mother Earth b) Tadpoles in a Pond c) Bacteria attacking a human cell
  6. 6. What is this? a) Alien ships attacking Mother Earth b) Tadpoles in a Pond c) Bacteria attacking a human cell d) Human sperms swimming towards an ovum.
  7. 7. What is this? a) Alien ships attacking Mother Earth b) Tadpoles in a Pond c) Bacteria attacking a human cell d) Human sperms swimming towards an ovum.
  8. 8. • Sperm and egg of modern science • Purusha and Prakriti of ancient science • Shiva & Shakti of cultural understanding
  9. 9. 1 in a million “Out of thousands of beings, one may seek me; and of the thousands who seek me, one may ultimately reach me”. manusyanam sahasresu kascid yatati siddhaye yatatam api siddhanam kascin mam vetti tattvatah (Bhagavad Gita 7:3)
  10. 10. • Human genetics (genes & chromosomes) • Spiritual genetics (samskaras & vasanas)
  11. 11. Karma (cause) Karma (effect)
  12. 12. Karma (cause) Karma (effect) DHARMA (conscious living)
  13. 13. यतो मनः ततः प्राणः Where the mind goes, there the energy flows!
  14. 14. அரியது கேட்ேின் வரிவடி கவக ோய் அரிதரிது மோனிடர் ஆதல் அரிது மோனிடர் ஆயினும் கூன்குருடு செவிடு கேடு நீங்ேிப் ேிறத்தல் அரிது கேடு நீங்ேிப் ேிறந்த ேோல யும் ஞோனமும் ேல்வியும் நயத்தல் அரிது ஞோனமும் ேல்வியும் நயந்த ேோல யும் தோனமும் தவமும் தோன்செயல் அரிது தோனமும் தவமும் தோன்செய்வ ரோயின் வோனவர் நோடு வழிதிறந் திடுகம. “It is rare to be born human, and rarest of rare to be a compassionate and disciplined human” - Saint Avvai
  15. 15. • Spiritual quality of such a human incarnation is further enhanced when we are given the chance to create a future offspring in a truly conscious manner. • No conception is an accident in the Universal scheme of things • Hence we as parents are bound by our responsibility to be as conscious as possible of all positive factors influencing the creation, birth and nurturing of a “new” living being.
  16. 16. When we truly ‘Care’, we become ‘Careful’ and when this is done with Love, we enable the Divinity of each Atma to manifest through us in the BEST Possible Manner !
  17. 17. • Yoga is the art and science of conscious & mindful, “common sense” living. • Enormous potential to help expectant parents prepare themselves physically, mentally, emotionally for this grand experience that should be a very spiritual one too. • Yoga as a way of life focuses on right living and right thinking while utilizing various tools for the overall psycho-physiological health of the parent and child.
  18. 18. • The various practices such as the jathis, kriyas and asanas help promote healthy functioning of all organ and body systems. • Pranayama induces psycho-somatic harmony with pranic energisation of every cell. • Mudras and bandhas (aswini mudra, yoni mudra and moola bandha) harmonize apana vayu (the pelvic energy flow) and tone up the pelvic musculature while inducing a sense of inner wellbeing. • Upastha karmedirya, the sense of reproduction is enhanced consciously by working on heart center (anahata chakra).
  19. 19. • Numerous concentrative and contemplative practices (dharana and dhyana) enable an inner peace with the development of a deep sense of self-understanding. • Chakra and mandala dharana and dhyana enable free flow of energies. • Nabhi mandala dharana (focus on creative principle manifesting at the navel centre) enables healthy formation of kaya roopa. • Yogic relaxation practices facilitate a balanced and relaxed anabolic inner environment that promotes healthy growth & development of offspring with wellness at all levels of being.
  20. 20. • Yogic diet with a stress on natural life-giving (sattvic) foods and adequate hydration helps the mother nurture the child growing within herself and fortify herself for the challenging events to come. • A balanced lacto-vegetarian diet rich in calcium, iron and other essential vitamins and minerals is advocated with training in the preparation of soups, salads and sprouts. • Foods of the sattvic nature elevate the mother’s consciousness thus helping to create an uplifting psycho-mental-spiritual inner environment developing the inherent potential of the child in a wonderful manner.
  21. 21. • The role of the father in the whole process must never be underestimated and his involvement in both the practical Yoga sessions as well as in the adoption of a Yogic diet with positive attitudes is vital for the success of the program. • Harmonious energy flows (especially of the apana vayu) are vital for healthy conception. • Yoga can help the family to bond together and such a bond is a boon to the entire social unit that is based on healthy inter-personal relationships.
  22. 22. • The Srimad Bhagavad Gita tells us “Prapya punya- krtam lokan usitva sasvatih samah sucinam srimatam gehe yoga-bhrasto 'bhijayate”, meaning thereby that by virtuous deeds, the one who has fallen from the state of Yoga is born into the home of pure, noble and illustrious souls. (6:41). • May we be the vehicle for such noble souls to take birth through us, and create a healthy and harmonious future that is worthy of our highest aspiration for humanity. • Hari om tat sat.
  23. 23. www.icyer.com
  24. 24. SRI BALAJI VIDYAPEETH (Deemed University Accredited with “A” Grade by NAAC) Ranked 72 in NIRF 2018 Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER) Salutogenesis, our focus!
  25. 25. Bridging the experiential wisdom of Yoga with empirical modern medical science. Yoga is usually found in Physical Edu & Sports deptts of universities We at CYTER, have it in a medical institution since 2010 – quality of life enhancing benefits for ~ 62,000 participants – educating future Yoga therapists (PGDYT, M.Phil, PhD), – creating awareness amongst medical, dental and nursing students & professionals – scientifically researching Yoga, – 108 publications & 8 CMEs. – IDY celebrations since 2015
  26. 26. PREGNANCY : A Special Time Indeed ! • Pregnancy is a special period of a woman’s life • Human pregnancy lasts 40 weeks or 280 days from the LMP- with 3 trimesters • Opportunity for the mother-child bonding that caries on into the whole lifetime • It is time of unique physical, mental & emotional experiences, each day of the whole period. • It is the creation time of a firm foundation that will last for the whole of the child’s life
  27. 27. My beloved Mother-Guru Ammaji, Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani has so beautifully said, “I must confess that bearing, delivering and raising my son has been the single most significant spiritual experience of my life, my first real initiation into the blissful state of Yoga – a oneness and communion with the Universe on a nearly mystical level”.
  28. 28. • Pregnancy and childbirth is a period of great change for the expectant mother as well as the entire family. • It provides an opportunity to take another look at their life, and bring about necessary changes, and • Finally become a better human being as the result of this entire process that engineers a great sense of unconditional love, joy and self- confidence in the individual. • It is a Divine blessing to be a Mother!
  29. 29. Emotional and Physical Preparation • Indian tradition educates us about maternal-child bonding that begins with conception & warns us against underestimating the power of this bond. • Rishi Ashtavakara, Prahalada and Abimanyu are just a few examples of so many incidents where the child in the womb was able to fully comprehend for itself the external environment and be born with amazing abilities. • Our thoughts, words and actions influence the future life of the baby right from Day 1.
  30. 30. • Modern medicine has now realized importance of maternal mental & emotional status in helping process of pregnancy and childbirth. • Grantly Dick-Read was one of the first medical doctors to suggest in the 1950’s that emotional and physical preparation for birth encouraged more natural births. • This ancient concept of Indian tradition revolutionized antenatal management in the West. • Fear causes pain which in turn causes more fear which then causes more pain!
  31. 31. TRADITIONAL VIEWS ON PREGNANCY • Garbhopanishad is a treatise on embryology that explains the systematic growth of the embryo in the womb in the 2nd chapter • 3rd chapter of Sushruta Samhita explains – factors that determine the gender of the fetus – prohibited conducts during gestation – development of the fetus in detail – how the embryo feels pain in the same part of its body as the one in which the mother feels
  32. 32. Thirumoolar in Thirumandiram (480) says, “Paigindra vayuk kuraiyir kuralaagum Paigindra vayu villaikkin mudamaagum Paigindra vayu naduppadir koonaagum Paigindra vayuma tharkkillaip paarkkile” Birth Imperfections Explained as When after intercourse, the man is short of breath, infant is born a dwarf; when breath blows feeble, defective limbs occur; when breath halts mid-act, a hunch-back is born; All these apply not, to the woman’s rhythm. Swara Yoga or Vasi Yoga
  33. 33. Maadha udharam malamigil mandanaam Maadha udharam jalamigil moongaiyaam Maadha udharam irandokkil kannillai Maadha udharatthil vanda kuzhavikke (Thirumandiram 481) How Deaf, Dumb, and Blind are Born: When at the time of union, the mother’s bowels are heavy, a dullard will be born; if urine exceeds, a dumb child will be born; if both exceed, a blind child will be born; thus is it for the infant born according to the mother’s condition.
  34. 34. Yogic Tools for Maternal-Child Health • Asanas and loosening practices for healthy functioning of all systems • Pranayama for psycho-somatic harmony and Pranic energisation of every cell of body • Mudras and Bandhas- tone up pelvic musculature and induce a sense of inner wellbeing • Concentration and meditation for inner peace and to develop a deep sense of self-understanding • Deep Yogic relaxation to promote growth of the baby and facilitate healing at all levels of being. • Nada Yoga enables a deeper level of connectivity.
  35. 35. Parivritta Trikona Asana
  36. 36. Bharadwaja Asana
  37. 37. Baddhakona Asana
  38. 38. Supta Baddhakona Asana
  39. 39. Utkat Asana
  40. 40. Vyagraha Pranayama and Chiri Kriya
  41. 41. Eka Pada Uttanpada Asana
  42. 42. Nishpanda Asana
  43. 43. Meru Asana
  44. 44. Looseners & strengtheners for pelvic health
  45. 45. Pranayama • Vibhaga Pranayama • Pranava Pranayama • Bhramari Pranayama • Kukriya Pranayama
  46. 46. Aswini Mudra & Mula Bandha • Improves pre and post natal pelvic muscular tone • Evokes dormant spiritual forces from within • Alleviates urinary & anal incontinence • Helps reduce depression Nada Yoga and Mantra • Chanting helps release tensions • Soothes and calms the mind • Raises the consciousness • Has an extremely positive effect on the inner senses of the mother and the developing child creating a healthy bond though the vibrations.
  47. 47. RESEARCH FINDINGS ON YOGA FOR MATERNAL-CHILD HEALTH Preliminary evidence supports Yoga's potential efficacy, particularly if started early in the pregnancy
  48. 48. • Women practicing Yoga in 2nd trim had significant reductions in physical pain while women in 3rd trim had greater reductions in perceived stress & trait anxiety. (Beddoe AE et al. 2009). • Women doing Yoga reported significantly fewer pregnancy discomforts at 38-40 weeks of gestation. Exhibited higher outcome & self-efficacy expectancies during active stage of labour and 2nd stage of labour. (Sun YC et al. 2009) • Reduced perceived stress and improved adaptive autonomic response to stress in pregnant women (Satyapriya M et al. 2009)
  49. 49. • Higher maternal comfort during labor & 2h post- labor, & less labor pain. Shorter duration of 1st stage + total time of labor (Chuntharapat S. 2008) • Alternative therapies reduce labour pain and thereby the need for medication (Field T. 2008) • Also reduce pregnancy-related back / leg pain, nausea & depression. • In pregnancy, integrated approach to Yoga is safe & improved birth weight. (Narendran S et al. 2005) • Occurrence of complications such as PIH, IUGR and pre-term delivery showed lower trends in Yoga group (Narendran S et al. 2005)
  50. 50. • Recent study from our team evaluated immediate effect of Sukha Pranayama, a slow & deep breathing technique on maternal and fetal cardiovascular parameters. (Vasundhara 2018) • Maternal HR, BP and Fetal heart rate (FHR) reduced significantly after single session. • Mothers felt more relaxed and also sensed active fetal movement while performing pranayama. • Changes in cardiac autonomic status enhance placental circulation, leading to healthier fetal development. • This developed into a full-fledged evaluation of maternal and fetal wellbeing through Nada Yoga.
  51. 51. • 60 antenatal mothers randomized to: listening to OM using headphone, performing Pranava Pranayama and breath awareness control group . • Significant changes in maternal heart rate & fetal heart rate (FHR) attributed to normalization of autonomic cardiovascular rhythms. • FHR response more significant while listening to OM and Pranava Pranayama. • Mothers experienced more fetal activity especially during chanting of Makara phase (Mmm...) during Pranava Pranayama. • More relaxed & comfortable listening to OM.
  52. 52. Satwik Diet for higher thoughts • Easily digestible, balanced vegetarian diet • Variety of foods can be used to create a healthy diet for the expectant mother. • Diet should be low in fat, sugar and salt • Fresh vegetables, fruits, sprouts • Vegetable proteins in combinations • Fiber rich foods -whole grain, vegetables, wheat bran, legumes etc • Calcium and iron rich food is important • Include milk shakes, juices, soups and sprouts
  53. 53. Remember to remember! • Keep yourself hydrated. • Don’t become sedentary. • Avoid consumption of alcohol and tobacco • Avoid negative situations and fear mongers • Express your love for your baby. • Talk to your child and give positive vibrations. • Be Confident, Committed and Creative • Enjoy this special experience Remember the Divine is working through you to create a new life!
  54. 54. Postnatal Care for Yourself • Yoga helps to restore the uterus, abdomen and pelvic floor to pre-pregnancy levels • Post natal complications can be avoided • Relieves body pain and breast discomfort • Improves milk production. • Stretch marks after delivery arer educed • Yoga makes mothers vibrant with youthful energy of positive optimism. • Facilitates healthy mother-baby bonding .
  55. 55. Concluding thoughts • Indian culture understands and respects mother as 'First God', even before 'Father' and 'Guru'. • It may be said that motherhood is the Ultimate Yoga Sadhana as attainment of motherhood is height of ego-lessness, the goal of spirituality. • To be such a ‘Mother’, consciously aware of the great spiritual nature of pregnancy and childbirth, our young girls must start Yoga early & continue it into adulthood.
  56. 56. We need to inculcate healthy positive attitudes towards child bearing and child rearing as this will producing healthy and spiritually potent children capable of transforming the future of our planet into a ‘Satya Lokha’.
  57. 57. Gratitude is the highest attitude.
  58. 58. SRI BALAJI VIDYAPEETH (Deemed University Accredited with “A” Grade by NAAC and Ranked 72 in NIRF 2018 ) www.sbvu.ac.in/cyter

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