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Meditation techniques are used to cultivate stability and stillness, and ultimately lead one to a deeper understanding of the inner nature, the Truth within. Meditation practices are taught systematically to expand the awareness, develop will power, enhance concentration, reduce stress and increase tranquillity. Through practice one learns the patterns and habits of the mind, and accesses a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being.
“Meditation is communion with our inner self. It is the means of expanding our consciousness, transcending the external being, and becoming one with infinite source of light and wisdom” Swami Satyananda

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Trataka – Steady gazing

Trataka - Steady gazingCandle Gazing

  • Trataka is a wonderful meditation and cleansing technique to help still, center and purify the mind.
  • To put it briefly, trataka it is the Sanskrit word that signifies "steady gazing."
  • In this practice the gaze is fixed on an object for some time and then that object is visualized clearly with the eyes closed, as an inner image.

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SWAN technique

  • SWAN is an acronym for Strength, Weakness, Ambition and Need. SWAN technique - Satya Live Yoga
  • The SWAN meditation technique involves observing and witnessing one's own strengths, weaknesses, ambitions and needs in an objective way and going to their source.
  • It gives us the opportunity to look closely at ourselves, in a mirror as it were, and see things for what they are, not what we think they are or what we would like them to be.
  • Each part sets up a different perspective or awareness, which may then interact with one another, depending on aim, intention and focus.

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Aum Chanting

Aum ChantingAum chanting - Satya Live Yoga

  • The mantra AUM is a universal mantra.
  • Rather than having a specific meaning, the mantra AUM is a vibration.
  • This vibration is the reflection of the absolute reality, without beginning or end and embracing everything that exists
  • When broken into it’s 3 letters, A-U-M embodies the divine energy (Shakti), together with it’s 3 main characteristics; beginning, continuous and end.
  • Often Aum is chanted to bring peace light and harmony within.

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Ajapa Japa

Ajapa JapaAjapa Japa - Satya Live Yoga

  • This practice combines awareness of the breath, psychic passages for the breath and psychic sound (mantra So Hum).
  • When these three components are practiced together, the awareness, breath and mantra become one.
  • The whole body is recharged, psychic toxins are eliminated and blocks in the nadis (energy pathways) are removed.

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Body Stillness

Kaya sthairyamBody Stillness - Satya Live Yoga - Body Stillness

  • In meditation the emphasis is on the importance of being able to sit in one position without movement and without distraction of the physical body.
  • This meditation practice seems to contradict this basic rule. During the technique one tries to be aware of the body to the exclusion of all else. Awareness of the body is accentuated.
  • This practice is based on a good understanding of the mind. There is a natural tendency of the mind to want to do the opposite of what it’s told to do, like a naughty child. By focusing on the body, the mind rebels, forgetting the body, achieving the aim of meditation and naturally becoming introverted.
  • As the body becomes steady and still, so does the mind.

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