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Nirguna Meditation

15 Sep Concentration and Meditation by Swami Sivananda
From the book Concentration and Meditation by Sri Swami Sivananda:

Sit in Padmasana. Repeat OM mentally. Keep the meaning of OM always in the mind. Feel that you are the All-pervading, Infinite Light. Feel that you are the “Suddha-Sat-Chit-Ananda, Vyapaka, Atman, Nitya Suddha Buddha Mukta, eternally free Brahman.” Feel you are Chaitanya. Feel that you are the “Akhanda Paripurna, Ekarasa, Santa, Infinite, Eternal, Unchanging Existence.” Every atom, every molecule, every nerve, vein, artery, should powerfully vibrate with these ideas. Lip repetition of OM will not produce much benefit. It should be through heart, head and soul. Your whole soul should feel that you are the subtle, all-pervading Intelligence. This feeling should be kept up continuously.

Negate the body-idea when you repeat OM mentally. When you chant OM, feel:

  • Infinity I am                OM OM OM

  • All Light I am              OM OM OM

  • All Joy I am                 OM OM OM

  • All Glory I am              OM OM OM

  • All Power I am            OM OM OM

  • All Knowledge I am    OM OM OM

  • All Ananda I am         OM OM OM

Mediitate on the above ideas constantly. Constant effort with zeal and enthusiasm is indispensable. Repeat mentally the above ideas incessantly. You will realise.

SOHAM, I am That I am !!

Concentration and Meditation by Swami Sivananda

Concentration and Meditation by Swami Sivananda

Wise words by Yesudian

30 Jun


…. more wisdom from the book YOGA and HEALTH by Selvarajan Yesudian and Elisabeth Haich, first published in 1953.


The entire system of Hatha Yoga is based on returning to a natural way of living, an intuition which guides the human  mind from a higher plane. It is based on a return to an inspiration of the mind and thus becomes a valuable asset for the new world now being born for the new generation which will lead a happier, more natural life. As the clamour of weapons dies away, a new, freer world will be born, and the time is fast approaching when we shall have to bind and heal man’s wounds and train his body in a healthier, and more conscious manner.

May God grant that the three greatest gifts of Hatha Yoga — health, strength and youthfulness — may be transmitted to this new generation.


Yoga and Health

Yoga and Health










Quote about Forgiveness

30 May

“Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirit.”

Swami Sivananda

Satsang Friday 30th May 2014

21 May

The next Satsang and additional Hatha Yoga class for that week is on Friday 30th May 2014. Relax your body and nourish your soul:


Where:  Raceview Scout Hall, Taylor Street, Eastern Heights

What:   Hatha Yoga Class (breathing exercises, sun salutation, 12 basic postures)

Time:  5pm – 6:30pm

Cost:    $14.00  or  regular class pass  (no free trial class on this day).


What:   Satsang (silent meditation, uplifting Sanskrit chants, an inspiring reading).

Time:   6:45pm – 8:15pm

Cost:     $7.00 or FREE if you come for the 5pm class

In between the two sessions we have a cup of tea and something sweet.
You are most welcome to join for just one of the classes. If you like an extra exercise session you come to the Hall for 5pm.
If you like to learn/practice meditation and get deeper into the yoga philosophy or if you like the Sanskrit Chants (Kirtan) please come to the hall for 6:30pm.
Looking forward to seeing you soon. Let me know if you have any questions.



Roses in my Garden.

Roses in my Garden.



© Photography Maria Steiner



Quote about trust in life

20 May

“Believe in the creator and you will believe in your own strength. Be just, and life will be just to you! Be calm with the calmness of the morning. Believe in the future as you believe in the sunrise. Regard the world with a happy tranquility! For after all, He who made and preserves the world has a watchful eye on you too!”

Selvarajan Yesudian

What is Prana?

21 Apr

More wisdom from the book YOGA and HEALTH by Selvarajan Yesudian and Elisabeth Haich, First published in 1953. (see my blog post 21 March – https://hathayogaipswich.com.au/2014/03/21/hatha-yoga-sun-and-moon/)


Every force is based on prana; the force of gravity, attraction, repulsion, electricity, radio-activity — without prana there is no life, for prana is the soul of all force and all energy. This prime principle is to be found everywhere in the world. It is in the air, but is not air; it is in food, but it is not food; it is the strength in the vitamin; it is also contained in water, but is not identical with the chemical constituents of water; these are merely carriers of prana.
The air is filled with free prana, and the human organism can most easily absorb prana from fresh air through the process of breathing, in breathing normally we take in normal amounts of prana. Through deep breathing our intake is increased, and through controlled Yoga breathing we are able to store up a substantial quantity of reserve prana in our brain and nerve centres to be used in case of necessity.
The most obvious manifestation of prana in the human body is the fact that it forces us to breathe. The result of this is the movement of our lungs. If we wish to get better acquainted with prana and learn consciously to store up more prana in our nerve centres, our first task is to control the movements of our lungs, that is, our breathing. This means that we cease to breathe haphazardly, irregularly, and unconsciously, and that we learn to take each breath consciously, with concentration of thought, leading the absorbed prana into the nerve centres that serve as storage areas. The conscious practice of controlling prana through concentration and regulated breathing is called pranayama. Pranayama is the most important basis of the system of Hatha Yoga. Prana is the fuel of the lung and the entire human body. If, through injury or a dis-ease resulting from unnatural living, the body becomes incapable of absorbing prana, the powerful life current is turned off just as the current of a transmitter ceases to flow through a damaged wireless set. It is still present in the universe, but it can no longer manifest itself. From the foregoing we are quite justified in stating, that without prana — whether we wish to call it ether, cosmic radiation or some other name — there could be no life on earth.
We can most easily curb dis-ease and likewise increase and maintain our life force if we give our organism more and fresher prana. Hatha Yoga and the pranayama it teaches must not be considered in the occident as a theory laden with oriental hocus-pocus. Pranayama is quite deserving of serious attention by western physicians.


Yoga and Health

Yoga and Health

Hatha Yoga – sun and moon

21 Mar
The name Hatha Yoga goes back to the truth on which this system is founded. Our body is enlivened by positive and negative currents, and when these currents are in complete equilibrium, we enjoy perfect health. The positive current is designated by the letter “HA” which is equivalent in meaning to “SUN”. The negative current is called “THA” meaning “MOON”. The word YOGA has a double meaning. On the one hand is it equivalent to “joining” while the second meaning is “yoke”. Thus “HATHA YOGA” signifies the perfect knowledge of the two energies, the positive sun and negative moon energies, their joining in perfect harmony and complete equilibrium, and the ability to control their energies absolutely, that is, to bend them under the yoke of our “SELF”.
This wisdom is from the book YOGA and HEALTH by Selvarajan Yesudian and Elisabeth Haich, First published in 1953.
yoga and health

yoga and health


19 Nov

“One ounce of practice is worth a tonne of theory.”  Swami Sivananda

Give it a try and experience the effects of yoga for yourself.
Your first yoga class is free!!  Have a look at the times to find a class that suits your schedule. Classes & Cost



15 Nov
Beautiful wisdom from Swami Sivananda. The following quote is from his book “Concentration and Meditation”. Page 88:

“Just as salt melts in water, so also the Sattvic mind melts in silence, during meditation, in Brahman, its Adhishthana (substratum).”

Please also check my post from 18 September in the blog archive, scroll to bottom of this page.


18 Oct

“Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirit. ” – Sri Swami Sivananda

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