The Mind and Body are not separate entities although there is a tendency to think and act as though they are. The gross form of the mind is the Body and the subtle form of the Body is the Mind. The practice of Hatha Yoga at Mantra integrates and harmonises the two. Both the Body and the Mind create tensions or knots. Every mental knot has a corresponding physical, muscular knot and vice versa.
The aim of Hathayogais to release these knots. Asanas release mental tensions by dealing with them on the physical level, acting somato-psychically, through the body to the mind.
Exp: Muscular knots can occur anywhere in the body: tightness of the neck as cervical spondylitis.
A well-chosen set of Asanas,is most effective in eliminating these knots, tackling them from both the mental and physical levels.
The result is the release of dormant energy; the body becomes full of vitality and strength, the mind becomes light, creative, joyful and balanced.
“Like a flower bud, human life has the potential to blossom fully. Full blossoming of Human potential is Hatha Yoga. “
Life absolutely depends upon the act of breathing. Breathing may be considered as the most important function of the body, for indeed all other functions depend upon it. Man can exist sometimes without eating, a short time without drinking, but without breathing his existence may be just for a very few minutes. And not only man depends upon breathing for life, but he is largely dependent upon correct habits of breathing. An intelligent control of our breathing power (breath awareness) will lengthen our days on the earth by giving us increased vitality and power of resistance. And on the other hand unintelligent and unaware breathing will tend to shorten our days, decrease our vitality and laying us open to disease.
Every day we breathe 21,600 times approximately but how many times we are aware of it. Breathing process is going on without our awareness but if we want we can control our breath. Just as we can choose how many times to chew a bite of food or adjust our stride when we are walking up a hill. So we can choose the manner in which we breathe. But most of the time, however we breathe unconsciously. When we breathe unconsciously the respiration center of medulla oblongata in our brain controls our respiration with the signal from the internal system. For example if oxygen level falls due to mental stress respiration center increase the breathing rate to supply oxygenated blood. So we run on “Automatic”. But when we breathe consciously the cerebral cortex portion of our brain is engaged and we don’t need to depend on automatic system, we can control our breath according to our will. It has been observed that the regular practice of pranayama over a period of time will shift control from respiratory center (automatic or unconscious level) to the cerebral cortex (conscious level) with profound effect of our wellbeing. This process is called telencephalization.
At mantra we offer a comprehensive pranayama programme called “Breathing Mantra For Life”( BML) which induces conscious breathing pattern for our peace of mind in a disease free healthy body.
The stressful, competitive, modern way of life is such ,that many people continually operate at a high level of preparedness for fight or flight.It may be from fear of the boss, fear of losing respect in the eyes of friends and neighbors, fear of not being able to pay all the hire purchase bills and so on. Under these circumstances the individuals is always tense, liable to large fluctuations of moods and is almost in a continual state of dissatisfaction and general unhappiness. The body also loses its ability to resist disease. The only sure method of countering , preventing and curing these ailments is to completely relax the whole body and mind every day. It is only during the deep relaxation that the body process can finally recuperate them and return to their normal level of activities. Meditation is a means to do this. A well planned meditation programme can be regards as the counterpart or the counter balance to the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal glands. It is a panacea for the modern life.
At mantra we offer some simplistic and scientific meditations practices which induce our physical and mental relaxation to counteract the ill effects of the modern life.
Yoga Nidra : Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation. It is a state of relax awareness on the borderline between sleep and wakefulness, allowing contact with subconscious and unconscious minds, while remaining, awake, and aware.
Yoganidra is the yogic tranquillizer, the natural means to establish harmony and well- being through the entire system. It is a superbly effective system of meditation and , for people who are diabetic or sick. It rejuvenates the nervous system, awakening prana and great healing power. Yoga nidra is especially useful in overcoming psychosomatic disease like diabetic .
Sarayoga : Swara is Sanskrit word , meaning sound or note. Swara yoga is science which is a complete study, observation, control and manipulation of breath or swara . Pranayama is only related to control of breath in various ways. In swara yoga , you will find association of breath in relation to activities of sun, moon, various seasons, physical and mental conditions of individuals ect.
At Mantra we prediocallyoffer some Sarayoga practices like So ham breathing with Frontal passage Rotation which is extremely helpful in diabetes by relaxing sympathetic nervous system
Trataka : Trataka is one of the most direct, simple and effective techniques for attaining concentration of mind. In trataka, the ultimate result is a blanking out of visual perception and in the wake of this suspension, the central nervous system begins to function in isolation. This experience is known by yogis as Sushuman awakening. When the brain is isolated from the sense modalities and the associated mental process ideas, memories etc. The higher mind awaken.
India, The home of yogis, brought about world changing scientific medicines and gifted us with the earliest school of medicine Ayurveda, the knowledge of longevity. The fount of yogasutrawhich speaks of connecting mind with the body, bridging meditation & medication and elevating one’s physical existence & spirituality for one’s overall well-being. Despite boasting of a such a rich culture of health, medicine & lifestyle, the current health statistics are un-nerving.
Realising the need of organised effort to combat the lack of awareness & to introduce new approaches to face the silent epidemic of Kidney diseases Dr. Pratimhas taken an initiative, MUKTI, the kidney care Mantra.
Mukti, the effort taken by Kidney care society in collaboration with one of the renowned Yoga teacher Mr. SubhabrataBhattacharjee and the director of Mantra Lifestyle health club,is focused upon the ultimate well-being of patients suffering from kidney disease. It is a comprehensive blend of modern medicine with ancient yoga system focusing organ cross talk. It is simple to learn and practice but have profound effects of physical and mental well-being.
Mukti introduces three levels of breathing techniques which are called BML( Breathing Mantra for life ) 1, BML2 & BML3.