Archive for September, 2007

Seven fold practices of Hatha Yoga

The seven fold practices of Ghata i.e. Physico-mental body are as under:


  1. Shat-Karma – for purification
  2. Asana – for strength
  3. Mudra – for steadiness
  4. Pratyahara – for firmness, fortitude and calmness
  5. Pranayama – for lightness
  6. Dhayana – for clear perception of the self
  7. Samadhi – for Kaivalya, stainlessness, sinlessness and Isolation


The most important of these seven elements for a sound mind and sound body is Shat-Karma.

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Utkat Asana




Keep your feet 4 fingers apart and put your hands by the sides of your waist. Now bend yourself in such a way that your body acquires the shape of a chair. Keep the trunk straight without support.

Repeat 3-4 times from standing position to the asana.



  • Beneficial for the proper functioning of legs and stomach.
  • Keeps the muscles of the back healthy by relieving us from from back ache.
  • Improves digestion.

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Garud Asana




Stand upright. Bend the left knee slightly and twist the right leg over the left leg so that the right instep is tucked behind the left calf. The arms are crossed in front of the chest so that the left elbow rests on the right biceps against the elbow joint, and the left hand is kept above the right hand in front of the face. Stay steady at least ten seconds, breathing freely.

Then repeat the pose, balancing on the right leg and reversing the arm and leg positions.



  • Promotes suppleness in the legs and shoulders.
  • Strengthens the knees, ankles and calf muscles.
  • Develops balance and improves concentration.
  • Garud Asana is very helpful for the people suffering from urinary diseases.

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Kon Asana




Stand straight. Open your legs wide apart so that they obtain a triangular shape. Bend your right knee and touch the toe of your right foot by your right hand. Keep your left arm stretched above your left ear as in the picture.

Repeat the same for left knee and right hand.



  • Helps the large intestine.
  • Useful for legs as it exercises leg muscles.
  • Cures constipation.
  • A good exercise for the patients suffering from bronchitis.
  • Strengthens body muscles and removes laziness.

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Shat-Karma: An Introduction

Yoga has been defined by Patanjali, the renowned author of the Yoga Darshana, as ‘the control of the functions of the mind’. The mind is a part of our subtle body which has a direct bearing on the gross body. Hence in Yoga we take both mind and body together in all our practices and even so in the selection of the diet. The subtle and the gross are regarded as one entity. A Yogi literally accepts the maxim ‘sound mind in a sound body’ and also the contrary. He agrees with the remarks of the Sanskrit poet Kalidasa that the body is the first requisite of the fulfillment of Dharma i.e. path of virtue, and also endorses the views of Lord Krishna expressed in the Shrimad-Bhagvad-Gita that ‘Yoga results in the efficiency of actions’.


Actions can be performed more efficiently when both mind and body are sound and in perfect health. Consequently, in Yoga, a Yogi practices to develop and control both his body and mind. In the science of Yoga, these are separately dealt under the two principle branches – Hath Yoga and Raj Yoga. Hath yoga involves the seven fold Sadhana or practices for mental and physical soundness or physico-mental perfection. Raj Yoga, the so called Ashtang Yoga involves the eight fold Sadhana.

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Yogic passage from India to US

I was introduced to this article published in online magazine – JOY: The Journal of Yoga written by Sedef.


This article is about the experience of a US resident, who started learning Yoga from Yog Sadhan Ashram, Chicago and she got chance to visit Yog Sadhan Ashram, India along-with her crew in March this year (2007). The occasion was Ram Navmi. She has written about the transformations she came across while being part of Yog Sadhan Ashram, USA – the way it grew to a quite big in size and attendance. She starts with explaining the ambience of YSA, USA, practices, schedule and the way it is followed. She talks about the organization at Ashram by Hersh and Mohan Lal Kheterpal (daughter and son-in-law of Guruji – Shri Chaman Lal Kapur ji), the regular preaching of Bhagavat Gita, different Yoga practices, meditation, Hindi and Sanskrit classes and the dedication with which this free-of-cost mission is being driven without any expectations in return.


She has beautifully covered the history of Yoga, Yog Sadhan Ashramas, their evolution and the flag-holders from Prabhu Shri Ram Lal ji and then Swami Shri Mulakh Raj ji to Shri Chaman Lal Kapur ji. The article also covers the itinerary followed in Ashramas, especially in Yog Sadhan Ashram, India and assimilates the total experience of author over both of the locations.


You may like reading excerpt of complete article which I am posting down. You can also download complete article in Microsoft Word format from this website or the original article in PDF format.


Yog Sadhan Ashram in West Chicago, IL

When I first heard about Yog Sadhan Ashram in West Chicago, I could not believe that a yogic sanctuary of this kind existed within such close proximity to downtown Chicago. Surrounded by many acres of green land and tall trees, on a clear and crisp Sunday morning, I saw many aspiring yogis from all races and walks of life practicing asanas, chanting mantras and learning cleansing techniques. It was easy to forget that this little-known and even less publicized yogic haven was only 45-minutes drive away from the hustle-and bustle of the one of the largest cities in the country. The distant sound of the highway 355 remained my only point of connection to the real world.

The satwic air that permeates the pastoral property roots from the yogic hearts of Mike and Hersh Kheterpal who run the only ashram in the Chicagoland area. Beautiful both inside and out, Hersh Kheterpal’s face lights up when she talks about her father Shri Chaman Lal Kapur of Hoshiarpur, India whom she refers to as “Guruji”. After many decades of studying, her father bestowed upon her the title of “Acharya”, allowing her to spread the yogic teachings of the lineage.

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