I S H T A MALA इष्ट माला
A P r a c t i c e f o r L i f e
Tantra: Using the apparent ‘limitation’ to free us of limitation we realise there was never any limitation
Success in yoga comes in simply finding out that you already are the destination and that Yoga, or completeness has always been your true nature.
ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला | A Practice for Life
The idea behind I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला is to simplify what’s being made out to be a complex process. Yoga is simply a matter of being yourself. Already present, the suite of asana is designed to remind us. To be reminded that we are each already present and that presence is effortless is the goal of all yoga. Guided by years of experience in classical yoga the goal of physical yoga is to balance the doshas making the body tridoshic so we sit in siddhasana (accomplished pose) comfortably for as long as possible.
Once memorised I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला expands or contracts according to our time schedule, individual needs and abilities. All it takes to become adept is a practice a day.
No frills or spills, I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला is pure vintage yoga.
Keeping up a yoga practice with limited time is difficult. So I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला adjusts according to our availability. Its aim being the perfection of siddhasana I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला is a practice to carry around with you for the rest of your life. Done once a day , ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला becomes a pure meditation in practice.
Acknowledging the timeless principles of yogabhyasa of the Tamil siddhas, known as Kaya Kalpam, ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला keeps the nadhis (rivers of energy in the body) flowing. By eliminating ama आम, toxicity, the raw materials of the body can be converted into Ojas the natural juice or sap of the body responsible for our immune system. Flowing through all 72,000 nadhis Ojas reboots and replenishes the whole body with full dynamic life force.
Practiced daily ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला keeps your body in its natural state.
S I D D H A N T A The End of Yoga
Sthira Sukham Asanam (Seated posture should be steady and comfortable.)
What Patanjali means in this sutra is not so easy in practice.
ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला makes SIDDHASANA (Accomplished pose) possible.
Called the last asana in Hatha YogaPradipika) Siddhasana affords you the leverage needed to milk the body’s universal flow of energy (called swara स्वर) and bring it under full control.
Sitting comfortably in Siddhasana, the exploration and expansion of raw vital energy through yogas next stage – PRANAYAMA is possible.
For the yogabhyasi, (practitioner) Siddhasana (accomplished pose) is the launch pad.
Your body as your Book
Once established in siddhasana, the Kriya Siddha Method (see ISHTA Kriya Yoga इष्ट क्रिय) of unlocking the raw naked power of pure unlimited potential and magnetic dynamism lying dormant becomes possible.
Until then like someone trying to ignite fire with damp matches and wood, nothing combusts and it doesn’t work.
Becoming siddha, accomplished, through living moderately – called mithahari – and sticking to a moderate diet and lifestyle – the nadhis become fully opened and awake, making Siddhanta the end of yoga possible.
Harnessing Swara स्वर the body’s subtle energy flow, harnesses the magnetic flow of Sun and Moon energy, allowing the pure flow of nectar of amrit which flowing effortlessly synchronistically harmonises with the world and achievement of all ones desires in the world is possible.
To live synchronistically and have the full power of magnetic dynamism at your disposal is a secret that has always been kept by the Siddhas.
Thousand year old Siddha Palm leaf manuscripts describing the 4448 diseases of man and their 4448 cures
Observing the body’s behaviour formed the basis of Tantra.
Observing the human body’s behaviour, yogis noticed that the body uses whatever it falls on to lift itself. Falling on a log of wood or the earth for instance, we use whatever we fall on to lift ourselves back up. Taking the body’s example, as yogis we explore all our own apparent limitations, seeing what can be used as a way to free ourselves of all limitation. Starting with the body, through asana, the body through which we as conscious individuals ‘appear to fall’ is used to pull ourselves back up. Then bringing the body back to its natural state, through pranayama breathing exercises, the yogi changes gears and uses the limitation of breath to free themselves of the limitation of breathing. Through milking the body, ones natural expansion of prana shakti – fills the body with Ojas, (vital life force). In its natural state, no longer needing to breath the yogi can slow their heart pulse down and the body can go for long periods without breathing. Combined with Gnana Yoga, eventually the mind made of all our thoughts and identifications is used as leverage to free us of the final limitation of the mind which is to identify itself. (see Self-knowledge).
This principle of using our limitations to free us of limitation is the thread that weaves the timeless tapestry of Yoga, Tantra (तन्त्र), Siddha Medicine, Alchemy and Ayurveda.
Throughout the ages, the goal of the yogi has always been absolute freedom and liberation, – Moksha – of the individual. Knowing our true nature as eternal, we can finally overcome our fear of death. Once all pain and suffering due to ignorance ceases liberation or yoga is successful.
A person who has freed the mind – mumukshutwam flowering in the absolute knowledge of themselves is absolutely free.
इष्टम् ISHTAM is knowing that Yoga, Oneness has never been anything other than the pure nature of ones own Self. Revelling in the Joy that knowing brings, the fully liberated a person with a prepared mind – called ADHIKARI – is liberated while living – Jivanmuktah
Because the journey to freedom is the most powerful and meaningful journey anyone can make in a lifetime, finding the right guidance is advised.
* The term इष्ट माला ISHTA-MALA derives from Ishvarapranidana the heart of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. इष्ट माला ISHTA-MALA is a garland of practices used to balance the doshas and re-establishes ojas in the system. A healthy body paves the way to establishing a personal relationship with your Ishtadev – your personal deity. The job of the Ishtadev is to bring you to the Truth. With a prepared and clear mind, called adhikari, you are ready (mumukshutwam) to glimpse the Truth (darshan) that is ever gained and ever existing. Doing माला Mala daily is an offering of Tapas at the feet of Isha the Divine.
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