Shiva and Shakti the deities depicted in a Tantric Temple found in the Jungles of Orissa.
ISHTA MALA इष्ट माला
A P r a c t i c e f o r L i f e
I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला is a pure offering. A garland of yoga.
Where else can you go to make the offering of gratitude for the life you receive everyday than yourself.
Wellbeing, satchitananda, being the very nature of every human being, means to experience overwhelming peace and wellbeing – a practice needn’t be overwhelmingly complicated. It can be as simple as breathing.
I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला is my personal practice that I have done everyday for the past 10 years. Offering myself up daily on the yoga mat in gratitude I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला always meets me at the heart of my yoga practice.
Once you memorise I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला becoming a practice for life it can bring wellbeing for life.
To reach the level of an adept takes only a practice a day.
How I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला works: Using the limitation to free you of limitation.
Observing the human body shows us how the body uses whatever it falls on as leverage to lift itself. Falling on the earth the body uses the earth to push itself back up again. This simple example shows how using the limitation can free you of limitation.
Starting with using the body, once my body is ready I can use the Kriya Siddha Method of breathing to leverage the vital energy called prana shakti. And finally, the only limitation left is the mind. Under the guidance of a teacher, someone who knows, the mind and the teacher using the methodology and teaching of Atma Vidya is the leverage that sets you free. Freed of all limitation, living liberated you are jivanmuktah.
The principle of using the limitation to break the limitation is the thread that weaves the timeless tapestry of Tantra (तन्त्र), Siddha medicine and alchemy and Ayurveda. For thousands of years, the principle has been the key to liberation – moksha.
Because the journey to freedom is the most meaningful and powerful journey I can take in my lifetime it is advisable to take it under the guidance of a teacher: someone who knows.
ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला a process of elimination – Meditation in Practice
ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला is Retro style yoga without the frills and spills. Taught in the oral style of vintage traditions and teachers, Mala माला is a suite of asana designed to suit each individuals lifestyle and abilities and fit into any time frame.
As a teacher and business professional, I found finding a practice that was not limited to a time frame difficult.
ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला solves the problem. Once I committed ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला to memory it became the perfect practice I could carry with me and do for the rest of my life. A vinyasa krama Mala becomes pure meditation in practice. By harnessing the breath, body and mind the sequence becomes pure pranayama.
ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला keeps my body in it’s natural state. Maintaining a natural state is not that simple. Based on the timeless principals established by the Tamil siddhas called Kaya Kalpam, once I could purify the nadhis by curing and eliminating ama आम toxicity from my body, Ojas, the raw natural juice or sap of my immune system could reboot and my system flourish.
S I D D H A N T A The End of Yoga
Sthira Sukham Asanam (Seated posture should be steady and comfortable.).
What is implied in this verse by Patanjali (Yoga Sutras) is not that simple in practice.
Only when the body is pliable and my seat is comfortable and firm is the expansion, AYAMA – the next stage of yoga – possible.
Siddhasana is the launch pad for more powerful yoga practices. ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला makes siddhasana possible. Getting the leverage needed through siddhasana, swara स्वर the body’s life force comes under our control.
Your body is your life’s book
Once your seat is comfortable, the Siddha Kriya Method (see ISHTA Kriya Yoga इष्ट क्रिय) unlocks the raw naked energy of power and dynamism that is dormant in the nadhis.
To become siddha, accomplished and nadhis awake they have to remain pure. Or else siddhanta the end of yoga is not possible. This is why I live a moderate lifestyle – mithahari – and stick to a moderate diet.
Called Rasa Vidyam – looking for the limit to existence, a successful yogi or abhyasi (yoga practitioner) being adhikari (one whose mind is ready and prepared mind) discovers the limitless.
As a conscious human being, you already are the raw naked power of sun and moon (Yin and Yang) appearing as the primal force of nature in human form. Harnessing the subtle Swara स्वर – you find everything in your life becomes beautifully synchronistic.
The secret to keeping it synchronistic is in the nadhis (Pingalam, Idam & Sushumna!).
Keeping the nadhis pure and powerful, full of magnetic dynamism is the 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
Freed of limitation the person with a pure mind – mumukshutwam – flowers in the knowledge and truth of the Self.
इष्टम् ISHTAM is knowing oneness Yoga as none other than the nature of ones true Self. Glorying in the Truth, fully liberated you are free while living. This is the goal of yoga. (see ISHTA Vidya इष्ट विद्या ).
* 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-establish 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).
Doing माला Mala daily as an offering of Tapas at the feet of Isha the Divine one reaches the goal.
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