Introduction

Nithya Yoga is the system of yoga which has been founded by Enlightened Master, Paramahamsa Nithyananda.

You may question, ‘Is Nithya Yoga just one more ‘new’ system of yoga surfacing in the ever booming market of yoga?’

It is not.

In all truth, Nithya Yoga is the most original and most ancient system of yoga. Nithya Yoga is bringing back the truths that are encoded in the most ancient authority on yoga, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. It is bringing back the truths which have somehow been lost through the passage of time.

When Paramahamsa Nithyananda first delivered Nithya Yoga to the world, the first thing he said was, ‘I have not created Nithya Yoga. I don’t have ownership to it. It is the deepest representation of Patanjali’s truths as encoded in the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. It is something that is already there and is being brought out once again’.

 

The Deeper Truths

'The Mind Creates the Body'.

In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali said, ‘Our mind is responsible for absolutely everything. The way we look at the world, the way we perceive the world and the way we understand the world. The way we react or respond to the world is dependent on our mind’. Patanjali went even one step deeper and stated, ‘Your mind is responsible for creating your body’.

Read more: The Deeper Truths
 

What is Different?

One of the main differences in a Nithya Yoga practice session is that we include a 35 minute dynamic meditation technique known as Nithya Dhyaan or Life Bliss Meditation. The technique is completely revolutionary and scientific as it works from the grossest aspect of our self (with the body and breath) and allows us to move deeper and deeper into our inner most silence; a silence which is vibrant and alive. The five unique aspects of the meditation are explained below:

 


Life Bliss Meditation - The Five Steps 

Step One: Chaotic Breathing

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In this part of the meditation, (which is the most dynamic aspect of the five part process), we address the mind directly and swiftly through the breath; chaotic breath. We shake the habituated patterns of the mind  by breathing chaotically; chaotic meaning there is no set rhythm or pattern in the breath.

 

Sitting Position: For this part of the meditation, we sit in the yogic position vajrasana (sitting on your heels with knees and feet together). This position helps with the energy flow in the system. We place our hands on our hips to connect the upper and lower body, close our eyes and breath chaotically in and out of the nostrils.

 

Step Two: Intense Humming

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The second instruction is to hum as loudly, as deeply and as intensely as possible and to keep the whole awareness with the humming sound. The instruction is you are meant to just 'become the humming'.The mind becomes beautifully integrated and still by continuously having the awareness on the humming sound. Pratyahara (withdrawing from the senses) contines to deepen and dharana (one pointed awareness) starts to happen through the process of intense humming.

 

Sitting position: For this part of the meditation, we continue to sit in the vajrasana position, we form chin mudra (joining tip of thumb and index finger together) and hum intensely with our eyes still closed.

Step Three: Chakra Awareness

After intense humming, we go even a little deeper and a little more subtle. Dharana (one pointed awareness) is experienced in this aspect of the meditation as the practitioner is asked to bring their awareness to each of the seven major energy centres (chakras) in the system, one at a time.The purpose of chakra awareness is to practice one pointed awareness and move deeper into dhyana (meditation or deep restful awareness).

 

Sitting Instruction: We can move out of vajrasana and sit cross legged (sukhasana). Hands can be relaxed in your lap.

Step Four: Be 'Un-Clutched'

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The next instruction is just to be 'un-clutched'. Un-clutching means simply sitting and observing your thoughts as they raise one by one. It means just seeing the thoughts as they are; unconnected, independent, illogical and un-clutched.

 

Step Five: Guru Pooja Mantra (Offering of Gratitude)

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In the final part of the meditation, we offer our gratitude. You can offer gratitude to a great teacher, a guru, whoever you believe as God or even just existence. During the gratitude part of the meditation, we listen to a beautiful Sanskrit mantra known as the Guru Pooja Mantra. This mantra is an offering of gratitude to whatever you consider as Divine. The Sanskrit mantra has two qualities; linguistic and phonetic. There is a linguistic meaning to the Sanskrit words and also a phonetic quality. Even if you just listen to the mantra without knowing the full translation, it will still have a deep calming and healing effect over the entire system


   

The Practice

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The Nithya Yoga practice is a beautifully structured ninety minute class that includes most traditional yogic practices including postures (asana), breath control techniques (pranayama), stylised hand gestures (mudras), relaxation, rejuvination (shivasana) and deep meditation (dhyana).

A typical class comprises of nine guidelines that essentially help us experience the space of nithya yoga, eternal uniting, moment to moment, every moment. They include:

Centering Meditation

a. Patanjali Dhyaan (3 minutes) - Students walk into the class and centre themselves by intense movement of every part of the body, loosening of the muscles, removing lethargy and restlessness of the body-mind. This simple technique brings intense awareness and helps the student to be totally and completely anchored in the body.

b. Breath Awareness (2 minutes) - Next, sitting in a comfortable posture, students bring their awareness to the breath. Just watching the breath anchors the mind deeply within. The frequency of thoughts reduces dramatically and it becomes easy to set the intention for the session.

 


Intention (1 Minute)

In Nithya Yoga we believe a strong, conscious intention or sankalpa stated positively brings with it the energy to fulfil it. So the students are encouraged to set the intention for the class with depth and clarity.

 


Visualization (1 Minute)

Once the intention is set, students are asked to move their body with a deep visualisation of the intention so that it can be recorded and stored in the muscle memory. Then, when the body and breath are moved with awareness they empower the bio-energy to absorb the visualisation and make it a physical reality. In Nithya Yoga we operate from the truth stated by Paramahamsa Nithyananda, 'With whatever intention you move your body, it is that intention that gets inscribed in the muscle memory'. Adequate importance is given to the setting of the intention and the visualisation process.

 


Asanas or Postures (30 Minutes)

Next comes the practice of asanas or physical postures. As the student moves into a vinyasa krama (the intelligent positioning of postures that flow into one another) the emphasis is on moving the body and breath with awareness to awaken the potential energy and the innermost intelligence present in every cell of the body. Students experience a deep cleansing, healing and rejuvination as the physical and psychological toxins get washed away from the system.

Different sets of asana are done to experience flexibility and energy. These asana are always done in unison with the breath so that the effect of each is intensified.

One such default vinyasa krama is the surya namaskar or sun salutation. It comes either in the beginning of an asana practice session, as a deep warm up for more advanced postures, or it in itself is a prime vinyasa.

The surya namaskar is a practice that cannot be reduced to a physical movement that stretches, limbers, tones and strengthens the entire body and spine. It is a complete spiritual practice (sadhana) on its own. It is an expression of gratitude to the sun outside of oneself; however, in a deeper sense, surya namaskar is a practice that enables one to recognize one's own inner sun. Surya namaskar will awaken the body intelligence to directly create energy from the sun. It works on all body parts, every organ, every system and every chakra (energy center). A daily practice of a complete set of twelve repetitions of surya namaskar along with the respective mantra chant is enough to reap enormous benefits at the level of body-mind-spirit. It is aptly described as the king of asana.

 


Pranayama or Breathing Technique (5 Minutes)

With the body awakened through the asana practice, students are ready to go deeper with the breath. Here the students need to understand that when we practice pranayama, we are not only taking in oxygen but also taking in prana. Prana is cosmic intelligence; it is life force energy. We prepare the lungs through different breathing techniques so we can receive more and more prana shakti inside of us. The prana shakti comes in through the oxygen. When we take in more oxygen, we essentially take in more prana shakti. Consequently, strength and vitality is increased, the nervous system is calmed and the body and mind are relaxed for meditation to happen.

 


Nithya Dhyaan - Meditation Technique (40 Minutes)

Now, with the body and mind moving together, students are guided into the powerful meditation technique called Nithya Dhyaan (Life Bliss Meditation). It is a dynamic meditation sequence that helps work on the deeper levels of samskaras or physically embedded memories. This technique is designed to completely cleanse one's inner space.

Every day we take a shower to clean the external grime off our body. Similarly, Nithya Dhyaan is like taking an internal shower to clean out all of the grime and psychological garbage that keeps piling up inside our system on a daily basis. We like to call it, 'the turbo-charged vacuum cleaner for our inner space!'

Practicing Nithya Dhyaan at this point in a Nithya Yoga session helps the student to experience the flow of Patanjali's ashtanga yoga, moving from the outer (gross) into the innermost (subtle) space of one's very being. A sense of exquisite power, grace, compassion, pristine clarity, vibrant silence, gratitude and bubbling bliss floods the whole system.

Students experience the essence of yoga as a physical reality.

Please click for a detailed description of the five parts of Life Bliss Meditation - Nithya Dhyaan.

 


Shivasana - Body Gratitude Relaxation (3 - 5 Minutes)

Once Nithya Dhyaan is over, students lie down to offer gratitude to each and every part of the body, starting from the toes and moving progressively upward to the crown of the head.

No, we haven’t made a mistake using the word ‘shivasana’ instead of ‘shavasana’ (corpse pose). When we relax our body with complete awareness and gratitude, we move into a space of deep healing and rejuvenation. Shava means corpse and Shiva means rejuvenation.

Therefore in Nithya Yoga we do shivasana. Truth be told, shivasana is essentially the most important aspect of the entire practice where our body is preparted to receive the deep understanding of its true nature, bliss at all levels - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. our body can relax, heal and rejuvinate.

 


Affirmation (1 Minute)

Students are guided to turn to the side and sit up. Then the affirmation, 'I am intensely and completely radiating nithyananda, eternal bliss' is stated with a deep conviction.

 


Conclusion (2 Minutes)

We finish the class by chanting ‘Om Nithyanandam’ three times. The meaning of this chant is: 'may you be in a state of eternal bliss, which is your very nature'.

At the end of the class, students are reminded about who they truly are. It is this reminder, this essence that is carried by the student throughout the day, to lead the life of a jeevan mukta or living enlightenment.

   
 
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