In this lecture Swami Rama systematically explains the eight limbs (astanga) or stages in the practice of Raja Yoga. He says that when we start practicing our awareness expands and we become conscious of the many obstacles on the path to realizing our goal. When these problems are resolved, through the practice of meditation, the mind flows toward the center of consciousness within.
He further explains that meditation (dhyana) requires preparation, that it is the 7th rung in the ladder of astanga yoga and he then proceeds to discuss the different stages of practice leading to meditation and samadhi.
ISBN 978-81-88157-92-1, mp3 digital download, 78:10 minutes
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In this lecture Swami Rama discusses Kriya Yoga. He explains that the three basic practices of Kriya Yoga–tapas, svadhyaya and ishwara pranidhana (self-discipline, self-study and surrender of the ego)–should be practiced by all students of yoga meditation, and that they are practiced in order to create a balanced mind and to establish a state of inner tranquility.
He further states that Kriya Yoga helps remove the obstacles that hinder our progress in meditation and by removing these obstacles we can obtain a state of samadhi.
ISBN 978-81-88157-91-4, mp3 digital download, 60:01 minutes
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Practices of the Himalayan Tradition
as taught by Swami Rama
Volume 2: Yoga Nidra
Recorded by Prakash Keshaviah, Ph.D.
This is volume 2 of the audio series which will guide you through some of the basic practices of the Himalayan tradition as taught by H.H. Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Recorded by Prakash Keshavieh, Ph.D., volume 2 includes both the individual practices of the 61 Point Exercise and Shitali Karana as well as the full Yoga Nidra practice
As Swami Rama explains, “Yoga Nidra is a state of conscious sleep… It is the state between sleep and samadhi… A state when the body, mind and nervous system are in complete rest.” He also explains, “There are two exercises related to Yoga Nidra which are very helpful.” These are the 61 Point Exercise and Shitali Karana.
- Introduction, 2:56
- 61-Points Exercise, 9:32
- Shithali Karana, 31:42
- Yoga Nidra, 15:13
- Full Yoga Nidra practice, 53:23
Lectures on Yoga Sutras 1 By Swami Rama Taken from his lectures given to graduate students at the Glenview Center in 1977-79, in this lecture Swami Rama discusses the different types of samadhi and the importance of daily practice in attaining this level of experience. He also explains that the first four sutras of chapter 1 are very important and are the cornerstone of the entire text. He states that by understanding these four we will understand the entire system. He tells us that the purest level of consciousness is within and that we come in contact with that through the practice of meditation, and that once we start practicing we will find the light within and that we are guided by that light. ISBN 978-81-88157-88-4, mp3 digital download Available at CDbaby.com or iTunes.com
Practices of the Himalayan Tradition as Taught by Swami Rama Volume 1: Breathing and Relaxation Recorded by Prakash Keshaviah, Ph.D. This is volume 1 of an audio CD series which will guide you through some of the basic practices of the Himalayan tradition as taught by H.H. Swami Rama of the Himalayas. In this volume, the following tracks are included:
- Introduction, 2:48
- Diaphragmatic Breathing in the Crocodile Posture, or Makarasana, 3:57
- Diaphragmatic Breathing in the Corpse Posture, or Shavasana, 10:35
- Tension Relaxation Exercise, 9:16
- Complete Relaxation Exercise for the Muscles of the Body, 12:00
- Complete Relaxation Exercise for the Joints of the Body, 10:50
- 31 Points Exercise, 7:20
The audio tracks were recorded in a natural setting with bird songs providing a soothing background. This audio CD includes a 32-page booklet containing transcripts of the audio tracks, diagrams, and notes. ISBN 978-81-88157-70-9, available on CDbaby.com or iTunes.com
Conscious Living: A 5-Lecture Audiobook for Spiritual Transformation by Swami Rama This 5-lecture set is a collection of lectures that Swami Rama gave in Singapore in 1991 and 1992. Recorded live, they capture the essence and inspiration of Swamiji’s public speaking style. His book, Conscious Living: A Guidebook for Spiritual Transformation is derived from nine of the lectures he presented in Singapore. Five of those lectures are included in this new audiobook.
- Volume one: Prayer, Meditation, Contemplation, 56.40 minutes
- Volume two: Freedom from Stress, 57.45 minutes
- Volume three: Creative Use of Emotions, 62.01 minutes
- Volume four: Mind and its Modifications, 45.31 minutes
- Volume five: The Goal of Life, 43.08 minutes