Bandhas are a series of energy gates within the subtle body which assist in the regulation of pranic flow within subtle energy channels (nadis). When engaging the locks the energy is forced to spread throughout these pathways
Patanjali describes 13 obstacles of yoga by breaking them down into two sets. The first set of Antarayas are the primary and most common obstacles one will encounter in yoga. The second set contains four minor obstacles, several of which are very uncommon.
A mantra is a sacred verse or sound, a grouping of sound vibrations which have an effect on the mental and psychic consciousness. Recited or chanted in Sanskrit, it symbolically conveys the spiritual dimension of yoga.
Through meditation one can calm and centre their mind. Meditation is a state of mind where we effortlessly focus on a particular thought without any judgement. Thus the most evident benefit of meditation is increased focus.
My biggest happiness is that I am alive and healthy. Seeing my dad so sick made me realize how truly fortunate I am to be healthy. I think it is very easy to take things for granted such as the ability to walk and the ability to see as it’s easy to get wrapped up in so many things around you.