Everyday Yoga Meditation: Still Your Mind and Find Inner Peace Through the Transformative Power of Kriya Yoga

Everyday Yoga Meditation: Still Your Mind and Find Inner Peace Through the Transformative Power of Kriya Yoga

by Stephen Sturgess

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A beautiful colour, illustrated book of authentic Yoga Meditation techniques that encourage the practice of Yoga in its broadest sense – as a vehicle for calming the mind, enhancing awareness and contentment, and developing deep inner peace.

Drawing mainly on the tradition of Kriya Yoga – the goal of which is to attune individual consciousness with the Divine, or Universal, Consciousness – yoga and meditation teacher Stephen Sturgess reveals in this book how to progress beyond the supple body to the vital, contented mind. 

After first explaining the deep value of Yoga Meditation, outlining the Eight Limbs of Yoga (as presented by ancient sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras text) and giving clear, comprehensive explanations of our internal energy system (including kundalini, chakras, nadis, the three bodies and the five sheaths), Stephen then goes on to present a wide range of yoga practices that can be used as a regular holistic health programme. If we were to view the body as a temple, the combination of asana, purification and pranayama practices first cleans the temple windows – building the physical body and mind – while the meditations then shine light into the inner sanctum – lighting up the Inner Self and enabling a deep sense of spirituality and peace.

A section at the end is then devoted to helping readers develop their personal practice, including advice on living with increased awareness, how to make yoga meditation a daily reality and a range of specially designed morning and evening routines, from a 15-minute programme up to 1 hour 45.

In summary, readers are guided on a practical and nurturing journey towards a sense of enhanced calm, joy, happiness, harmony and personal fulfilment in life, where they will experience their fullest potential for both creative thought and action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786782083
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 617,552
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Stephen Sturgess is a yoga and meditation teacher who has studied and practised a wide range of yoga forms under the expertise of well-known gurus over the course of 35 years. It was in 1982 that he discovered Kriya Yoga as his true spiritual path and Paramhansa Yogananda as his guru, and it is the Yoga Meditation techniques from this tradition on which this book is based. He was first initiated into Kriya in May 1984 by his teacher Swami Kriyananda, and later also by Roy Eugene-Davis, who had been initiated into Kriya by Paramhansa Yogananda himself in August 1951. Stephen is also the author of a range of books, including The Yoga Book (Watkins, 2004), a recommended text of the British Wheel of Yoga; The Book of Chakras & Subtle Bodies (Watkins, 2014); The Supreme Art and Science of Raja and Kriya Yoga (2015); Mastering the Mind, Realising the Self (2017); and Willpower and Energy (2018).

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is True Happiness? 8

The Yoga of Meditation 10

Kriya Yoga and the Importance of Meditation 12

The Journey Within 14

Chapter 1 The Eight Limbs Of Yoga 16

Introduction to the Eight Limbs 18

Yama - self-restraint 18

Niyama - fixed observance 20

Asana - yoga posture 22

Pranayama - regulation of life-force through the breath 23

Pratyahara - withdrawing the mind from the senses 24

Dharana - concentration 25

Dhyana - meditation 27

Samadhi - divine union 27

Chapter 2 The Internal Energy System 28

The Three Bodies and Five Sheaths 30

The Physical Body 32

The Astral Body 32

The Causal Body 33

The Chakras 34

Cosmic Energy 36

The Seven Chakras 38

The Nadis 42

Sushumna 44

Ida and Piagala 44

Kundalini 46

Chapter 3 Preparing For Practice 48

Preliminaries for Practice 50

The Art of Sitting for Meditation 52

Madras 58

Bandhas 60

Chapter 4 Asana Practice 62

Warming up 64

Sun Salutation Sequence 68

Energizing Morning Sequence 72

Relaxing Evening Sequence 76

Cool Down Sequence 80

Chapter 5 Purification Practice 84

Nadi Shodhana: Alternate Nostril Breathing 86

Agnisara Kriya: Activating the Digestive Fire 88

Kapalathati: Skull-shining Breath 92

Ashvini Mudra: Horse Gesture 93

Chapter 6 Pranayama Practice 94

The Complete Yogic Breath 96

Ujjayi Pranayama: Victorious Breath 98

Bhastrika Pranayama: Bellows Breath 100

Bhramari Pranayama: Bee-breathing Technique 102

Kundalini Pranayama: Nadi Shodhana and Om Mantra 104

Chapter 7 Meditation Practice 106

Focusing the mind 108

Breathing 110

Visualization 110

Mantras and Chanting 112

Steady Gazing 113

Maha Mudra: Awakening Energy in Your Spine 114

Chanting the Bija Mantras: Awakening the Chakras 118

Chanting the Hum Mantra: Increasing Prana 120

Hong Sau Meditation: I am He, the Absolute 122

Navi Kriya: Awakening Prana in the Navel Centre 126

Jyoti Mudra: Awakening the Inner Light 128

The Significance of Om 130

Om Meditation 132

Ultimate Bliss Yoga Meditation 134

Chapter 8 Developing Your Practice 138

Living with Awareness 140

Making Yoga Meditation A Daily Reality 144

Morning Routines 146

Evening Routines 150

Further Resources 155

Index 156

Acknowledgments 158

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Everyday Yoga Meditation: Still Your Mind and Find Inner Peace Through the Transformative Power of Kriya Yoga 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for a beginner. The book has tips for every aspect of yoga: breathing, meditation, and yoga poses. It is easy to follow and there are great illustrations of how each pose should look. This book can be finished in one sitting but can also be used to refer back to different tips and poses along your yoga journey. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
PattySmith87 More than 1 year ago
Many thanks to NetGalley, Watkins Publishing and Stephen Sturgess for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. This is a comprehensive guide to yoga poses, yoga breathing and anything else you would need to complete your yoga practice. Really incredible!! It comes complete with descriptions and illustrations for everything that it discusses. The focus is on Raja Yoga or the yoga of meditation. We get a little theory that is relevant and makes the connection as to why it is important to make this part of every day. Once you understand the philosophy of the importance of quieting your mind and looking inside, the yoga poses make more sense and take on a higher purpose. He covers everything from the eight limbs, chakras, asanas, pranayama, and so much more. There is whole chapter on how to sit! He talks about the positioning of your hands (and other body parts), how to warm up and breaks down the sun salutation. There a couple of sequences that he lays out as well as a cool down. He also gives you the tools and recipes of how to create complete routines on your own. There is also chapters on meditation, chanting and so much more. What I found unique in his book, was the complete explanation of breathing techniques. Having taken yoga for a number of years now, I was a little confused about a certain technique and honestly, his explanation really cleared it up for me. Overall, I understood so much more about my practice and what my teachers have been doing all this time! This is something I will read again and keep on hand. The illustrations are clear and informative. Again, if you are a newbie, you must get into a class or find a teacher, because you can’t just learn yoga from a book. But it sure does help to have it explained in clear diagrams and easy to understand language. I appreciate that you can take what you have learned and put it into practice and build on it all on your own. Really great read, I learned so much.