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GMM promotes yoga to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Year 

Ghantali Mitra Mandal (GMM), Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association has entered the Diamond Jubilee Year of its foundation. All at GMM are giving relentless and selfless service to society to make Yoga maximum applicable. On the eve of new year, a grand function of…

RV Institute of Management curates a certification course for senior citizens 

In a groundbreaking move, the RV Institute of Management (RVIM), Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association has curated a month-long certification course tailored specifically for senior citizens, focusing on the Common Yoga Protocol. This innovative course is designed to cater to the unique health and…

SRD Girls Degree College organises Workshop 

SRD Girls Degree College, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh conducts 7days yoga workshop for the post graduate students in association with Indian Yoga Association (IYA). Yogacharya Sumit Kumar Singh, Member, Uttar Pradesh State Chapter, IYA was instrumental in organising the workshop.

Yog Sports Association of Bengal hosts awarness programme 

Yog Sports Association of Bengal, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association organises yoga awarness programme in the remote villages of West Bengal in Megha Yoga Club & Vyamagar in association with Indian Yoga Association. The awareness programs were also conducted in Darjeeling & Coochbehar for…

Jharkhand SCC conducts the 89th day celebration of Yoga Mahotsav 

On the 89th day of the ‘100 Days Countdown Yoga Mahotsav of International Yoga Day 2024,” an event sponsored by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, took place in two sessions at Dani…

Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center celebrates Holi 

The Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association, recently marked the occasion of Holi Milan at Nehru Bal Udyan with vibrant celebrations. Participants joyously engaged in the festivities, adorning each other with flower petals and applying colorful gulal tilak. Amidst…

TNSCC and GTN Arts College organises International Conference 

Tamil Nadu State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association and GTN Arts College (Autonomous), Dindigul jointly held a 2-day International Conference on Physical Education and Yoga recently. The inauguration was presided over by Dr P Balagurusamy, Principal of GTN Arts College. Dr. R. Durai, Director, GTN…

NIRAMAYA offers free training 

NIRAMAYA, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association continues to promote yoga and the motto of the Association to uplift the rural sector of the society. Under the rural project Yog-Chetana and Yogabhishek, NIRAMAYA is offering free yoga training to the students. In March, 2024 about…

Yoga & Happiness organises felicitation ceremony 

Yoga & Happiness, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association on March 24, 2024, hosted a memorable convocation and certificate distribution ceremony, honoring over 150 candidates who successfully completed their training and received prestigious certificates from both the Yoga Certification Board (YCB) and IYA. The event…

Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

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17 Apr 2024


Chakras and Siddhis of Divine Goddess

Chakras and Siddhis of Divine Goddess 

by Dr. Divya Keshavamurthy, Life Member, IYA

Navaratri is a festival of Navadevis, which is associated with the Chakras (the psychic energy centers), present in the human body. During the Navaratri, if the yoga sadhaka meditates and contemplates on each Devi and each chakra, she is associated with, he will be blessed for attaining the different siddhis.

Mata Shailaputri is the worshipped on the first day of Navaratri to welcome the new beginnings of life. She is Devi of the Root/Muladhara chakra which is the starting point of the spiritual discipline. It is recommended that Yogis on the first day of the Navratri Pooja, should concentrate on the Muladhara chakra to help their body to resonate with the Mothers energy. She riding on a Bull is a symbolic representation of the needed determination for one to start their spiritual journey. Meditating on the Muladhara chakra provides the power and strength to do anything worthwhile.

Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped on the second day of Navratri. Maa Brahmacharini governs the Swadhisthana Chakra, which belongs to Ap(Water) Tattva, its color being white with qualities of contraction, stimulating sense of taste and upon awakening of the same, the mind of the seeker helps in maintaining the devotion and dedication in a steady manner.

Chandraghanta Goddess is worshipped on the 3rd day of
Navaratri. She governs the Manipura chakra which is responsible for personal power, fear, anxiety, opinion-formation, introversion, and transition from simple or base emotions to complex. The Manipura Chakra embodies the change or conversion from simplicity to complexity.

Devi Kushmanda is worshiped on the 4th day of Navaratri. She also is known as ‘Ashtabhuja Devi’ as she has 8 hands. Connected to Anahata (Heart chakra), she blesses her devotees for body energetics, grants Ashtasiddhis (Success) and Navanidhis (Power & Wealth) and establishes harmony in one`s life.

Anahata chakra being the 4th centre in a man is instinctively aware of the joys and sorrows of others. The principle of the anahata chakra is love, and it is thought to contain the power to create energy and to transmit this energy to others. Meditating on this chakra one becomes pre-eminently wise and full of noble deeds. Psychokinetic powers develop with activation of this chakra as this controls sense of touch.

Goddess Skandamata is worshipped on the fifth day. Devi Skandamata is a symbol of the mother-son relationship which is both caring and protecting. She is associated to Vishuddha Chakra that energizes both thyroid and thymus gland. She corresponds to our hearing sense, udana prana and belongs to Akasha Tattva. The Yoga sadhaka meditating on this, gains knowledge, wisdom and ability to repel the negative forces and purify.

Goddess Katyayani is worshipped on the 6th day of Navaratri. She is ascribed to Ajna Chakra that is holistic in nature. Ajna translated as “authority” or “command” (or “perceive”), is considered the eye of intuition and intellect. Associated with the brain, it is the seat of the mind and kundalini. This chakra does not have a direct spinal column connection but is linked to two glands: the pituitary and the pineal gland (hypophysis and epiphysis) embedded in the brain. Shambhavi mudra practice helps in awakening this Ajna and synchronizes the functions of both the brain hemispheres. Ajna chakra is the key to Prana vidya (Psychic control & Healing), sankalpa Shakti (will power), higher consciousness. The Ajna Chakra is the Master chakra that controls all the other chakras and its function is active intelligence.

Goddess Kalaratri is the seventh Shakti of Maa Durga who is worshipped on the 7th day of Navaratri. She associated with the Sahasrara chakra is the giver of siddhis. This chakra, associated with the central nervous system and pineal gland, corresponds to the causal body. This chakra relates to pure consciousness and is not tied to any element, physical sense, seed sound. It relates to silence, stillness, and abstinence. The yoga sadhaka meditating on this chakra and the pineal gland induces meditative nature and spiritual inclination and helps maintain circadian rhythm and regulate reproductive hormones.

Ma Mahagauri is worshipped on the 8th day. She governs the planet Rahu and relates to Ashtami tithi. Rahu governs soma chakra also called amria chakra. This chakra is located within the Sahasrara Chakra and found just above the Ajna Chakra. Soma, concerned with the person`s connection to spiritual guidance is also known as cerebrospinal fluid. It is composed of various nutrient hormones that enhances the growth and development of the organism. Soma is a manifestation of Sat-Shakti, the innate power of existence representing the divine feminine.

Siddhidhatri, the moola rupa of Goddess Parvati is the ninth form of the Goddess Durga. Siddhi means supernatural power or meditative ability, and Dhatri means giver or awarder. She dispels evil, ignorance, cuts past karmas, and bestows the devotee with realization, achievements and victory. She is connected to the Sahasrara chakra and governs Ketu, a planet of self-negation. Meditating on Siddhidhatri helps the Sahasrara chakra to align our consciousness to one-ness with the multi-verse. Due to this the yoga sadhaka gets tuned into the Universal Wavelength of Vibrations. This gives the power of intense concentration, deep perception and penetrating insight.

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