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YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

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Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

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SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…



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09 Apr 2024

Yogavani

Four factors for New Year Resolution
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Four factors for New Year Resolution 

One may think “What’s the big deal, it’s new year again, all are taking one, let me to find a resolution”. Sorry to say it’s just a momentary excitement scenario!

If you really want to change something then a resolution can become a serious affair without being time bound.

Accordingly, the following factors can stabilize your resolve.

  1. Sankalpa/Resolve
  2. Abhāyasa/Practice
  3. Tapas/Intense perseverance
  4. Vairāgya/DDetachment

Let us understand them in detail.

Sankalpa/Resolve
A sankalpa/resolve is just not a desire to achieve. It’s a commitment to self. For example, for a yoga practitioner, commitment can be as simple as fine tuning an aasana or immersing yourself deeper into your sadhana, or regular commitment towards the practice or learning something new.

That said commitment is just a baby step towards your resolution. The difficult part comes up when you start working towards it. That’s when the second factor comes into picture.

Abhāyasa/Practice

Abhāyasa is beautifully explained in the Yogasutras as something that you work on as regularly and consistently as possible. Patanjali quotes,

s tu dI”RkalnErNtyRsTkaraseivtae †FÉUim>. 1.14.
sa tu dérghakälanairantaryasatkäräsevito dåòhabhümiù || 1.14||

meaning, practice becomes firmly grounded when done for a long time, without break and with deep devotion.

Having said that, sometimes even after continuous and constant Abhāyasa, practically at one point of time hindrances come in the way of any dedicated practitioner. And these obstacles can simply convert into reasons. Reasons as silly as “Its very cold today” or “Its about to rain so better I skip my yoga classes” or simply like “I am not in mood for my sessions”. This attitude could snowball soon and lead to inconsistency. To stop this happening, a ‘come what may attitude’ or strong will power becomes a necessity. Here is where the third factor finds it place.

Tapas/Intense perseverance
Will power to go on and on without finding any reason to stop, except when you are physically sick, should be consciously developed as a part of your Abhāyasa. Even when sick, a strong zeal to get back on track will help you heal sooner.

Again, a game changer attitude would be saying that, “Am consistent in my practices, am obedient, honest and hardworking too, yet I am not even close to what I am looking for”. It’s a common disappointment that frequently sets in. Here is when the fourth factor gets its prominence.
Vairāgya/Detachment
In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna

kmR{yevaixkarSte ma )le;u kdacn
karmaëyevädhikäraste mä phaleñu kadäcana

Meaning: You only have a right to action (karma) and not to the fruits of your karma(Karmaphala). Do not become a person who constantly meditates upon (gets attached to) the results of one’s karma.
This attitude of Vairāgya/Detachment will make one’s mind much calmer while working on the resolve

Practice bonded with a strong will power should be constant no matter the result to achieve your resolve. This will help you reduce your expectation, anxiety and will make your practice much calmer and healthier. Now go on and make one, live one!

-By Vinay Siddaiah,

Founder of Yogavijnana, Yoga Chikitsa Acharya of Indian Yoga Association

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