Awareness in Yoga Practice

There are many practices in yoga which teach awareness. To bring awareness in yoga practice, the yoga practitioner has to witness certain happenings or things like witnessing his own breath, witnessing his different parts of body etc. Such witnessing can develop his objective awareness.So also,witnessing one`s own thoughts,one can develop his subjective awareness.

Awareness is an independent identity. It is not dependent on mind or brain. Even when one sleeps, he has awareness. In the morning, when he wakes up, he says, β€œI had a good night sleep!” How he could know he had a good night`s sleep and he could repeat the dreams he saw during the sleep. It means one has awareness even in dream and sleep. Well, this can be substantiated very much during the practice of Yoga Nidra. So also, even in high states of meditation, one has awareness.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Yoga Practitioner

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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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22 Responses to Awareness in Yoga Practice

  1. It is nice article about awareness. Our nervous system is extremely complicated, more than even collective intelligence system of whole world. It has different components, central, peripheral, voluntary, autonomic, parts active during sleep and when we are awake, etc. Practice of anything definitely is better and working of different organs and systems can definitely be improved by awareness about that. Awareness can be increased partly by practice and partly by studying. In fact increasing awareness in itself is a life long pursuit. Hence best approach would be to do best possible about yoga, practice and increasing awareness. Breathing methods and proper breathing techniques, muscle health, organ functioning practice, mastering age related and disease related deficiencies etc. are few of the steps requiring awareness and practice.

  2. ambikarani says:

    Sir, can you post some article on open eye meditation? I have heard its nice option for observing oneself…

  3. Vinod Varma says:

    Most natural state of existence is as pure awareness, as illustrated by Mahavakyas. It is the trick of great illusion that masks this and get us entangled with everything other than this awareness. All approaches and methods in Yoga help us reach to this pure awareness.

  4. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    Dear Sir,

    The article ‘Awareness in Yoga Practice’ published on 15th February 2013 is a high level state of mind which can be achieved by practicing Yoga. It teaches us to leave ‘Deha Abhiman’ and to know Self, ‘I am only Brahma’. All types of yoga practice is the real path to attain peace i.e. pure awareness of life.

    Thanking You
    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Dist-Bargarh Odisha

  5. Kedarnath Sahu says:

    Respected Sir,

    Your description on ‘Yoga Nidra’ the key of life i.e.’SO AHAM’ and so called ‘Atmanubhuti’ is the true Awareness of body, mind and soul through the practicing of Yoga. Without awareness, man is just like a beast. Your article teaches us “Awareness is an independent identity; It is not dependent on mind or brain”. It is really a nice article for human life.

    With Regards,
    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela Dist-Bargarh Odisha

  6. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Awareness in Yoga Practice is the vital pivot for one to enter into realm of Supreme Soul. Awareness is the voice of Soul. When automatism of awareness is seen since one`s birth, it is nothing but good action of past life. He has no aura of desire of any kinds & ego and gets smooth entry to salvation. But for an ordinary man needs guide of Yoga & Spirituality to energize dormant awareness inherent in every body. So every man why not be determined to enliven the God`s given latent awareness of body & mind by hatha and kriya yoga of Patanjali, and of intellect & ego by meditation & Yoga Nidra, and last but not the least of Spirit by Bhajan & Kirtan. This is called Sadhana. But prayer is the most easiest for all to develop God`s Awareness. Now it is prime duty of every man and nation to develop future welfare of self and world, the womb of all creations. Let us start living with awareness and live in love.

    Thanking You.
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh Odisha

  7. Prakash Padhan says:

    Thank you sir for sharing your knowledge on awareness and how Yoga enhances own awareness. I am irregular practitioner of Yoga Nidra and have its benefit.

  8. Dr. Krishna Ch Sith says:

    Dear Dr.Panda,

    Your article ‘Awareness in Yoga Practice’ is very precise specific subject oriented which is written by you in your regular quality of expression & narration of facts reflecting your ability of high class writing skill & authorship. It reveals how Yoga Practitioner develops subjective awareness during Yoga practice especially Yoga Nidra & also in high state of meditation. To me elaborate reading on the topic from the book suggested by you is required to know more in details.

    Thanking You.
    With regards,
    Retd.Joint Director(Medical)
    DHS Odisha, Bhubaneswar

  9. Umesh Chandra Panda says:

    Respected Brother,

    I read the valuable article &came to know about awareness. I think awareness, the state of being aware of a person is that whether he is in working, in quietness or in sleeping position. Practice of Yoga improves awareness on our activities & it impacts on our life to live a peaceful life.

    Yours sincerely

  10. Rajesh Kumar Panda says:

    Respected Dear Kaka,
    The reply iterated by my younger Kaka is absolutely correct and I also agree with him.
    Yours loving nephew,

  11. V Nageswar Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    Your article on ‘Awareness in Yoga Practice’ is very well mentioned with good learning to more about Yoga Practices. The Great Learning for me from this article is “one has awareness even in dream and sleep”; “which can be substantiated very much during the practice of Yoga Nidra”.

    Thanking You.
    With Regards,
    Bhubaneswar Odisha

  12. Shashi Bhusan Pradhan says:

    Dear Sir,
    This is a nice post.

    Sleep is the best meditation, but excess sleep is not good. As per guidelines proper sleep for 8-9 hour is good for health.


  13. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    You have well mentioned Awareness in your article. When we sleep it means our body sleeps, the conscious mind is always aware. Yoga Nidra is state of higher level of Yoga. One can enhance awareness of mind, body, soul by practicing Yoga.

    Thank you for sharing the knowledge of Awareness.

  14. Atmavandana says:

    Absolutely agree with u sir. Witnessing the breath alone is a complete sadhana by itself. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is sitting on r breath and v can use this as a vehicle to move thro the difft states of conciousness. By practising this method of awareness of breath in jagrat avastha one can purge out deep rooted sanskaras and also help in eliminating negative impressions from sub concious and unconcious realms of existence during advance yoganidra.

    Thank u sir
    Sn Atmavandana

  15. As long as the light beams don’t get obstruction on their way, strike an object and find a surface to fall on, it’s impossible to deduce the presence of light. Every thought occurring to a human mind is like a lighted surface that has been illumined through the awareness beams. We commit the fallacy of identifying ourselves with the thought proper. In stead, we ought to identify ourselves with those awareness beams and intuitively assert – ‘I am pure light of God. I am that God. Soham’. Thus, every thought we think can be made into an assertion of our essential Godliness.

    • I conducted a simple experiment. I made a room completely dark and arranged for a single ray of light to pass through a chink of the window. When the sun would rise, a single ray of light would filter through the chink and fall on a golden cotton ball put on the floor. It was pitch dark inside. Nothing was visible. But the moment the sun rose and the ray of light got in through the chink, the cotton ball became radiant. Its golden colour illumined a little space around it.

      Now, let us relate this to the dark chamber of our psyche. Awareness is the source of light. When we wake up, a ray of awareness gets in through the chink and falls on a thought previously stored in memory chamber. The thought becomes manifest. Its radiation lights up a little space around it. The question now is-am I the thinker of that thought? Do I create that thought? Do I bring about any change in that thought? Do I light any mental space? Or am I just that ray of awareness emanating from the central source? πŸ™‚

      • Moonbeam falls upon a rock and says,”I am this rock.” After a while, it shifts position and falls upon a bush, forgets that it had considered itself to be a rock earlier and says,”I am this bush.” And again it shifts and falls upon a pool of water and says,”I am this pool”.

        Thus it happens with human awareness. Awareness falls upon a lustful thought and says,”I am lustful.” After a while, it shifts and falls upon a frightening thought and says,”I am frightened.”. But, again it falls upon a generous thought and says,”I am kind.” It never says,”I am myself -pure, undivided, unitary and universal awareness.” But that alone is the absolute and only reality.

      • When I got grounded in the conviction that I am pure awareness, I made my maiden venture to set it to practice. I attempted it on my breath. The moment I fell on my breath, it got charged with the consciousness that I AM. It got enlivened and awoke. I kept falling on breath. Its rhythm changed. Breathing became slow and smooth, slower and smoother until it almost disappeared. And then I realized myself as pure , pure awareness. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  16. Let us go into this question. Am I to conceive myself as just a little awareness or as the entire all-pervasive awareness of the universe? Am I to conceive myself as just a tiny mind confined to the small brain or as the universal mind? Am I to look upon myself as this small body within a limited frame or as the entire body of the universe?

    • Spiritual philosophy tells us that while our common means of knowledge is the mind functioning outwards through the senses perceiving the discreteness of things in nature, the introverted mind of the saint goes deep down to the spiritual core of our being and experiences the spiritual unity of all that is.

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