Sanatana Dharma

Sanātana dharma meaning “eternal order” is the what underlies all Indian philosophy. It was the main cosmological explanation in the Indian subcontinent. The adherence to Sanātana dharma is what evolved into modern Hinduism. Many say that Hinduism is the new new name for Sanātana dharma – this is untrue as Sanātana dharma was never a religion but a way of life. In ancient India, there was no religion. Sanātana dharma was about understanding the fundamentals of the universe and living by those principals. Hence it was more science than religion.

The word Hindu was of Persian origin, it is what the Persians called the people who lived to the east of the River Sindh.

To understand Sanātana dharma – you need to understand three underlying concepts – Rta, Maya and Karma. 

Rta is the principal which regulates and coordinates the operation of the universe and everything in it (including humans) – it is akin to the fundamental forces described by modern science. Sanatana Dharma involves honouring these fundamental forces. 

However, as most humans cannot even perceive these natural forces – living this concept has historically come with detailed instructions and the need for a spiritual guide. This concept is what inspired many enlightened teachers – like Buddha. 

It is also this concept that gave rise to the various meditation, yoga and tantric practices. These practices were used to develop your body and mind so you may perceive and live in accordance with Rta. Living in Rta means living your dharma. 

However, if your perception or consciousness is unclear then you are prone to being led astray by misguided goals. These misguided goals may have short term benefits but are detrimental in the long term. Misguided goals are due to Maya. Maya means fraud, deception, illusion – it refers to anything that misleads and creates disorder. 

The world as most of us perceive it, is often referred to as Maya. We know that if we looked through a giant microscope – we will see a very different picture. Yet, we decide to make the material world our reality. 

Maya is contrary to Rta. And Maya conditions us to behave in a self-limiting manner. This self limiting behaviour results in karma.

The only way to overcome karma is to train your mind and body to live your Dharma. Live your truth!

Dharma is to do whatever you do practically, skilfully for the benefit of all beings. Dharma is purity of heart. 

Response from a Nun to Bethany Hughes question “What is Dharma?”

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius. 

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Siddha – The Accomplished Ones

The idea of a siddhi – psychic or supernormal power – is universal in Indian philosophy. Almost all schools of belief in India and other Asian cultures – that were influenced by Buddhism and Sanatana Dharma – attach great importance to yoga. It is understood that the practice of yoga yields these siddhi’s or powers. And a Siddha is one who has attained these supernormal powers. Siddha – which means “accomplished one” – refers to those who via practice or grace have accomplished a supernormal ability. While these abilities make the Siddha appear superhuman – Siddha’s are always human. Siddha’s are just fully functioning humans or superconscious humans. All they have done is overcome limitations to use abilities that all humans possess to a greater level.

Although we all have the potential to do it, the attainment of a siddhi is a challenging task that requires patience, perseverance and skilful practice. Hence there were just a few special schools which specialised in these practices. These mystery schools were never large organisations, nor commercial or publicised ventures. They were small organisations developed by Siddha’s and designed to attract only a special kind of student. This special student is one who is committed to developing his or her human potential to the fullest. In order to only attract the correct student – these schools were shrouded in mystery and secrecy.

However if we look at any of the great esoteric, spiritual or yogic schools, even those in existence today – we can trace back the original teaching to a Siddha. The schools founder or the founders teacher, will have been inspired by a solitary being. A person they may have met only a few times, or spent many years with. But this being would have initiated a transformative change or enlightening experience. For this is the only goal of a Siddha – to enable others to achieve their full human potential.

Hence while the Siddha lineage has been in existence for millennia – and references to Siddha’s are made in most classical Buddhist, Brahmanical and Daoist texts – very little is known about them.

Why are Siddha’s so secretive?

It is often said in classical texts that the Siddha’s used a secret language called “sandhya bhasya”. They practiced in isolation. They shied away from publicity. They had special healing abilities which they used to help people from all walks of life – yet they never sought to use this healing ability for commercial gain. WHY?

Regarding the secret language – there is not really one. It’s just then when Siddha’s talk about experiences, states of consciousness or perception that individuals cannot yet understand or relate to, it seems like they are talking in code. Yet as one develops their practice, perceptive ability and alters their state of awareness… this once secret code makes absolute sense.

They practiced in isolation and shy away from attention because vital to the Siddha practice is Ego-lessness. The only way to lose your limitations and achieve unlimited human potential is to lose the limitations of your ego. And in an ego-less state – there is no need to call attention to the self. There is no need to create a persona or to aspire to celebrity status. This is a real challenge in our modern social media driven culture. Yet the Siddha will value their ego-less state more than anything else – even to detriment of their own social standing – for it is in this ego-less state that real potential emerges.

They refused to gain from their healing abilities because these abilities arise as features of the higher states of awareness. And this higher awareness infuses them with overwhelming bliss. This blissful state is all they desire. If their focus shifted to the healing ability – their blissful state my be diluted. Hence the Siddha would use their abilities to benefit others but never for personal gain – as the blissful state is worth more than anything else.

How do I find a Siddha school or teacher?

It is often said that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. This is true. If your desire to achieve your highest potential is strong, your teacher will appear. All you need to do is commit to your current practice and live your life authentically.

Why is Siddha and Siddhi’s of importance in this modern world?

Never before has the human race been as aware of our ability to shape our own evolution as we are now. With the advent of AI, robotics, transhumanism, gene modification therapies – we have already begun altering our evolutionary process. Yet this practice is not new – Siddha’s have transformed themselves over the ages – however they did it in keeping with nature. Many of the technologies we are now developing could have detrimental effects as we try to overpower nature and natural evolution. The reality is that the planet will go on – it is humanity who will disappear if these new technologies go wrong. It has therefore, become ever more important for a larger group of humans to embrace the wisdom of the Siddha’s.

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What does The Nightingale Say to You?

Once upon a time there was a Chinese emperor. This emperor lived in the most magnificent palace in the world. But more magnificent than his palace were his palace gardens. The palace gardens were magical. And in this magical garden, there was a nightingale.

This was no ordinary nightingale. The nightingale’s song was so beautiful and magical, that everyone who heard it, had to stop and listen.

When the emperor heard about this nightingale, he was furious. “Who does this nightingale think she is? She lives in my garden. obviously eats off my trees, but I have never heard her sing. Bring her to me at once”, he ordered.

A golden tree was placed in front of the emperor and the little grey nightingale was brought before him. The little nightingale sang so beautifully that tears flowed from the emperors eyes. As the tears continued to roll down the old mans cheeks, the nightingales song grew sweeter and sweeter. Her voice touched every persons heart. She became a star.

Then one day, the emperor received a gift from his chief engineer. It was a mechanical nightingale. It was designed to mimic the real nightingales song but it was also beautiful. Encrusted with diamonds, rubies and sapphires, it glittered as it sang. It sang so much like the original nightingale that everyone in the kingdom wanted to hear the two nightingales sing together. And they did.

But the duet sounded wrong. The real nightingale sang from natural inspiration and the other followed mechanically. When compared with the original, the mechanical bird looked flawed. So the artificial bird was made to sing alone. It became as popular as the real nightingale and was pleasing to the eye because as it sang, its gems sparkled.

The mechanical bird could sing the same song thirty-three times repeatedly without becoming tired at all. This so pleased the people that they chased the real nightingale away. The real nightingale was banished from the palace and the city and the mechanical bird took seat of honour on a little lacquered table besides the emperors bed.

Then one evening when the mechanical bird was singing and the emperor was listening, there was a sudden “crack” from inside the birds body and the song stopped. All the gear levers became jammed. The inners of the mechanical bird had rusted. The mechanical bird would never sing again.

Five years later the country was plunged into deep gloom. The people loved their emperor and he had fallen ill. It was said that the emperor was about to die. The old emperor lay cold and pale in his bed, struggling to breath, he felt the weight of people tramping on his chest. And as he opened his eyes, he saw Death. Death had come to fetch him. This scared him.

Then suddenly from the window a delightful sound was heard. It was the real nightingale, who sat perched outside the emperors window. She had learned of the emperors illness and had come to cheer him up, to bring him hope. The real nightingale sang so beautifully, divinely, that the emperors vision of death disappeared. As if by magic, the old man was healed and regained his strength.

“Thank you, thank you, heavenly little nightingale,” he shouted with joy. “I chased you away and yet you came back. Your song has chased away the dark and evil gloom. How can I reward you?”

“You have already rewarded me,” sang the nightingale. “Tears came to your eyes the first time I sang. For me, those were diamonds that I shall never forget. Let me come and visit you whenever I can. I shall sing to you of the joyful and sad, I shall sing of the good and the bad, I shall sing about all the things you doubt. Because a little nightingale flies everywhere and sees everything. All I need is for you to make me one promise. Do not tell anyone that you have a little nightingale who tells you everything. Believe me it is for the best.”

And the real nightingale flew away. A moment later the courtesans arrived to see the dying emperor. They were astonished when the emperor sat up and said, “Good Day!”.

Based on Hans Christian Andersons story entitled “The Nightingale”, this story speaks of so many issues that we currently face. Authenticity versus mimicry, artificial intelligence versus human ability, real versus fake. For me it encourages, singing from my soul, expressing my truth, sharing my genius.

What does it mean to you?

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

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Are You a Leader?

Leadership can be defined as the power to take responsibility, the understanding to chart a course and the ability to cooperatively use the skills of others to get a job done

What makes a Leader?

Leadership fundamentally comes from within. The ability to lead comes from the inner workings of an individual – the leaders’ moral and philosophical framework and their capacity to understand their followers. Leadership is a product of character – It is not an accident of birth, prerogative of position or completion of a training program. 

However, the character that enables one to become a strong leader can be developed.  The process involves an intentional, reflective and regular practice. As Donald G Krause put it “the substance of leadership can be glimpsed, but not learned by attending a two-day workshop. For it to take hold, it must be ingested, digested, encouraged and utilised over a long period of time.”

Donald G Krause uses Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and The Analects of Confucius as a basis for his factors that form the essence of leadership – SPARKLE.

S – Self Discipline

P – Purpose

A – Accomplishment

R – Responsibility

K – Knowledge

L –Laddership

E – Example

The Traits of a Great Leader

I agree with 6 of his characteristics but differ on the L – instead of Laddership, I propose that L stands for Liberal. I will explain these factors of leadership and explain why I think Laddership needs to become Liberal. 

Self-discipline means that a leader needs to live by a set of principals’ that he determines are appropriate for him and acceptable to his followers. A leader does not need extrinsic or outside motivation. Leaders are intrinsically driven – they have their own set of values which they live by. 

Purpose means that a leader develops intense determination to achieve his vision and objectives. Real purpose and intense determination are contagious and filters down to followers. Leaders use the magnetism of personal determination to accomplish goals. 

Accomplishment – It is irresponsible to ask others to aspire to something that you are not able to achieve. A leader defines results and guides his followers with the most effective actions to achieve those results. A leader infuses the journey with simplicity, balance and understanding.

Responsibility means that leaders accept the duty and obligation that arise from the trust and power that others give them. The most critical leadership obligations are clear perception, determined action and absolute concern for ones followers. 

When you take the responsibility to lead – you forfeit the right to say – “but I am only human.” Because to be a great leader – more is expected of you.  You need to know when to ask for help and when to step down.  A strong leader owns up to his decisions and actions and takes full responsibility for their consequences. He or she does not back down when the going gets tough – they act appropriately.

Knowledge – is the foundation for leadership. It is irresponsible to lead others in a direction that you are not clear in. Knowledge has three aspects. 

Fundamental knowledge – deals with understanding the science, history and human nature pertaining to your field. 

Strategic knowledge – concerns understanding the needs and goals of followers and competitors and having the ability to create effective tactics to reach objectives.

Tactical knowledge – with experience the leader develops the foresight to uncover evolving threats and opportunities and is able to respond swiftly and appropriately.

Laddership versus Liberal – Laddership means that a leader understands the social and moral contract between leader and follower. The leader is dependent on the follower for power and the follower is dependent on the leader for guidance. Hence, they have to co-operate, for each to obtain their need. 

Liberal is an English word that comes from the Latin word liberalis – which means ‘free (man)’. The original sense of liberal was that it pertained to all that was ‘suitable for a free man’. Hence from a liberal sense – the leader and follower both understand the social and moral relationship between their roles – and freely enter into it. This relationship is no longer based on contract, dependency or need – but on understanding, common goals and mutual respect.

Example – means that the leaders actions become a model for his followers. Hence leaders have to practice what they preach. This also suggests that the leaders character needs to be favourable to the followers. The leader’s standards become the benchmark and the followers become flag-bearers. And by imitating and achieving this bench mark – each of the followers gains the ability to lead. Hence genuine leadership is a cyclical process – that creates new leaders. Any person that wants to hold on to power indefinitely – does not have the genuine ability to lead. 

Find Your SPARKLE – Develop into the Leader You were Meant To Be.

S – Self Discipline

P – Purpose

A – Accomplishment

R – Responsibility

K – Knowledge

L – Liberal

E – Example

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

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Yoga & Meditation – Is there a difference?

Many international yoga journals have claimed that you don’t need to meditate in order to practice Hatha Yoga. Nor is the practice of Hatha Yoga mandatory in order to meditate. They claim that the two practices support each other but are mutually exclusive. Yet this idea goes fundamentally against what Yoga is.

What is Yoga?

Yoga comes from the root word Yug which means “to join”. The philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body and bio-energy are all one and cannot be separated. The purpose of yoga is to strengthen your awareness of this unity.

The gift of Yoga is that awareness of this unity of mind, body and energy, enables you to act effectively, purposefully yet effortlessly.

The practice of yoga enables mind and body to work as one unit that is continuously aware of and responding to the surrounding environment. Yoga is a combination of asana (posture), pranayama (breath and energy flow) and dhyana (concentration or meditation). Yoga is therefore meditation.

What Is Meditation?

Meditation is mind training. To reiterate, the yoga tradition is designed to reveal the interconnectedness of every living thing. This fundamental unity is referred to as advaita or oneness. Meditation is the actual experience of this union.

What do Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras’ tell us about Yoga & Meditation?

Patanjali in his second verse of the first chapter states that yoga (or union) happens when the mind becomes quiet. He goes on to say that this mental stillness is created by bringing the body, mind, and senses into balance. Note here – Patanjali claims that yoga only happens when the mind is still. Yoga only happens when the meditation is present. In fact this idea is inherent in the entire corpus of Yoga literature.

You are NOT practicing Yoga if there is No Meditation.

Yoga only happens when the awareness of body and breath leads to mindful stillness.

I-Yoga and I-MediTate classes use the scientific study off interoceptive awareness to enable you to experience the meditative state of yoga quickly and effectively. The classes also introduce you to a variety of different meditation techniques so you may discover the one that works best for you. 

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Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

“What’s Depression?”, asked Joy

This constant chatter about depression is destined to make us all depressed. Don’t get me wrong – I am not underplaying human emotion or how catastrophic this state can be. All I am saying is – “Have you considered how the depression memes plaguing social media are affecting your physiological state?”

What is Depression?

According to Medical and Psychological websites – depression, otherwise known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a common and serious mood disorder. Those who suffer from depression experience persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness and lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. Aside from the emotional problems caused by depression, individuals can also present with a physical symptom such as chronic pain or digestive issues. To be diagnosed with depression, symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.

Depression DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria

The DSM-5 (manual that lists criteria for Mental Health Diagnosis) outlines the following criterion to make a diagnosis of depression. The individual must be experiencing five or more symptoms during the same 2-week period and at least one of the symptoms should be either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure.

1. Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day.
2. Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day.
3. Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day.
4. A slowing down of thought and a reduction of physical movement (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down).
5. Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day.
6. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day.
7. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day.
8. Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.

To receive a diagnosis of depression, these symptoms must cause the individual clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. The symptoms must also not be a result of substance abuse or another medical condition.

Out With “Mental Health Issues”

While acknowledging and discussing human emotions, feelings and mental states is vitally important. Do we have to label them “Mental Health Issues’?

Instead of talking about mental health issues – however serious they are – I think we need to reframe. We need to talk about states of being. We all experience different moods, and this affects our awareness and how we act in the world. But these states are not necessarily pathological.

We have all experienced different moods. Sometimes we’re up and sometimes we’re down and sometimes we’re in the middle shaking it all around.

In With “Joyful States of Being”

So I propose. Instead of focusing on depression – let us focus on ways to find joy. I am not taking about that superficial “I’m happy, You’re happy – Lets’ pretend the worlds a wonderful place” holiday images that we post on social media. I am urging those who are able to – to make an effort to find the things that make you truly joyful. And once you find that JOY – share it with those who need it. Inspire others to find their JOY.

Unfortunately DSM or medical textbooks do not define JOY. According to the online dictionary Joy is “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness”. But that’s not entirely true.

Although I am not religious – I love Jack Wellman’s description in “What is the Biblical Definition of Joy?”

Joy isn’t like happiness which is based upon happenings or whether things are going well or not. No, joy remains even amidst the suffering. Joy is not happiness. Joy is an emotion that’s acquired by the anticipation, acquisition or even the expectation of something great or wonderful. It could be described as exhilaration, delight, sheer gladness….

So I urge you…Find your JOY, and share it in Joyful memes!

Don’t ‘cut and paste’ or ‘copy and share’ – Create Your Own.

JOY

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

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Yogic Significance of the Equinox

On March 20-21, 2019 we experience an Equinox. On the days of the equinox – one in March and another in September – the sun is in perfect alignment with the equator. That means the sun’s influences upon the earth is in equilibrium. For living beings, this day is significant – for if we can align to this planetary equilibrium – it becomes easier to bring balance within our bodies.

Sun and Moon, light and dark, masculine and feminine are the dualities that pervade our thoughts – the equinox is a period most suitable for transcending this duality.

From an Indian psycho–spiritual tradition, the equinox is seen as the day when Shiva – the transformative energy of the universe – is personified as Ardhanari. Shiva is depicted as half woman and half man, because everything is in balance during an equinox.

Yoga and The Equinox

In the yogic tradition, the equinox is the period when one has the highest possibility of transcending limitations – both mental and physical.

This is the day when the two fundamental forces within each of us- the sympathetic and parasympathetic physiological functions are are able to achieve harmony – homeostasis. These forces are referred to in Yogic texts as – Ida and Pingala or Shiva and Shakti. Due to the electromagnetic currents on the earth during the equinox – our bodies are able to easily achieve harmony and strength if we are able to connect to the earth. Recent research reported by the Guardian shows that humans are able to perceive the magnetic north pole and almost intuitively navigate their way around the planet. Some are better able at using this skill than others. But it can be learned.

Yogic Practices to Achieve Balance During the Equinox

Practice 108 Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar sequences during the Equinox sunrise. This helps strengthen one mentally and physically, while the heat generated during this practice is thought to burn away limiting thoughts and beliefs. I shall be live streaming our 108 Sun Saluations on Thursday 21 March 2019. Please do join us on our live event between 6-7am, UK time on March 21, 2019.

A Detox Program or Spring Clean is also initiated on this day. This cleanse may last 7 – 21 days depending on your bodies needs. It is ideal to consult with an Ayurvedic Practitioner or suitably trained person to develop a diet plan most suitable for you.

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What is I-Yoga – Interoceptive Yoga?

Interoceptive-Yoga or I-Yoga was developed by Dr Nitasha Buldeo. It is a simple 4 step yoga practice designed to deepen your body awareness. It is based on a comprehensive understanding of classical Hatha Yoga and scientific research in the field of interoception.

Interoception is a scientific term that means inner awareness. By fusing scientific understanding with the ancient practices of yoga, Interoceptive Yoga has the ability to train body and brain awareness more speedily than traditional methods. 

How Interoceptive Yoga Works?

Interoceptive Yoga may be seen as a bio-hacking technique that enables you to peel back your superficial layers of awareness to free your Inner Genius. It comprises weekly yoga classes for 12 weeks. Over the 12 weeks, you will be guided through the I-Yoga 4 step process to improve your body function. This 4 step process is repeated 3 times – to help you understand the process and learn the tools required to maintain optimal functioning.

Step 1 – I-Yoga MyoRelease – works on tight muscles and tendons that give us poor posture. We use trigger point stimulation to release muscular tension and myofascial contracture. Poor posture prevents your body from functioning optimally. Muscular tension and contractures hinder the bio-electric flow through your body. By releasing these – nerve impulses can flow freely. I-Yoga MyoRelease also eliminates muscle fatigue, restores flexibility and enables deep relaxation.

Step 2 – I-Yoga ReAlign – once myofascial contractures are released – we begin to realign the body for optimal performance and enhanced bio-electric energy flow. You see immediate improvements in your posture and learn the posture of success. You will also start to understand how to use breath to control the Body. I-Yoga ReAlign improves posture and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to aide deep healing.

Step 3 – I-Yoga Stimulate – once your body is realigned and posture corrected we begin to strengthen your skeletal muscle to maintain this good postural alignment. Yoga flow sequences and strong holds are then used to stimulate the sympathethic nervous system and strengthen your body and mental resolve. You learn how to use posture, breath and mental focus to calm your mind and overcome challenges.

Step 4- I-Yoga MediTate – once your posture and breath are strong and controlled, you are taught mind and body techniques that enable your to access deeper states of awareness, creative insight, intuitive wisdom, mastery or peak experiences. Using repetitive flow, deep breathing and a variety of mind-training techniques, I-MediTate harmonises mind and body generating a deeply restful yet super-creative mental state. With regular practice, you learn how to access this superconscious state at will.

To summarise – in step 1, the primary focus is on the release of tightness and pain in the body. In step 2, we realign and correct posture to enable more efficient bio-electric energy flow in our body. In step 3, we direct the body, breath and bio-energy to strengthen the mind and diminish disruptive thoughts. And once this happens we are able to proceed to step 4, where we explore the learn how to access our creativity, intuition or inner wisdom.

Interoceptive-Yoga is The Most Direct Method to a Blissful State.

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

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What are Peak Experiences?


Peak experiences
The psychologist Abraham Maslow labeled ‘peak experiences’ or PE’s as “those moments, lasting from seconds to minutes, during which we feel the highest levels of happiness, harmony and possibility.”

PE’s range from intense pleasure to almost ‘supernatural’ experiences of enhanced consciousness, These experiences feel different from and superior to normal experience.

A recent example of a peak experience was reported by the mathematician, Andrew Wiles, in the Horizon program on BBC. Andrew Wiles described the moment he solved ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’- a problem that has exercised the minds of the greatest mathematicians for three centuries. After working for seven years in solitude and secrecy, Wiles announced that he had succeeded – only to publicly find a flaw in his reasoning. As opposed to giving up, Andrew engaged in another year of intense work. Andrew reported, then ‘Suddenly, totally unexpectedly, I had this incredible revelation… It was so indescribably beautiful; it was so simple and so elegant. I just stared in disbelief for twenty minutes’. As Wiles recounted his peak experience, he became overwhelmed with emotion at the recollection. 

This description of overpowering feelings and sensations accompanying creative insight has been repeatedly described. From the ‘eureka’ moment of Archimedes in the bath, right through to modern intellectual giant’s, the moment of creative insight displays striking similarities. Whether we call it enlightenment, moments of genius, peak experiences or samadhi – these spectacular experiences are available to us all. They are not limited to the wisest amongst us or the most elevated.

However, these experiences do not strike at random, they are associated with particular circumstances. Their occurrence may be associated with intense focus, transformation in physical posture, mental flexibility, states of complete relaxation. Studies suggest that yoga, meditation and mental training techniques enable one to experience PE’s more frequently.

The I-Yoga: Interoceptive Yoga program is designed to enable your body to function optimally thereby increasing the frequency of peak experiences.

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

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What is Samadhi?

Samadhi is enlightenment. Samadhi means “joining together” or “a state of wholeness”. Within many spiritual traditions Samadhi refers to the deepest state of meditative consciousness or enlightenment. Swami Rama – Master of the Himalayan Tradition described samadhi as the highest state of wisdom. And Patanjali in his Yoga Sutra’s claimed that samadhi was the final limb and ultimate reward of yogic practice.

Patanjali’s second sutra or aphorism explains the aim of yoga philosophy and practice. Yoga chitta-vritti-nirodhah. This translate to “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind”. Or “yoga is samadhi”. The aim of yoga practice at every level and in every moment is to attain the highest of all states – samadhi.

But, what is samadhi?

For Patanjali samadhi is not about communing with God. Gods existance or not, was of no concern to him. “Oh yogi,” he says “you have to know yourself on all levels.” You have to understand your body and how it works. You have to know how your body affects your mind. It is only then that you can begin to look into your mind. Only when you understand your mind and discover what is conscious and what is not – that you begin to understand yourself. And when you understand your Self, you understand the Self of all – the Absolute Self (Brahman). This is called Absolute Truth. This is samadhi.

The Katha Upanishad – an ancient Indian text – described samadhi as a feeling of tranquility that is never disturbed, no matter what happens. While experiencing the tranquility of samadhi, your mind becomes so balanced that you are able to enter the fourth state of consciousness – turiya or the superconscious state.

Superconsciousness

All of us have experienced the first three states of consciousness – waking, dreaming and deep dreamless sleep. However a few – yogi’s who practice the inner yogic path – become aware of the fourth state – turiya – superconsciousness or universal consciousness. By attaining turiya – you come in touch with the source of knowledge and infinite love. You gain access into the library of intuitive knowledge.

Turiya is acute, heightened perception not limited by human or ego needs. In the state of turiya – the yogi is still susceptible to mundane challenges – but because all conflicts within and without are resolved – nothing in the world can disturb him.

The Fluctuations of the Mind

Until we reach the state of samadhi – our minds fluctuate between sankalpa (intentions) and vikalpa (imagination). Both sankalpa and vikalpa have positive and negative effects.

Sankalpa helps with discipline and enables us to focus on and achieve goals. But sometimes these intentions can become obsessions that prevent us from growing or achieving higher states of being.

Vikalpa – our imagination may be a wonderful source of creatively – helping us see alternative ways of being. But imagination may also give rise to fear, doubt, mental lassitude – preventing you from achieving your potential.

Hardwired for Tranquility

Yoga practice disciplines body and mind – giving you control over both – so you may stop the mental fluctuations at will. With regular yoga practice we train and develop neural pathways to achieve a states of tranquility. Over time our bodies become hardwired to maintain these states of tranquility – making it possible for us to attain Superconsciousness or Turiya.

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

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