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Yoga master aims to unite mind and body

Yoga master aims to unite mind and body

Author: Lori Matsukawa
Publication: king5.com
Date: April 8, 2009
URL: http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_040809LFB-yoga-master-KC.b82c4a39.html

An enlightened master of yoga and meditation says yoga is much more than postures on a floor mat.

"The word yoga means 'uniting' - uniting us with the whole cosmos, uniting us with nature," says Paramahamsa Nithyananda. "One part of it is physical postures, helping us to keep our health and mental wellness. Somehow in many countries, yoga is understood just as postures. It is much more than that."

Nithyananda is just 31, but has two million followers around the world. He's written several books, but most know him through his talks on YouTube.

He teaches meditation to achieve what he calls "no mind" - a super-conscious state where all the world's most creative thought, including scientific discoveries, come from.

"All the great scientists who invented new things, who created breakthroughs who experienced new openings, experienced that state of consciousness knowingly or unknowingly," he says. "Only from that space are all new things delivered to planet Earth."

Nithyananda says most people don't even know this consciousness is possible.

"From a young age, we are taught how to develop the mind, but we are never taught how to relax or unclutch from it -- even for a few moments. So if we know how to relax from it, we'll know how to use it to its peak potential."

In these stressful times, Nithyananda says the mind must be freed. "If you are stuck, if you're constantly saying, 'Why me?' then we will not have the freedom, we will not have the courage, we will not have the intelligence to think further. So the first thing we need to do to change this situation is to accept it."


Paramahamsa Nithyananda will give a free discourse on the Yoga Sutras Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Bellevue Westin.

The Kalpataru Program (Aligning Actions and Intentions) will be held all day Friday, April 10.

The yoga/meditation retreat all day Saturday and Sunday April 11 and 12.

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