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The secret behind Bruce Lee’s lightening speed

Transcript: He kept his fist just three inches away from the journalist's body and hoo! The man went and fell in the pool. Because you're using the Manipuraka, hoo. The man will just fly. Bruce Lee, heard of him? He was not a yogi, okay? He gave a demo. So a journalist came and asked him, he was still not yet so famous in Hollywood, he had just come to Hollywood and talks were going on because he gave some demonstrations...

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... and he was almost super-human. So talks were going on, a journalist came to interview him. And he asked him, "Okay people are talking about all this, give me a demonstration about your power." So Bruce Lee made him stand here, he was at a swimming pool. The swimming pool was nine feet away. He was standing here, the swimming pool edge is nine feet away. He said, "You just stand here," and he kept his fist just three inches away from the journalist's body and hoo! The man went and fell in the pool. A 185 pound man went and fell in the pool with a three inch punch. Just that's all. No like this, just. That's all. Because you're using the Manipuraka, hoo! The man will just fly. Manipuraka could be mobile but that's not a good thing to do. Some of the people, who are into certain type of martial arts, are making their Manipuraka mobile to demonstrate certain things. That is not good at all. Once you learn to move your Manipuraka in a certain way, that too to do demos and stuff, such a person will not live long. So I'm not saying this only with this relation, because anyway he's dead, that's easy to say. Not in that context. Innocently they have shown these things in some of the things. There are yogis who move their Manipuraka and do things. Such people never physically move. They sit in the same place. Once your maintenance center is moved around, you don't move your physical body, you sit in the same place always. I think in some of these martial arts movies, innocently, not knowing what it is, they have shown this. Some old people are sitting, somebody falls down but they're always sitting. Have you seen this?

Transcript: He kept his fist just three inches away from the journalist's body and hoo! The man went and fell in...

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... the pool. Because you're using the Manipuraka, hoo. The man will just fly. Bruce Lee, heard of him? He was not a yogi, okay? He gave a demo. So a journalist came and asked him, he was still not yet so famous in Hollywood, he had just come to Hollywood and talks were going on because he gave some demonstrations and he was almost super-human. So talks were going on, a journalist came to interview him. And he asked him, "Okay people are talking about all this, give me a demonstration about your power." So Bruce Lee made him stand here, he was at a swimming pool. The swimming pool was nine feet away. He was standing here, the swimming pool edge is nine feet away. He said, "You just stand here," and he kept his fist just three inches away from the journalist's body and hoo! The man went and fell in the pool. A 185 pound man went and fell in the pool with a three inch punch. Just that's all. No like this, just. That's all. Because you're using the Manipuraka, hoo! The man will just fly. Manipuraka could be mobile but that's not a good thing to do. Some of the people, who are into certain type of martial arts, are making their Manipuraka mobile to demonstrate certain things. That is not good at all. Once you learn to move your Manipuraka in a certain way, that too to do demos and stuff, such a person will not live long. So I'm not saying this only with this relation, because anyway he's dead, that's easy to say. Not in that context. Innocently they have shown these things in some of the things. There are yogis who move their Manipuraka and do things. Such people never physically move. They sit in the same place. Once your maintenance center is moved around, you don't move your physical body, you sit in the same place always. I think in some of these martial arts movies, innocently, not knowing what it is, they have shown this. Some old people are sitting, somebody falls down but they're always sitting. Have you seen this?

September 30, 2020

3:30

What are the 5 fundamental elements in existence and their their significance

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains that the body is just a play of 5 elements, and so is the world, and so is the existence. Sadhguru says - "How well organized the five elements are in your system decides how firm and stable and organically strong this body is." 72% of the body is just Water, 12% is Earth, 6% is Air, 4% is Fire and the remaining 6% is Space. Sadhguru explains the significance of each of these elements,...

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... and how we can take charge of them.

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains that the body is just a play of 5 elements, and so is the world, and so is the existence....

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... Sadhguru says - "How well organized the five elements are in your system decides how firm and stable and organically strong this body is." 72% of the body is just Water, 12% is Earth, 6% is Air, 4% is Fire and the remaining 6% is Space. Sadhguru explains the significance of each of these elements, and how we can take charge of them.

July 20, 2020

6:52

Koorma Naadi – The key to enhance your perception

Synopsis: Sadhguru says that - "everything that you are doing... essentially all that you are looking for is that you want a bigger experience in life". And this can only be achieved if you enhance your perception. Sadhguru explains the 'Koorma Naadi' in the human system - this is the Naadi that conducts the breath in the human system. Mastery of this can significantly enhance ones perception.

Synopsis: Sadhguru says that - "everything that you are doing... essentially all that you are looking for is that...

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... you want a bigger experience in life". And this can only be achieved if you enhance your perception. Sadhguru explains the 'Koorma Naadi' in the human system - this is the Naadi that conducts the breath in the human system. Mastery of this can significantly enhance ones perception.

July 5, 2020

4:53

The mechanics of life entering the body, when does the soul enter the womb

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...Prasson Joshi asks Sadhguru - "Where do you suggest life begins? Is it in the womb? Is it when you are delivered? When does the soul enter the body?" Sadhguru explains the mechanics of life entering the womb. Sadhguru explains that life enters the womb between 40-48 days. If it enters after 48 days, that means a phenomenal being is on the way. After 90 days the life is fully established in the womb.

Synopsis: Prasson Joshi asks Sadhguru - "Where do you suggest life begins? Is it in the womb? Is it when you are...

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... delivered? When does the soul enter the body?" Sadhguru explains the mechanics of life entering the womb. Sadhguru explains that life enters the womb between 40-48 days. If it enters after 48 days, that means a phenomenal being is on the way. After 90 days the life is fully established in the womb.

July 1, 2020

3:49

Life and Death are happening with each breath

Synopsis: In this profound talk Sadhguru explains that life and death are not two different things. He says - "Death is not something that happens to you in future. It's happening to you all the time.... In every moment, both life and death are involved... You will notice, with every inhalation there is life, with every exhalation there is death." Only if you embrace death can one lead a full fledged life!

Synopsis: In this profound talk Sadhguru explains that life and death are not two different things. He says - "Death...

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... is not something that happens to you in future. It's happening to you all the time.... In every moment, both life and death are involved... You will notice, with every inhalation there is life, with every exhalation there is death." Only if you embrace death can one lead a full fledged life!

June 29, 2020

4:48

How Do Yogis Go Without Food & Water For Months

Synopsis: A student at medical college asks Sadhguru - "Sadhguru we have heard many stories of people getting into a deep state of meditation, and they forgo basic human necessities like thirst and hunger for several months together. But science says that a person can die within 10 days of not having water. So can you explain how such a state of metabolism can be attained?" Sadhguru explains the mechanics of...

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... human physiology, and what happens in the system when yogis go into deep states of meditation.

Synopsis: A student at medical college asks Sadhguru - "Sadhguru we have heard many stories of people getting into...

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... a deep state of meditation, and they forgo basic human necessities like thirst and hunger for several months together. But science says that a person can die within 10 days of not having water. So can you explain how such a state of metabolism can be attained?" Sadhguru explains the mechanics of human physiology, and what happens in the system when yogis go into deep states of meditation.

December 13, 2019

8:08

Our Body Is Nothing But Soil

Synopsis: In the Indian culture, soil or earth is always looked upon as a mother from which we are born. Sadhguru tells that our body is nothing but soil. He also explains that there is a tremendous amount of intelligence in the soil. We should not underestimate the intelligence of life. So, don't mistake the source of your life as dirt!

Synopsis: In the Indian culture, soil or earth is always looked upon as a mother from which we are born. Sadhguru...

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... tells that our body is nothing but soil. He also explains that there is a tremendous amount of intelligence in the soil. We should not underestimate the intelligence of life. So, don't mistake the source of your life as dirt!

December 5, 2019

4:27

Five layers of the human body

Synopsis: Sadhguru gives an insight into yogic physiology. There are five layers or sheaths of the body. First is food body, second is the mind body, third layer is the energy body. Sadhguru explains the 114 chakras, or energy nodes in the system. The fourth layer, is vigyanmaya kosha, or a transitional body, where physical is transitioning into non-physical. The fifth layer, is the bliss body. Sadhguru also...

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... explains how the number of breath one takes is directly related to perception.

Synopsis: Sadhguru gives an insight into yogic physiology. There are five layers or sheaths of the body. First...

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... is food body, second is the mind body, third layer is the energy body. Sadhguru explains the 114 chakras, or energy nodes in the system. The fourth layer, is vigyanmaya kosha, or a transitional body, where physical is transitioning into non-physical. The fifth layer, is the bliss body. Sadhguru also explains how the number of breath one takes is directly related to perception.

June 19, 2019

8:52

Can human beings evolve further?

Synopsis: During the Youth and Truth event at the Bennet University, a student asks Sadhguru - "So, I am a big fan of Elon Musk. And, he is on interplanetary travel. So, he is talking about evolution of human beings. I think the last time we evolved was more than 15,000 years ago, and we maybe due for an update. Where do you think the human race is going to go in the next 100, or maybe even 500 years, and how...

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... do you think we are going to upgrade? How are we going to evolve?"

Synopsis: During the Youth and Truth event at the Bennet University, a student asks Sadhguru - "So, I am a big...

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... fan of Elon Musk. And, he is on interplanetary travel. So, he is talking about evolution of human beings. I think the last time we evolved was more than 15,000 years ago, and we maybe due for an update. Where do you think the human race is going to go in the next 100, or maybe even 500 years, and how do you think we are going to upgrade? How are we going to evolve?"

May 2, 2019

6:30

Are you a slave to your genetics?

Synopsis: In response to a question, during an in-conversation event at the Harvard Medical School, Sadhguru explains that it is only human beings who can expand their consciousness. One simple way to achieve this is to identify yourself with your ignorance, and not your knowledge. He explains that, eastern cultures, were focused on releasing oneself from genetic memory (other than physiological aspects) - because...

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... genetic memory binds you. Unless one distances themselves from their genetic memory, they can not be a new possibility, they will just become a copy of their parents.

Synopsis: In response to a question, during an in-conversation event at the Harvard Medical School, Sadhguru explains...

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... that it is only human beings who can expand their consciousness. One simple way to achieve this is to identify yourself with your ignorance, and not your knowledge. He explains that, eastern cultures, were focused on releasing oneself from genetic memory (other than physiological aspects) - because genetic memory binds you. Unless one distances themselves from their genetic memory, they can not be a new possibility, they will just become a copy of their parents.

August 17, 2018

6:32

Marma – Can yogic pain relief be used as an alternate to anaesthesia?

Synopsis: During an in-conversation event at the Harvard medical school, Emery Brown (MD, PhD) asks Sadhguru - "Let me pose a question to you Sadhguru. So, we can perhaps work as individuals to .. Now that I know, I take away [as anaesthetist] wakefulness, and not consciousness.. right.. And, that's an individuals decision to maybe train in this particular way. So, is there someway that we can harness these...

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... insights that you have, harness this understanding, and use it as anesthesiologist to take care of patients. Because, if we can adapt it, that would be very very helpful. Because, we would be using the powers in a way that would control the brain in a way that would be more physiologic."

Synopsis: During an in-conversation event at the Harvard medical school, Emery Brown (MD, PhD) asks Sadhguru -...

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... "Let me pose a question to you Sadhguru. So, we can perhaps work as individuals to .. Now that I know, I take away [as anaesthetist] wakefulness, and not consciousness.. right.. And, that's an individuals decision to maybe train in this particular way. So, is there someway that we can harness these insights that you have, harness this understanding, and use it as anesthesiologist to take care of patients. Because, if we can adapt it, that would be very very helpful. Because, we would be using the powers in a way that would control the brain in a way that would be more physiologic."

August 12, 2018

7:56

Can we learn more about human physiology through yogic kriyas?

Synopsis: A seeker asks Sadhguru - "My question is, if I want to learn more about the human body, would you recommend just doing more yoga or reading the human body as it's described in yogic sciences, or just experience by exercising more often?" Sadhguru says, through the process of kriyas, one can know the human system completely in a different way. However, it needs a certain discipline, and also a body...

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... which has that kind of capability. Right now in the world both these are missing.

Synopsis: A seeker asks Sadhguru - "My question is, if I want to learn more about the human body, would you recommend...

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... just doing more yoga or reading the human body as it's described in yogic sciences, or just experience by exercising more often?" Sadhguru says, through the process of kriyas, one can know the human system completely in a different way. However, it needs a certain discipline, and also a body which has that kind of capability. Right now in the world both these are missing.

June 2, 2018

5:10

Can Ida and Pingala be experienced?

Synopsis: Someone asks Sadhguru - "You mentioned Ida and Pingala. Is it really possible to imagine those, or are they just psychological nadis". Sadhguru says, with awareness they can definitely be experienced

Synopsis: Someone asks Sadhguru - "You mentioned Ida and Pingala. Is it really possible to imagine those, or are...

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... they just psychological nadis". Sadhguru says, with awareness they can definitely be experienced

April 3, 2018

1:16

Soil Is Not ‘Dirt’, Your Body Is Soil [Earth Day]

Synopsis: We say earth as 'dirt'. Dirt means trash. In the Indian culture, earth [soil] is referred as mother. Once we make the raw material of life making materials into 'dirt', then the product [human being] will also be 'dirt'. In the Indian culture, everything is looked as a life making material, and revered. These materials only passes through you. The air we breathe, the body we carry, has been through...

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... millions of life forms.

Synopsis: We say earth as 'dirt'. Dirt means trash. In the Indian culture, earth [soil] is referred as mother....

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... Once we make the raw material of life making materials into 'dirt', then the product [human being] will also be 'dirt'. In the Indian culture, everything is looked as a life making material, and revered. These materials only passes through you. The air we breathe, the body we carry, has been through millions of life forms.

December 5, 2017

3:01

The Significance of Indian Classical Music, And Activating The Chakras

Modern science tells us that the entire existence is a reverberation of energy - or in other words - an amalgamation of sounds. The human ear can hear only a small band of the spectrum. But in certain states - Rithambhara Pragna - you can hear the sounds beyond this limited spectrum. The whole existence can be experienced as sound. When sounds are arranged in a certain pattern, they impact our system in a certain way - this is the science of mantras. Indian classical music is a modification of the mantras - where both aesthetics and technical arrangements are important. Indian classical music can activate the chakras and evolve a human being into higher levels of consciousness.

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March 1, 2019

10 min read

What is Swadishtana Chakra?

Sadhguru tells us that Swadhishthana means “abode of the self”. He describes the many possibilities that mastery of this Chakra offers. If Muladhara and Swadhishthana are stabilized in an individual then health will happen from within. He also tells simple ways to stabilize the Muladhara and Swadhishthana in our system. To impress upon the power of Swadhishthana Sadhguru narrates an incidence that happened with Ram Dass when he went to meet Neem Karoli Baba. Sadhguru elaborates how Swadhishthana can be used in three different ways: It can be done with rituals, or by using the body, or by using pure energy.

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November 9, 2018

10 min read

What are The 7 Chakras in Our Body?

There are actually 114 chakras in the body. These are the junction points for the nadis in the human system. Nadis are the channels of praana (life energy). Though a chakra literally means wheel, they are actually triangles. Out of these 114, 2 are outside the body, and only 108 can be worked upon, remaining 4 flower as a result. Sadhguru elaborates on the significance of the number 108. These 112 chakras are arranged in 7 dimensions; it is these 7 dimensions that are referred as the 7 chakras. Chakras, apart from the physical dimension also have a spiritual dimension. Sadhguru elaborates on the qualities of each of the seven chakras; Muladhara, Svadishthana, Manuparaka, Anahata, Vishuddhi, Ajna and Sahasrara.

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August 6, 2018

9 min read

What is Muladhara Chakra?

Mul-adhar means foundation. This chakra is the foundation of the physical and energy structure of a human being. It is very important to have a stable foundation. Only if the Muladhara Chakra is stabilized, one will experience health and wellbeing in life. Sadhguru narrates a beautiful story about Allama Mahaprabhu, a great sage, and elaborates on three fundamental ways in which the secretions of the pineal gland can be used - to strengthen the body and make it like a rock; bring high levels of drunkenness and blissfulness within you; make yourself like thin air and super-hype your perception.

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August 4, 2018

10 min read

What Is Our Elemental Connection With The Environment?

What is our connection with the outer ecology? Can we separate ourselves from everything around us? Sadhguru tells us that both the human and the cosmic body are made of five elements - and that they are inseparable. The composition of human body is 72% water and 12% earth. He tells us how with the mastery of these five elements, one can take charge of their well being.

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June 1, 2018

3 min read

When Do The Chakras Manifest In The Fetus?

Around the twelve week mark, only one chakra is formed in the fetus; the Muladhara. Then, in the first twenty eight to thirty two weeks, the first five chakras, upto Vishudhi, are formed. How much do Agna and Sahsrar (the remaining two chakras) get, varies for every human being. By observing an infant's eyeball movement, and the way they cry, you can tell if the Agna is established or not. Sahsrar is generally not developed for most. In the Indian culture, there were many traditions, during pregnancy and infancy to facilitate the chakra's development in the mother's womb.

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March 9, 2018

5 min read

What is Sahasrar Chakra?

Sahasrar, the 7th chakra, is not a physical space. You can not stay there for too long. If you do, you can't hold onto the body. When your energies are in Sahasrar, you will simply float around in ecstasy. In that state, you cannot be functional in terms of human activity. Sadhguru also tells us about the third day's moon, and the symbolism of why it adorns as an ornament on Shiva's head. Sadhguru also elaborates on what is soma rekha, the tradition of pradosham in South Indian temples.

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February 10, 2018

8 min read

What is Agna Chakra?

Agna, the 6th Chakra, is the highest level of discernment and is the source of knowing. Agna is without any color, that is why it is related to vairagya. When your energies move into Agna, your perception will go beyond the normal limitations, and you will see everything the way it is. If this happens without any sweetness of emotion within you, you may completely lose interest in everything. Balance of clarity and sweetness of emotion is essential before touching Agna.

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January 20, 2018

4 min read

What is Vishuddhi Chakra?

Vishuddhi, the 5th Chakra, means a filter. If your Vishuddhi is active, you will filter out all poisons that enter your system. Poison not necessarily in form of what you consume, a wrong thought, a wrong idea, energy, impulse can also poison you. If your energies are in Vishuddhi, you will not be impacted by whatever is happening around you.

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January 8, 2018

2 min read

What is Manipuraka Chakra?

Manipura (or Manipuraka), is the 3rd chakra. It is the maintenance center of the body. In the human system, this is the only place where all the seventy two thousand nadis meet and redistribute themselves. This makes Manipuara chakra more mobile than other chakras. The ability to move manipura give you a different kind of power. Far Eastern martial art styles make use of this, and move manipura in many different ways. Sadhguru also tells us how the spiritual practices make use of manipura.

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November 30, 2017

4 min read

What is Anahata Chakra?

Anahata means the 'unstruck sound'. Anahata, the 4th Chakra is the mergin point for the lower 3 chakras and the higher 3 chakras. In a way, Anahata has these six qualities. Sadhguru explains the significance of the symbol of Anahata, six pointed star, merging of upward moving triangle and downward facing triangle. Before going into Anahata sadhana, it is essential that the person has sweetness of emotion and steadiness of the intellect. When your energies are dominant in Anahata, you will start hearing and perceiving sounds - the language of the birds, animals, earth, and the atmosphere. For those interested in the mystical, this is a must read. Sadhguru tells us about what one experiences when in Anahata.

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November 16, 2017

11 min read

Are There Really 7 Chakras?

Many people refer to yoga as a philosophy. Philosophies are made up - they have nothing to do with reality. In yoga, there is no philosophy. Yogis are not a product of philosophies or scriptures. When they shared their experiences, people around them wrote it down. Whenever something is written down, the writer's mind also goes into it. So, these 7 chakras are not like 7 segments, this is just a certain classification for the intellect to grasp. Otherwise, life is happening as one big whole!

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November 2, 2017

5 min read

Why Do We Need Cleansing of The Five Elements Within Our System?

Sadhguru explains that 'pure' is contextual. He says - "Purification essentially is in the context of human beings, not in terms of the element itself". The same is true with the elements within the system. Cleansing them is in context of what is conducive for the human system. The five elements within the system are influenced by the karmic substance gathered over a period of time. Sahdguru says - "Cleansing the elements is about making them free of the accumulated information or karmic substance". Bhuta Shudhhi is a process for this.

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April 21, 2017

4 min read

How does Sadhguru know everything?

Q: Sadhguru, your knowing seems to be inexhaustible. Is all this recorded in you or are you just getting it from somewhere? Sadhguru says - "Your energy system or pranamayakosha carries stupendous volumes of information, which is so easy to carry and is not burdensome. It is so simple."

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November 22, 2016

4 min read

The Significance of Indian Classical Music, And Activating The Chakras

Modern science tells us that the entire existence is a reverberation…

March 1, 2019

10 min read

What is Swadishtana Chakra?

Sadhguru tells us that Swadhishthana means “abode of the self”. He…

November 9, 2018

10 min read

What are The 7 Chakras in Our Body?

There are actually 114 chakras in the body. These are the…

August 6, 2018

9 min read

What is Muladhara Chakra?

Mul-adhar means foundation. This chakra is the foundation of the physical…

August 4, 2018

10 min read

What Is Our Elemental Connection With The Environment?

What is our connection with the outer ecology? Can we separate…

June 1, 2018

3 min read

When Do The Chakras Manifest In The Fetus?

Around the twelve week mark, only one chakra is formed in…

March 9, 2018

5 min read

What is Sahasrar Chakra?

Sahasrar, the 7th chakra, is not a physical space. You can…

February 10, 2018

8 min read

What is Agna Chakra?

Agna, the 6th Chakra, is the highest level of discernment and…

January 20, 2018

4 min read

What is Vishuddhi Chakra?

Vishuddhi, the 5th Chakra, means a filter. If your Vishuddhi is…

January 8, 2018

2 min read

What is Manipuraka Chakra?

Manipura (or Manipuraka), is the 3rd chakra. It is the maintenance…

November 30, 2017

4 min read

What is Anahata Chakra?

Anahata means the 'unstruck sound'. Anahata, the 4th Chakra is the…

November 16, 2017

11 min read

Are There Really 7 Chakras?

Many people refer to yoga as a philosophy. Philosophies are made…

November 2, 2017

5 min read

Why Do We Need Cleansing of The Five Elements Within Our System?

Sadhguru explains that 'pure' is contextual. He says - "Purification essentially…

April 21, 2017

4 min read

How does Sadhguru know everything?

Q: Sadhguru, your knowing seems to be inexhaustible. Is all this…

November 22, 2016

4 min read

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