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Spiritual Yoga

Awakening to Higher Awareness
by Gyandev McCord



Table of Contents

Foreword    
Preface    
Acknowledgments  
Introduction 
   
Chapter 1: The Art and Science of Hatha Yoga    
1.1 — The Science: Mind-Energy-Body Connection    
1.2 — The Art: Going Beyond Technique    
1.3 — The Highest Art    

Chapter 2: Keys to Practicing Spiritual Yoga 
   
Chapter 3: Practice Routines    
3.1 — Sample Routines    
3.2 — Create Your Own Routine 
   
Chapter 4: Asanas    
4.1 — Standing Asanas: Center Your Awareness in the Spine    
Tadasana — (Standing) Mountain Pose    
Vrikasana — Tree Pose    
Garudasana — Eagle Pose (aka Twisted Pose)    
Natarajasana — King-of-the-Dance Pose    
Ganapatiasana — Ganapati’s Pose    
Tola Trikonasana — Balancing Triangle Pose    
Utkatasana — Chair Pose    
Padahastasana — Hand-to-the-Foot Pose (aka Jackknife Pose)    
Prasarita Padotanasana — Wide-Stance Forward Bend    
Parsvotanasana — Side Stretching Pose (aka Pyramid Pose)    
Ardha Chandrasana — Half-Moon Pose    
Muktasana — Freedom Pose    
Virabhadrasana I — Warrior Pose I    
Virabhadrasana II — Warrior Pose II    
Trikonasana — Triangle Pose    
Parsvakonasana — Side Angle Pose    
Surya Namaskar — Sun Salutation    
4.2 — Floor Asanas I: Release Energy from Your Extremities    
Janushirasana — Head-to-the-Knee Pose    
Paschimotanasana — Posterior-Stretching Pose    
Baddha Konasana — Bound Angle Pose (aka Butterfly Pose)    
Upavistha Konasana — Seated Angle Pose    
Gomukhasana — Face of Light Pose    
Sasamgasana — Hare Pose    
Supta Vajrasana — Supine Firm Pose    
Adho Mukha Shvanasana — Downward-Facing Dog Pose    
4.3 — Floor Asanas II: Stretch and Open Your Spine    
Parighasana — Gate Pose    
Ardha Matsyendrasana — Half Spinal Twist    
Jathara Parivartanasana — Supine Twist    
Ustrasana — Camel Pose    
Rajakapotasana — Royal Pigeon Pose    
Bhujangasana — Cobra Pose    
Setu Bandhasana — Bridge Pose    
Matsyasana — Fish Pose    
Chakrasana — Wheel Pose (aka Circle Pose)    
Pavanamuktasana — Wind-Freeing Pose    
Bakasana — Crane Pose    
4.4 — Floor Asanas III: Energize Your Spine    
Navasana — Boat Pose (aka V-Pose)    
Akarshana Dhanurasana — Pulling-the-Bow Pose    
Purvotanasana — Front-Stretching Pose    
Salabhasana — Locust Pose    
Dhanurasana — Bow Pose    
Vasishthasana — Vasishtha’s Pose    
Mayurasana — Peacock Pose    
Simhasana — Lion Pose    
Yoga Mudra — Symbol of Yoga    
Parvatasana — (Seated) Mountain Pose    
4.5 — Inverted Asanas: Bring Energy to Your Brain    
Sarvangasana — Shoulderstand    
Viparita Karani — Simple Inverted Pose    
Halasana — Plow Pose    
Karnapirasana — Ear-Closing Pose    
Sirshasana — Headstand    
Pincha Mayurasana — Peacock Feather Pose    
4.6 — Relaxation Asanas: Relax on All Levels    
Balasana — Child Pose    
Savasana — Corpse Pose    
4.7 — Sitting Asanas: Internalize Your Awareness    
Sukhasana — Easy Pose    
Swastikasana — Auspicious Pose    
Vajrasana — Firm Pose (aka Thunderbolt Pose)    
Siddhasana — Perfect Pose    
Padmasana — Lotus Pose    

Chapter 5: Pranayamas    
5.1 — Guidelines for Pranayama Practice    
5.2 — Basic Pranayama Techniques    
Diaphragmatic Breathing    
Dirgha Pranayama I (Full Yogic Breath)    
Dirgha Pranayama II (Full Yogic Breath Flow)    
Double Breathing    
Ujjayi Pranayama — Victorious Breath    
Sitkari Pranayama — Hissing Breath    
Sitali Pranayama — Cooling Breath    
5.3 — Pranayama with Vishnu Mudra    
Chandra Bheda Pranayama    
Surya Bheda Pranayama    
Nadi Shodhanam    
5.4 — Pranayama with Bandhas    
Mula Bandha — Root Lock    
Uddiyana Bandha — Stomach Lift    
Jalandhara Bandha — Chin Lock    
Combining Bandhas    
5.5 — Vigorous Pranayama    
Kapalabhati Pranayama — Breath of Fire (aka Skull-Shining Breath)    
Bhastrika Pranayama — Bellows Breath  
 
Chapter 6: Meditation    
6.1 — The Science: Concentrate and Calm Your Mind    
6.2 — The Art: Attune Your Mind to What You Seek 
   
Chapter 7: Yoga as a Way of Life    
7.1 — Find Balance    
7.2 — Create a Supportive Environment    
7.3 — Find Freedom in Service    
7.4 — Outer Fitness Feeds Inner Fitness    
7.5 — Dietary Choices Can Help    
7.6 — Lighten Up    

Chapter 8: Two More Aids for the Journey    
8.1 — Right Attitude    
8.2 — A Guide for the Journey  
 
Appendix A: Origins of Ananda Yoga    
Appendix B: Further Exploration    
Glossary    
Index of Techniques    
About the Author



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