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Yoga: Weight Loss for the Mind & Body

There are many ways to lose weight and it can only achieve by being disciplined, determined and dedicated towards weight loss goal. One of the most popular ways is yoga. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India over 300 decades ago. While yoga is often thought of as the physical practice, the full practice includes all aspects of lifestyle including diet, mental attitude, choices about one’s lifestyle and philosophical study.

There are different levels of yoga. There is yoga that’s meant for the mind, and there’s power yoga that’s more of an exercise.  If your goal is weight loss, choosing one of the vigorous, flowing styles of yoga, such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa or Power Yoga, is the smart choice. These classes traditionally last 90 minutes, and can most definitely have a cardiovascular benefit. You will burn calories, tone and stretch your muscles, and provide weight bearing exercise for your bones with these forms of yoga. Your metabolism will be raised through the activity and you can see body shaping changes and even weight loss.

Performing a yoga fitness routine target all major muscle groups and utilizes the individual’s body weight and gravity as resistance. Many of the poses and movements performed in a yoga exercise session focus on core development. The lower back, upper and lower abdominals, obliques and gluteal muscles receive a reasonable workout that will promote safe and effective weight loss. This results in improvements in muscular strength, mass and tone.

It is important to understand the various factors that contribute in weight gain. Apart from faulty dietary habits, one should identify that weight gain also stems from inefficient functioning of various bodily functions. Yoga has some of the most basic breathing practices at its base which aims at cleansing, balancing and rejuvenating our inner organs and their functions. Various breathing exercises and basic asanas help in increasing metabolic and heart rates. Once you are healed from within, the focus then shifts towards the outer body.

Most individuals also need to change both their energy intake and energy expenditure to lose weight but many individuals eat more when they are feeling stressed and yoga can help combat stress, which can influence one’s energy intake. Stress can lead to a poor diet. The best strategy to losing weight and keeping it off is by understanding and managing the behaviors and emotions towards emotional eating so it stands to reason that a regular yoga practice, by improving how the brain controls your reaction to stress, could lead to healthier food choices and easier weight loss.

Experts agree that increasing your physical activity level is a good first step towards losing weight. So, with that in mind, it is important to choose the right style of yoga. Here at ACM Group yoga, we can help you to choose the right style of yoga that is best suitable for you to achieve your desired goal. Regularly performing a yoga fitness routine will promote safe and effective weight loss and will provide your body, mind and spirit with an excellent workout experience.

All-Night Yoga and Meditation Sessions Now Available

Imagine watching the dawn come up after an all-night yoga and meditation session. This is what real yoga and meditation is all about. As of this month we are offering hard-core yoga and meditation enthusiasts the chance to experience all-night yoga and meditation sessions. Connect deep to your inner core and to the heart of the universe. Pulse together in perfect harmony; as new consciousness and enlightenment dawns upon you. Life and spirit demand commitment; the monks of old in the ashram would not hesitate to devote all to their pursuit of satori.

Moments, like grains of sand, are many and are one. The universe calls in a never ending stream of consciousness from moon beams to starlight. Waves of awareness ripple as if in an ocean of enlightenment and you are there awake and alive; all night long. The Master walks among the kneeling forms of his disciples, gently tapping shoulders with his meditation staff to bring you back into the moment once again. The exquisite bliss of this gift frees you from the never ending wheel of your thoughts; which entangles you in ego and Maya.

All-Night Yoga and Meditation Sessions Now Available

Walk in our Vipassana garden, amid the living and breathing entities. Trust your gentle steps in the dark and make your way along the path toward the eternal light. Each breath taken and released and the space between heart beats are your guiding lights on this journey to the centre of your being and the universe. The Master will lead and you will follow; trust the wisdom of the Master.

Participants fast for several days prior to the all-night yoga and meditation sessions. All participants remain in silence for the duration of the event. No communication of any sort is allowed between meditators. Blindfolds are provided for all participants and loose comfortable clothing is recommended. No perfumes or scents of any kind are to be worn during the all-night session and forty eight hours prior to the event. Physical contact between meditators is strictly forbidden.

As the first light emerges from the deepest dark of the night you will be bathed in bliss by the moment. You will stretch with the specially designed ACM Group yoga asanas and lift up your heart chakra and third eye to meet the cosmic showering of new life. Breathe and be one with all. Be in bliss. Be in bliss. Be in bliss.

 

False Gurus and Cults: The Dangers of Spiritual Idolatry

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The spiritual world can be a refuge from the avarice and ignorance of the materialistic twenty first century societies we live in. Finding a true path and, perhaps, a teacher or guru, can feel like you have finally found your purpose in life. It can, however, also be a realm where it is hard to keep your feet on the ground. A wise spiritual teacher once told me to keep my eye on the path and not to lose myself in the mysterious moments that may come through deep meditation. Don’t look at the lightning in the sky or you may stray from the path and be lost forever.

A Place of Heart

The spiritual journey is often a heartfelt journey; when we come home to ourselves we are grateful to those who have guided us there. It is, also, a realm where the borders around things are less distinct; spiritual energy moves beyond matter. Sometimes that heart space can be manipulated by people who misrepresent themselves in the spiritual dimension. There are false gurus and cults: the dangers of spiritual idolatry are real. Sometimes what begins as something beautiful and innocent turns into something evil and abhorrent.

Love Can Be Abused

You can fall in love with the Master, with the egoless wisdom of what he or she represents; you are the seeker and he the Beloved. Love is a very important means of transferring spiritual truth from teacher to disciple. You can see how this situation can lend itself to exploitation when unscrupulous people are involved. In a spiritual organisation the fish rots from the head; and it only takes one powerful individual to take a wrong turn. When there are many followers and only one leader, as in totalitarian states, the outcomes can be Jones Town and Waco.

Avoiding Spiritual Ego

This is why we at ACM Group are scrupulous about our commitment to pure spirit. It is why we are mindful of avoiding spiritual ego; we are vigilant in our self checking processes. False gurus and cults: the dangers of spiritual idolatry are out there. In yoga organisations and religious groups you can find corruption and misuse of power. We at ACM, being aware of the pitfalls, can traverse the chasm of fire with a pure heart. Always ask yourself, when called upon by others to do something, is this task something my heart and mind are truly comfortable with? Never blindly follow the will of others. Peace be with you.

 

 

What Is Advanced Conscious Meditation?

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Advanced conscious meditation is the culmination of a lifetime of meditative practice. It is when the meditator is merely a vessel for heart based consciousness. The witness state has become the default position; and the seeker and the sought are one. The technique or tradition of the meditation is irrelevant; it is only the state of being that matters. The spiritual or religious background of the meditator is, equally, irrelevant. We at ACM Group are respectful of all religious and spiritual belief systems. Meditation is not only a pathway to enlightenment for the individual; as a group process it can, also, save humanity from destruction.

Meditation answers all calls, peacefully, and it purifies the consciousness as it expands the consciousness. In answering the question, what is advanced meditation? We would say it is the reflection of a billion souls in the fragment of a star fallen to earth. We at ACM Group honour all meditators everywhere around the planet. If the whole world meditated for a moment, all suffering would be eradicated from the globe instantly. Avarice, greed, anger, suspicion, all of these things, cannot exist in a state of advanced conscious meditation. The heart chakra and the crowning third eye chakra will blaze and obliterate these negative states with pure love.

Meditation organisations in every country around the world are aware of the need for advanced conscious meditation to become ‘the way’ for humanity. We at ACM Group are but one of the many petals on the mandala of planetary consciousness. The cosmic breath draws life from the spiritual being and it is returned in a never ending cyclical interplay. The more you meditate, the more you are part of the radiance of light; and the deeper your roots stretch into the foundations of all life.

What is advanced conscious meditation? Who am I? These are the Zen like questions which echo in the heart chamber of existence. Discover the watcher, the eternal witness; and the peace of mind beyond ego, self and Maya. Your life is like a movie on a 3D screen being played inside your head; step aside and see beyond all hope and fear. We at ACM Group go to the feet of the ultimate truth of the one. Buddham Saranam Gacchami.

 

ACM Group Australia 2016