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Yoga in Varanasi

"The Way of the Sadhu"

Yogi Priest Swami Shiva Nand Jee meditates in the lotus position on a beach of the Gange sacred river.

The lotus position is one of the few that allows the back to be perfectly straight, from the sacrum to the head, the energy flows through the spine. The thumb and index are in contact, all chacras are open and allow for a better mind relaxation and meditation.

Yogi Priest Swami Shiva Nand Jee meditates in the lotus position on a sandy bank of the sacred Ganges.

The lotus position is one of the few in which the back remains perfectly straight, from the sacrum to the head, thus allowing energy to flow through the spine. The thumb and index finger are in linked so that all chacras stay open and allow for complete mind relaxation and meditation.

The Yogi’s clothes, a simple courta (shirt) and a dhoti (sarong), are made of light cotton. They are comfortable and allow free movement. The white represents the god Satua, a symbol of truth.

Swami Shiva Nand Jee, Varanasi, India

© Photo by Yumi Soule, Text by JP Soule with Swami Shiva 2002