Formal "Conscious Exercise"

The usual activity of most men and women involves a compulsive breaking and obstructing of the life-current, thus creating tensions and inharmonies within the body. Through the conscious use of the body however, while being randomly mindful of bodily movement and posture and while performing “conscious exercise”, one is able to observe and understand the ritual of bodily compensations and pass beyond them into a stable, harmonious condition wherein attention and energy are free for devotional service to Me, the Living Divine Person. Therefore, as My devotee, learn to use the whole body consciously and intuitively in ordinary life and meditation.

—Avatar Adi Da Samraj

Sitting, Standing and Walking

Adi Da’s devotees learn how to use the whole body consciously in support of Divine Contemplation, including specific instruction on how to sit, stand, and walk.

Formal Exercise Routines

Avatar Adi Da has Given daily routines of “conscious exercise”, that combine both Eastern and Western forms to involve the physical body, breath, and entire dimension of life-energy. They include:

Da Namaskar – the traditional Surya Namaskar of Hatha Yoga, done as an invocation of Adi Da. Da Namaskar is a balancing exercise that can be performed at a fast pace in the morning exercise routine, or more slowly in the evening routine.

Da Chi Gong – a modification of a basic posture from the Chinese exercise system Chi Gong that focuses on receiving, intensifying and conducting the life-force in the body and mind. Through Contemplation of Adi Da Samraj during this practice, His Divine Transmission is invoked and magnified in the body. Adi Da especially recommends Da Chi Gong be done in the evening routine, before or after Da Namaskar, and before Hatha Yoga. It may also be done in the morning after Da Namaskar and before calisthenics, or randomly through the day.

Calisthenics – a series of energetic exercises that overcome lethargy, done as part of the morning exercise routine.

Hatha Yoga – a traditional Indian system of poses, or asanas, that exercise the spine and its etheric or energy-transferring channels. Bodily balance and harmony is restored. Devotees of Adi Da generally practice Hatha Yoga in the evening.

Pranayama – an ancient Indian technique for balancing and purifying the body and nervous system through exercises of the breath. Pranayama is done after the evening Hatha Yoga routine.

Other Exercise Routines

Many members of Adidam enjoy other forms of exercise, such as weight training, swimming, martial arts, cycling, and so forth. They engage these in addition to the other forms of “conscious exercise” Given by Adi Da Samraj, and they practice them as “conscious exercise” by engaging them as forms of the Yoga of devotion to Avatar Adi Da.


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