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Quiz : Yoga and Balanced Living

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1. Yoga means...
A state of union with the divine.
A form of Indian voodoo.
Eastern body culture techniques.

2. Meditation is...
Sitting in the lotus posture for certain specified periods.
A scientific technique for directing the mind inward, freeing it from all distractions.
A scientific technique for attaining breath mastery.

3. The vast science of yoga may be summarized into the following principles:
A harmonious development of body, mind and spirit, through proper exercise and diet, right thinking and meditation.
Energization exercises and meditation.
Prayer, chanting and meditation.

4. Traditionally, yogic practices have been categorized into the following:
Detachment from the world, seclusion and austerity.
The four paths of devotion, knowledge, selfless work and meditation.
Giving three fourths of the mind to meditation and one fourth to the world.

5. Raja Yoga is...
The royal path of meditation, 8 steps that make the yogi king of the mind and lead to enlightenment.
A scientific method of energizing yourself, that produces peace of mind and calmness, leading to greater efficiency in any endeavour.
Japa, repetition of a sacred chant with deep concentration.

6. Pranayama is...
The breathing exercises that enable control of prana, the vital force that sustains life in a physical body.
Constant remembrance of the divine Self and the noble purpose of life, through a scientific technique.
A set of physical exercises that make the body fit for meditation.

7. Samadhi is...
A state of complete calmness.
The ability to exist without breathing.
The superconscious state, the deepest and highest state of consciousness when body and mind have been transcended and the yogi is one with the Self or God.

8. A mantra is...
A sacred formula or certain sacred words, repetition of which concentrates the mind and develops the intuitive faculty.
A sacred chant.
A breathing technique.

9. Some of the physical effects of meditation are...
A better physique.
The rapid action of the heart, lungs and diaphragm slows down, giving rest to the vital organ and inducing longevity.
Prevents heart and respiratory disease.

10. The "third eye" refers to
The supernatural powers attained by yogic practise.
A five-pointed star surrounded by brilliant halos of light.
The god Shiva.

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