What is Yoga

In nature, there is symbiotic relationship among organisms to sustain life cycle on earth. Breathing and “prana” (vital energy) are essential to sustain life. The purpose of yoga & meditation retreat in Rishikesh is to decode the mystery of nature by exploring mind in divine consciousness.

Microscopic organisms are part of this same earth planet where mammoth organisms move. There is mystic cord which binds all organisms rhythmically to sustain life on this earth. If this cord breaks, the whole universe will collapse. All life is connected to the same power, which you call super consciousness.

The word “yoga” is derived from Sanskrit word “yuj” which means to join, or combine. Yoga teacher training course in India defines yoga as inward journey by disconnecting with outer world. Yoga is a trodden path for self-expression in a refined and subtle way. State of thoughtless mind and stable body is yoga.

  • Ancient art of discovering yourself
  • Knowing of your enormous potential
  • Yoga is harmonizing mind, body & emotions
  • Union of limited self with supreme consciousness
  • Following a path which leads to self-illumination

Methodology of Traditional Yoga

Traditional yoga flourished in and around the foothills of Himalayas. The flow of information passed orally from guru to his disciples. In the natural milieu of ashram, disciples used to learned yogic lifestyle under the constant vigil and supervision of gurus. The medium of instruction was purely Sanskrit. Apart from pose, yogic breathing & meditation, chanting of mantras were part of their daily routine. They used to live simple, eat simple and followed ashram rules strictly.

The erudite disciples later became gurus and passed the acquired knowledge to the next generation of seekers. The chapter of yoga renaissance was written in later half of 19th century when Himalayan yogis reached Europe and America. The western world approved the power of yoga & meditation and its universal appeal.

These are the five popular traditional yoga :

Patanjali Yoga : Yoga philosophy by Patanjali (Sutras)

Hatha Yoga : ‘Ha’ represents “prana”, while ‘tha’ represents mind

Ashtanga Yoga‘Ashta’ means eight and ‘Anga’ means limbs

Bhakti Yoga :  Devotion of your chosen deity for realization

Karma Yoga : Yoga of action with no desire of results

Methodology of Modern Yoga

The modern yoga studios have twisted the real essence of yoga to suit modern aspirants, who least interested in meditation & Samadhi. Modern aspirants are practicing it for stress management, disease management and personality development etc. These benefits are just byproducts of yoga.

Modern yoga is most focused on postures and breathing techniques, and less on concentration and meditation. Power yoga, vinayasa yoga and corporate yoga are emerging trends of yoga. In recent years, modern yoga has replaced traditional ashram style of learning in guru-disciple relationship by luxurious yoga studios.

  • Learn outer yoga for physical attractiveness
  • Avoid to explore inner yoga (meditation)
  • Altering the essence of yogic philosophy
  • Use of add-ons for comfortable practicing
  • Learning is constraint to obtain certificate