What is Yoga

Microscopic organisms are part of this same planet earth where giant creatures live. There is unseen mystic cord which binds all organisms symbiotically to sustain life and grow together. Breaking of cord means the world will collapse

All life is connected to the same power, which you call super consciousness. This pervades all living space, nourishing and looking after all creatures residing in water, soil and airy space. Yoga is a way to decode this mystery of nature.

The word “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means to join, combine or unite. It is a way to know your roots, your connection with supreme consciousness and the power hidden in the sense of “I”.

  • Ancient art of discovering yourself
  • Knowing of your enormous potential
  • Harmonizing mind, body & emotions
  • Divine path to attain ecstasy

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 education was Sanskrit. Apart from pose, yogic breathing & meditation, chanting of mantras were part of their daily routine. They used to live simple, eat simple and follow ashram rules strictly.

The yogic renaissance took shape in 19th century when English-speaking Himalayan yogis reached Europe and America and popularized yoga & meditation. The western world recognized the timeless philosophy of yoga. Moreover, the publication of yoga books in foreign languages gives new wings in its popularity.

Patanjali Yoga : Yoga philosophy by Patanjali (Sutras)

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

Bhakti Yoga :  Total surrender to chosen deity or guru

Karma Yoga : Yoga of action with no desire or fruits

Methodology of Modern Yoga

The ultimate goal of yoga is sidelined. Mostly yoga aspirants are turning towards it to attain fit body. Professionals are practicing it for stress management, therapy, personality development etc. Most yoga practitioners finish practiced with asana & breathing. Few are interested in meditation & Samadhi.

In recent years, modern yoga has replaced traditional yoga in yoga schools and studios. Moreover, the declaration of Rishikesh as world capital yoga has redefined the concept of yoga. Yoga seekers from all parts of the world are flocking this town to learn yoga & get a certificate of qualified yoga teacher.

  • Focus on quick physical health
  • Yoga restrained to asana only
  • Less faith in disciplined life
  • Guru replaced by yoga professionals