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YOGA BASICS

The word YOGA means “TO UNITE”; “TO JOIN TOGETHER”

YOGA is a discipline, which joins together the mind, body, emotion, breath and spirit in perfect harmony.

Originally Yoga was developed several thousand years ago as a means of stilling the mind.

PANTANJALI (one of the world’s greatest sages, who lived in India somewhere between 200 BC and 200 AD), is considered to be a founder of the formal Yoga philosophy known as RAJA YOGA (Royal).

He compiled the first systematic presentation of Yoga called “YOGA SUTRAS”.

In this fundamental text of the Raja Yoga system, Pantanjali defines Yoga as:

“THE SETTLING OF THE MIND INTO SILENCE”

When the mind is silent, we can realise our true nature. The cessation of mental fluctuations (citta vritti nirodha) gives the possibility of stable meditation and may lead to deeper states of blissful states (Samadhi) - the goal of Patanjali Raja Yoga.

Patanjali says that the entire outside world is based on our thoughts and mental attitude. The world is our own projection. Swami Satchidananda in his commentary to Yoga Sutras writes:

 

“There is nothing wrong with the world. You can make it heaven or hell according to your approach. That is why, entire Yoga is based on chitta vritti nirodah.

If you can control your mind, you have controlled everything.

Then there is nothing in this world to bind you.”

 

Patanjali devised a system called the “ eight-limbed path of Yoga”

1.  Yama  -  abstinces

2.  Niyama  -  observances

3.  Asana  -  postures

4.  Pranayama  -  breath control

5.  Pratyahara - withdrawal  of the senses

6.  Dharana  -  concentration

7.  Dhyana  -  meditation

8.  Samandhi  -  blisful state

Raja Yoga is concerned principally with the cultivation of the mind.

It mainly uses ASANAS (physical postures) and breathing techniques to prepare the body for concentration and meditation.

 

 

 

 

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