Yoga Path

Traditionally told, Yoga is the union of Shiva (Consciousness) and Shakti (Energy). This is when all things are balanced through the process of Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation. Yoga is a way of life, a philosophy to live by, but it doesn't reveal itself to all and so most will not get the true benefit from it's teaching. It is what you eat, and how you live each day. Yoga is a practice for the self, and always will remain a 'practice'. Yoga has many layers within and to really live the yogic path, one can follow the 8 limbs; told by the Great Sage Patanjali, to study the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, to follow the Bhakti yoga path of devotion to the higher self, to follow the Jnana path of knowledge.

There are many rivers that lead to the Ocean, in the same way; There are many paths that lead to Yoga. Shanti.

 Surya Namaskar Vinyasa Saptadasa (17)

       -Samasthithi

       -Uttkatasana

       -Uttanasana 

       -Ardha Uttanasana 

       -Chaturanga Dandasana

       -Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

       -Adho Mukha Svanasana

       -Virabhadrasana I

       -Chaturanga Dandasana

       -Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

       -Adho Mukha Svanasana

       -Virabhadrasana I

       -Chaturanga Dandasana

       -Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

       -Adho Mukha Svanasana

       -Ardha Uttanasana 

       -Uttanasana 

       -Uttkatasana

       -Samasthithi

Astanga Vinyasa Yoga

Astanga Yoga is an ancient form of yoga recorded in the Yoga Sutras (Instructions) by Maharashi Patanjali, the Great Sage. He told about the eight limbs of yoga, or the eight fold path. These are Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. Asta means eight, Anga means limb. Astanga therefore means eight limbs in sanskrit.

The Vinyasa in Astanga comes much later made famous by Sri K.Pattabhi Jois. This form of yoga has the effect of building strength and flexibility very quickly when practiced regularly. When mastered, Astanga can be described as a meditation in motion, when breath, mind and body flow in harmony through the space you inhabit.

        Surya Namaskar Vinyasa Nava (9)                                                                          

        -Samasthithi

        -Urdhva Hastasana

        -Uttanasana 

        -Ardha Uttanasana 

        -Chaturanga Dandasana

        -Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

        -Adho Mukha Svanasana

        -Ardha Uttanasana 

        -Uttanasana 

        -Urdhva Hastasana

        -Samasthithi

Hatha Yoga

The sanskrit word Hatha can be translated from 'Ha' meaning Sun, and 'tha' meaning Moon. So Hatha yoga is the way of balancing these two opposite forces within the body to enable Kundalini to happen. In the Hatha yoga pradipika by the great yogi Swami Svatmarama, it is said we must practice Hatha yoga to experience 'Yoga'. Yoga is when Kundalini Shakti (energy) is unified with Sahasrara Chakra, when primal energy and supreme consciousness are one.

Practiced for many thousands of years and past down from guru to student, Hatha Yoga in modern times can be practiced by beginners and practiced yogis. It can be a gentle relaxing form of movement and also can be very powerful. Hatha Yoga mainly consists of Asana's (postures) and Pranayama (breath control) which leads the practitioner to perfection of mind, body, & soul. 

Yogasana (yoga postures) is the physical practice which is designed to condition the body for one to be able to sit in meditation for extended periods. We focus on breath in the Asana to keep the mind in the moment, the meditation in motion remains and all external thoughts are not present. This will begin to train the mind and strengthen the mind, at the same time strengthening the body.

Asana practice along with pranayama, energizes the body by allowing oxygen to flow through the body unhindered and are self healing.

Hatha yoga guides the way for a quiet, content mind and will cultivate longevity in the physical body. Enjoy your practice and then discipline to continue will be easy.

Karma Yoga

Karma (action) is the art of practicing work to help others but not expecting anything in return for your services. Doing good and letting go of expectation for compliment, gratitude, or reward.

 To go down this path one must detach themselves from the consequences or rewards of ones good deeds in order to truly work for the better of all life. Karma yogis cultivate good Karma in their life ensuring a happy and healthy life.

Helping others will also unburden yourself from the ego mind that craves acceptance and praise. If you continue to live in the ego mind and help only for reward, you can never be fulfilled.

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