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. Yoga is about strengthening the internal body and is not focused on the external body. Yogasana (yoga postures) is not about comparing ones self to another, but to enjoy your own movement and to remember that we all practice yoga for the good it brings to us. When you shift your awareness to what somebody next to you is doing in a class, then the meditation and awareness on the self is finished. This will take some time to achieve, but is all part of learning. Focusing on breath and posture while in a posture will keep you in the moment and all external thoughts will go. This will begin to train the mind and strengthen the mind, at the same time strengthening the body. There is no ego in Yog, so can remain humble.

Asana practice everyday along with pranayama, energizes the body and weary limbs from long travel. You are allowing oxygen to flow through the body unhindered and are self healing.

 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. 

When more advanced in your Yoga practice, then you can aim to remain in the Asanas for a few minutes at a time, further strengthening the mind & body.

Hatha yoga guides the way for a quiet, content mind and will cultivate longevity in the physical body. Enjoy your practice and then disiplin 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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