Don’t Do Yoga, Be it

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Yoga has its roots in the timeless Vedantic and Tantric Traditions of the Himalayan Masters. It’s a science designed to awaken each practitioner to their True nature through the healing, alignment and enlightenment of the body, mind and soul. Yoga is a unified teaching combining timeless practices and techniques in a powerful way. Practicing this radically holistic discipline allows one to merge physical activity, transcendental wisdom, devotion and correct action in every moment of existence for a fully conscious, expanding and fulfilling life. 

Yoga incorporates five main threads:

  • Raja: asana (physical postures) and meditation
  • Tantra: energy work, pranayama (breathwork), Kriya (evolutionary actions that lead to the release of bio-memory, allowing deep healing at a cellular level), naad (use of sound as a tool for transformation and healing), Himalayan kundalini, Laya movements
  • Jñāna: wisdom talks and study of ancient yoga texts
  • Bhakti: devotion and community, sacred rituals, kirtan (music recitation), partner work
  • Karma: seva (selfless service), ayurveda (the science of life), and conscious actions (eating, consumption, conversation, education, relations and parenting)

This integrated discipline aims to bring the mind, the body and the soul in perfect alignment and balance to allow connection and unity with our higher nature. These practices allow one to understand the functioning of the mind and unconscious behaviors, refine the intellect and become a witness of the thoughts, actions and ego. They also increase strength, build vitality and create mental clarity leading one toward inner silence and stillness, the space of infinite potential.

Yoga is the art of self-dominion and cessation of movement in the consciousness. Through self-knowledge and self-mastery, it increases both body and mind awareness. The practice of yoga enables us to move the awareness within and help us to raise our state of consciousness through self-observation.

Yoga is ultimately a state of being, an experience of being and a way of life. In Sanskrit, the word yoga means union and a life of yoga is a life of unity resulting in a natural state of bliss and freedom. When you understand that yoga is not something you practice once a week in a fancy studio, but is instead a state of being and a state of becoming, you realize yoga, as a whole, is life itself and you practice it in every moment of your existence.

Yoga is a practice for life until life becomes the practice itself  

Note to the reader: This is the first short essay of a collection on yoga, philosophy, health and life. Some concepts and words in this first essay may sound obscure and difficult to grab, so I will make it my personal mission to shed light on these concepts to make them accessible and easy to understand in the following essays.

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