Many people I know have suddenly taken up Yoga as means to bring balance into
their lives. They report greater clarity in their meditations and a sense of
releasing issues that hold them back.
The purpose of Yoga is multi-fold. One is to keep the body toned and
flexible. Two is to center and balance the mind.
To me, Yoga is another method that we can use to help raise our conscious
awareness as we move towards figuring out the truth about who we are as spirit
and where we are going as we move from one cycle of existence to another.
Last week my daughter Nikki and her friend Meredith who work at Fox TV - took
a Hatha Yoga class to see what it was all about. They reported it to be more
physically stressful than they had expected - bearing in mind that these girls
work out all the time and are very thin and toned and don't have any deep rooted
issues to work out. The girls work out in a gym, but the muscles used in a gym
are different than those used in Yoga. The girls didn't have the flexibility
needed for Yoga as they don't work with the muscles and tendons that provide the
body with flexibility. Developing this flexibility takes time - as with any
exercise we do. The physical body has to slowly adjust. Once it does - you are
fine. They're not giving up. They're trying it again this week.
Anna takes Yoga classes in Brooklyn. On one occasion two very tones handsome
young men - body builders came to class. They looked at the room filled with
middle aged women. Those in the class knew that the young guys thought it would
be a 'piece of cake'. Well . . . you should have seen the expressions on their
faces - as well as the looks exchanged between each other - when they couldn't
do the postures as well as the other students in the class. They never returned
One of my clients works as a message therapist at a Yoga school. Message and
Yoga do seem to compliment each other as we learn to relax, breath properly and
I find that all healing and energy techniques are related - just as all
things in our program are connected - back to the same source of creation.
About Yoga - By Giovanni - My Grandson - 7 Months old
One of my favorite postures
The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root "yuj" meaning to yoke, attach,
join, unite. Yoga is therefore the union and integration of every aspect of a
human being, from the innermost to the external.
In a spiritual context, yoga stands for "training" or "unitive discipline."
The Sanskrit literature contains numerous compound terms ending in -yoga.
Yoga is a rich, time-honored teaching on how we can achieve physical health,
psychological well-being and spiritual peace. It is a path of self-discovery
that leads to balance and harmony. Through the practice of yoga we integrate all
aspects of our being -physical, mental, emotional andspiritual - and discover
our connection to ourselves, to others, to the universe. There are numerous
systems of yoga, each providing different ways to unify the various aspects of
Yoga enhances every facet of physical fitness the mind/body energy exchange
supports a mental clarity and concentration The strength improves
posture/alignment to support our daily activities. The flexibility helps to
prevent injuries and keeps us supple and youthful. The breathing practices are
the foundation and the link between the mind and the body, providing a valuable
tool for releasing tension and reducing stress.
The practice of yoga teaches us how to quiet the mind by placing attention on
the breath, and also on the movement (stillness) of the body.
Yoga is a form of meditation that links one to God or the Universal source.
The native yoga-paths are a part of the vedic-culture we refer to today a
hinduism, but the real importance of vedic culture seems to be that it has
enabled native yoga-paths to stay in the Indian sub-continent unchanged longer
than they have in other locations.
"Life is about learning by taking slow steps.
I will soon be ready to walk."
There are many different lineages - branches - paths of Yoga for different
personalities. These stand for various yogic approaches or features of the path.
Once you start a path you usually try to stick with it.
The following is a descriptive list of forty such terms. Not all of these
form full-fledged branches or types of Yoga, but they represent at least
emphases in diverse contexts. All of them are instructive insofar as they
demonstrate the vast scope of Hindu Yoga.
The unitive discipline of nonbeing, meaning the higher yogic practice of
immersion into the Self without objective support such as mantras; a concept
found in the PurAnas.
The unitive discipline of the inner self; sometimes said to be the Yoga
characteristic of the Upanishads
The unitive discipline of fire, causing the awakening of the serpent power
(kundalini-shakti) through the joint action of mind (manas) and life force
(prana). Agni Yoga is a synthesis of all yogas, especially Karma Yoga, Bhakti
Yoga and Raja Yoga. Agni is the Sanskrit word for Fire - the Creative Fire of
the Cosmos - the Fire that is found in varying degrees at the foundation of all
The unitive discipline of the eight limbs, i.e., Raja-Yoga or Patanjala-Yoga
The unitive discipline of "noncontact," which is the nondualist Yoga
propounded by Gaudapada in his Mandukya-Karika; cf. Sparsha-Yoga
The Yoga of love and devotion. The Way of Transcendent Love which sees the
whole universe, animate and inanimate, as being pervaded by divinity. Also very
much involved with service (refering Karma Yoga), and way of the heart. The
unitive discipline of love/devotion, as expounded, for instance, in the
Bhagavad-Gita, the Bhagavata-Purana, and numerous other scriptures of Shaivism
The unitive discipline of the higher mind, first mentioned in the
The unitive discipline of meditation
The unitive discipline of the "pot" (ghata), meaning the body; a synonym for
Hatha-Yoga mentioned in the Gheranda-Samhita
The unitive discipline relative to one's teacher
The unitive discipline of the force (meaning the serpent power or
kundalin”-shakti); or forceful unitive discipline. Hatha Yoga ensures good
physical and mental health. This is for those who are more into the physical.
You must utilize this to the best advantage by deep meditation on the Atman or
inner Self. Self-realization should be your goal. This should be achieved by the
constant remembrance of God, by righteousness, by a life of virtue and by the
practice of Yoga. Hatha Yoga is the system most famIliar to the westerner. This
branch of yoga uses physical poses, breathing techniques and relaxation methods
to explore the inner structures of the body, mind and spirit. It provides the
framework for the experiences of physical, mental and spiritual wholeness. By
combining physical postures, awareness practices and breathing methods, the mind
becomes quiet and the body wIll be refreshed and rejuvenated. Through the yoga
postures we focus our attention inward finding integration, balance, compassion
and love. Yoga affects every aspect of our being.
The unitive discipline of Hiranyagarbha ("Golden Germ"), who is considered
the original founder of the Yoga tradition
The unitive discipline of mantra recitation
The unitive discipline of discriminating wisdom, which is the approach of the
Upanishads. Jnana Yoga is the yoga of the philosopher and thinker who wants to
go beyond the visible, material reality. These people are triggered by readings.
The Jana Yogi finds God through knowledge. Jnana Yoga is summed up in the
Upanishads by the following statement: "In the method of reintegration through
knowledge, the mind is ever bound to the ultimate end of existence which is
liberation This method leads to all attainments and is ever auspicious.
Karma Yoga achieves union with God through right action and through service
(Bhakti Yoga). Karma Yoga can also be summed up in a statement by Sri Bhagavan
Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita: "Worshipping Him with proper actions, a man
attains realization". One key to Karma Yoga is the performance of right action
and service for its own sake, without consideration of the immerdiate or
apparent results. The unitive discipline of self-transcending action, as first
explicitly taught in the Bhagavad-Gita.
The unitive discipline of the Kaula school, a Tantric Yoga
Founded in 1968 by Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda,
Babaji Nagaraj, the great Himalayan master, offers to sincere seekers the
opportunity to learn his "Kriya Yoga", the scientific art of perfect God-Truth
Union. The unitive discipline of ritual; also the combined practice of
asceticism (tapas), study (svadhyaya), and worship of the Lord
(ishvara-pranidhana) mentioned in the Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali
Kundalini Maha Yoga. is an ancient universal science, perfected over
thousands of years. Anandi Ma is an advanced disciple of Dhyanyogi and one of
few people who can perform Skaktipat. Through Shaktipat the disciple can excel
quickly in their spiritual journey towards Self Realization -Enlightenment. The
unitive discipline of the serpent power (kundalini-shakti), which is fundamental
to the Tantric tradition, including Hatha-Yoga.
The unitive discipline of the "hanger," meaning the uvula, which is
deliberately stimulated in this yogic approach to increase the flow of "nectar"
(amrita) whose external aspect is saliva
The unitive discipline of absorption or dissolution of the elements prior to
their natural dissolution at death
The great unitive discipline, a concept found in the Yoga-ShikhA-Upanishad
where it refers to the combined practice of Mantra-Yoga, Laya-Yoga, Hatha-Yoga,
The unitive discipline of numinous sounds that help protect the mind, which
has been a part of theYoga tradition ever since Vedic times. Mantra Yoga finds
union with God through the proper use of speech and sound. It is the power of
the word to create or destroy that Mantra Yoga emphasizes. It utilizes the focus
intent to make every word you speak be in harmony with God And with your own
The unitive discipline of the inner sound, a practice closely associated with
The unitive discipline of the fifteen limbs (pancadasha-anga):
(1) moral discipline (yama)(2) restraint (niyama)(3) renunciation
(tyaga)(4) silence (mauna)(5) right place (desha)(6) right time
(kala)(7) posture (asana)(8) root lock (mula-bandha)(9) bodily
equilibrium (deha-samya)(10) stability of vision (dhrik-sthiti)(11)
control of the life force (prana-samrodha)(12) sensory inhibition
(pratyahara)(13)concentration (dharana)(14) meditation upon the Self
(atma-dhyana)(15) ecstasy (samadhi)
The unitive discipline of the Pashupata sect, as expounded in some of the
The unitive discipline of Patanjali, better known as Raja-Yoga or
The unitive discipline of wholeness or integration, which is the name of Sri
The royal unitive discipline, also called Patanjala-Yoga, Ashtanga-Yoga, or
In the year 1970, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi introduced for the first time a
simple, yet powerful method of spiritual ascent, whereby one's natural balance
and integration can be easily achieved.
The unitive discipline of ecstasy
The unitive discipline of insight, which is the name of certain liberation
teachings and schools referred to in the Mahabharata
Samnyasa-Yoga: The unitive discipline of renunciation, which is contrasted
against Karma-Yoga in the Bhagavad-Gita
The unitive discipline of sexual congress (maithuna) in Tantra-Yoga
The unitive discipline of hatred, as mentioned in the Vishnu-Purana, which
illustrates the profound yogic principle that one becomes what one constantly
contemplates (even if charged with negative emotions)
Sapta Yoga is based on the ancient Yogic text, the "Gheranda Samhita." It is
both a spiritual practice and a therapeutic art, successful in removing the
causes of numerous diseases highly resistant to orthodox Western healing
methods. It is taught by Yogacharya Dr. Sushil Bhattacharya, director of the
Patanjali Yoga Center in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The unitive discipline of the seven limbs (sapta-anga), also known as
Sapta-Sadhana in the Gheranda-Samhita:
(1) six purificatory practices (shat-karma)(2) posture (asana)(3)
seal (mudra) (4)sensory inhibition (pratyahara)(5) breath control
(pranayama) (6) meditation (dhyana)(7) ecstasy (samadhi)
The unitive discipline of the six limbs (shad-anga), as expounded in the
(1) breath control (pranayama)(2) sensory inhibition (pratyahara)(3)
meditation (dhyana)(4) concentration (dharana)(5) examination
(tarka)(6) ecstasy (samadhi)
The unitive discipline of the adepts, a concept found in some of the Tantras
The unitive discipline of contact; a Vedantic Yoga mentioned in the
Shiva-Purana, which combines mantra recitation with breath control; cf.
The unitive discipline of the Tantras, a kundalini-based Yoga
The unitive discipline of the "deliverer" (taraka); a medieval Yoga based on
Yantra Yoga is the path of union with God thorough geometric visualization. A
yantra is a geometric design. They are highly efficient tools for contemplation,
concentration, and meditation. The unitive discipline of focusing the mind upon
geometric representations (yantra) of the cosmos.