Yoga

Many people, brought up as they are in modern atmosphere, fall prey to several physical and psychical ailments whose cure is beyond the jurisdiction of science. Yogic culture suggests various expedients which will not allow such harmful disorders to occur in the first place and will eradicate them swiftly in case they do occur. Aptly there goes a wise saying from India: “Nasti Yogat Param Balam” (i.e. there is no strength better than Yoga).

The ancient sages and seers who evolved the Yoga-System had no laboratories at their disposal, but from the effects it is apparent that they were aware of all the vital functions of the body. The exercises are so designed, that while building up the muscles they also strengthen the bones and affect most significantly the involuntary organs of the body such as the digestive system, the endocrine glands and the nervous system.

 

 

The exercises can prevent and cure diseases, but they are even more valuable in imparting positive health in form of increased energy and well-being, which no system of medicine can do. It is now being recognised that the mind and the body interact and influence each other. Yoga maintains that farreaching effects can be produced by the effect of the mind. This affects not only the physical health of the body but may even overflow into states which are beyond average, normal experience. This does not mean that these are miraculous or abnormal on any score. But it does mean that the true limits of “normal” are hardly realised by most people. The greater part of humanity has for generations adopted a basic level of existence and has unknowingly accepted a maimed, crippled existence as normal.
Yoga affords an opportunity for a bold departure from this limitation. However, it must be realised that dealing as they do with matters of far-reaching and vital importance, the yogic practices require the outmost precision and the care due to them. It is, therefore, essential that a capable teacher or Guru introduces the students to the exciting mysteries of Yoga to obtain maximum benefit.

 

Asana

All the great teachers of Yoga have emphasised the importance of Yoga-Postures or Asanas. In the classical textbooks there are detailed descriptions of the significance, qualities, merits as well as the correct methods for the performance of Asanas. They assume new significance in modern times. The western system of physical exercises, aimed at developing the …

Kundalini-Yoga

“The best of the gods, called Kundalini, slumbers in the base in the shape of a serpent entwined into three and a half spirals. So long as this powerful coil remains dormant, man remains ignorant like an animal, and any number of yogic exercises will not lead to enlightenment.” (Hathayoga-Pradipika) Kundalini-Yoga means a discipline of …

Mudra & Bandha

    Mastery of Asana and Pranayama is impossible without the knowledge and mastery of Bandha (lock, bond) and Mudra (seal). The various Bandhas or internal locks are the basic instruments for the retention and channeling of psychosomatic energy (Prana). These should be practised by every serious Sadhaka (seeker, accomplisher) with great intensity and care, …

Pranayama

  Pranayama or breath-control, a variety of breathing-techniques, occupies a very important place in the science of Yoga. According to it there is an astral body besides the physical body, and the entire Yoga-System consisting of Shat-Karma, Asanas and Pranayama gives full control over both, which is the essential requirement for spiritual development. Breath control …

Shat-Karma

Yogic science gives as much importance to certain physical cleansing processes as it does to the puritiy of mind. Physical cleanliness is meant both internal and external, as without regular cleaning out of the system, not much can be expected from the exercises, and the aspirant would lack a safe base for the effective practice …