Man is born free and grows up in chains. But ironically it is a Sanskrit word meaning Yoke that sets him free of the aches and pains of modern living. Yoga means union of body and soul with the will of God. The main Aim of Yoga is to unite the individual soul, body and mind in order to attain the utmost peace of mind.
Lifting weights for building up the body, and other exercises concentrate on the muscle bulk and tone. Yoga helps you use your own body strength to build up the inner strength, work the internal organs, and purify the body by eliminating the poisons in the body and the mind.
Most experts agree that there are eight stages of Yoga that one must pass through to achieve purity of body, mind and soul. This leads to final communion with God. The eight stages comprise: Yama, meaning social discipline observing five precepts of Non-Violence, Truthfulness, Non-stealing : Asteya – means not to covet and acquire physically, mentally or by speech other?s possessions, Celibacy moderation in sex between married couples.Non-acquisitiveness, abandoning wealth and sensual pleasures.
Niyama : “Self discipline” – There are 5 rules of conduct for self discipline. These are:
- Cleanliness : “Shaucha” – means Internal and external purification of the body and the mind.
- Contentment : Santosha : It is a state of mind by which one lives happily and satisfied in congenial or uncongenial atmosphere.
- Austerity or Penance : Tapas – It is the conquest of all desires or sensual pleasures by practising purity in thought, speech and action.
- Self Study : Svadhyaya – Exchange of thoughts in order to secure purify in thought and accomplish knowledge.
- Surrender to God : Ishvara Pranidhana – It consists of pure devotion to God and surrender of all actions to Him.
Asana : Body Control – Asana means holding the body in a particular posture to bring stability to the body and poise to the mind. The systematic practice of Yogasana provides both body and mind control in order to attain sadhana or perfection of life.
Pranayama : Breath Control : It is to stimulate, regulate and harmonize vital energy of the body. Like a bath purifies the body, Pranayama is required for purifying the mind.
Pratyahara : Discipline of the Senses – The extroversion of the sense organs due to their hankering after worldly objects has to be restrained and directed inwards towards the source of all existence.
Dharana : Concentration : Inner obstraction – (i.e.,) Mind Control – One can set his mind for meditation and by the regular practice of controlling the mind.
Dhyana : Meditation : When one maintains the focus of attention through dharana unbound by time and space, It becomes Dhyana. It gives the real meaning of human life.
Samadhi : Self realisation – Samadhi is the climax of Dhyana, Supreme happiness, Free from pleasure, pain or misery is experienced. The meditator, the act of meditation and the object meditated upon all the three shed their individual characteristics and merge with one single vision of the entire cosmos.
In Ashtanga Yoga – the first five stages constitute the external Yoga. The group of Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi is called Samyama – the internal Yoga.
In Yogashastra, Yoga has been classified into Four categories. They are Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. It is yoga that systematizes the body and mind by renouncing all the materialistic ambitions.
We welcome you to experience our Yoga universe and seek peace of mind and happiness through the practice of Yoga.