Yoga is the cure for all suffering. Hence it is the key to wellness.
Yoga literally means “union” and refers to the fact that all spirits are one.
Since that one spirit (God) is pure consciousness, the practice of yoga creates consciousness,
bringing the practitioner closer to God. A yoga master lives in constant communion with God,
and hence with the one spirit that pervades the entire universe.
There is a yoga master inside all of us. Yoga is eternal, transcends physical reality,
and extends over the entire universe.
The ultimate goal of yoga is known as “enlightenment”, or the end of suffering.
There are many paths to achieve this goal, several of which are summarized in the image to the right.
Yoga is the science of union. It reunites everything that appears to be separated. It balances everything that appears to be unbalanced.
It heals everything that appears to be ill. It is the last stage of human evolution, which permits every person to return to the origin of creation.
Yoga is the key to real, lasting freedom, from needless pain, useless worries, and
The Benefits of Yoga
Yoga offers physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
Among the physical benefits are, a stronger, more toned and more balanced body that is free of pain.
In addition, yoga prevents and cures innumerable diseases including stomach acid, cancer, heart problems, anaemia, appendicitis, arthritis, asthma, backache, high or low blood pressure, loss of memory, breathlessness, bronchitis, broncho-pneumonia, cold, cough, colic, colitis, constipation, coronary thrombosis, diabetes, diarrhea, dilation of heart, dysentery, dyspepsia, epilepsy, fatigue, flatulence, gastritis, gout, halitosis, menstrual disorders, migraine, nervous debility, obesity, polio, paralysis, piles, pleurisy and pneumonia, rheumatic pains, sciatica, sterility, thrombosis of the legs, tonsillitis, tuberculosis, tumour of the stomach, gastric and duodenal ulcers and varicose veins.
As for the mental benefits, yoga eliminates stress and leaves you relaxed so that you can live and sleep in peace.
The final goal of yoga is the most profound benefit, that of final union with God and all His creation.
Yogis, instructors and masters
A yogi is someone that is searching to know himself more deeply, such that he is able to unite his body, mind and spirit.
An instructor is one that helps another in the search for CONSCIOUSNESS. Every yoga instructor is also a yogi or a seeker until the moment
he attains the final goal, the moment that he becomes a yoga master.
A yoga master is one that has attained the final goal of total illumination and total oneness with God and with the entire creation.
A master is able to guide yogis to the final goal using proven methods, and by suggesting new methods specially adapted to eliminate the specific blockages in the path of the individual yogi.
Although realized yoga masters are few and difficult to find, each one of us has a yoga master deep within ourselves.
The many paths of yoga (ways of getting closer to oneness)
Any method or system is called yoga when it helps a yogi to develop consciousness, such that he can better know his true essence, where his body, mind and spirit are one.
There are many known yoga systems for getting closer to the final goal. But it is always possible for someone to reach the final goal
through dedicated work in one's self-invented system, which should be considered a "new yoga" from the moment of the achievement.
The following fields and disciplines are some of the known yoga systems:
Karma is the law of action/reaction. It is impossible to avoid karma because every action generates at least one reaction.
Good actions lead to favourable reactions. Giving and receiving are inseparable.
The yogi that gives unselfishly generates good karma.
Bakti means devotion (to God, to the Lord, to one's guru, etc.).
Religious persons (of any religious belief) frequently practice bakti yoga,
although they may not call it by this name.
Jnana Yoga is the path of knowledge and wisdom.
Hatha Yoga is a system of bodily postures and breathing techniques to heal and balance the body, which is the vehicle for the soul.
The asanas or postures at once stretch and strengthen all of the muscles while purifying them of toxins.
The breathing exercises help the yogi to control her or his energy level since the air is charged with prana or pure energy that we can store for later use.
Hatha Yoga can be gentle or intense to adapt to the level of each individual. The practice implies the observation of both extremes of the duality
of tension and relaxation. That is to say, that the yogi achieves the desired relaxation through the excercises
that stretch and tensn the muscules.
Ashtanga Yoga is an eightfold path that includes the disciplines of hatha yoga (asana and pranayama), and six more disciplines:
yama, niyama, pratyahara, darana, dhyana and samadhi.
Yama means control or observation (of universal laws like peace and sharing).
Niyama is personal discipline which includes personal hygiene and purifying the body and the mind by eliminating
physical toxins and emotional toxins like hatred and pride, passion, anger, greed and delusion. The yogi observes that these emotions are useless and hurtful and replaces them with a greater dedication to that which brings wellbeing and happiness.
Asanas and pranayamas are as mentioned in the section above, hatha yoga.
Pratyahara is the condition of being disconnected from five of the six senses, namely, touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste, such that
these do not dominate us through their frequent requests and complaints. The pleasure that we receive through these five senses is temporary
and therefore these senses represent traps in the path towards perpetual joy. (The sixth sense, intuition, does not require disconnecting.)
The yogi finds within himself a joy to which he or she always has access, including when the five senses would otherwise signal a lacking.
Dharana means "unbending concentration of mind".
This is the highest stage of concentration described by many psychologists.
Reciting the mantram "OM" is an effective excercise to keep channel one's
attention in a single direction. Lips, tongue, lungs, vocal chords and ears
are all involved, but all are concentrated "working" on one thing.
Dhyana means "meditation", and this is a state of mind rather than
a specific excercise. After one achieves perfect concentration (dharana)
the meditative state automatically comes, wherein one gains the ability to
observe more profoundly oneself and the universe.
Samadhi means "the bliss from transcending the mind" and is sometimes
referred to as "superconsciousness".
In this high state of consciousness one clearly understands one's purpose on Earth.
One also recognizes the perfection of the universe, even those parts
that previously appeared imperfect.
Kundalini Yoga is a system to awaken and to raise the energy up along the spinal column.
The practitioner feels a strong and unique sensation each time the energy bursts through another chakra.
Yoga's physical postures stretch and twist
the muscles, expulsing accumulated toxins. Yoga does not neglect
any part of the body, so that every cell and every tissue can be
renewed by a greater flow of oxygenated blood and pure energy.
We offer therapeutic courses for individuals, couples and groups.
A program will be designed to suit the individual needs of each person
requiring yoga therapy.
Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic
form of yoga that connects movement and breath.
Vinyasa creates heat in the body, which leads
to purification of the body through increased circulation and sweating.
organs and glands are stimulated, balancing the body's natural chemical and hormonal levels.
Much attention is given to the spine and this produces a profoundly beneficial effect on the
Harmonizing breath with movement cultivates strength, agility and flexibility. The practice
builds physical co-ordination and
mental focus, taking students to new levels of fitness. It works the entire body.
Through the chakras, we absorb energy from the environment, and we interchange energy amongst ourselves.
Yoga provides the system for each person to massage herself or himself internally.
But occasionally one prefers that an experienced professional take over. A Yoga
Massage will give you many of the benefits of yoga without any effort on your part.
When to practice yoga
It is worth mentioning that yoga is a way of living 24 hours per day.
As for the hour that you dedicate to excercise your body, you may choose any time that is convenient,
but keep in mind these four special times: sunrise, daytime, sunset, and night.
Remember that the universal energy available to you for your practice will be distinct during these
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