Yoga

Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning to bind, join, attach or yoke, to direct one's attention on, to use, and to apply.  Perhaps because of the different translations for yuj, yoga is described by practitioners and teachers in a variety of ways.   When you peruse different definitions of yoga, it becomes obvious that yoga is spacious enough to include everyone.  This is because yoga, like its sister science of Ayurveda, rests upon samkya-- a cosmology that recognizes that we are all part of one intelligent universe.

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Self-Realization

Yoga is a science of self-realization.   It recognizes that people have lost touch with their essential divine nature -- their original state of pure consciousness, known as purusha.  It is also a sophisticated psychology that understands that people function on various levels simultaneously.  The path to finding your true self involves learning to consciously move through the different levels, called kosha  (sheath).

Kosha are layered one upon the other, each obscuring the one below it, as if veiling one another.   Having your true nature hidden from you is also described in yoga as being "asleep" to your own potential to experience deeper levels of awareness and sensitivity.  This is why yoga is characterized as the path of "awakening" to your true self.  The path to self-realization in yoga  involves progressively consciously learning to experience the full range of perceptibilities available to the human intellect.

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Limbs of Yoga

Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dyana, Samadhi

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Yoga Therapy

Integral, Phoenix Rising

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The Nature of Yoga

This is the teaching of yoga.   Yoga is the cessation of the turnings of thought.   When thought ceases, the spirit stands in its true identity as observer to the world.  Otherwise, the observer identifies with the turnings of thought.

Yoga Sutra Aphorisms 1.1-4 of Pantanjali.  Translated by Barbara Stoler Miller

 

Tranquility of Thought

Tranquility of thought comes through the cultivation of friendship, compassion, joy, and impartiality in spheres of pleasure or pain, virtue or vice.  Or through the measured exhalation and retention of breath.  Or when the mind's activity, arisen in the sphere of the senses.  Or when its foundation is knowledge from dreams and sleep.   Or through meditation on a suitable object.  For one whose thought is tranquil, mastery extends from the most minute particle to the vast expanse.

Yoga Sutra Aphorisms 1.33-40  Pantanjali.  Translated by Barbara Stoler Miller