An introduction to Yoga

The real path of yoga is within the individual.  You must be able to make the body healthy and still before you can create health and stillness in your mind.  So training of the body is the first step. A healthy mind can only exist in a healthy body.  Like Hatha Yoga, Prana Vashya Yoga is a system of physical exercises designed to increase bodily purification, health and strength.  However, Prana Vashya Yoga differs from Hatha Yoga as it also trains the mind.

There are many ways in which yoga can be practiced including Hatha Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Tantra Yoga, etc.  In short, the following are the main forms of yoga:

Bhakthi Yoga

This is a path where you transcend the mind through extreme devotion and surrender.

Jnana Yoga

This is the path of getting to know your inner most being- living in the soul and not the body.

Karma Yoga

This is the path of duty, of giving without reward, of working without expectation of results.

Raja Yoga

This is the path of liberation of the mind, joining breath to consciousness to realise the Self.

Lord Patanjali is an Indian Sage (or Saint) who collated, simplified and codified the practice of Yoga over 2,000 years ago.  Lord Patanjali was scientific, like Einstein, and his collection of 195 philosophical statements (Yoga Sutras) serves as a guidebook for most forms of Yoga today.  The Yoga Sutras reduce core yogic practice into eight steps which Lord Patanjali called the ‘the path of Raja Yoga’.

Prana Vashya Yoga is a form of Raja Yoga.  In addition to joining breath to consciousness, the practice of Raja Yoga also joins movement to breath. This teaches us to control both mind and emotions and reduces reliance on the sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, etc.).  Whatever the sense organs are drawn to the mind tends to follow.  If the mind itself is drawn deep within through a strong foundation of Prana Vashya Yoga practice then the sense organs will inevitability turn themselves inward.

Damian is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga.  Damian will be opening a Yoga School at 250 Queens Road, Leicester, LE2 3FU in February 2017.  Spaces will be limited so please register your interest by contacting Damian:  Tel: 0777 900 1896

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