We sit down and sip tea while we go through together the basic knowledge of Philosophy of Yoga (there are many names for it – Eight Limbs of Yoga, Patanjali Yoga, Raja Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and so on). This is so you understand the meaning of the word Yoga (Yuj) and where it comes from and the science behind it. Yoga is not just a movement practice on a yoga mat but it is a way of life which derives from the oldest Indian philosophy called Santana Dharma. Sanatan (everlasting) Dharma (way of life / code of conduct). Yoga comes from Sanatan Dharma via the scriptures and teachings of the Vedas and Upanishads.
(A huge gratitude and thank you to Manohar Krishna Patil for the above Vedic chart. You can follow his blog for more info on Vedic knowledge)
We will also learn to understand the difference between the word Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa, where all three are not the same thing. This basic knowledge will deepen your understanding what Yoga really is and it will encourage you to start the practice of yoga with the right mind set. We will also be learning the basic breathing techniques. Pranayama (breathing techniques) is THE MOST IMPORTANT PART of Yoga and I will help you to familiarise with the importance and several breathing techniques.
After you have practised, familiarised and confident with the knowledge of Yoga and Pranayama, we will start the practice of Hatha Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) and start doing the basic Hatha Yoga Asanas (postures). This may take up to six to eight weeks depending on what you need to master the asanas based on your mental and body capacity. We will also learn how to sit still after the Asana practice, slowly diving into the practice Pratyahara, withdrawal of the five senses, leading towards Dhaarana (concentrations), which after where we aim to reach the state of Dhyana (meditation). Dhyana cannot be practiced but it is a state of mind you can reach through Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses) and Dhaarana (concentration). The final stage of Yoga is Samadhi, which is the liberation of oneself after one reaches the state of Dhyana (meditation) and able to stay in that state of meditation until one realises the self (seer / seeker) and the universe (Brahma) are one, reaching to the higher self, higher consciousness, enlightenment, Moksha, self liberation etc. To reach Ahambrahmansmi. I am Brahman. The state of non duality, this is the aim of Yoga, the unity of the mind, body and soul.
The practice of yoga never ends but it’s the process of the practice and what you’ve learned from it is what matters the most and so that is the aim I have for my clients when they practice with me. It’s to unleash yourself into the philosophy of yoga and to continue your journey to a more peaceful and productive life, in and out of your yoga mat.
Feel free to get in touch with me for more info. We can meet for tea and talk about it more and plan a schedule to do yoga together, according to your needs.
Looking forward to practice with you!