YOGA — A Wide Angle View
Jul25

YOGA — A Wide Angle View

The word yoga evokes some very contrasting and apparently irreconcilable images. The commonest of these is that of some techniques such as asanas, pranayamas and meditation. The other image is that of yogis who have renounced life, are on a spiritual quest, and spend long years on the mountains or in a cave in search of God. These days it is also quite trendy to describe yoga as a way of life. Each of these images has a grain of...

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HATHA YOGA — More for the Body than the Mind
Jul25

HATHA YOGA — More for the Body than the Mind

Hatha yoga selects the body and the vital functionings as its instruments of perfection and realization; its concern is with the gross body. SRI AUROBINDO Yoga is a quest for self-perfection. Self-perfection may be looked at from various angles: physical, emotional or intellectual. The school of yoga that concentrates on physical perfection is hatha yoga. The classical texts of hatha yoga are Hathayogapradipika and Gheranda Samhita....

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RAJA YOGA: Minding the Mind
Jun14

RAJA YOGA: Minding the Mind

… Rajayoga, operating with the mind, aims at a supernormal perfection and enlargement of the capacities of the mental life and goes beyond it into the domain of the spiritual existence. SRI AUROBINDO Raja Yoga, literally the royal path of yoga, is also known as Patanjali’s yoga or ashtanga yoga.  Patanjali (4th century A.D.) condensed the knowledge of yoga from his point of view in his 192 brief but densely packed verses, commonly...

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