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Non-action in yoga: the end of effort

Posted by on September 23, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Non-action in yoga: the end of effort

Non-action in yoga: the end of effort

The word yoga comes from the sankrit root yug (or yuz/yuj), meaning to yoke or join together. It represents both the unifying process and the state of union. If we accept these terms, then yoga is only necessary at all because our current state is separation. If we did not have a sense of separation, or if we did not engage in the process of separation, we would have no need to actively engage in yoga. But we do have a yearning for yoga. The presence of this yearning indicates that we recognise separateness and that we recognise how it limits...

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The First Step

Posted by on June 8, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

The First Step

The theory of evolution given by Charles Darwin is a widely accepted scientific theory which says that over multiple generations, living species experience change in their heritable characteristics making them fitter to survive in the changing environment. This process is called evolution and it implies that the species with better adaptability to the environment and with better ability to reproduce and to survive actually survive. What makes humans more evolved than other species? The distinguishing factor is the ability to Self reflect. No...

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The Evolution of the Ego

Posted by on April 27, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

The Evolution of the Ego

Ego – a word that has come to carry a heavy burden… used as a concept to take the weight of the I-focused lives we lead in today’s target-driven world. It is held responsible for our attachments to material things, our opinions, our likes, dislikes and our ever-growing inability to be present and happy simply with ‘what is’. As we strive forward for that all-important ‘I’, we lose awareness of the whole – the totality that gives us the true wisdom we need to live a content life. But how has it come to be, that this...

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TO KNOW YOGA AS YOGA

Posted by on November 23, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

TO KNOW YOGA AS YOGA

Understand this important concept before stepping into Yoga… As part of this years Yoga Gita European tour, Vijay Gopala – master in Yoga and philosophy and founder / main teacher of Yoga Gita in Mysore India, was invited to teach at the World Yoga Festival in Reading, UK. Held at the beautiful Beale Park in Reading, the festival is now in its third year. It is run completely as a ‘not-for-profit’ under the UK registered charity Arsha Kula Foundation – and was created to promote all aspects of the ancient wisdom of Yoga to the West....

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YOGA AND SCIENCE

Posted by on April 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on YOGA AND SCIENCE

YOGA AND SCIENCE

Yoga and Science both fields have existed for hundreds of years but they have not been often mentioned together or regarded as related to each other. While there was not the denying of the health benefits of Yoga but a greater acceptance of Yoga as an advanced Science is still to happen. Modern times are surely opening up to the possibility of an existing connection between Yoga and Science! Can there be any parallels drawn between the Spiritual practice of Yoga and Science? Let’s explore. We are all aware of Albert Einstein’s Theory of...

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UNDERSTANDING YOGIC ANATOMY

Posted by on October 29, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on UNDERSTANDING YOGIC ANATOMY

UNDERSTANDING YOGIC ANATOMY

The term anatomy in common language is the science that deals with the human body. In the science of Yoga however, anatomy covers much more than just this body. The Yogic anatomy divides an individual into five sheaths or layers: body, breath, mind, wisdom and soul. These 5 layers are arranged in order from gross to subtle; the body being the grossest and the soul the subtlest. Gross things are those that can be touched, seen clearly, have mass etc. while the subtle things can only be felt and experienced. Another important point to note...

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JUST TO BE

Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on JUST TO BE

JUST TO BE

In this blog, we will reflect on the practice of meditation, an integral part of Yoga. Meditation is a very ancient practice that has been used to open doors of wisdom by connecting to the real self. Its importance and effect in one’s daily life cannot be denied. With the constantly increasing stress levels of the so called modern man, meditation is re gaining its importance and is also undoubtedly much needed. However, de stressing is just a byproduct of meditation, its main purpose is dissolution of mind altogether. Let us understand this...

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YOGA AND SELF-AWARENESS

Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on YOGA AND SELF-AWARENESS

YOGA AND SELF-AWARENESS

We all have life in us and we call ourselves “alive”. But what is the quality of life that we are living? The most crucial factor that determines the quality of any individuals’ life is his level of self-awareness. Without self-awareness an individual continues to live in ignorance and is dead even while he is living. Self-awareness simply put is awareness of the self, it is being aware of your own self. The “self” has manifested itself in this creation in the form of body, breath and mind and hence self-awareness encompasses the awareness of...

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PRATAYHARA – THE ART OF WITHDRAWING THE SENSES

Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on PRATAYHARA – THE ART OF WITHDRAWING THE SENSES

PRATAYHARA – THE ART OF WITHDRAWING THE SENSES

Pratyahara, which is translated as withdrawal of senses is one of the eight limbs of Yoga. The five senses that humans have are of course a beautiful gift of nature, but yoga views them as a limitation. According to the yogic texts there is much more to experience in this creation and if we limit our experiences to what we can see or what we can hear, we just continue to live a very limited life. And therefore the concept of withdrawing the senses. THE ROLE OF SENSES IN HUMAN LIFE Human beings experience life through sense organs. Senses are...

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THE BEST STRETCH!

Posted by on December 3, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on THE BEST STRETCH!

THE BEST STRETCH!

Asana or posture practice is the third in the eight limbs of yoga. Through the practice of postures one tries to cross the limitation of this physical body by travelling inwards to the subtle layers of breath and mind. Postures involve movement and stretching of this body in different directions. The ease of doing a posture is directly proportional to the extent to which the body can stretch. What can probably prevent the body from stretching? Is it merely a question of flexibility? Let us explore. The yogic philosophy establishes a clear...

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Yoga Gita is recognized as a Registered Yoga School 200 hours (RYS) by Yoga Alliance Professionals (YAP). This course is of the highest standard. All our graduates may use the title 'Registered Yoga Teacher' (RYT) as a sign of quality training when they register with YAP.

Sri. Vijay Gopala is recognized as a Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) with Yoga Alliance Professionals (YAP). This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by YAP.

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