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What is yoga?
Born in India, yoga is based on one of the philosophical systems of India, namely Yoga Darshan. Yoga Darshan is manifested in Yoga Sutras written by the great sage Patanjali. Patanjali codified the ancient knowledge of calming down the mind to attain state of singularity expressed in observer's unity with the external world. According to the Sutras, this state is achieved through chitta vritti nirodhah, which literally means controlling mind fluctuations.
Development of yoga
At early stages of its development, yoga was exclusively a mind technique. Later on, bodily practices were introduced to the system of yoga. Over a millennium after its birth, yogic focus shifted from mental practices of universal unification to physical practices which allowed to achieve the supreme mental states more easily.
Described in Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, Vigyana Bhairava, Shiva Samhita, and some other ancient works on yoga, such concepts as kundalini, chakras, nadis, samadhi, shatkarmas, pranayamas, etc. were introduced into the system of yoga.
With time, the focus shifted even more to physical practices – asanas, namely. In 19th century, popular yoga was little more than physical exercises with some mental concentration.
Nowadays, the balance seems to be restoring. Yoga gains more and more attention. This brings scientists' attention to the subject of mental practices, spirituality, subtle energies, and so on. Slowly, yoga gets back to its roots where it was equally both physical and mental practice – but aimed at absolute liberation.
Yoga in Rishikesh, India
In our yoga school, we aim at preserving the ancient tradition of yoga while researching various modern applications of the ancient methods. We are keen to develop the art and science of Yoga through research and practice.