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.
I was here in March 2016 and I'm so happy about my choice.
I was actually at another school before I met Stevie from Himalayan YA. He took time to answer all my questions and explained to me in depth about what HYA had to offer. I was looking for traditional yoga with Western teachings. Himalayan gave me just that, the best of both worlds which was really important to me as I was returning to the West to teach.
I had enjoyed yoga for many years but I had the knowledge lacking from my practice. I now can say that my eyes are more open to yoga than I ever imagined plus there are many bonuses to this course.
Many courses don't give much teaching time but HYA gives an extra 40 hours to concentrate on just that. Classes such as vocal training to lean how to fill the room with a calm but assertive voice which is forgotten about on other courses. I felt confident to lead a class because of this practice. I have met many other students who had completed their YTT who didn't have the confidence to teach months after graduating. I am truly grateful for this. Be warned this course is intensive but you have a good support system around you plus fun trips to help you relax and enjoy it for what it is :)
Loved the team and grateful for all that I have taken away with me :)