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Yoga Nidra

Yoga nidra is rooted in the Tantric tradition. Tantric practices also combine visualization and respiration to induce particular psycho-spiritual states. The original Tantric form of yoga nidra is called nyasa, which means “to place.” Nyasa is a Tantric technique to awaken, harmonize, and perfect each part of the body through mantras placed in each body […]

Samkhya Philosophy, Foundation of Yoga

As a philosophical system, yoga has its basis in a philosophy called Samkhya, which means “list” or “enumeration.” Samkhya is a description of the universe and gives a detailed account of 24 different elements from which it is composed. Some of the elements contained within this description of the universe are the five great elements […]

To understand the foundations of Yoga Therapy

To understand the foundations of Yoga Therapy, we can use the model of a structure supported by four pillars: Yoga Chikitsa Darshana – The vision of Yoga Therapy Yoga Chikitsa Marga – The path or process of Yoga Therapy Yoga Chikitsa Sadhana – The tools, techniques and methods of Yoga Therapy Kaivalya – The result […]

Krishna, the Yoga therapist – part 2

The Vision of Yoga Therapy in the Bhagavad Gita   2.70  apuryamanam acalapratisham samudram apah pravishanti  yadvat tadvatkama yam pravisanti sarve sa shantim apnoti na kamakami   Arjuna is looking for healing and wants to know what the very essence of that healing involves.  He has communicated to Krishna that he is willing to give […]

What Is Yoga?

Yoga is enigmatic in that it is both a vast field of study and an expression of the deepest part of our own being. Yoga is a discipline that requires years of dedicated effort; it is also the art of effortlessness in which nothing needs to be done. Yoga is an ancient science developed by […]

Meditation, the Source of Happiness

Meditation is often thought of as a state we attain through a practice of a technique, normally seated in a meditation posture. This perspective gives an impression of meditation as an achievement or something we add on to our lives that was not previously present. A clearer understanding can be gained by taking the opposite […]

Samkhya Philosophy for Children of all Ages

Once upon a time, there was a planet called Purusha. You could say that Purusha was a perfect place to live. Everyone was happy and there was a sense of timelessness and limitlessness. In fact, the people of Purusha were absolutely complete in every way. The only problem was that in all that vast kingdom […]