Yoga & Self
Yoga is an ancient spiritual path that promises freedom through the dedicated application of its many practices. It is in essence a practical means of uniting the inner world with the world around you. It has also been described in Anusara yoga as the 'scientific art' of remembering our true nature, which is ultimately Divine in essence.
What does this mean? It means to be in alignment with the flow and pulsation of Nature. Life is abundant and will give each of us an abundance of what we spend our time and thoughts focusing on. Life is essentially good and being in the flow of life means trusting that each experience that comes your way, you have attracted as a means of growing through your personal life lessons.
Divinity is a current of energy, a benevolent stream of supreme consciousness that each of us can tap into at will. Yoga is one way of tapping into this current or flow.
Though yoga is a physical practise in part, it is how you relate to yourself through that physical practise that determines if you are in union, or harmony with yourself , the people in your life and your environment. If you are in the flow of Grace!
There are 3 main 'schools' of yoga philosophy that have developed over the centuries: Classical, Advaita Vedanta and Tantra.
Tantric philosophy is the basis of InJoy! and the tantric path considers Supreme Consciousness and Divine Bliss as the essential qualities of the Divine. Everything in the material world is considered Divine in its essence purely because it is a manifestation of the unmanifest, or the manifestation of matter from spirit. For a more complete overview of Tantric Philosophy please read the attached information.
If everyone and everything is Divine in it's essence this means that you are also so! Simply put, if you strip away all the beliefs and thoughts you have about yourself that are limiting, you discover that deep down inside, you are a being of love and of goodness. Yes, everyone is, regardless of what they have said, thought or done.
The aspect of tantric yoga philosophy that is most relevant to this part of the website is known as the Yoga Malas.
These are the film, dirt or dust on the mirror of our hearts ie the limiting beliefs we have about ourselves that cause inner pain and suffering:
Anava Mala: Creates the feeling of unworthiness, sadness and incompleteness.
Mayiya Mala: Creates the feeling of isolation, seperation, anger, conflict and hatred.
Karma Mala: Creates a feeling of frustration through not being able to accomplish actions. This also creates feelings of anxiety and fear through the belief that there are not enough resources to meet the demand.
Through yogic practices such as breath work (pranayama), meditation, karma yoga (giving selflessly), bhakti yoga (devotional yoga such as chanting) and asana (physical yoga), one can become more self aware and discover what limiting beliefs are restricting the enjoyment of life.
These practices along with the ethical codes of practise (yamas and niyamas) help to create more self acceptance which in turn creates greater acceptance of others.
There are 9 Rasas ( emotions) that are created and felt as result of the power of Supreme Consciounsess and the power of Bliss being either exhaulted or forgotten/ 'cloaked' in some way. The Malas described are the result of this forgetting of the power of our essential nature (that we are Divine: Pure Consciousness and the feeling of Bliss in manifest form).
The high end of feelings (Peace, Love and Joy) are in their lowest forms, disgust, anger and fear. The key to transforming them is through the embracing of compassion in order to achieve peace; courage in order to experience love; and the cutlivation of wonder in order to experience Joy.
And this is how it works! Yoga can help you to have a more fulfilling relationship with yourself through developing self awareness, self acceptance and self belief.
Through non violence (ahimsa) to self, truthfulness and self honesty (satya) when practising yoga one can develop a better relationship with oneself and in turn the world around. Contentment is a reward!