Yoga is the oldest physical discipline in existence. Yoga was developed thousands of years ago in India, and is still being taught throughout the world. The exact origins of yoga are unknown, but it is thought to be at least five thousand years old. The earliest evidence of yoga practice can be traced back to about 3000 B.C. The original purpose of the postures and breathing exercises was to bring stability and relaxation so practitioners could prepare for the rigors of meditation, sitting still and alert for long periods of time.

The word yoga has its roots in the Sanskrit language and means to merge, join or unite. Yoga is a form of exercise based on the belief that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind. By controlling the breath and holding the body in steady poses, or asanas, yoga creates harmony. Yoga is a means of balancing and harmonizing the body, mind and emotions and is a tool that allows us to withdraw from the chaos of the World and find a quiet space within. To achieve this, yoga uses movement, breath, posture, relaxation and meditation in order to establish a healthy, vibrant and balanced approach to living.

Modern scholars have defined yoga as the classical Indian science that concerns itself with the search for the soul and the union between the individual, whose existence is finite, and the Divine, which is infinite. The essence of yoga is to be in the driver's seat of life. Control is a key aspect of yoga: control of the body, breath and mind.

Yoga's Ten Principles

Yoga is a complex integrated system, which has a history of 5,000 or more years. Beginners can be easily overwhelmed by the vastness of the yoga practice, it's philosophy, and it's literature. Here are a few key principles that will help you understand better the numerous aspects of Yoga.

Ten key yoga fundamental principles:

  • 1. Yoga is what is traditionally called a liberation teaching. It guides us to free ourselves from our historical limitations of who and what we were to become something greater and better.
  • 2. To truely learn and understand Yoga, a teacher must instruct if possible, whether in a class or even on a video.This is essential for ultimate success in Yoga. It is possible to benefit from a good many yogic practices even without instruction though as any form of yoga is better than none at all.
  • 3. Because everybody has their different strengths and weaknesses, Yoga has various styles that have been developed over time. There are many however here are the seven most common:
  • 4. Raja-Yoga is the "Royal Yoga" aiming at liberation through meditation, which is for practitioners who are capable of intense concentration.
  • 5. Hatha-Yoga is the "Forceful Yoga" aiming at liberation through physical transformation.
  • 6. Jnana-Yoga is the "Wisdom of Yoga" aiming at liberation through the steady application of higher wisdom that clearly distinguishes between the real and the unreal.
  • 7. Karma-Yoga is the "Action Yoga" aiming at liberation through self-transcending service, relinquishing the ego.
  • 8. Bhakti-Yoga is the "Devotional Yoga" aiming at liberation through self-surrender in the face of the Divine.
  • 9. Tantra-Yoga is the "Continuity Yoga" aiming at liberation through visualization, ritual, subtle energy work, and the perception of the identity of the ordinary world and the transcendental Reality.
  • 10. Mantra-Yoga is the "Yoga of Potent Sound" aiming at liberation through the repetition (aloud or mental) of empowered sounds (such as om, hûm, ram, hare Krishna, etc.)

Often considered an aspect of Tantra-Yoga these seven branches are alternative portals into the mysteries of Yoga and thus our own consciousness.

Yoga is a journey of theory and practice. In order to engage Yoga properly and successfully, one must pay attention to the ideas behind its practical disciplines and to the exercises and techniques encompassing its theories. This calls for thoughtful and mindful practice. For instance, regular and correct practice of the yogic postures will definitely help us maintain good physical health.

Yoga consultancy

Exience Yoga is specialized in individualized Yoga Practice. We are all different, so are our needs.

We design a combination of practices according to your lifestyle and personality that are unique to you. This will enhance your life bringing back your balance, clarity, and joy.

Based on this principle Exience Yoga has different services available for your different needs. All these services are provided with follow up online sessions, so our relationship with you grows and if there is any change in your life style we can adapt the practices accordingly.

Gurus of India