What is Yoga?

What is Yoga  – is a group of physicalmental, and spiritual practices that have aim to bring our state of mind & body in balance in order to reach liberation for the soul. What is yoga for me?

What is Yoga ?Different yoga styles

How to choose which style of yoga is correct for you? What is Yoga?

Hatha Yoga – Known as a “discipline of force”,

This style is a classical traditional yoga according ancient scriptures. The purpose of practice is to balance the female (Moon or left part of the body) & male (Sun or right part of the body) to reach harmony and liberation for soul. All contemporary yoga styles took root from Hatha Yoga.

  • Hatha Yoag describes body purification techniques which tranquillize the mind & discipline the body
  • It includes information about
  • shatkarma (six acts of self purification)
  • asana (postures: seated, laying down, and non-seated)
  • pranayama (breathing exercises) and kumbhaka (breath retention)
  • mudras & bandhas (internalized energetic practices)
  • meditation & chakras (centers of energy)
  • Detailed texts of Hatha yoga we can found in Hathapradipika written  by Svātmārāma in the 15th century CE from earlier hatha yoga texts.
  • Hatha yoga is not only a physical exercises but a combination of physical practice & yoga philosophy.
  • It‘s a preliminary stage for other practices. Can be used for preparation for kundlini practice.
  • Hatha yoga is a part of Raja Yoga – (yoga for King). A king acts with independence, self-confidence and assurance. Same  Raja Yogi is independent , confident & has no fear of anything.

In Vedansha Yoga we offer education in traditional hatha yoga (yoga teacher training and yoga retreats) that includes asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, asana alignment, yogic lifestyle & nutrition).

Hatha Yoga is suitable for beginners, intermediate & advance students

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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

is a style of yoga codified and popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century which is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga.

Ashtanga means eight limbs or branches, of which asana or physical yoga posture is merely one branch, breath or pranayama is another. Both Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois, his grandson, encourage practice of Ashtanga Yoga – all eight limbs.

  • Yama – moral disciplines and rules
  • Niyama – positive duty and observations
  • Asana – physical postures
  • Pranayama – breathing exercises
  • Pratyahara – withdraw of the senses
  • Dharana – uninterrupted concentration
  • Dhiana – meditative state
  • Samadhi – higest point of spiritual practice, enlightenment
  • This part of yoga can be automatically bring you to the highest state of realization (liberation) if you follow all 8 Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.

Unfortunately nowadays people used to practice ashtanga yoga with concentration only on physical exercises. It makes yoga practice far from it source and more similar to fitness exercises. In order to reach goal of ashtanga practice you should try to implement Yama, Niyama, Asana, pranayama, pratya hara in your life to develop deeper concentration, get effect from medtitation and reach Samadhi.

In Vedansha Yoga we offer education in popular ashtanga yoga (yoga teacher training and yoga retreats),  that includes asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, asana alignment, yogic lifestyle & nutrition).

Ashtanga yoga is suitable for beginners, intermediate & advance students

Kundalini Yoga – known in India as “hidden snake powers”, means awaking of psychic centres or chakras in the body through purification, energizing & balancing of energy.

Every person has a center of Kundalini energy – root chakra (os sakrum & os coccygeus point at the end of spine colomn). Kundalini power is a super power that gives person ability to perfom actions, get mental conditions, solve different kind of problems,  find solutions, perform clarvoyance or get hidden knowledge that is unusual from routine life. Everyone  is able to get experience of Kundalini awaking.

There is nothing difficult, there are only special practice of asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra that influence on that paticular points of sympathetic & parasympathetic system and allows you to feel changes of your body, surrounding environment and at least your life.

This part of yoga belongs to advanced practice and can be reached only if minimum 6 Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga are mastered.

What is yoga? The practice starts with work on three lower chakras, then upper chakras.  Every person has different state of mind, nervous system and awareness. That’s way some people need many years of practice before they get effect from this kind of exercises. At the same time some people requires only 1 -2 sessions to feel effect from Kundalini work.

You can join our Kundalini retreat and learn the ancient techniques to balance your life.

This course includes (asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, charka anatomy & phisiology)

Kundalini yoga is suitable for intermediate & advance students

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Karma Yoga – performing the work with complete awareness, without attachment to outcome of the work. It‘s a selfless work, not for attain reward, payment. By losing oneself in work dissociation from ego happened. Example is Mahatma Ghandi. When EGO is removed desires & mental problems dissapear. You will concentratre

This kind of practice should be perfromed together with other practice like Hatha or Ashtanga yoga.

In Vedansha you can join karma yoga practice during your yoga teacher training or by wish in retreat program.

Karma yoga is suitable for beginners, intermediate & advance students

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Kriya yoga– ancient Yoga system revived in modern times by Mahavatar Babaji.  Yoga Sutras of Patanjali contain a description of Kriya Yoga as well. traditionally exclusively learned via the Guru-disciple relationship and the initiation consists of a secret ceremony. Half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual awaking.

Yogic bowel, nose cleansing, yogic breathing, Pranayama, is a special method for balancing the sympathetic & parasympathetic nervous system and influencing psychological and stress-related disorders. This practice combines with mastring of bandha & mudra that brings your chakra system in alignment mode. On different steps of kriya practice you will reach deeper in concentrative mode and perform kubakha (spontaneous breath retention as well).

Kriya yoga should be practiced together with Hatha, Ashtanga or Kundalini yoga.

Kriya yoga is suitable for beginners, intermediate & advance students

In Vedansha you will learn kriya techniques in every course.

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Bhakti Yoga – Bhakti Yoga of devotion to god or to supreme powers through mantra chanting or pray recitation.

What is yoga ?Repetition of combination of sounds belongs to Bhakti Yoga practice. These sounds are special combinations (codes) that were recieved by spiritual masters during the states of deepest meditation.

Strong emotional feeling to god or guru or any significant personality for serving him/her; directing love to something concrete is a purpose of this practice. Though this kind of practice you develop the concentration ability and loose your own ego because your mind is always fixed on other object.

It does not matter if you recite hindu or your own pray the aim of the practice will be achieved according to how long and how correct you will perform the chanting.

Bhakti yoga  can  be practiced together with Hatha, Ashtanga or Kundalini yoga.

Bhakti yoga is suitable for beginners, intermediate & advance students

In Vedansha you can join classes of Bhakti Yoga as well.

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Tantra Yoga – using of sexual energy for activation of higher mind and spiritual experience. Sex considered not only for physical joy but work of energy that activates high level chakras, controlles nervous system, awaking of kundalini energy.

Tantra yoga can not be practiced alone without understanding of Hatha & Kundalini yoga.

This is very advanced level of practice.

In vedansha Tantra does’t offered as separate course but some elements of it you can learn in yoga philosophy, pranayama, meditation & mantra classes

Tantra yoga is suitable for intermediate & advance students

Very advanced practice, suitable for yogais who have family life.

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Jnana Yoga– intellectual form of yoga, connect spiritual knowledge of scriptures and mind.

Developing of meditative state by concentration on reading, analysing, understanding of intellectual texts and spriptures.

This practice is more suitable for someone who doesn’t like much physical exercises and want to understand vedic sutras, yoga, ayurveda, pranayama, meditation philosophy

Can be practiced alone and together with other form of yoga like  Hatha, kriya, Ashtanga, Kundalini yoga.

In vedansha Janana yoga  does’t offered as separate course but it’s a part of  yoga philosophy, pranayama, meditation & mantra classes

Jnana yoga is suitable for beginners, intermediate & advance students

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Yin Yoga – chinese style of yoga, developed by Chi Kung expert Pauli Zink. Combination of Asana with long and slow breathing. Focus on streching of muscles.

This style of yoga is similar to Hatha Yoga practice. It does not developed in India, in Vedansha this kind of yoga not offered.

Bikram Yoga –  combination of  asana postures in paticular siquenz in the room with high temperature to perform sweating. This kind of yoga represents  only powerful asana practice.

This kind of yoga does not belongs to traditional vedic yoga practice and not offered in Vedansha.

Jivamukti  Yoga – combination of indian philosophy and paticular siquenz of dynamic asana practice. Developed by artist David Life and dancer Sharon Gannon.

This kind of yogic practice is not offered as a separate program but is a basic part of yoga philosophy & asana as well.

Jivamukti yoga is suitable for beginners, intermediate & advance students 

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