YOGA ~ a very brief introduction Prof. V. Viswanadham
YOGA for Health, Beauty and general enhancement of the Personality
YOGA Concerns the whole man Physiological, Psychological & Philosophical aspects are covered
YOGA When all the Senses are stilled, When the Mind is at rest, When the Intellect wavers not, ~ then, say the wise, is reached the Highest State. ~ Katha Upanishad
YOGA Yogasthah kuru karmani sangam tyaktva dhanamjaya sidhyasidhyoh samo bhutva samatvam yoga uchyate Bhagavadgita, 2 - 48 O Arjuna! Steadfast in YOGA, giving up all attachment, unmindful of success or failure, do your work. Such equanimity of mind is called YOGA.
YOGA The man of equanimity born of wisdom releases himself both from good and bad even in this life. Therefore, strive for NISHKAMA KARMA with an equal mind. Yoga is skill in action. Buddhiyukto jahatiha ubhe sukruta duskrite tasmad yogaya yujyasva yogah karmasu kausalam Bhagavadgita, 2 - 50 ~ the capacity to act without attachment and with perfect equanimity
YOGA Human beings function with their body, mind, and the senses. In NIRVIKALPA SAMADHI, you attain the actionless state, when the bodily organs, the senses, and the mind remain perfectly still. Do good to the humanity in every way you think fit.
YOGA The science of human behaviour by which a separate human consciousness can become progressively more aware of its true nature, and in the end can enjoy union with all that is summarized by the word ~ e. a. Gardner GOD
YOGA Yoga is a science. Yoga is a practical science. Yoga is a psychological science. Yoga is a practical and personal science. Yoga is a progressive science. Yoga is a spiritual science. Yoga is the means whereby we may break through the limitations of the everyday consciousness and reach a state of serenity within and harmony without.
YOGA Yoga discipline is nothing more than the purification of the body, mind and soul, and preparing them for the beatific vision. ~ S. Radhakrishnan
HATHA YOGA: THE WITHDRAWAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS FROM THE OUTER WORLD OF SENSES MAY BE ACHIEVED BY CONTROL OF THE PHYSICAL BODY IN ORDER TO OPEN IT TO THE COSMIC ENERGY BY BREATHING AND PHYSICAL EXERCISES YOGA
YOGA LAYA OR KUNDALINI YOGA: BY CONCENTRATING ON THE PSYCHIC CENTRES TO AWAKEN THE PRIMORDIAL COSMIC ENERGY OF THE INDIVIDUAL
YOGA MANTRA YOGA: BY MAKING USE OF THE REPETITION OF CERTAIN WORDS AND PHRASES TO STEADY THE MIND
YOGA JNANA YOGA: BY WORKING FROM THE CENTRE TO THE PERIPHERY TO EFFECT UNION OF HIGHER AND LOWER BY THE CONTROL OF THOUGHT
YOGA BHAKTI YOGA: BY CONTROL OF ONE’S EMOTIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS THROUGH DEVOTION TO AN IDEAL
YOGA KARMA YOGA: BY CONTROL OF ONE’S ACTIONS FROM NON-SELFISH MOTIVES
YOGA RAJA YOGA: EMBRACES ALL SIX YOGAS MENTIONED ABOVE. SELF-TRANSFORMATION, FOR THE ATTAINMENT OF UNION WITH THE REAL, THE ETERNAL. RAJA YOGA DEVELOPS WILL THROUGH CONCENTRATION AND MEDITATION BY TURNING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM TO BE IN HARMONY WITH HIGHER VIBRATIONS.
YOGA ASHTANGA YOGA ~ THE EIGHT STEPS OF RAJA YOGA : <ul><li>YAMA ~ SELF-RESTRAINT </li></ul><ul><li>NIYAMA ~ SELF-DISCIPLINE </li></ul><ul><li>ASANA ~ POSTURE </li></ul><ul><li>PRANAYAMA ~ CONTROL OF BREATH </li></ul><ul><li>PRATYAHARA ~ CONTROL OF THE SENSES </li></ul><ul><li>DHARANA ~ CONCENTRATION </li></ul><ul><li>DHYANA ~ MEDITATION </li></ul><ul><li>SAMADHI ~ CONTEMPLATION </li></ul>
YAMA AND NIYAMA ~ THE FIRST TWO STAGES ARE ESSENTIAL PRELIMINARY PREPARATION OR REQUIREMENTS AND DEAL WITH MORALITY AND ETHICS. ASANA, PRANAYAMA AND PRATYAHARA ~ THE NEXT THREE STAGES ARE CONCERNED WITH THE DISCIPLINE OF THE BODY AND THE SENSES. THE FIRST FIVE STAGES CONSTITUTE THE EXTERNAL PREPARATION ~ BAHIRANGA. DHARANA, DHYANA AND SAMADHI ~ THE LAST THREE STAGES ARE INTERNAL ~ ANTARANGA, AND COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF MIND CONTROL.
REGULAR PRACTICE OF YOGA WILL DO A LOT OF GOOD GOOD LUCK !