yogaś-citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ Yoga means obtaining control over the modifications of the mind When you are in a state of yoga, all misconceptions (vṛttis) that can exist in the mutable aspect of human beings (chitta) disappear. Yoga happens when there is stilling (in the sense of continual and vigilant watchfulness) of the movement of thought – without … Continue reading Yoga Sutra 1.2
The Truth is One, but the paths are many. The Bhagavad Gita extols three major margas or paths of Yoga which help the aspirant frame his personal nature with the highest goal, realization and union with Brahman, or the all-knowing and pervasive consciousness that governs the universe. Although each path is different, the destination is … Continue reading The Bhagavad Gita: 3 Paths of Yoga
Yoga in its most literal sense is meant to yoke, or unite, aspects of the body, the breath, and the mind. When these three come in to accord, we move beyond the physical forms into the subtle aspects of the anandamaya kosha, or the body of bliss, that inner divine nature that resides within all … Continue reading What is the Goal of Yoga?
Fire is his head, the sun and moon his eyes, The heavens his ears, the scriptures his voice, The air his breath, the universe his heart, And the earth his footrest. The Lord of Love Is the innermost Self of all. - Mundaka Upanishad