Yoga Philosophy


This page explores many aspects of yoga philosophy, including some of the important yoga concepts that you’ll encounter throughout your exploration of yoga. …

Why is Yoga Philosophy Important?

The examination of yoga theory opens up a whole new world of perspective and understanding for those who are seeking something more out of life …

… and we are all looking for for that, aren’t we? We all want to be healthy; we all want to be happy; we all want to feel a sense of purpose; and we all want to be at peace – both within ourselves, and with the world around us.

Ultimately, the science of yoga takes us beyond this life altogether and helps us to understand the very nature of our existence: who we are; why we are here; and where it is that we are going. Yoga philosophy guides us down that road.

The Study of Yoga Philosophy

At International Yogalayam, we provide comprehensive yoga training. Our 3 Weeks of Yoga E-course is a great introduction to ashtanga yoga philosophy, as well as some of the many beneficial yoga practices and techniques.

Our Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali Home Study Program provides a comprehensive initiation into the vast array of yoga practices and yoga philosophy concepts, in a step-by-step, practical way.

The pages links below provide insight into some of the fundamental principles of yoga that form part of this great science of “extrodinary living.”

Let’s start by answering the question, what is yoga?

Ashtanga Yoga Philosophy

Awareness
Yoga teaches us four stages, or four levels of awareness: that of body; of emotions; of mind; and of awareness itself …

Brahma Danda
The spinal column is known as Brahma Danda, which literally means ‘the walking stick of God’. A strong, flexible yoga spine is very important for good health …

Karma
The concept of karma is a fundamental aspect at the foundation the Eastern world view, and its proper understanding is integral to the practise of yoga …

Kriya in Yoga
Kriya yoga involves practices for purifying the physical body, decongesting the energetic body, the mental fields and even purification on higher, psychic levels …

Living a Yogic Life
Living a yoga life involves proper diet, lifestyle, healthy attitudes and habits, beneficial work and nurturing associations. Learn what living yoga is all about …

Pancha Kosha: 5 bodies of man
In yoga, man is conceived as a ‘multi-bodied being’. He has at least five bodies, which are referred to as the pancha kosha …

Polarity
Yoga helps to restore polarity in the being and relieve all conditions of illness (physical, mental, emotional), which results from a polar imbalance.

Pranava AUM
The cosmic sound AUM is the ‘supreme of all mantras’ — the original ‘cosmic sound’, the primordial vibration constituting the beginning and the end of creation …

Prana: what is it?
The concept of prana lies at the foundation of yoga’s methodology. Let’s take a closer look at this “life-giving force” …

Pranayama
Pranayama is a conscious attempt to stabilize the flows of prana and apana, the two primary subtle energies whose dynamic movements are intimately linked to the breath …

Pranayama Practices
There are over 100 pranayama practices mentioned throughout the Sanskrit texts, many of which are considered essentials at varying levels of yoga …

Relaxation in Yoga
Yogic relaxation leads to a state where the physical body, emotions and mind are all brought up into a high state of “conscious relaxation” …

Sanskrit and Yoga
Sanskrit is an integral part of yoga. Learn more about this ancient language and how it can enrich your yoga practice …

Swadhyaya
This fourth of sage Patanjali’s niyamas represents one of the most important aspects of yoga…

Yoga’s View of Breathing
Better breathing can improve your health and add years to your life! Find out how yoga’s approach to improving breathing is second to none.

The Yogic Diet
The yoga diet is an approach to eating that involves more than vegetarianism. This article explores more about this fundamental aspect of yoga…
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Yamas and Niyamas
The moral and ethical foundations of yoga …

Yoga Marga
What does it mean to follow a “yogic path.”

Yoga Sadhana
Yoga sadhana refers to all of the efforts put forth in every moment of every day towards the higher goals of health, harmony and evolution …




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