Is it Yoga?

Notes on Yoga by Svastha Yoga New Zealand

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“There is a lot of confusion in the yoga world today – it is not that yoga teachers and students aren’t sincere, but they are sincerely confused”

This was just one of the home truths shared by A.G. Mohan on his recent visit to New Zealand. Although he said it with typical good humour – he wasn’t joking! Mohan has studied, practiced and taught yoga for over 40 years and had the great privilege of being a close personal student of the legendary yoga master T. Krishnamacharya for eighteen years. He is undoubtedly one of the most knowledgeable yoga teachers living today. When he comes out with a statement like that, we should all stop and listen!

More people practice yoga today than ever before; that should be a good thing – we need yoga! But is it yoga we are practicing or is it what Mohan refers to…

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The Myth of Yoga

Mythic Dimensions

Myth is one of those wonderful words that most people don’t completely understand. For most, a myth is a lie. It is a story that did not actually take place, a legend or fable. When we hear the word myth today, it often has a negative connotation, as in “Those weapons of mass destruction were a myth”.

Used in this sense, and with our title in mind, I will venture to say that commonplace presumptions of the history of yoga are in fact a myth.

Another way to understand the word myth is that it is synonymous with the word religion. Myths are the stories that inspire and bind together civilizations. Myths ultimately spring from deep within us, and the rituals associated with myth are vehicles which enable us to experience a connection between ourselves and the Mystery of life.

“It would not be too much to say…

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The Tools of Yoga Therapy

Asana: A new pattern is introduced to the body by changing the current and habituated patterns through which the body is living. (This includes alignments, posture, gait, and somatic tone.) 

Pranayama: Creation of a new breath pattern by teaching various breathing techniques, with or without ratios, either with movement, or in classically sequenced breathing practices.

Ahara and Vihara: New lifestyle patterns that may include diet and exercise.

Pratyahara: Create new patterns for the senses, literally meaning providing the “opposite food.” This presents a multitude of possibilities for the yoga therapist.

Dhyanam: New patterns for the mind which may include meditation, guided imagery, and visualizations.

Mantra: This may include a range from monosyllabic sounds to chants and prayers from different faiths and cultures, or meaningful lines from poems. 

Nyasa: Gestures and specific placements often combined with breath or visualization, which are not only palliative, but also bring attention and vitality to the region of focus.

Bhavana: Positive and supportive visualization that empowers the mind in the healing process with specific focuses.

Source:

Clinical Synergism In The Treatment Of Trauma: Yoga Therapy And Psychotherapy

Authors: Anita Claney, MS; Gina Siler, MA, MSC, LPC; Kausthub Desikachar, PhD

Yoga för seniorer / Yoga for the golden age

Dagens “seniorer” är aktiva människor. Kroppen åldras dock, det är ett ovedersägligt faktum. Yoga är ett sätt att hålla leder och muskler och sinne i trim. Fördelen är att yogan arbetar på flera nivåer, inte enbart den fysiska. Ring eller mejla för information om kurser och tider, 0723061707 eller info@yogashanti.eu.

Yoga for the golden age. Maybe jumping around on a mat doesn’t appeal to you anymore. No worry, yoga can be applied in many different ways, to suit all age groups. Yoga works on different levels, the physical, mental and spiritual. All of these become more important as we age. Call or email for information on classes and times, 0723061707 or info@yogashanti.eu.

 

Indra and A.G. Mohan

Indra and A.G. Mohan

Sri T. Krishnamacharya

Sri T. Krishnamacharya

Svastha Yoga Therapy: Holistic Health – Dr. Ganesh Mohan 3. – 7. 10. 2014 in Prague

In this professional program on yoga therapy, we aim to bring you the most effective aspects of traditional yoga and ayurveda combined with modern medicine.This module focuses on holistic health and an integrative approach to yoga therapy. Taught by Ganesh Mohan from the respected Indian family of Mohans we will learn specific guidelines for different conditions and general treatment principles will be detailed, empowering you to safely and effectively address Stress and anxiety related conditions through yoga. We have designed this program especially for yoga teachers and advanced practitioners, but it should also be of interest to people from related fields. The goal is to enable participants to integrate newly acquired knowledge immediately in their teaching, particularly in private sessions.

Program of Module 7: Holistic health:
1. Case studies of different health problems of body, breath, and mind.
2. Assorted conditions that require input from information in multiple modules (e.g. diabetes, cancer etc)
3. Analyzing and applying modifications of asana, pranayama, meditation for different people and needs.
4. Holistic sequencing combining goals of body, breath, and mind.
5. Practical sequences for different therapeutic needs.

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Ganesh Mohan, son of A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, was trained from childhood in yoga and other related areas such as Vedic chanting. He is a doctor, formally trained in both modern medicine and Ayurveda. He is the co-author of the Mohans’ book, Yoga Therapy. He is deeply interested in the profound wisdom of the Yogasutras of Patanjali, which he continues to study and teach. He is also co-translator of Yoga Yajnavalkya, with AG Mohan.

Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali by Hariharananda Aranya

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are universally acknowledged as the fundamental text on yoga and meditation in the Indian classical tradition. This English translation o ‘Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali’ is widely regarded as the most authoritative and authentic that has been available in recent times. It is a serious and clear presentation of Patanjali’s sutras and Vyasa’s Bhasya, providing these basic texts both in the original Sanskrit and in readable and accurate English. These classical works are augmented by the commentary of Swami Hariharananda Aranya, a scholar and yogi of great repute, who, in his lifetime, was the foremost exponent in India of the Samkhya Yoga system of which the Yoga Aphorisms of Pantanjali are the principle work.

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Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali

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Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali