What is Yoga?

Yoga, in Sanskrit, means to completely know yourself and to be at peace in yourself. It is not possible to define this peace except to say it is freedom from all suffering, freedom from doubt and freedom from confusion. A natural blessedness unfolds in you as you feel this peace and you increasingly realize this as the core essence of your life. This realization is called yoga: a clear knowledge of the oneness of yourself with the source of all life.

Being established in this knowledge, your life starts to flow with a vital freshness and harmony, with clarity, mental alertness and a fullness of loving understanding. This yoga state is expansive, creative and life-supportive.

What is Yogi?

A yogi is someone who engages in practices in order to realize this essential existence and their own potential power of awareness. It’s great to have a healthy body, but this awareness is real power yoga!

Pranayama

“Pranayama is control of Breath”. “Prana” is Breath or vital energy in the body. On subtle levels prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force, and “ayama” means control. So Pranayama is “Control of Breath”. One can control the rhythms of pranic energy with pranayama and achieve healthy body and mind. Patanjali in his text of Yoga Sutras mentioned pranayama as means of attaining higher states of awareness, he mentions the holding of breath as an important practice of reaching Samadhi.

Pratyahara

Coming from the Sanskrit prati, meaning “away” or “against” and ahara, meaning intake of food or other substances, pratyahara signifies the withdrawal of the senses—turning the consciousness inward to release external stimuli. While pratyahara may seem like a difficult concept to grasp and practice, it’s something that we are already moving toward in meditation and asana practice when we concentrate on our breath. Working with pranayama leads us toward internal awareness as we release conscious responses to externalities.

Sacred Chants (Science of Sound)

Mantra chanting is among the most effective methods to activate personal transformation. Heavy chanting of mantras produces sound tremor that purifies unfavorable feelings such as anger, jealousy, and fear, making optimistic feelings such as peace, pleasure and love. On the body, chanting has a calming effect on our nervous system, can be useful for Relaxing muscles and is a remedy for depression and stress.

Silent: Mouna

Mouna is a unique period of silence and is regarded a remedy for depression and stress. It is scared noiseless time in which we continue our yoga practice and lives daily devoid of speaking, instead of spending our time moving inwards- meditation, reading spiritual books or thinking about.

Yoga Discussion

Guests at Rishikesh Yoga Retreat are always encouraged to question and communicate numerous aspects of yoga with our coach who can let them have a detailed atmosphere & specialized reasoning behind each element of yoga. We aim to give our attendees an outstanding understanding of yoga and enable them to enjoy the restorative and physical advantages as well as the spiritual and emotional impact of the practice. These communications can be planned at a time convenient to the teacher and guest.