The roots of yogic philosophy can be traced back thousands and thousands of years to very ancient times. As the late yogic philosopher Georg Feuerstein (PhD) explained in his book “The Deeper Dimensions of Yoga”, “yoga is an immensely complex tradition with rather fuzzy edges”. Hatha yoga that my style of teaching is based on is just one tiny branch of a very vast tree.
There are several key hatha yoga texts but the most famous in called the “Yoga Sutras” believed to have been written by Patanjali. In sutra 1.2 he describes yoga as “yogas-chitta-vritti-nirodhah” which the yogi and psychologist Richard Miller (PhD) has translated as: ‘Yoga happens when we realize our true nature as stillness of pure being which is always present, whether the movements of consciousness are present or absent.”
Yoga philosophy touches on all aspects of our lives and a proper understanding of it can help us to lead a calmer, happier and more fulfilling life.
If you want to deepen your understanding of yoga and would be interested in attending a short course on these sutras please register your interest by contacting me through my contact page.