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Because its not just about asana..

In the last twenty years there has been an explosion of yoga in our society. The physical practices of the Hatha lineage have been embraced by a new generation of yogis and yoginis. Modern yoga is often characterised by an emphasis on postures and breathing techniques. Once we begin this practice regularly, we soon discover something much deeper than physical exercises alone. The practice of asana, (postures) when approached with awareness, creates the right conditions for self-enquiry. Continue Reading »
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The Kriya Yoga of Patanjali

Patanjali Yoga Sutra
‘The three purificatory actions of yoga are inner discipline, self-study, and surrender. When practised, the obstacles are removed and we experience clear perception.’
Patanjali Yoga Sutra - 2:1-2
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The roots of postural yoga

Ascetic Yogis Painting
Modern Yoga is a composite hybrid of practices in which the somatic techniques of Hatha Yoga converge with the experiential philosophy of Patanjali’s Eight limbed path..
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Ashtanga Yoga and God

Dancing Shiva
‘From devotion to God, Samadhi is attained’ (YS 2.45 *)
In Patanjali’s sutra, the final stage of yoga is Samadhi - ‘clear perception.’ Patanjali outlines two methods by which to accomplish Samadhi:
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