Yoga is a Darsana, a mirror to look at ourselves from within. Control of the body and mind is Yoga. When the mind is controlled, stilled and silenced, what remains is the soul. It is the quest of soul, the spark of Divinity within us, which is the very purpose of Yoga.
Yoga is an art and a science as well as a philosophy. Yoga touches the life of man at all levels, whether it is physical, mental or spiritual. Yoga is a practical method for making one’s living purposeful, useful and noble. Yoga enables one’s body, organs of actions, and senses of perception, mind, intelligence, and consciousness as well as trillions of cells to get attuned to its essence – the conscious seer within. Yoga alone enables the seer to directly perceive and experience using his vestments for the world within and around himself to gain insight and feel the divine joy of all creation. The Yogi then shares the Amrita, the nectar of divine wealth and happiness with his fellow beings.
Sage Patanjali, who has written on this subject in his treatise Yoga Darshana, defines yoga as chitta vritti nirodha. Chitta is the consciousness which includes the mind, the intellect and the ego. Yoga is a method of silencing the vibrations of the chitta.
The eight “limbs” or steps prescribed in the second pada of the Yoga Sutras are: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
Ashtanga yoga consists of the following steps: The first five are called external aids to Yoga (bahiranga sadhana)
- Niyama:- Shaucha, Santosha,Tapas,Svadhyaya,Ishvarapranidhana:
- Yama:- Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Aparigraha, Brahmacharya:
I have been coming to Yoga Sol for about 6 months and it’s been a life-changing experience. The studio is always clean and that includes the bathrooms. There are lockers there so you can stow your belongings safely.
Yoga Sol is a community of teachers and students deeply interested in self improvement. The staff really does care about their students and you can see the dedication the teachers have in sharing their love of Yoga.