1-Integrated Path to Yoga: Introduction

2- Integrated Path to Yoga: The Origin and History of Yoga

Yoga is regarded as a divine science of life
revealed to enlightened sages in Meditation
that has its roots in Indian culture and philosophy.
The Yoga path is a precise and accurate method
for developing a greater clarity in helping us "see" and "know” our inner-selves.
The Yogic science arose at the beginning of human civilization
was slowly evolved and developed by ancient sages all over the world.
Yoga is a divine gift
that was given to mankind to help realize its divine nature.

3- Integrated Path to Yoga: Who I Am

Yoga  says that we have five  dimensions known as Koshas or sheaths:
-Annamaya Kosha – physical  Earth

-Pranamaya Kosha – Energy, Physiology – Water

Manomaya Kosha – Mental – Fire

Vijnanamaya Kosha – Wisdom – Air

Anandamaya Kosha – Bliss – Ether


Atma – Eternel Self, the Soul – Oneness

Experience and understanding of the Koshas helps us to know the depth of the Human mind.

Yoga is the Art and the Science of mental discipline through which the mind becomes cultured and matured towards the Soul.

The sadhaka’s aim is to bring the mind,,the consciousness to a state of purity, translucence and transcendence.

When the mind becomes steady, calm and peaceful, the Yogi identifies with the Divine self, the Eternal Self.

4- Integrated Path to Yoga: Yama and Niyama, the 10 yogic Commandments

There are 8 crucial steps in the study and the practice of Yoga

Four first stages

Yama (abstinence), Niyama (discipline), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing)
are qualified as external or gross,

The following four,

Pratyahara (senses control), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), Samadhi (contemplation) , are internal or subtle.

The objective of the 4 first is to purify the mental and the physical body.

This purification allows the pranic force to circulate freely in the astral channels until their destination in the causal plan of the Conscience of God,
thus activating the conscience, developing balance
and stimulating a state of awakening.

5- Integrated Path to Yoga: Asana, Yoga Postures

         -Bodywork:      Sun Salutation - Moon salutation
         -Meditation:     Meditation in action and Yoga mudra
         -Integrated Path to Yog : Asana, Yoga Postures

yogah cittavrtti nirodhah
Union by stopping mind activity.
YS 1;2

sthira sukham asanam
Happiness, steadiness and firmness must be felt in the sacred postures.

6- Integrated Path to Yoga: Pranayama, Breath Control and Lifeforce Control

 Yoga works primarily with the energy in the body, through the science of pranayama, or energy-control.
Prana means also ‘breath.’ Yoga teaches how, through breath-control, to still the mind and attain higher states of awareness.
The higher teachings of yoga take one beyond techniques, and show the yogi, or yoga practitioner, how to direct his concentration in such a way as not only to harmonize human with divine consciousness, but to merge his consciousness in the Infinite.

Paramahansa Yogananda

7- Integrated Path to Yoga: Pratyahara: Senses Control, Senses Withdrawal

The willingness or unwillingness 
to withdraw attention from sensory experience 
is a significant dividing line between 
those who experience true meditation and 
those who experience only physical relaxation.

8- Integrated Path to Yoga: Dharana: Concentration

“The mind is restless, turbulent and strong, as difficult to curb as the wind.”
~BG,Ch.6, V34

One of the biggest challenges throughout the ages is keeping the ‘monkey mind’ quiet.
- Concentration is like a muscle —
 its ability increases with practice, and diminishes with disuse.




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