The Essence of Yoga

Yogaḥ Samādhiḥ / Yoga is Samādhi

– Sage Vyāsa

Saṁyama is a process of meditative analysis. It aides in the development of the faculty of discrimination or Viveka-Khyāti. And the faculty of discrimination is the means to liberation from bondage and suffering.

Saṁyama is a way of directing attention on an object or a specific feature of an object in order to understand it correctly. Correctly here means to see an object for what it is, uninfluenced by one’s biases and conditioning. Correct understanding helps in renunciation of those objects that ensnare us in a cycle of attachment and suffering.

In other words, Saṁyama is the essence of Yoga.

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Vinyāsa Woes

Practitioners of Aṣtānga Vinyāsa Yoga are serious folks. Aṣtānga (not to be confused with the eight limbs mentioned in Yoga Sūtras) is the Crossfit equivalent of the modern Yoga scene.

One of the distinguishing features of this style is its strict adherence to specified Vinyāsas for each Āsana or posture in the practice sequence.

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Vinyāsa

You can find Vinyāsa Yoga on the menu at most Yoga studios. A famous studio that I used to frequent offers Hatha 1, Hatha 2, Vinyāsa 1 and Vinyāsa 2 among other classes. This can be confusing for the beginner. It seems there is more than one way of doing the same Trikonāsana. The Hatha way and the Vinyāsa way.

It is also common to hear the phrase: “take a Vinyāsa now” in Aṣtānga classes as if Vinyāsa is a particular movement or posture.

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The Ultimate Workout

The workout world is full of programs- Cross fit, Starting Strength, 5×5, 5/3/1, Convict Conditioning, Warrior Program to name a few – that promise to make you a beast. They hit you with insane workouts. Just when you think you have become a B.E.A.S.T, they remind you that the only easy day was yesterday and add a new workout or load another plate on the barbell.

With dedication and hardwork, anyone can become a B.E.A.S.T.

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