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Yoga is a complete system which involves all aspects of life. It is founded on awareness, living fully in the present and connecting with our true nature and that of the universe.
It leads us through the process of uncovering the deepest truths about human beings, life and the Universe.
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It allows us to merge with the superior aspects of the Universe and realise that they are not separate from ourselves.

The Yoga techniques will work to expand our consciousness, awaken our capabilities and enhance our perceptions of reality. By understanding all that exists outside and inside of us, we will have the freedom to choose what we relate to and how to live our lives. 

Yoga is designed to act on all levels: from the physical one, to the energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual. It has the potential to change our thoughts, feelings and actions so that we can live a better, healthier and happier life. So it’s not just about the knowledge that is passed on, but more importantly about the wisdom that comes from experiencing it ourselves.

 

Benefits of Yoga

 

Physical benefits of Yoga

Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium, Pulse rate decreases, Respiratory rate decreases, Blood Pressure decreases (of special significance for hyporeactors), Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases, EEG - alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various stages of meditation), EMG activity decreases, Cardiovascular efficiency increases, Respiratory efficiency increases, Gastrointestinal function normalizes,Endocrine function normalizes, Excretory functions improve, Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase, Breath-holding time increases, Joint range of motion increase, Grip strength increases, Eye-hand coordination improves, Dexterity skills improve, Reaction time improves, Posture improves, Strength and resiliency increase, Endurance increases, Energy level increases, Weight normalizes, Sleep improves, Immunity increases, Pain decreases, Steadiness improves, Depth perception improves, Balance improves, Integrated functioning of body parts improves,

 

Psychological benefits of Yoga

Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase, Mood improves and subjective well-being increases, Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase, Social adjustment increases, Anxiety and Depression decrease, Hostility decreases, Concentration improves, Memory improves, Attention improves, Learning efficiency improves, Mood improves, Self-actualization increase, Social skills increases, Well-being increases, Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase, Self-acceptance increase, Attention improves, Concentration improves, Memory improves, Learning efficiency improves, Symbol coding improves, Depth perception improves, Flicker fusion frequency improves

 

Mental benefits of Yoga

Increased awareness, Capacity to focus, Multi tasking, Quick thinking, Good memory, Reduced stress, Expansion of the mind, Allows the mind to be silent, so that our Essence can shine forth

 

Personal development and transformation

 

Nowadays it’s common to go through life surviving, rather than living. Being constantly conditioned by both our own internal patterns and external environment, we are often led to live in an “auto-pilot” mode, unconsciously reacting to the circumstances that arise and not so much taking ownership of our lives. We may be immerged so deep into this cycle that our days may start to feel all the same, beginning to lose purpose, and feeling like we are not empowered to change our own lives, or we’re stuck with what we have, or that it’s useless to even try. Fortunately that perception is not true, we have absolutely everything it takes to change our lives, we have just never been shown how to do so.

 

The major key here is that we don’t need to change the reality around us to reach happiness and fulfilment. If we depend on the things that surround us to be happy, we will never be able to be free. If we change our inner reality however, and understand that all our issues actually come from within, we will be in a position to take control of our lives regardless of what is outside of us. And when we change our inner selves, the exterior will change too. Yoga brings balance to the different levels of our inner world, and therefore starts to bring about that inner transformation that will lead us to our true nature of bliss and happiness.

 

The 8 limbs of Yoga

 

The original texts of Yoga were written in the 2nd century BC by Patanjali, and are called the Yoga Sutras. Paranjali describes 8 limbs of Yoga:

 

  • Yama (Our relationship with the world): Ahimsa (compassion instead of violence), Satya (honesty), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (continence), and Aparigraha (non-accumulation).
  • Niyama (Our relationship with ourselves): Shaucha (purity), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (spiritual effort), Svadhyaya (knowledge of the spiritual truths), and IshvaraPranidhana (conscience of a superior reality).
  • Asana: Posture.
  • Pranayama ("Breath"): Also interpreted as control of the life force.
  • Pratyahara ("Abstraction"): Withdrawal of the sense organs from external objects.
  • Dharana ("Concentration"): Fixing the attention on a single object.
  • Dhyana ("Meditation"): Intense contemplation of the nature of the object of meditation.
  • Samadhi ("Liberation"): merging consciousness with the object of meditation.

  

Types of Yoga

 

There are several types of Yoga, for all sorts of purposes. In the Light Programme, we study Tantra Yoga. Each asana has a physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual purpose, and is studied in detail, in the context of a higher purpose. Tantra uses Yoga as a tool to achieve specific goals in our personal development.