Yin Yoga

A contemporary cross-discipline system of exercise developed by Paul Grilley as a result of his studies with Paulie Zink, and application of Taoist analysis to the practice of Hatha Yoga.

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In Pauls’ own words: “A Taoist analysis of Yoga practice emphasizes the critical difference between Yin and Yang tissues of the body. Muscles and blood are Yang, connective tissues and joints are Yin. Yin and Yang tissues do not respond to training in the same way and a student’s practice becomes more effective when the difference is understood.”
The practice consists of postures selected to gently stretch and release the connective tissues around major joints, and put slight pressure on the joints themselves. According to Paul, and contrary to the current prevailing medical view, slight pressure on the joints is highly beneficial to mobility and overall health.
Postures are performed with muscles held as relaxed as possible (body weight is used for leverage as needed), and are held anywhere from 2 min (beginners) to 10 min (more advanced practitioners).
Modern research, especially by Dr Hiroshi Motoyama of Japan, indicates that the connective tissues are in fact the Meridian pathways of the body. Consistent practice of the Yin postures will maintain and improve the free flow of qi in these pathways.

 

Anahata Yoga

“It is slow but sure suicide to walk, sit, rest, talk, or lie down with a caved-in chest. The cells of the lungs become starved thereby, and maladjustments of the vertebrae often occur.”

  — Yogananda Paramahansa

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Anahata Yoga was inspired by this quote. And this meditative hatha yoga developed by Ana Costa. It was registered with the Yoga Alliance in 2002. More than 90 teachers have received certification since then. The focus of Anahata yoga is the opening of the anahata chakra, or heart center: simultaneously correcting bad posture, opening the chest, shoulders, and lungs, and allowing the life force to flow into the body.  

DescriptionAnahata prescribes a flow of exercises, postures and short meditations. As a rule, the flow is not designed to be physically taxing, but rather to encourage full breathing, heart awakening, and calmness.

        

 

Pranava Yoga

Pranava yoga is the classical method of meditation outlined in the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. It is also called Om yoga and Om yoga meditation.

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It is, simply put, fixing the mind on the sound of the mantra “Aum” – the sacred syllable that both symbolizes and embodies Brahman, the Absolute Reality – as the mantra is constantly repeated in unison with the breath. The purpose of pranava yoga is to become free from suffering and limitation.

The purpose is well stated in the Upanishads:

 “What world does he who meditates on Aum until the end of his life, win by That? If he meditates on the Supreme Being with the syllable Aum, he becomes one with the Light, he is led to the world of Brahman [the Absolute Being] Who is higher than the highest life, That Which is tranquil, unaging, immortal, fearless, and supreme.”

                          – Prashna Upanishad 5:1,5,7  

Bhagavad Gita Speaking from the perspective of the Infinite Being, enumerating his major manifestation-embodiments, Krishna says: “I am the syllable Om.”(Gita 7:8) He also says the same thing in 9:17 (“I am…the sacred monosyllable”) and 10:25 (“Among words I am the monosyllable Om”). What to “do” with aum is then outlined by Krishna:

 

 “Engaged in the practice of concentration… uttering the monosyllable Om–the Brahman–remembering Me always, he…attains to the supreme goal. I am easily attainable by that ever-steadfast Yogi who constantly and daily remembers Me.”

                                – Bhagavad Gita 6:13; 8:12-14  

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras”Ishwara [God] is a particular Purusha [Spirit, Person] Who is untouched by the afflictions of life, actions, and the results and impressions produced by these actions. In Him is the highest limit of omniscience. Being unconditioned by time He is teacher even of the ancients. His designator [vachaka] is the Pranava [Om]. Its japa [constant repetition] and bhavanam is the way [or: should be done]. From it result [come] the disappearance of obstacles and the turning inward of consciousness. Disease, languor, doubt, carelessness, laziness, worldly-mindedness, delusion, non-achievement of a stage, instability, these cause the distraction of the mind and they are the obstacles. [Mental] pain, despair, nervousness, and agitation are the symptoms of a distracted condition of mind. For removing these obstacles [there should be] the constant practice of the one principle [the japa and bhavanam of Om].”

                                         – Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1:24-32 

 

 

Ananda marga : bliss path

Ananda Marga is a hierarchal organization led by senior members of AMPS, most of them dedicated monks and nuns. A well developed hierarchy is working in the AMPS organization where the Global Office is the main representative organ of AMPS, lead by the General Secretary.

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Ananda Marga Pracharaka Samgha (AMPS) meaning “the organization for the propagation of the path of bliss” was founded in Jamalpur, State of Bihar, India in 1955 by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (1921-1990), known by his spiritual name of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. Ananda Marga bases its ideology on the theory that total human development can only be achieved through both personal development, and social service to the community. The meaning of Ananda Marga is “path of bliss”, ananda meaning bliss, and marga path. Through a system of meditation techniques, yoga postures (asanas), spiritual gatherings, and social service the Ananda Margiis (followers of AM) strive to develop themselves as human beings, and the betterment of others.  

History Ananda Marga:

The early history of P.R. Sarkar and his way towards the establishment of Ananda Marga Pracharaka Samgha is obscure and few writings can be found. There is however one account which proved to be significant in relation to Sarkars future as a spiritual leader, namely the initiation of a notorious criminal named Kalicharan.

 

Philosophy of Ananda Marga:

The philosophy of Ananda Marga is one of universalism. It is a synthetic outlook, recognizing God as the one limitless supreme consciousness. This universe, having been created by God, is existing in God, and as such all created beings are God’s children, part of the one universal Cosmic family. Thus we are all brothers and sisters, connected in love by the bonds of Cosmic fraternity. This universe of diversity has evolved out of unity (God), and we must continually strive to see that unity in all diversity. Thus the social outlook of Ananda Marga recognizes that the welfare of the individual is inextricably linked with the welfare of the collective, each relying on the other for its existence and dynamism. Everyone has the right to equal opportunity and as such there should be no discrimination on the basis of superficial barriers such as race, nationality and religion. Ananda Marga advocates a world of justice, security and peace for all. To this end Ananda Marga gives a practical, rational, and systematic way of life for the balanced development of all human potentialities: physical, psychic and spiritual. It is a system that incorporates practices that are beneficial for personal and social upliftment. These range from proper hygiene and diet, to yoga postures, to a scientific technique of meditation based on morality and leading to complete peace and inner fulfillment. It recognizes that a balance is needed between the spiritual and mundane aspects of existence, and that neither one should be neglected at the expense of the other. Hence, the goal of Ananda Marga is “Self-realization and the welfare of humanity.”

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