Yoga is a spiritual discipline that can unite us with our spiritual selves and help us harmonize with our inner energies. By coordinating and uniting our body and mind, it helps us attain our inherent power and gives us the ability for self-realisation. Simple postures have long term benefits for physical and mental health! The Santosh Yoga Institute helps people learn the traditional Yoga practices and beliefs that can transform the way of life.
How old is Yoga?
Yoga belongs to the Indus-Sarasvati civilization era, which dates back to some 5000 years ago. Over the years, Yoga has evolved and developed into many forms. It has different classifications, that’s why the traditional form of Yoga is not known to many. Yoga followers understand the physical significance of Yoga and are not aware of Vedic tradition behind it.
The Santosh Yoga Institute is where you’ll gain perspective on the traditional Yoga practices and realise how vast this spiritual discipline goes in order to connect your mind and soul with the highest intelligence in the Universe.
As we’re moving forward in life, we’re taking more interest in the Vedas and Puranas and trying to find wisdom in the old spiritual traditions. We begin to understand our origin and get to know that Vedas are the perennial rivers of knowledge. They show us the greatest truths of life in the simplest manner possible.
What is the Oldest Form of Yoga?
The ancient form of Yoga is known as the Vedic Yoga which dates back to the Rig Veda, the oldest written Sanskrit work in the world. It was probably written some 10,000 years ago, during the Golden Age or the Satya Yuga.
Santosh Yoga Institute is specialised in teaching Vedic Yoga. The experts will help you find wisdom by helping you harmonise with the power that resides within you with this traditional form of Yoga.
At the end of Satya Yuga, when people let ego and ignorance divide them, Vedic teachings is what was passed onto them in order to preserve the spiritual knowledge of the Golden Age.
By whom the Vedic Yoga was created?
The Vedic prophets of Bhrigu and Angirafamilies, namely Vasishta, Vamadeva, Bharadwaja, Vishwamitra, Gritsamada, Atriand Kanwa created the Vedic Yoga which is now the basis of human transformation in the modern age. These seven seers set a path for the entire humanity to follow through their Vedic teachings. The Vedas give way to spiritual realisation by unfolding all the universal laws.
If you want to unite your body, soul and mind through the Vedic Yoga, experts at Santosh Yoga Institute will help you in your journey.
Types of Ancient Yoga
Basically, there are three types of Vedic Yoga, namely Mantra, Prana and Dhyana Yoga. Mantra Yoga helps us in understanding the manifestations of the Divine laws and gives us a mantric insight into the highest intelligence. The chanting of OM, which is also what Santosh Yoga Institute clearly believes in, clears our mind and sets our inner energies in motion.
The Prana Yoga focuses on developing Prana or what we say, Vidyut Shakti (electrical force). The Pranic insight is vital in transforming ourselves and working on our inner energies. On the other hand, the Dhyana Yoga, which is called the Meditation Yoga helps us develop wisdom or Buddhi. With the help of this awakened intelligence, we will be able to understand the spiritual unfoldment, the cosmic evolution, the higher intelligence and all the other laws of universe.
All the three forms of Vedic Yoga help us work on our abilities to develop the Divine Life, Word and Mine that resides within us.
Three Yogas are related to the three Vedas, the Rig Veda, which is known as the Veda of Mantras, Yajur Veda, which is the Veda of Sacrifice and the Sama Veda, the Veda of Unity.
- Mantra Yoga
Mantra Yoga forms as the basis of Vedic or Ancient or Classical Yoga. It uses mantras as its foundation which has been taken from the Rig Veda. The Mantras are:
- Name Mantras – These involve mantras of the names of the Deities of Hindu Dharma like Surya or the Sun God, Indra or the Rain God and Agni or the God of Fire. Mantra Yoga is usually called the Yoga of Devotion.
- Seed or Bij Mantras – Vedic terms have root sounds like OM, HRIM, KRIM, HUM. Mantra Yoga teaches you to chant them silently along with taking deep breaths. The vibrations that these mantras make can put your inner energies in motion. The Santosh Yoga Institute recognises the power of OM. It believes in OM. These are also a part of Prana Yoga.
- Suktas – Are prayers and mantras which help us meditate, for example Gayatri Mantra. Also form a part of Yoga of Meditation or Dhyana Yoga.
When you begin practicing Vedic Yoga, you begin with Yoga of Mantras. These prayers awaken our soul and help us build a contact with the Divine Word. The most popular Seed Mantra is OM and Sukta is Gayatri Mantra.
- Prana Yoga
The Prana Yoga involves various Yoga techniques which also includes Pranayama. It basically wants you to gain mastery over your Pranas, your motor organs and your senses. Once you do so, you can awaken your inner Prana, the internal electrical energy hidden within you. You need to develop your vital power to gain mastery over your Prana.
The several types of Prana Yoga are:
- Pure Prana Yoga – Here, you learn to work how to bring Prana out of your lower chakras and transfer them onto the higher, while developing the innate power within oneself and surrendering to the Divine grace.
- Mantra Prana Yoga – In this type of Yoga, you chant prayers along with your breath. Bij Mantras are especially used in Mantra Prana Yoga.
- Dhyana Prana Yoga – Here, you meditate in the form of Indra, Shiva or Kali upon the Prana which will help you control the power and energy of your mind.
To perform Prana Yoga, learners perform various Yoga techniques and Pranayama along with the mantras they have learnt to connect with their inner selves and the higher intelligence.
- Dhyana Yoga
The Yoga of Meditation involves meditation using Mantras, Prana while remembering the Divine. There are several types:
- Dhyana Devata Yoga – This kind of Yoga lets you meditate upon the deities of the three Holy Vedas and their powers.
- AatmaDhyana Yoga – Here, one meditates upon oneself. You reflect upon your own Aatma or soul, which is again of three types. Self-inquiry, which is tracing back your inner flame in all the three states, waking, dream and deep sleep in full consciousness. Self-observation, which involves awakened intelligence and Aatmic Mantras like, “AhamBrahmasmi, which demand self-purification and can be useful for the highest level of disciples.
For Dhyana Yoga, one must be connected to the Divine that resides within oneself, in the heart.
All the three, Mantra, Prana and DhyanaYogas lead to Samadhi Yoga which is a state of pure bliss. And all the four make your way to Purna Yoga, your complete spiritual awakening. Though Vedic Yoga is vast, Santosh Yoga Institute does throw light on it and helps you attain unity and peace of body, soul and mind. So, you know where to go.