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Yoga in the Himalayan Tradition


The basic Question of Life, the basic need to understand life generally stems from an oscillation between pleasure and pain. Where there is pain, we wish to escape from it, or get rid of it in some way. The removal of that pain should lead to pleasure. As long as the object of pleasure is present there is happiness and when not present there is pain.

The oscillation, gets established at a very physical level, the body, known in the Yogic science as the Food sheath , the annamaya kosha.


Man is wonderstruck as he becomes wiser and aware of this universe with its movable and immovable objects extending before him with all its marvels and immensity.

The more man becomes aware of the body, the more science studies the body and its processes the more he becomes fascinated with and refers to the body as an incredible machine.


The more the intellect and speech are developed, the more man wants to describe the body and the body systems. But until intellect and speech are not developed fully, man cannot describe anything. The development of speech only comes to a level of which we are aware and have developed. Hence, for a person who is only aware of the physical body, and who treats the physical body as the total existence, the body is all that he or she considers to be the total existence. They then study the physical body and through such studies a language is developed based only on that level of understanding.


The language at that point is all inclusive but only few realize that it really exclusive of the gross physical body. Eventually the lack of explanation for certain phenomenon forces us to look for something beyond such a physical awareness. Our language begins to change to include more possibilities even the same words once used carries multi-level meanings. With this continued development we then seek, to evolve, to higher level. The result is a little more development of intellect and speech. Parallel to these development certain fundamental questions naturally arises.


Although well versed in material sciences, the wise realizing that more understanding and revelation is needed as their empirical knowledge alone could not reveal to them or unlock the secrets of the universe. While some relied on intense sadhana- practice they were not able to find the solution of the mystery of the universe through practice alone.  Therefore they took recourse to what can be called  paraa vidyaa,  or Dhyana Yoga, the supreme science of Brahman  and the Yoga  of meditation. One must yoke together both the practical science and the philosophical science.


One text the  Shwetashwatara UpaniShad  also states:


te dhyaana-yogaanugata apashyan, devaatma-shaktim swaguNairniguudhaam. yah  kaaraNaani nikhilani tani, kaalaatmayuktaanyadhiriSthatyeah. (shewetaashwatara 1-3)


“the sages, by meditation, discovered the supreme consciousness though ever present, hidden in the limitation of time, space and causality.’


The process at first begins the awareness of the physical and with continued effort; one becomes aware of that which holds the physical together. Later one begins to understand the physical design and the purpose for the design.

At a slightly more elevated stage the wise one develops and urges to know how this knowledge serves one and all?  This is regarded as the Humanistic level.

The intelligence or cause in an effort to serve a purpose even greater than the human needs. At this point if an action leads to a subtler awareness then action hold merit and if not then the action spurs on further action.

After many levels of evolution the individual no longer for physical establishments as the only existence but a universal connectivity become more established.


The Himalayan Mountains have been the home of such perennial wisdom for millennia. Great sages, such as Shankaracharya and Swami Rama have assimilated the yogic knowledge there and passed it on to their disciples, who have then become masters in an unbroken lineage.

The initial purpose of the Tradition is to rekindle the divine flame that lies within every human being; then to give students its essential teachings, its practices and its spiritual guidance; to lead the students to an understanding of their essential nature; and finally to firmness in the awareness of that essential nature. This process is one of the chief components of the Himalayan system is Raja Yoga (the Royal Path) explained in Patanjali's Yoga-sutras.

It emphasizes purification of thoughts and emotions through the five yamas (restraints) and five niyamas (observances), asanas (postures), pranayama (control of the breath-energies), pratyahara (sense-withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and finally samadhi (higher awareness).

In the Himalayan Tradition, hatha yoga is taught meditatively, as a way to train the mind through the body and to train the body from the mind. Meditation is a way of making the unconscious conscious, the unknown known, and the Infinite Truth realized. All aspects of a student's personality are trained and guided for this purpose. All practices lead toward Self-realization.


One definition is that the practice of Yoga actually begins in the mind and through the medium of the breath becomes established in the body.


Studying through this program and approach is for people who wish to be connected to an authentic living lineage for ongoing study and spiritual guidance. Working with all aspects of our lives, the aim of the program is self-transformation. In the course of study the individual will cover and exceed the material required for enlisting in the 200 hr level certification standards and further the 500 hr level as well. The endeavor is not to merely become teachers of yoga classes, but guides of people towards self-realization. towards this end 500 hours is only an introduction.


Yoga certification offered through home study at both 200 hr level and 500 hr level through home study programs.

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