HATHA Yoga - Restoring Balance

From an early age we are conditioned into action, 'doing', achieving and competition. It's integrated into modern society, our schools, universities, careers and in the media. No wonder it is often so difficult for us to learn to relax consciously and to let go.  Our minds tell us this isn't productive and we will be considered ‘lazy’. To live in peace and in a balanced fashion we need to learn softness, reflection, stillness and the art of 'non'-doing.

"Truth is one, paths are many"

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How To Tune Yourself and Live in Harmony!

Whether he/she plays alone or in an orchestra, a musician start by tuning his instrument. Only then music can happen. If we look deeper into it, music can be seen from two directions.

The first one, on the horizontal plane, is the melody: how the notes change, the evolution of the notes played one after the other. This is mostly what our mind picks up while listening music. If we listen to pop music, melodies of the chorus will keep playing in our mind. If we listen to drum music, the rhythms will keep beating in our mind the same way. This is connected with the time, movement. In yoga practice the melody could be the sequence of asanas technique or the rhythm of our breath within a pose…

In our body, and in music too, the second direction is on the vertical plane. The interaction of the notes played together. This is the harmony. At the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, harmony is a balanced interaction between the different parts of our body, when everything comes in alignment.  This is what YOGA is about, “YOG” mean union, the union of the body and the mind.

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Hatha Yoga: Doing or Not Doing?!

The Ha-Tha Forces, Foundations in Asanas, Breath, Sensations, Meditation…

How Is Hatha Yoga Taught at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre by Guruji Sharat Arora?

What are the mistakes in practice bringing imbalance of Ha-Tha Forces?

Among the yoga practice, asanas are postural practices. Asanas, looking at a bigger pictures are part of Hatha yoga, one of the eigth limbs of it. While DOING the asanas we have to know what Hatha yoga is! Else we can easily jump into gymnastics or fitness. Hatha yoga is a balance between Ha and Tha. Ha which can be associated with the sun, is the active part, the action, the DOING ! The sun generates light. Tha on the other hand, can be associated with the moon and is the passive part, the reflection, the NON DOING as the moonshine reflects the sun light.

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What Understanding of Yoga Are We Spreading?

We will be ever grateful to the wonderful land and wise peoples of India (Bharat) for developing and sharing the practice of Yoga with the world. In recent years interest and participation in yoga globally has soared. You have likely seen many advertisements for classes and courses with the word “yoga” attached, such as Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Bikram yoga, Anusara yoga, Hot yoga, Iyengar yoga, Restorative yoga, Aerial yoga, Acro yoga and others. However, the teaching of the Yoga practice is often limited to only two of the eight limbs of yoga as described by Patanjali: asana and pranayama. Likewise, most people associate Yoga with physical exercise, especially exercises for the purpose of increasing one’s flexibility and physical strength. This is not reflective of the essence and true purpose of the practice.  

India’s PM Narendra Modi and initiator of International Day of Yoga (June 21st), recently gave a good simple explanation of Yoga in his address to the UN General Assembly in 2014:

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Be the Change! Walking the Talk toward Peace

The question: How do we foster peace in our society?
Mahatma Gandhi’s famous aphorism, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” gives us a sensible clue. If we want to change anything toward a certain direction, we must, as individuals, exemplify that tendency. We must “walk the talk” that we promote. Hence, if our intention is to help the world realize peace, we must first nurture it within ourselves.

However, this is not how the real world works at present. Our world and nations are governed by organizations, governmental, international, NGOs, private, etc., many of whose mission it is to improve the world or the nation. Unfortunately, many tend to focus more on trying to change others “for the better,” for more peace, more awareness, more safety, more rights, without ensuring that their own organization models the improvements they strive for. Similarly, the individuals running the organization may try to change the attitudes and behaviors of their human resources, without taking a step back to make sure they exemplify that which they want from their colleagues. The old saying goes that the children of the cobbler have no shoes of their own. We can see organizations that fight for labor rights, have their own employees living with an unhealthy level of work-related stress on a daily basis. Organizations that promote education for all have cut all the funding for educating and developing their own staff. Organizations that promote peace, equanimity, love and compassion, are often complaining, blaming others, and not creating an environment conducive to peace within their employees.

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Sharat Arora
03 August 2016
16.10.14 When we do a practice like we do in our Iyengar Yoga centres, we gain understanding, so we increase our awareness about ourselves and about the world. We go inside and the mind slowly stops i...