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Pranayama in Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali

Pranayama, the conscious and deliberate manipulation of the breathing, is the fourth limb of practice in the Hatha and Raja schools of Yoga. The Hatha Yoga goal is to purify the system and move the concentrated prana through the central sushumna nadi, awakening each chakra on the ascent to the crown chakra. Samadhi is the […]

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The World Exists to Set Us Free

The Vedic Rishis belong to two main categories, pravrithi marga and nivrithi marga (path of action and path of renunciation). The great Rishis of the nivrithi marga were Yagnavalkya, Kapila and Patanajli. According to these Rishis, life presents us with two possibilities, experience and liberation. Experience is of pleasure and pain, based on the ego’s […]

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Hatha and Raja Yoga – A Crucial Partnership.

By Steve Brandon. It is often perceived that Hatha Yoga (asana, pranayama, mudra and bandha) and  Raja Yoga (mental transformation and enlightenment  that follows on from Hatha Yoga) are somehow separate, or even conflicting, approaches to Yoga. This erroneous perception can lead to an unbalanced personal practice because we have not integrated all the aspects […]

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