Harmony Yoga present Yoga and Ayurveda in their traditional context as a means to release the Spirit (Purusa) from the bondage of Matter (Prakriti). Yoga is Atma-Vidya or Adhyatma-Vidya which is knowledge of the Ultimate Self. To obtain this knowledge is the remedy for the malady of phenomenal existence. The goal, the means and the end are all part of Yoga.
atha yoganusasanam – this is traditional yogaYoga Sutra 1:1
Traditional Yoga is given the term sastriyayoga as it takes its authority from the sastras or scriptures which are revelations of enlightened sages. Yoga is the way to Spiritual Freedom.
One Purusa (Spirit) without birth enjoys or experiences another (Prakriti/Nature) who is also without birth and is the embodiment of rajas, sattva and tamas gunas and the creator of many, while another unborn Purusa abandons Prakriti who has provided experience and liberation – Svetasvatara Upanisad
After obtaining separation from the body and after cessation of Nature, Spirit acquires the salvation which is both certain and final – Samkhya Karika 68
This abstruse knowledge of the aim of the Spirit, wherein the existence, origin and dissolution of beings are considered, has been expounded by the great sage Kapila -Samkhya Karika 69
There is no wisdom like Samkhya, no power like Yoga – Mahabharata
The root cause (Brahman) is to be apprehended by Samkhya-yoga – Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.13
This Yoga having been sown (in the mind) by the abstentions and the observances, spouts by the practice of the postures and the control of the breath, it flowers by the practice of the withdrawal of the senses, and by the practice of fixation of attention and absorption it will shed its fruit – Bhojaraja, Rajamartanda 2/55
“The goal of Yoga is clear, make the mind Satvic and realise the true nature of the Self.” – Srivatsa Ramaswami
“Liberation is the attainment of a purely spiritual status which is beyond the limitations of space and time, a status of perfect peace, tranquillity and equanimity.” – Moksa Marga p.3
T.K. Sribhashyam and Alamelu Sheshadri
(son and daughter of Yogacharya Sri T. Krishnamacharya)
Yoga is a meditation path that requires the aspirant to live a healthy life of virtue, based on philosophical understanding, that leads to spiritual freedom. This is attained by cultivating Sattvaguna (a pure mind) to create a condition where spiritual insight is possible.
Yoga requires a firm physical, mental and moral discipline and a dedication to practice without being deterred by the difficulties. The process of karma and rebirth must be fully understood, along with the action of the three gunas and their effects that cause the bondage of the Spirit.
This knowledge is clearly enunciated in the Samkhya Sastras, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Upanisads (Vedanta).
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are widely acknowledged as the fundamental teaching on Yoga meditation and ethics required for Yoga to proceed.
Yoga arose from the Sanatana Dharma, the ancient eternal spiritual tradition of India, and originates from the revelations embodied in the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Samhkya Sutras and other authentic teachings. Samkhya and Yoga were taught by the Risis (sages) Kapila, Patanjali and Yagnavalkya who propagated the path of liberation known as Nivrtti – dharma. The goal of this practice is spiritual liberation from corporeal existence, a Transcendental Aloneness known by the terms, moksa, mukti, kaivailya or nirvana.
Inspired by the legendary Yoga Master, healer and Sage Sri T Krishnamacharya, Harmony Yoga endeavor to share the knowledge of Yoga for the benefit of those seeking spiritual insight. Yoga is a personal journey of transformation leading towards the realisation of truth and the liberation of the Spirit.
Krishnamacharya was an exemplar of the living Vedic tradition who believed that Yoga is India’s greatest gift to the world. Due to the efforts and dedication of Krishnamacharya and other Masters, ancient and modern, Yoga is available to contemporary people.
Astanga Yoga is the best method that would lead to total health, longevity and peace of mind – Yogacharya Sri T. Krishnamacharya
The philosophy of yoga is to withdraw the mind from external activities, to draw its focus inwards, and to bring it into deep concentration – Yogacharya Sri T. Krisnamacharya
Ayurveda is the healing science that originates from the same Vedic source and is aligned with the philosophy and spiritual orientation of Yoga. Understanding Ayurveda is required for the appropriate application of healthy process required in Yoga.
In the manner in which ignorance shrouds and covers up wisdom, in that same manner wisdom exposes as well as destroys ignorance –
Commentary on Bhagavad Gita 16:5 by Malur Rangacharya