Conceptual Base

School of Yoga explains yoga concepts:

Today, Yoga is synonymous with asanas, pranayama, fitness and lifestyle and meditation. However, this is only one aspect of Yoga, the material aspect. Therefore, understanding the overall yoga concepts is important for any serious yogi.

To start with, Yoga can roughly be translated as Yoking, the word “Yoga” is a cognate of the English – Yoke. In fact, Yoga can cover many types of Yoking.

Classical Yoga can mean…

  • The Yoking of 2 individuals into a perfect uninion. In a marriage, the man and woman merge to become one or ardhangani (half of a complete entity)
  • The Yoking of our expectations with our efforts to achieve our goals.
  • The Yoking of our individuality with our work. Also, this can mean our yoking to a concept or belief system into a seamless entity. This can manifest in an artist merging with his creation, soldier or patriot sacrificing for his country.
  • The Yoking of an individuals behaviour (svabhaava) with his or her natural self (svadharma) to form a wholesome personality (svatantra)
  • Union of the soul (atma) with God (paramatman) to achieve Self-realisation. 

All aspects of Yoga focus on enhancing our Situational Awareness or pragnya. Additionally, this awareness emanates from our sense of Self (asmita). Finally, our awareness of our Self operates at 2 levels – awareness of our Self in any situation (vijnana) and the impact of change in the situation on our Self (jnana).

All the above concepts are anchored in traditional Indian culture, hence understanding this background is importaant for understanding Yoga completely. This section deals with the concept of Yoga, this includes understanding of Karma (action), Dharma (natural state), Asmita (sense of Self), Yoga, types of Yoga and Yoga solutions.