What is the Integral Yoga?

Yoga is a holistic, global tradition, since its origins, integral. Only if we explore this fact with the utmost care can access, with depth that deserve, to its true transforming power. Writes Victor G. Cross of Aushadhi Yoga school.

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Despite much of current trends of reducing it to a work discipline "merely body" (reaching extremes of distortion such as competition or a gross body cult), Yoga is a holistic, global tradition, since its origins, integral. Only if we explore this made with the utmost care can access, with depth that deserve, to the true transformative power of Yoga (which, inherently, is Integral)as it was raised this discipline in its origins and developed since then to the present day, as well as inspiring future prospects which opens for us the thread of their approaches.

Fruit of a certain "reductionism physicalist" own the modernity of our "Western" cultures (and its imprint in the East), the Yoga It is a peculiar moment in its history. "Although, at present, the word"yoga"is well known by more people in its history, for the vast majority is associated exclusively with the practice of"Āsana"(stance), evoking the image (encouraged by advertising) of a slender body with sportswear making positions (often) complex and beautiful.

While the execution of Āsana It is extremely important and, indeed, especially needed in our societies, just take a little look at all the vastness of the tradition to understand that Yoga not only not reduced to practice of Āsana but, as practice itself, is just a part of what we might call el Integral Yoga and his paths (see course-Sadhana proposal below). Then...

What is Yoga and why is, necessarily, 'holistic'?

The Sanskrit word Yoga comes from the verbal root"YUG"we could translate as"unite"and, by historical derivation from Indo-European, it produces in Spanish related noun:"yoke"(traditional apéro of wood that joins the animals to work the land)." In short, we could say that Yoga means Union.

But what is what binds this Union?, what is what is divided and require? join? Expressed yogic tradition in the Yoga Sutras Patanjali offers a possible model, illustrious, a simplicity and clarity to answer this question. It is a fact: the human being suffers, is exposed to a deep structural distress which, according to Patanjali, is based on five fundamental causes)kleshas):

  • Ignorance)ávidyā) of our true nature (non-dual).
  • The sense of self)asmitā) as an isolated individual, which derives from that fundamental ignorance, that in the process of that ID is generated a "character" whose identity leads to the following kleshas:
  • Attachments)rāga), which "we like" (what, in whose absence, feel pain).
  • Aversions)dvesha), what "we dislike" (what in whose presence feel pain).
  • Agonizing terror death)abhini-vesha) that expose the human by ignoring our own nature and confused "Being" with "I" (the illusion of an individual isolated, subject to the corruption of the time).

The union to which refers the yoga is, therefore, a (re) connection with our true nature, balancing the imbalance, integrating it disintegrated, uniting the divided through access to the awareness of the ineffable fundamental non-duality of being. The full experience of this form of consciousness suppresses root causes of human suffering and, therefore, add to the Yogi or Yogini in a State of supraconsciencia)samādhi), Bliss)Ananda), release)moksha).

Then, why is Yoga, inherent, integral form? "Integral" can be defined as something that "understands all aspects or all parties needed to be complete". Then, because the seed for the release is in all beings, at all levels of existence, any circumstance may be, since the proper attitude, a path for the expansion of the consciousness, a branch of the great tree of Yoga.

Yoga is, inherently, Integral Yogameaning that the greater the number of fronts from which they try to access that UnitHow many more spaces of our lives are focused in pursuit of self-knowledge, and from the attention the more global, deep and complete (integral) is our practice, most approach to understand who we really are.

Multiple are inspiring formulas through which attempted to define this tradition attesting to its comprehensive status. Thus, it is said that: Yoga is "a system for health and harmony total”; “ a set of techniques and attitudes of purification and perfection of the human being to physical, mental, emotional, ethical, etc. "; or,"way to reintegrate the individual consciousness in the cosmic consciousness through the realization of the harmony between the head, heart and hands"."

This is the sense of practice, jointly and with maximum precision, all routes proposed by the Paths of the Yoga: the integration and control of the mind)Raja yoga), the balance of the body and the subtle energies)hatha yoga), the development of discernment as path to the sapiential knowledge)jnana yoga), the alchemical conversion of all emotions into unconditional love, devotion)bhakti yoga), the fully conscious action and detached)Karma yoga)…

Aleister Crowley, a prominent Mystic English of late nineteenth century and early twentieth Centuries who worked intensively on the introduction of the aspects most inspiring yoga tradition and the tantra in the West, refers to this issue with a brilliant quote that can well serve brooch to conclude:

"Ours (...), if we are to achieve universal yoga and end with the absolute, subdue every element of our be put it safe from any internal or external war, step up all our faculties to the fullest, train us in wisdom and strength without effort, so that when the time comes we find in perfect condition to throw us the oven of Ecstasy whose flames rise from the abyss of annihilation."

Course - Sadhana The Integral Yoga and his paths

With Victor G. Cruz (Mrtiunjaya)

From October to December 2015

Aushadhi School of Yoga
Paseo de las Delicias 47-51 (pedestrian passage) Madrid (underground Palos de la Frontera, Renfe Atocha and delights)

Detailed information: http://www.aushadhiyoga.com/index.php/formacion/cursos-de-profundizacion/cursos-sadhana/el-yoga-integral-y-sus-sendas

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