The Essence of Yoga
At Yoga Logic, our mission is to help people lead happier and more fulfilling lives by sharing the ancient practices of Isha Classical Hatha Yoga – tools for ultimate wellbeing.
Classical Hatha Yoga is transmitted, not taught
Our focus is on delivering Classical Hatha Yoga, the purest form of yoga, which has been handed down – unaltered – from master to student for thousands of years. We are trained under the tutelage of Yogic Master and Mystic, Sadhguru founder of the Isha Foundation and the Isha School of Hatha Yoga.
Yoga is a science for holistic wellbeing
Yoga is not merely about contorting the body or being flexible. It is based on an advanced wisdom, an ancient science of the body. Ultimately it is designed to settle the mind, activate dormant energies, stimulate and balance hormone levels, cure ailments and create optimum health and wellbeing for the body and mind.
Simply put, yoga is the science of how to live well. It is the science of how to be happy and peaceful. Most of us lead very stressful lives, especially in western cities. We have to go to work, take care of family, maintain friendships, pay bills, eat well, and so on – the list goes on. All of this can become quite stressful to manage. Yoga helps you to detach from everyday stress and more importantly, from the chatter in your mind.
Classical Hatha Yoga versus other forms of yoga.
The word ‘yoga’ has been attached to many forms in the last few years – there’s Hot Yoga, Boxing Yoga, Rave Yoga, Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar, all sorts. It can be very confusing to understand what yoga really is, especially when there are so many classes to choose from.
Overall, most forms of yoga now offered in the west have simply become forms of physical exercise which are taught in studios or gyms.
However, yoga is not simply an exercise. It is a way of being. Understanding the mechanics of the body, creating a certain atmosphere, and then using body postures to drive your energy in specific directions is what Hatha Yoga or Yogasanas are about.
“Asana” means a “posture.” A posture which allows you to reach your higher nature is a “Yogasana”.
There are other dimensions to this, but to put it in the simplest way, just by observing the way someone is sitting, you can almost know what is happening within them. If you have observed yourself, when you are angry, you sit one way; if you are happy, you sit another way; if you are depressed, you sit another way.
For every different level of consciousness or mental and emotional situation that you go through, your body naturally tends to assume certain postures. The converse of this is the Science of Asanas. If you consciously move your body into different postures, you can elevate your consciousness and change the way you feel.
Yoga to align body, mind, emotions and energies
In yoga, they say there are three different layers of the body – the physical body, the mental body (including emotions) and the energy body. As humans, we function mainly through our mental and physical bodies. We use our five senses to interact with the world, and in general, we are led by our thoughts and physical desires.
The aim of yoga is to help you connect to the life energy within you, which goes beyond mind and body. You will start to see that your interaction with the world becomes less about pleasing the senses and you will become less affected by external situations. Through yoga, you start to turn inward. Your stress levels will go down, and your bliss factor will go up.
Yoga connects you to your life force
The driving force in life is the Energy Body. It is what keeps us alive. It is this energy which keeps us breathing. Yoga means to be in synch with the life energy. The energy body is made up of 72,000 nadis. “Nadi” literally means a pathway or channel in which the prana moves. Prana means the basic life energy. That path is known as nadi. These 72,000 nadis are springing form three basic nadis. These three basic nadis are referred to as Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. Ida and Pingala are also referred to as masculine and feminine, not in terms of gender, but in terms of certain qualities in nature.
The whole science of Hatha Yoga is about bringing balance between the sun and moon which are also known as the Ida and the Pingala. The sun symbolizes the masculine nature and the moon represents feminine nature. Pingala also represents the logical part of the mind and Ida, the intuitive part of the mind. You may be a man but if the Ida is more pronounced in you, you will be more intuitive by nature. You may be a woman, but if Pingala is more pronounced you will be of a logical nature.
Yoga activates your intuitive dimension
In modern education systems, the feminine has been repressed, we are a purely logic-based education system. There is no room for intuitive perception. This is one reason why societies are going through so much stress. We have enhanced the logical and destroyed the intuitive.
If you want to explore inner dimensions, intuition becomes as important as logic. We want to bring balance to the Ida and Pingala so that we can direct the energies towards Sushumna.
Sushumna is the most significant aspect of the human physiology. Once the energies enter Sushumna, no matter what happens around you, you have a certain balance – your inner way of being can no longer be affected by the outside. To make this happen, it is very important that we bring balance between Ida and Pingala. This can be achieved by practicing authentic forms of yoga.
Yoga Logic offers various Classical Hatha Yoga practices designed to take you on this journey in a step by step fashion incorporating different dimensions of yoga – Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Mantra Yoga and Nada Yoga – bringing balance to your system and leading to health, inner peace and complete wellbeing.
Through regular practice of Isha Classical Hatha Yoga, we hope you will experience the following:
- A connection with a deeper dimension within yourself
- Moments of bliss
- An underlying sense of calm and peace
- Reduced anxiety levels
- Space between you and your thoughts, enabling you to be more present
- Clarity of thought and enhanced perception
- Balanced emotions
- Happiness and joy
- A supple body
- Flexibility of the body and mind