Yoga is a state of union of body, mind and soul (from the sanskrit root Yuj=to yoke, to join together). We refer to something we intend to experience, and the entire practice is meant to take us in this direction. How can we reach it? Through concentration, attention, listening.
The origin of Yoga is traced more that 5000 years ago in ancient India, before religions and value systems were formalised. It was a time of great peace and prosperity, when were written the Vedas, advanced encyclopaedic texts that collected precious knowledge in all the fields, including medicine, nutrition, law, grammar, astronomy, rituals, military science, music, art and architecture. The teachings of Yoga were transmitted from teacher (guru) to student (sishya), in a verbal, gradual and personalised learning system.
The first written presentation of these teachings, basis of Raja Yoga or Classical Yoga, was written by Maharishi Patanjali between 300 and 600 BC. The Yoga Sutras is a short and deep text, which condenses in 196 aphorisms the knowledge of the human mind and the tools to manage it. These tools are organised in 8 areas (Ashtanga): Yama, ethical values; Niyama, individual guidelines; Asana, positions; Pranayama, breathing; Pratyahara, withdrawal of the senses, internal focus; Dharana, concentration; Dhyana, meditation; Samadhi, peace of mind.
Many masters interpreted the teachings of Maharishi Patanjali, each offering his peculiarities and contribution. Yogacara follows the lineage of Sri Yogendraji, known as the Householder Yogi, founder of The Yoga Institute in Santacruz, Mumbai. Since its establishment (1918) till now under the direction of the daughter-in-law of Founder, Dr Hansaji Yogendra, the mission of the Institute is to bring the Yoga practice and its extraordinary benefits to all, regardless of their abilities, social class, age and physical conditions. Yoga is action (Karma Yoga), Yoga is therapy (Ahar, Vihar, Achar, Vichar), Yoga is lifestyle, Yoga is life.
Contributing to enrich the practices that we offer at Yogacara are the teachings of Gérard Blitz, which were passed through the experience of Aldo Rosacuta. Every practice is personalised, the knowledge and the instructions given are intended as source of inspiration, a hint to show the direction so that each will find his own path. Movements are slow and focused: to practice is to dedicate full awareness to body and mind.
Yoga is a soft and non competitive practice which has as ultimate aim personal development, the reaching of psychophysical wellbeing, which is absolutely subjective.
“Essential in Yoga is not to learn how to stand on one’s head, but to learn how to stand on one’s feet.” – Swami Satchidananda