,22 July, 2010 by I. K.  & info@yogainathens.gr last update: 2011-09-27

 

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Karma Yoga

 

Karma Yoga: Etymologically "karma" can mean act but also the result of an action. The "Bible" of Karma Yoga is the "Bhagawad Gita". Karma Yoga is the yoga of the act without attachment and without affecting the outcome and the benefits of the action. This is the message of "Bhagavad Gita". This is what we also say in yoga in general. Adherence to the result of our work weakens the act in the only real time that is the present. The result of the action refers to a hypothetical future time. The anxiety for the result creates stress which causes more damage. The message of "Bhagavad Gita" and yoga is not a guide to be more productive for ourselves. The message of the Gita is spiritual. Gandhi, the famous Mahatma Gandhi, in his teaching of the Gita describes it as a "Song for the selfless action" (THE GOSPEL OF SELFLESS ACTION). Of course, he turned the message of the Gita into action with his own life. The message of the Gita is to offer and leave the outcome of each of our actions to a higher power (God). From this tradition we can now enrich our practice and our life in general:

To be conscious in everything we do, with full awareness.

Do not identify with the outcome of our work.

To focus on action, with our mind on it, in the only real time, here and now.

To be natural, not be affected and act automatically without being prejudiced about issues relating to the past.

The result of our actions and work affects not only us, as selfish individuals, it concerns also the people around us, life in general and environment.

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Raja Yoga

Raja Yoga, founded by the famous sage Patanjali with the Yoga Sutras. The yoga sutras are aphorisms, brief lyrics that require interpretation, analysis, study and meditation. The Raja Yoga stretches to eight levels. dimensions. So called Ashtanga Yoga since ancient times. Not to be confused with the system Sri K. Pattabhi Jois used in ancient conditions for balanced series of asanas presented as Ashtanga Yoga. Etymologically Asht-anga Yoga is the eight - members - dimensions - levels - parts with specific characteristics:

Raja Yoga, founded by the famous sage Patanjali with the Yoga Sutras. The yoga sutras are aphorisms, brief lyrics that require interpretation, analysis, study and meditation. The Raja Yoga stretches to eight levels. dimensions. So called Ashtanga Yoga since ancient times. Not to be confused with the system Sri K. Pattabhi Jois used in ancient conditions for balanced series of asanas presented as Ashtanga Yoga. Etymologically Asht-anga Yoga is the eight - members - dimensions - levels - parts with specific characteristics:

Yamas:
The principles of behavior

Niyamas:
Domestic authorities, purification, mental clearance

Asanas:
Harmony in postures

Pranayama:
Development of bioenergy (prana) with breathing

Pratyahara:
Removal of the external sensory stimuli

Dharana:
concentration capacity

Dhyana: Meditation
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Samandhi:
Ecstasy - Bliss - self-realization

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There is Jnana Yoga. It is the yoga that emphasizes the intellect and knowledge. Jnana Yoga is supported by ancient texts called "Upanishads".

There is also Bhakti Yoga.: It is the yoga of love. It begins and it ends as the Absolute Truth of Love (God) and everything around us, love without expectations, conditions and return. Elements of Bhakti Yoga we find among others in the "Bhagawad Gita".

Hatha Yoga is considered as a distinct approach to yoga or as a preparation for Raja Yoga and part of the ancient texts of Hatha Hatha Yoga Prantipika introduced it for the first time which are named Raja Yoga. More on Hatha Yoga: HERE

   I.Kenis yoga  and meditation teacher

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