At Yogi Moksha we follow ancient yoga teachings and traditions on the path to liberation which sets the stage for Samadhi (Cosmic Consciousness). We strive to bring you authentic yoga without distortion. We reference Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads and Puramas, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Bhagavad Gita, as well as more modern descriptions from recent contemporaries. Great sages and seers from the past have done the work and shared this knowledge for seekers willing to put in the work themselves. This is not an easy quest. At Yogi Moksha our goal is to give seekers a pathway with which to explore ancient esoteric states of being and a way in which to gain greater meaning to their lives, to achieve higher states of consciousness, and ultimately a connection to the source. This is a journey from consciousness to self consciousness and ultimately to cosmic consciousness.
We will reference quotes and ideas of enlightened people from the past. These seers include, but are not limited to, Gautama the Buddha, Jesus the Christ, Krishna, Yogananda, Babaji, Walter Russell, Manly P Hall and Alice Bailey among others. While each had their own perspective and way of describing the indescribable, there were also many similarities with regards to physical, ethical and mental preparedness before enlightenment and lifestyle similarities following enlightenment. We will be using yoga (physical postures [asanas]) and diet to first have a healthy body and calm mind followed by meditation to gain control over the mind followed by breathing techniques to achieve altered states. It is imperative that these steps must not be skipped. As with any endeavor, preparation is key to success.
We start our journey with shatkarma (shat =6 and karma = process) to begin to purify the body. Then asanas (postures) are added as a way to continue the purifying process and begin to heal the body. In Ashtanga yoga (referenced from Patanjali) there are eight limbs (ashtau = 8, anga= limb) to help in guiding us toward Samadhi. Each limb is important and will be discussed in detail, along with methods used for maximum effectiveness. The eight limbs are yamas, niyamas, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi. Once a physical practice begins to develop, we start to integrate the remaining seven limbs. With the ashtanga yoga method derived from Krishnamacharya's lineage, as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois and carried on by Sharath Jois, we begin the physical practice. This primary series is called yoga chikitsa. The ashtanga yoga method utilizes a three fold approach (tristana) within a set series of postures that incorporates vinyasa (breath with movement) along with dristi (gaze). Individual poses will be broken down to show the energy channels and organs that are affected. The physical aspect of this form of asana practice imparts discipline and concentration while initiating basic pranayama so one can then proceed with mastery of the mind through meditation.
This is supplemented by Yin Yoga which emphasizes manipulation of your fascia allowing for uninhibited energy flow (Qi, prana, life force). Yin yoga helps to stimulate the growth of fibroblasts and fasciocytes which in turn helps to produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid. The tension directed to target areas in the yin yoga practice will break adhesions and cross linkages allowing for greater range of motion. Current research is looking at fascia as an energy transmission pathway. This form of yoga will help to further control the mind, senses, and the gross, subtle & energy bodies while allowing for an unrestricted flow of Qi.
Meditation practice begins with vipassana meditation techniques from the Buddha lineage followed by hatha yoga postures and pranayama techniques from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Once established we will move on to Kriya yoga from the Babaji and Yogananda lineage which will quickly advance altered states through breathing techniques. For those that find it difficult to meditate, we offer yoga nidra as a means to still the mind and to resolve buried issues. With a still mind (cessation of chitta vritti), control over the senses, and a healthy, finely tuned body you can then begin to activate the chakras, nadis, and ultimately to allow kundalini energy to ascend through the sushumna energizing all seven chakras from the muladhara (root) chakra to the sahaswara (crown) chakra.
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