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The First Necessity Is to Develop a Foundation for Spiritual Energy to Manifest

Hatha Yoga begins with Asana, the “seat”, which provides the foundational basis for the further practices which are intended to liberate, direct, control and receive ever-greater energy into the physical frame. 435 more words

Sri Aurobindo

Two Essential Ideas Underlying the Practice of Hatha Yoga

The parable of the “unbaked jar” is used by teachers of Yoga to illustrate the critical and essential nature of solidifying the physical and nervous body in order to enable it to receive, hold and control the increase of energy that accompanies the descent of the higher forces into the being. 425 more words

Sri Aurobindo

Three Principles in the Practice of Yoga

Sri Aurobindo identifies three principles that form the basis of practice for all forms of Yoga, including Hatha Yoga. These three are purification, concentration and liberation. 246 more words

Sri Aurobindo

Hatha Yoga Is a Science and a Path to the Supreme

The Western view of Hatha Yoga treats it as an exercise program for the most part, and most people do not put serious thought into the detailed knowledge, not only of anatomy and physiology in evidence in the Asanas or postures that have been developed, but of the relation between the energy flow of the body as determined by these asanas and the accompanying control of the vital force and the psychological, mental and spiritual impacts that can be achieved. 219 more words

Sri Aurobindo

The Principles Underlying the Practice of Hatha Yoga

There is a link between mind and body which Western science is now acknowledging. This link has been known and utilized for millennia by the practitioners of Hatha Yoga to bring about changes in the state of consciousness through changes made to the physical body through a series of modifications known as mudras (gestures), bandhas (locks or holds) and specific placement of the body’s limbs to facilitate specific flow or holding up of energy (asana), combined with control of the vital force, most notably through breath control as the means (pranayama). 272 more words

Sri Aurobindo

Samadhi and the Paths of Yoga

Since Yoga aims to achieve realization of union with the Divine in a higher status of consciousness, not just an intellectual conviction or emotional attachment to a specific form or religious belief, it must necessarily involve methods for developing the consciousness on the higher levels. 327 more words

Sri Aurobindo

The Role of Samadhi in the Integral Yoga

It is the stated goal of the Integral Yoga to shift the standpoint of consciousness to the divine standpoint, and to have the knowledge, power and bliss of this higher consciousness permeate and transform the outer life in the world. 358 more words

Sri Aurobindo