Indian Vedic wisdom originated in remote antiquity and covers a wide range of knowledge including astronomy, mathematics, grammar, philosophy and physical health matters.
Yoga is one of the six classical schools of philosophy and was established as a system by the early Rishis and saints with Patanjali and Shankara being amongst those best known and followed ever since their written work dating several centuries before the time of Christ.
The science has since been developed further by the experiences and discoveries of generations of successive teachers or Gurus and by exponents who continue to apply simple natural laws relating to health and to human consciousness. This valuable science that has endured for so long, offers benefit on all levels of man’s being. It is an integral system with the purpose of combining knowledge of the body, personality, mind and spirit.
The aim of yogic philosophy is to assist an individual to spiritual realization of truths for himself or herself. It comprises several margas or pathways which have been designed to satisfy people with different approaches. For instance, an emotional person who seeks to realise God as Love will be attracted to incorporate the Bhakti marga of devotion. An intellectually inclined aspirant will no doubt be satisfied to develop the mind through Raja marga and someone wishing to know all about physical health matters will choose the path of Hatha Yoga. However, essentially all knowledge is to become integrated and all disciplines incorporated in the spiritual practice of the student which is known as his Sadhana.
Meditation is common to all yogic disciplines, not only for relief of stress but to stretch and expand the mind, enabling us to experience deep relaxation and peace as well as heightened states of consciousness.
The natural simplicity of yoga teachings attracts the attention of many people today who are searching for guidelines as to how to help themselves towards a healthier, happier, more meaningful and nobler way of living.