Philosophy

Swami Sivananda one of the greatest spiritual teachers of Yoga and Vedanta that India has ever known. One of his school of teaching has come to be known as Sivananda Yoga through his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda who brought it to the west. It has reached millions of people worldwide & spread across the globe.

Swami Sivananda has very skillfully reformulated the wisdom within the Vedas and made it easily available and aprehensible for the common people. He has played an important role in spreading the spiritual lessons of the Vedas as well as the mental and physical benefits of Yoga and Vedanta across India and the world.

Swami Sivananda’s vision and philosophy is the inspiring and motivating energy behind our Omkar Yoga Studio. He is our venerated and most beloved spiritual Guru and it is with his blessing that we conduct our classes.

Our teachings are based purely on the classical yoga sutras Eight-limbed path outlined by Sage
Patanjali: A safe and step by step approach to reach the goal of equanimity & self-realization.

Yama/Restraint:

The first limb of yoga deals with the moral disciplines
and sense of integrity which offers guidance on how to
live a meaningful and purposeful life.

The 5
yamas

  • Non-violence(Ahimsa)
  • Truthfulness(Satya)
  • Non-stealing(Asteya)
  • Chastity(Brahmacharya)
  • Non-acceptance of gifts or bribes (Aparigraha).

Niyamas/Observance:

The second limb of the yoga sutra defines the positive
duties and behaviour.

The five niyamas listed in
the eight-folds path:

  • Cleanliness of the body & mind (Sauca),
  • Contentment (Santosa),
  • Austerity (Tapas),
  • Self-study or introspection (Swadhyaya),
  • Surrender of ego.

Asana also referred to as Yogic exercise mean a comfortable steady posture which is firm but relaxed. It
is much deeper than the physical exercises where the entire focus is put merely on the physical body.
Yoga asanas not only make the physical body stronger and flexible but also enrich mental health by
spiritually aligning with the higher true self.

Pranayama – Yogic breathing exercises are called pranayama.

The word is composed of two Sanskrit words; prana meaning life force & ayama to restrain or control the prana. Breath is the gross manifestation of prana. By regulating the breath, we can gain control over prana which is the primal cause of all movements in an individual. All the diseases of the body can be destroyed at the root level by regulating and controlling prana. Learn the different pranayama techniques from beginners to advance to gain eternal vitality and inner strength.

Pratyahara

Pratyahara is often defined as “the conscious withdrawal of energy/ from the senses. The ultimate goal of pratyahara in yoga is to turn your awareness inward by creating a calm, peaceful and a sattvic(balanced) mind. An outward state of mind is a mind bombarded with sensory overload from TV, Internet, social media etc. We must know how to manage the sensory input taken in by the five senses. In simple words, Pratyahara helps in accumulation of junk into the body and mind.

  • Dharana

    Dharana / Concentration. Dharana is the sixth limb of yoga and the essence means Single-pointed concentration. Dharana is about being completely immersed & focused in the present moment, and cultivating inner perpetual awareness.

  • Dhyana

    Dhyana (Meditation) It is the seventh limb of yoga which literally means the unbroken flow of thoughts towards the divine. Meditation is an experience which cannot be described but can only be experienced by turning the awareness inward. It is helpful in steadying the mind which is the cause of all the afflictions and diseases.

  • Samadhi

    Complete absorption of the individual soul with the Supreme Consciousness. It is the eight limb of yoga and the most advanced.

The Year 2017 marked a new beginning in my life when i took an intensive 8-weeks Yoga Teachers Training Program at the Sivananda Ashram Grass Valley and there after envisioned this dream together of creating a pathway to preach authentic classical yogic knowledge – Omkar Yoga Studio.

Our teachings are based purely on the classical yoga sutras Eight-limbed path{Ashtanga Yoga): A safe and step by step approach to reach the goal of self-realization.

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