YOGA, in Sanskrit, has various interpretations based on different contexts. But fundamentally it denotes a discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of serenity and tranquility which is achieved through action, devotion, and knowledge. The term “yoga” has its origins in the Sanskrit word “Yuj”, meaning merge, yoke or union. Life begins in union and ends in union. Human birth is an evolution, and Yoga is that process by which life can pass to a more advanced and mature stage of self realization. Yoga is that process or system of routines practiced in daily life to harmonize the body-mind emotions with nature. Yoga is that cognitive operation which describes the union of the physical body with the mind and spirit as a method of transcending the limitations of the ego and reaching self realization. To be more specific, Yoga is an integrated system of training contains elements necessary for full blossoming of human potential.
In truth Yoga has never been alien to us. We are doing it ever since we were a baby! Yet the whole concept of yoga was always very weird. It was considered as the stuff that weird people do. Transcendent to this popular belief that Yoga is merely a form of physical exercise, Yoga is an integrated system of education for the body, mind and inner spirit to accomplish harmony with the nature. Yoga was considered to be some very hard exercises like standing on the toes, standing on one leg or even upside down. In actuality yoga is a natural technique focused on controlled breathing through various postures, yoga is completely a harm free and perfect way of living. Majority notion was that there are different types of yoga and hence different paths to self realization of supreme self. Contrary to the popular belief, fundamentally there is only one path with different stepping stones (“SOPANAM”) rather than different paths to self realization. It is a very ancient wisdom that provides us with essential tools for a healthier, happier and harmonious living ultimately leading to self- fulfillment. Wonder is the essence of yoga. More details are available in the different paths named Service, Devotion, Knowledge, Discipline Sri. Sri. Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga.
“Sopanam Yoga” has devised a sequence or set of steps to develop one's own personality. It is a sequence of postures which helps to strengthen the backbone as well as stomach and channelize energy in the whole body. Here, we make an effort to establish that yoga is nothing but a life of self discipline based on the doctrine of simple living and constructive thinking. This series of postures done over a period of time, deepens the experience of meditation. For us, yoga is a passion, a style of living which aims at the total development of human personality. Since we each have our distinctive personal identity, we may prefer one step to another. But a one sided practice is not recommended as it can lead to an imbalance in our personality. The whole person - body, breath, mind, heart, intellect, should be nurtured simultaneously. Though we start as a step by step practice, an integrated study of action, devotion and knowledge is implemented in achieving a disposition free from stress or emotion, a state of peace and health. How we do that would be reflected in the nearby tabs under Breathing, Breath Control, Postures, Relaxation, & Meditation.
“Sopanam Online yoga” is a complete practical maneuver that reflects some of the most important developments in modern teaching in the release of pent-up stress from busy lives, healing diseases, and emphasis on working within your own abilities rather than forcing yourself into demanding attitudes. It is a unique approach which combines the highest knowledge with an appropriate lifestyle, especially with regard to diet, exercise and meditation. Whatever is your lifestyle, time pressures, beliefs or level of fitness or health, “Sopanam Yoga” is designed to meet your needs whether you are a complete beginner or experienced practitioner. We explain the essentials in plain and simple language and with soothing verbal instructions suggest how you can adapt the attitudes and nutritious style of living to make them easier to perform.