"The Five Senses are the Gateways to the Internal and External Worlds"
Yoga means “Union” and is derived from the Sanskrit Root
“Yuj” which means to bind, attach, join, commune, to direct and concentrate one’s attention. The practice of yoga is dedicated to creating the union of Body, Mind and Spirit. This practice cultivates inner awareness and connects the individual self with the Supreme Being.
Yoga was first mentioned in the Vedas, the earliest literary record of Indo-Aryan civilization, and the most sacred books of India. They are the original scriptures of Hindu teachings, which contain spiritual knowledge encompassing all aspects of our life.
Yoga is one of the six philosophies (darsanas) of India and has been practiced for thousands of years. Its views vary from school to school and teacher to teacher but the core of yogas foundation was documented by Patanjali aound 400BC in the Yoga Sutras. This text embodies 195 aphordisms (definition, threads) that describe the inner workings of the mind and lays out the eight limb path for controlling its restlessness fluctions and movements and giving us the framework for our yoga practice.
The Eight Limbs of Yoga
Yamas- Moral Observations "Roots"
Niyamas- Personal Observations "Trunk"
Asana- Postures "Branches"
Pranayama- Breath Control "Leaves"
Pratyahara- Control of the Senses "Bark"
Dharana- Concentration "Sap"
Dhyana- Meditation "Flowers"
Samadhi- Absorption-Bliss "Fruit"
At Three Seasons Ayurveda we practice the teachings of BKS Iyengar, who started studying yoga at the age of 13 with his brother in law Sri Trimalaki Krishnamacharya in Mysore, India. Krishnamacharya was a renowned Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic physican and scholar who brought Hatha yoga into the modern age and mentored the most influential yoga teachers of our time: BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois and TKV Desikaschar.
Iyengar Yoga emphasizes alignment, timing and sequencing that focuses on the Body, Mind and Breath thus awakening and realigning the whole Body, Mind and Spirit connection. The Iyengar method develops strength, endurance and flexibility while increasing vitality, reducing stress and establishing profound presence and inward awareness.
Invocation to Patanjali
yogena cittasya padena vacam
(yo-gay-nuh chih-tah-syuh pah-day-nuh vah-chahm)
malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena
(mah-lahm shah-ree-rah-syuh chuh vy-dyuh-kay-nuh)
yopakarottam pravaram muninam
(yo-pah kar-oh-tahm prah-vah-rahm moo-nee-nahm)
(pah-than-jah-lim prahn-jah-leer ah-nah-to-smee)
sankha cakrasi dharinam
(shahn-kah chah-krah-see dar-ee-nahm)
sahasra sirasam svetam
(sah-hah-srah sheer-ah-sahm shvay-tahm)
Let us bow before the noblest of sages Patanjali,
Who gave Yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind,
Grammar for clarity and purity of speech, and
medicine for perfection of health.
Let us prostrate before Patanjali,
An incarnation of Adisesa,
Whose upper body has a human form
Whose arms hold a conch and disc, and
Who is crowned by a thousand headed cobra.