Category Archives: Ancient Texts

Haṭha-Yoga

By Andre Haralyi M.A., C-IAYT The creation of Haṭha-Yoga is associated with Goraksha Nātha and his teacher Matsyendra Nātha who likely lived before the middle of the 10th century C.E. In contrast with the Classical Yoga doctrine which emphasizes a progressive withdrawal from the forms of nature, Haṭha-Yoga derived from the Tantra tradition, and understands the body as a vehicle

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Rāja-Yoga

By Andre Haralyi, M.A., C-IAYT The Yoga-Sūtras, believed to be written by the sage Patañjali between 200 B.C.E. and  200 C.E., consists of 196 sūtras​*​ divided into 4 chapters. The Yoga-Sūtras of Patañjali is considered the owner’s manual for the human mind. This work describes the nature of human consciousness, the means to overcome its conditioned limitations and the eight-fold

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Upaniṣads

By Andre Haralyi M.A., C-IAYT The Sanskrit term “Upaniṣad” is derived from upa (near), ni (down) and sad (to sit), i.e. sitting down near. It makes reference to the student sitting down near the teacher while learning secret doctrines. In the Monier-Williams Sanskrit Dictionary the word Upaniṣad received an additional meaning: “setting to rest ignorance by revealing the knowledge of

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